Cheshire-based Vision UK is widely acknowledged as an industry leader in commercial vehicle CCTV solutions. Continual investment in product development and technological advances has seen the company expanding its presence across a number of disciplines and markets.
One of the most significant technological developments in recent times has seen the introduction of affordable, high-resolution camera chipsets that are suitable for using in cameras operating within the commercial vehicle environment. This in turn has led to the development of new Analogue High Definition (AHD) and IP digital video recorders (DVRs) to take advantage of the higher video quality that these new cameras can provide.
Vision UK has utilised this technology within its latest generation DVR models that were introduced to the UK earlier this year. These new DVRs have been designed specifically to meet the increasing demand for affordable, high-quality video recording.
Important features of these new products include an improved removable cassette design for enhanced access to SIM and SD cards. Also, within the housing, much has changed. Processor power has been increased significantly so that these new DVRs can not only record more channels at higher quality than previous generation DVRs, but they can also provide more control and event identification capability.
All of these DVRs can also be fitted with a 3G or 4G modem, to provide users with our market-leading live view and remote access capability. Furthermore the devices can be fitted with fast wifi network cards, to allow users to wirelessly interrogate and retrieve video footage when the vehicle is in depot.
Within the refrigerated transport sector of today’s fast-moving logistics industry, Vision UK continues to set new standards in CCTV monitoring.
The UK has seen increasing use of CCTV in refrigerated vehicles at a level that is significantly higher than in most other countries. A prime reason for this is the Health and Safety obligations that must be met. Operators want to be certain that their employees are following company procedures when working in chilled and frozen areas. Given the low temperatures, the potential for slips and trips is increased, and obviously workers should be shown to be wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when carrying out tasks in that environment. Also, there is a maximum exposure time for operatives in low temperature conditions, and compliance can be monitored using CCTV.
More generally, logistics companies need to ensure that employees are using the correct lifting techniques and manual handling equipment appropriate to their loading and unloading procedures.
Frozen or chilled produce is often of high value and can be easily damaged in transit if not stored or loaded correctly. Operators are increasingly taking proactive measures to ensure that produce is delivered in prime condition. To avoid potential issues with customers, CCTV footage can be used to verify that produce has been off-loaded from a vehicle in good condition, or not as the case may be.
Finally, the CCTV system can be used to check that employees are not deliberately damaging produce or falsely claiming that produce has been damaged and are not stealing from or defrauding the company.
Another significant element of Vision UK’s offering within the UK is the company’s involvement in the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS). This is a voluntary accreditation scheme operated by Transport for London encompassing safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and improved operations. To help fleet operators meet the safety requirements of the FORS scheme, Vision UK offers three packages of in-cab cameras, alarms, monitors and DVRs designed to meet the requirements of the different levels of the scheme - Bronze, Silver and Gold.
The company is also committed to providing advanced vehicle monitoring systems designed to help minimise accidents when pedestrians, cyclists, cars, vans and HGVs must share the same roads. Within this context, Vision UK also provides specific road safety solutions under the “Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety” (CLOCS) scheme for HGVs working on construction projects in and around London.
Between 2008 and 2013, 55% of cyclist fatalities in London involved HGVs, a disproportionate number of which were construction vehicles. Accordingly, Transport for London commissioned an independent review of the construction sector’s transport activities to understand the causes of these collisions and how they might be prevented.
The resulting CLOCS Report was published in February 2013 by the Transport Research Laboratory (www.trl.co.uk). This Report found that:
Blind spots on construction vehicles could be larger than general haulage vehicles.
Road safety was not considered in the same way as health and safety on site.
There was little understanding of the impact of construction activity on road safety.
There was no common standard within the industry to manage work-related road safety.
In response, the construction logistics industry demonstrated its commitment to change and identified actions to improve road safety. Therefore the CLOCS scheme now brings together the construction logistics industry with the aim of revolutionising the management of work-related road risk and embedding a road safety culture across the industry as the population and economy grow.
It’s heartening to know that in-cab CCTV cameras with all-round vision, alarms, monitors and DVRs from Vision UK, are providing vital road safety solutions at all levels for HGVs in the nation’s capital city and beyond.
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