Black box for road transport

London, UK: Smart Witness is showcasing its market leading black-box recorder for vehicles that provides vital, accurate information in the event of an accident, cutting insurance premiums by as much as a third, and protecting operators against malicious and false claims.

The Smart Witness system is on show at the CV Show 2013 (stand 5D70 at NEC Birmingham 9-11 April 2013). “No other on-board recording system delivers benefits that include lower insurance costs, enhanced safety, and direct access to insurance brokers and companies allowing fast resolution of claims,” says Nick Plowman, at Smart Witness.

Smart Witness is linked to Google Earth and Google Maps so not only does the system provide speed and positional data it also shows exact locations and road conditions, signage, and even road markings

The Smart Witness 170-degree, wide-angle lens camera that continuously records the driver’s view of the road

Smart Witness will demonstrate how its on-board camera-based system provides fleet managers and haulage firms complete protection against the threat posed by fraudulent insurance claims.

It works by continuously and accurately recording braking and acceleration speeds and collision G-forces. But Smart Witness is far more than just an on-board camera recording video: it includes critical data about vehicle location, speed and deceleration.  And it comes with the software to allow users to download data via the internet directly to insurance brokers and companies.

Smart Witness is linked to Google Earth and Google Maps so not only does the system provide positional data it also shows exact locations and road conditions, signage, and even road markings.  “Within two hours of an accident operators can submit a report to the insurer that shows exact location, vehicle speed, deceleration, road conditions, as well a video footage of the accident,” he says.

“Speed is of the essence when it comes to dealing with insurance claims,” says Plowman.  “You cannot wait a day or two to post information: insurance companies need data immediately to stop escalation of claims in the event of an accident where it’s your fault. That instantly eliminates spurious claims and can turn a fifty-fifty fault decision into a no-fault claim,” Plowman says.

Smart Witness is linked to Google Earth and Google Maps so not only does the system provide speed and positional data it also shows exact locations and road conditions, signage, and even road markings

Smart Witness is linked to Google Earth and Google Maps so not only does the system provide speed and positional data it also shows exact locations and road conditions, signage, and even road markings

The Smart Witness system starts with a camera made to the company’s own exacting specification that includes a wide angle, 170 degree lens. “That wide angle view is vital if the camera is to record enough of the road to provide court admissible evidence,” he says.

The cameras are available in lockable, tamper-proof versions and have E9 European Approval certified as suitable for commercial vehicle installation – and now a mandatory requirement for additional vehicle electronics. The lockable case prevents access to the unit, buttons and the SD media card. Permanent wiring enables the unit to be wired into the vehicle’s power source.

The camera digitally records the driver’s view onto SD cards providing operators with
court admissible evidence that protects against fraudulent claims and falsely accused driving offences.

The SmartWitness range is completely unobtrusive for the driver and also provides a vital tool in accurate driver appraisals. It can significantly modify driver behaviour which in turn reduces fuel costs and the potential risk of accidents.

“The cameras and equipment are exceptionally reliable with a failure rate of less than 0.002%. SmartWitness is the only choice for complete claims control and long-term fleet premium reductions,” Plowman says.

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