Brigade introduces BRIDGE, a Fleet Management Tool, to the US

Vehicle CCTV has proven valuable for fleet operators with many choosing to equip their vehicles with the technology to improve safety, support driver training and prevent fraudulent claims.

Having access to recorded footage from vehicles and machinery offers numerous benefits to companies. These include protection from ‘crash for cash’ claims, helping to deter vandalism, offering peace of mind to passengers, encouraging driver best practice, and providing irrefutable evidence in the event of accidents and legal proceedings.

Here at Brigade, our Mobile Digital Recording system (MDR) acts as an accurate eyewitness and can capture footage from up to eight vehicle-mounted cameras – meaning vehicles have comprehensive, all-round coverage. Offering up to 1862 hours of recording time, depending on video settings and quality, its features include pre and post trigger recording capabilities of up to 60 minutes preceding or following an incident, motion detection for capturing footage when the vehicle is unattended, and built-in GPS for recording speed and location.

Storing and managing this data is crucial, particularly in the event it is required for an insurance claim or incident report.

Brigade’s MDR range of four and eight-channel DVR recorders includes models with Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity, allowing data to be accessed from the recorder without having to physically enter the vehicle. Brigade’s fleet management tool, BRIDGE Cloud Service,  takes full advantage of this connectivity by providing a fully managed service for 4G enabled systems so that operators no longer have to set up and maintain their own servers, manage SIMs or handle mobile data.

Having remote access provides many benefits when operating an MDR system. These include:

  • Playback of historical footage and metadata stored on the vehicle MDR
  • Live vehicle tracking
  • A live view of the vehicle cameras and metadata, such as speed, G-force and activated triggers
  • Various footage download capabilities, including automatically saving footage either side of an alarm being activated
  • Geo-fencing function, which notifies the Fleet Manager when the vehicle enters/exits a predefined area
  • Fleet Manager Triggers, which send automatic email notifications, which can be triggered for a variety of reasons, including accidents, speeding, HDD errors and video tampering

Utilizing Machine to Machine IoT connected SIM cards, which offers greater data priority over a standard phone SIM card, Brigade’s BRIDGE provides fleet operators with uninterrupted access to data regardless of network traffic.

One company that has benefited from fitting remote managed vehicle CCTV to its fleet is Wyvern Cargo. The company, which provides distribution services and warehousing to industrial sectors, chose Brigade’s MDR cameras along with its fully managed 4G cloud service, BRIDGE. This allows data to be instantly accessed and live streamed from the recorder without having to physically enter the vehicle or wait for it to return to the depot.

Trevor Green, Transport Manager of Wyvern Cargo, said:

“I was immediately impressed with the quality of Brigade’s overall package. Being able to ‘dial in’ and see every angle of an incident instantly has made reporting much simpler. Details are not being missed and incidents can be reported to our insurers within minutes. The tracking feature also helps us to pinpoint the footage we need using time and location, meaning we don’t use too much data. For instance, if the accident happened at around 1:00pm, we could locate it right away.”