ACS were the first company to trial Brigade Electronics' new 3G mobile digital recording system with live access on a 32 tonne tipper when the driver had a head on collision with a car.
Brigade’s MDR-404G-500 is a four camera digital recording system that uses 3G connectivity to allow operators to remotely access footage. Eight configurable trigger inputs can capture speed, G-Force, motion detection, voltage, video signal loss and an optional remote panel with panic button. Operators can access the live footage and vehicle location via the mobile app as well as creating snapshots of footage and receive alerts.
David Sandilands, director at Banlaw Systems who supplied the equipment and installed at weekends, ahead of schedule to avoid vehicle downtime, was able to access the data remotely before the emergency services arrived. He said he could clearly see the devastation of the vehicle and the driver who was visibly shaken up on the side of the road. He was able to check speed and positioning of the vehicle as he watched a car on the wrong side of the road drive straight into the tipper.
Sandilands was able to go to Advanced Construction Scotland at Belshill with the footage on a USB stick and tell Colin Sinclair, general manager at ACS: “You can reassure your driver that he was not culpable.”
Sinclair at ACS said: “We recently had an accident involving one of our tippers where the system allowed us to instantly refute the third party claims and showed that our driver was not at fault. This saved a lot of wasted time further down the line dealing with claims when accident recollections were not as sharp as at the time of the incident. Having this record on film has proved to be invaluable and has shifted all blame onto the other party. Our insurers could pursue our claim against them, rather than the situation being clouded by counter claims and resulting in both insurance parties striking a deal to clear the claim off their books.”
According to Brigade, without the footage it would probably have been settled 50/50 and ACS’s insurance premiums would have risen.
Sinclair explained: “The Brigade 3G digital recording system allows our management team to study any incidents in real time preventing the need to rely on witness statements, which can be clouded. We can evaluate situations and form conclusions based on actual events as seen, rather than as reported, cutting out any false claims by either our drivers or third parties. Often tipper vehicles can be seen as easy targets for claims and we are now more confident that any such claims can be refuted protecting both our drivers and our company’s reputation. The MDR is an invaluable addition to our management systems and we expect to see a decline in spurious 3rd party claims involving our vehicles.”
Brigade’s digital recording system has further uses to help make fleets run more efficiently. Sinclair said: “Using the systems live GPS and footage functionality can also assist in route management as we can view live traffic situations and advise other drivers to avoid hot spots, thus allowing our vehicles to steer clear of any time consuming and fuel burning traffic jams.”