How Video Telematics Works

By: New England Mobile


Once thought to be something that isn't actually needed, or an extra option that is more of a luxury than a necessity, or even sometimes considered a potential liability, vehicle cameras are now becoming more important to have in your fleet. It is now proven that vehicle cameras provide safety tools you cannot put a price on and they help extremely when trying to figure out what happened during an incident like perhaps, an accident. We’re seeing the Fleet Industry change from normal dash cams to actual video telematics.


There are key advantages with video telematics over a typical dash cameras. Managers are now, with video telematics, able to modify driver actions and receive timely video evidence of critical incidents called “first notification of loss (FNOL)” by insurers.


How video telematics works


Video telematics combines vehicle data and driving data to provide more context around any incident footage while transmitting the video evidence in real-time over a cellular network.


Multiple camera options are available:

  • road-facing only

  • road and driver-facing

  • multi-camera (four total cameras inside and/or outside the vehicle)

The solution includes a smart g-force sensor, GPS, HD video recording, microphone, and built-in LTE.


SmartWitness GoCam captures high-resolution video and audio in and out of the vehicle. This provides up to a 360 degree view of events. You can now watch a live playback, see trip and map information, and share a web link to specific events as needed to anyone you wish.



Benefits of video telematics

In the case of an accident, video telematics help provide the answers to the 5 famous questions:

  • who?

  • what?

  • where?

  • when?

  • why?

Telematics technology plays an important role in improving the safety of drivers and others on the road. According to the FMCSA, there were over 4,800 fatal crashes involving large trucks and buses in 2017, an increased number from 2016.


Here are even more benefits of telematics with video:

  • Immediate notification of incidents — manage the direction of claims through early interception

  • Remote access to video footage — instant access when needed by the claims department

  • Vehicle tracking and monitoring —  the speed and behavior metrics and whether the vehicle was in the area of the incident at the time


To Sum It Up

The growing benefits of telematics include lower operational costs, an increase in fuel efficiency and productivity. Video telematics in specific is helping businesses improve the way their fleets operate by providing greater visibility to help increase safety and increase ROI.



About SmartWitness

SmartWitness is a world leading designer, manufacturer, and supplier of in-vehicle cameras, recorders, and software. Our industry leading vehicle equipment and API access has produced exceptional results for our clients and solutions which undeniably redefine the way vehicle risk is analyzed. 




For more info please contact your local Smart Witness & Geotab Reseller, New England Mobile.




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