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Ready for the Rise of Smart Fleets?

Ready for the Rise of Smart Fleets? 

Smart Fleet Management Drives Safety and Reduces Liabilities

We’ve all encountered
the distracted driver on the road, either driving too slowly or swinging their
car between two lanes, as if they can’t make a decision on where to go. It’s a
recurring safety issue we all run into on a daily basis. The use of smart phones
has been a big contributor to this in the last couple of years, to a point that
insurance companies are now focusing their efforts on monitoring the drivers
instead of the vehicles.

Any organization that
manages a fleet of commercial vehicles is challenged to deal with reducing the
company’s liability and increasing the public safety while managing a growing
number of vehicles. It’s impossible to be connected with your drivers at all times
without the right infrastructure. It’s no surprise that fleet managers turn to
smarter ways of leveraging video and IoT data to monitor their drivers and
implement proactive training.

Did We Get the Video?

Typically, that’s the
first question asked when something goes wrong on the road. In the fleet
management industry, if you don’t get the video you’ve got nothing. And if an
accident happens, how quickly can you find the right frame amid the hours of
footage? Do you know what camera gives you the best quality and angle? An ideal
solution doesn’t just capture the video but captures the event at the best
resolution, in suitable light conditions and with additional data that can
provide additional valuable information about the event.

The Toolbox of Today –
AI, Analytics and IoT

Technology of transportation concept. Communication network.

As accidents can be a
complex combination of multiple events, the optimal approach allows for the
correlation of video data with IoT data (e.g. speed of the car, location and
G-Force indicators of aggressive driving maneuvers) to provide fleet managers with
insights and learnings such as identifying whether a specific driver is
repeatedly speeding or watching his phone. This type of analytics happens in
the data center and leverages historical data to reveal trends or correlate new
findings. This allows fleet managers to proactively improve driving behavior
through training or intervene faster when bad behavior is identified.

Integrated Intelligence

Building a digital
system to deliver such intelligent platforms requires a sophisticated
architecture of hardware and software and a deep understanding of analytics
across those components.

School bus driver checking multiple aspects of the bus before route.

Today, transportation providers operating fleets of all types and sizes rely on AngelTrax technologies, a Western Digital partner providing an integrated solution to help fleet managers to increase public safety, promote safe driving practices, reduce liability and monitor vehicle movements, but most of all—to get the video. 

the Vulcan Series CoPilot System by AngelTrax, fleet clients capture interior
and exterior views from the windshield plus up to five additional views. The
AngelTrax Fleet solution delivers direct coaching to drivers, harnesses
powerful data into relevant reports for fleet directors and expedites
actionable video clips for visual confirmation of events on the road.

The School Bus Gets

Here are a couple of
great examples of how strategic a camera architecture can be in just one
vehicle in a fleet. AngelTrax offers a full lineup of HD and IP cameras that
were developed for optimal camera coverage for any vehicle type, including a
school bus. School
bus clients monitor student behavior even in high-back seats with the wide
angle HD1700V low profile camera, as seen in the example below.

Diagram of AngelTrax smart video system.

clients strategically place four Parallax cameras inside the bus for an
unparalleled 360-degree interior view. With patent-pending technology, each
Parallax IP camera captures an extremely wide, 210-degree field of view.

Diagram of AngelTrax smart video system.

In addition to reliable
video capture and storage, AngelTrax equips transportation directors with live
view, live tracking, driver scoring, smart reports and fleet management tools
to increase safety and reduce liability for all types of fleets.

Reliable Storage – Why AngelTrax Depends on Western Digital

AngelTrax has been
defining the mobile surveillance industry for 20 years, and from day one, the
goal has been to design and deliver the best and most reliable mobile
surveillance systems available. Yet one problem has plagued every mobile video
surveillance manufacturer over the years: storage reliability.

AngelTrax introduced the
Vulcan Series, a comprehensive product line of mobile network video recorders
(MNVRs) and mobile digital video recorders (MDVRs) to deliver extreme recording
reliability to ensure data is always captured and protected.

AngelTrax chose to partner with us for their
integrated solutions as they required a hard drive solution that can store
multiple camera channels of video in rugged mobile environments (AngelTrax
Vulcan Series). WD Purple™ SD cards are used in Vulcan Series recording units for
backup storage, and the WD
Purple 3.5-inch drive provides reliable
storage in the 16-channel Vulcan Series V16-35 MDVR (coming soon). Built for
always-on, high-definition security systems, with a supported workload rate of
up to 180 TB/yr[1] and
support for up to 64 cameras, our WD Purple drives are optimized for surveillance systems. 

What does it mean to be
surveillance-optimized? To start it means the drive has been designed and
tested specifically for the needs of the surveillance industry, which are very
different than drives created for desktop, NAS or gaming – here
you can find out more. 

Visit Us at ISC WEST

Western Digital and AngelTrax will be demonstrating the fleet management stack at ISC West in Las Vegas. Visit us at the Western Digital booth #25057 for any questions, a personalized demo or discuss your view on your digital co-pilot.




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[1] Workload Rate is defined as the amount of
user data transferred to or from the hard drive. Annualized workload rate = TB
transferred ✕ (8760 / recorded power-on hours). Workload
Rate will vary depending on your hardware and software components and

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