Monday, October 10, 2016

New camera system lets bosses see you in real time

Here’s looking at you, trucker. Some driver-facing cameras will soon be able to see a lot more than they used to.

Lytx, the largest supplier of camera-based technology for trucking, has introduced Unisyn, a platform that allows Lytx customers to custom configure cameras on their trucks. According to a Lytx press release, fleets “can access, review, and manage video ... when, where, and how they want, in real time, or a few days after an incident.”  

Lytx made the announcement in conjunction with the recent 2016 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas.

Lytx Senior Director of Corporate Communications Gretchen Griswold confirmed the Unisyn customization applies to all Unisyn onboard cameras -- including a driver-facing camera if there is one. But Unisyn is really designed for cargo security, not driver monitoring, she noted.

Launched in 1998 and originally known as DriveCam, Lytx is the largest provider of video-based safety systems for trucking. DriveCam is still the name of the company’s flagship video program. Fleets using DriveCam include Swift Transportation, NFI, Dart Transit and US Foods, the sixth-largest private fleet in North America.

Griswold explained the Unisyn platform is separate from and does not apply to current DriveCam cameras.

A Lytx DriveCam driver-facing camera records in a loop, continuously overwriting its memory. When triggered by an event like hard braking or a collision, however, the system saves the video from 10 seconds before and 10 seconds after the trigger. That video is sent to a cloud server where fleet managers can review driver actions alongside video from a forward-aimed camera.

Unisyn is different. Its “always on” feature enables a camera to record at times of management’s choosing for up to seven consecutive days. It also enables managers to see what the camera sees in real time, virtually live. According to Lytx, the Unisyn platform can synchronize all cameras on a truck. They can include a driver-facing camera.

Would a driver-facing Unisyn camera alert a driver he or she is being recorded or observed?

“There are no lights on the Unisyn cameras indicating that recording or real-time viewing is taking place,” Griswold explained. “That’s for two reasons: These cameras aren’t anticipated to be driver-facing, and a key objective of the Unisyn platform is cargo security. Lights would alert would-be thieves that they are being monitored.”

Unisyn cameras can capture and record activity outside the truck. Cameras can show a forward view, side view, rear view, cargo interior, or a view of the dock or warehouse a truck is backed into. That camera could establish that a truck was actually there and confirm loading and unloading activity. It might even provide proof of delivery.

Unisyn was not the only Lytx announcement at the ATA convention. The company also introduced updates to the DriveCam system, including new video trigger events.

For example, the new Rolling Stop trigger trips when a driver goes through a posted stop sign without coming to a complete stop while the new Roll Stability trigger detects activation of a third-party roll-stability system.

13 comments:

  1. Will these intrusions never cease? I recently learned that my company can use a Remote Administrative Tool or R.A.T. to turn on the forward facing camera on the Omnitracs Samsung tablet in my truck. Unfortunately all they can see now is the sticky side of black tape.

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    1. Good for you, I'd do the same thing!!

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    2. They will soon learn you blocked the camera with black tape, they will warn you to remove black tape, if not or if you violate the camera again by blocking camera, termination is verysible. What company do you work for Ben Everware?

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    3. Who cares if you get terminated..I'd rather quit driving than have my privacy invaded

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  2. Why should we drive trucks for a living. We are being forced into Russian state of security. You do as you are told to do. You have no rights when you are a truck driver.

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  3. Or my fleet manager can see my wife naked.

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    1. Watch out because you can get fired or termination of employment because you exposed a x rated picture of a striper or prosistute. No real man would expose his wife body to the world like that unless he is a pig. But consider the source look at what you do for a living, you are nothing but a company truck driver. Not even good enough to own your own truck to become a CEO or Owner Operator. Company drivers are a dime a dozen these days.

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  4. This is just total bs! Talk about an invasion of your privacy! I would never work for a company that did this and I hope to God that one of the drivers that does have to deal with it can sue the pants off of them!!! I would definitely think this was illegal. If they have cameras on the outside that's all they need as far as theft is concerned. There is no reason to have a camera on the inside watching every move you make where you can be changing clothes, etc. talk about too much big brother! I hope they lose all their drivers because that's what's needed. Every time we turn around it's something else!!

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    1. If you don't like the cameras then don't look at them, or don't change in front of them because that's indecent exposure.

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  5. TRUMP-PENCE 2016..Not a perfect choice, but a better choice

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