Fleet Management During COVID-19: How Video Systems Can Help
Greg Buckner on September 17, 2020
As the world continues to work through the COVID-19 pandemic, the truck drivers who are keeping supply chains moving and shelves stocked are doing their best to stay safe during this unprecedented time.
According to the Los Angeles Times, more than 70 percent of freight in America travels by truck – and given this extraordinary situation currently facing the world, drivers and fleet managers are looking for new ways to stay safe while keeping operations going.
When it comes to keeping yourself and your drivers safe, improving efficiency on the road and at the garage can go a long way to keeping your people safe and your fleet running during COVID-19. But what are some of the ways you can use your video recording systems to help that initiative?
Here are a few ways your video recording systems can help you safely manage your fleet and protect your employees as you work to keep the world moving during the current pandemic.
Sanitation Efforts & Contact Tracing
In this current environment, fleet managers need to be aware of what’s happening in and around their vehicles to limit any potential for infection.
Having video recording systems onboard your vehicles can help with that mission.
In a time where increased sanitation is of the upmost importance, you can use video recording systems to ensure such tasks are completed.
For example, if you require your drivers to clean and disinfect their vehicles when they return at the end of their shift, you can use the onboard video recording systems to record those activities and ensure they’re happening. A fleet manager could simply review the video for each vehicle in the morning to confirm cleaning was performed at shift’s end each day.
If you do find that one of your drivers has tested positive for COVID-19, the footage captured by your video recording systems can also help you perform contact tracing to identify any possible exposure to others and limit any further exposure.
With video recorded on your vehicles, you can quickly and simply review the video to determine if the infected driver came into contact with anyone else – whether it’s fellow drivers or customers – and start the process of quarantining and testing for all involved.
Avoid Vehicle Downtime
Time is precious. Fleet managers and drivers already know this. But with the current pandemic stretching resources thin, any potential vehicle downtime could be devastating for your company.
With video recording systems, many of those systems have different options and features for alerting fleet managers to potential vehicle issues.
For example, if the video recording system provides the ability to view live video streams through a cellular network, your fleet manager can use that feature to look in on any potential incidents when they arise and communicate with drivers to quickly get them back up and running.
Another consideration is if your video recording systems have the ability to monitor the performance of said systems to ensure they’re working at all times. With this feature, you can rest easy knowing you won’t be in for a surprise – like finding out the system wasn’t working and now you’re left without the video needed for things like monitoring vehicle sanitation, contact tracing efforts and incident video.
Without staying on top of that data, your vehicles can run into issues. That could affect the health of your business and unnecessarily put your drivers in difficult situations that increase their potential exposure to COVID-19.
Like anyone in any industry today, fleet managers are working on ways to step up their sanitation efforts to keep employees safe from COVID-19. Depending on the video recording system, there are features available to help you better manage your fleet with more hands-free operation to limit exposure to germs.
One feature that can be helpful during this time is wireless file transfer. If you have video recording systems that allow for wireless file transfer, you can configure it so when any vehicle comes back to the home garage and connects to your Wi-Fi network, it will automatically download the video from that day – all without anyone having to touch any equipment or manually pull SD cards from several different trucks.
Some video recording systems can also automatically apply a firmware update or change system settings with a Wi-Fi or 4G connection. This is another hands-free feature that helps to curb the potential for spreading germs and viruses. Without this feature, you could find yourself having to enter 20 different trucks to update settings or install firmware – and putting yourself at a 20-times higher risk of potential exposure.
Let Pro-Vision Help You Protect Your Fleet
If you’re ready to see how PRO-VISION solutions can help you protect your drivers and your fleet, take a moment to check out the video recording systems that will help you increase safety and improve productivity across your fleet.