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Adam Bannister was Editor of IFSEC Global from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam is also a former Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
September 5, 2018

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Laundry services group credits jump in fuel efficiency and near eradication of speeding to video surveillance

A laundry services group has attributed a 12.7% jump in fuel efficiency, 58% drop in driver-related incidences and near eradication of speeding to the installation of network cameras in its fleet of commercial vehicles.

The figures attest to the changing role of video surveillance systems. Once merely deployed to deter and identify wrongdoers, network cameras and analytics software is used for a widening array of applications – many completely unrelated to security.

 Elis, the largest operator of linen, textile and wellbeing services in Europe, integrated telematics and video surveillance systems with IP cameras provided by Axis Communications.

Installed by Axis partner ICanProve.IT the cameras record a 360-degree view of the exterior and interior of its 750-strong fleet of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and light commercial vehicles (LCVs).

Drivers have subsequently driven more fuel efficiently and far fewer incidents of speeding or dangerous driving have been reported.

False insurance claims

The cameras, which include AXIS F44 and F41 rugged network video systems and wide-angle AXIS F1005-E and F1035 HD models with fisheye lenses, also serve to combat theft from vehicles and false insurance claims.

“To help improve the fuel efficiency and safety of our fleet, we set strict targets regarding CO2 emissions, safety and compliance and management information,” Peter Kelly, group compliance and fleet manager at Elis, formerly known as Berendsen Elis.

“The reports that the system generates and sends to relevant managers now form the basis of driver debriefs, which has been vital in addressing these targets. If, for example, an event occurred as the result of evasive action to avoid a potential collision, the camera footage would support the driver if an insurance claim had been made. Otherwise, advice or training can be offered to improve driving performance.”

“Managers can review footage with drivers to discuss exactly what caused the need for harsh breaking or acceleration.” Gavin Urtel, managing director, ICanProve.IT

Said Gavin Urtel, managing director at ICanProve.IT: “When it comes to helping improve driver behaviour, managers can review footage with drivers to discuss exactly what caused the need for harsh breaking or acceleration, helping address issues in a positive way.

“Managers can tailor training for each driver; one may struggle with fuel economy, whereas another might be found to brake harshly. Individual targets for improvement can then be agreed.”

Added Lucas Young, business development manager for transport at Axis Communications: “The results from this installation are incontrovertible. In working with ICanProve.IT and Axis, Elis can be assured it is utilising best-in-class IP technology, which generates data that is useful and actionable.

“A 12.7% improvement in fuel efficiency, 58% decrease in unsafe driving and an almost complete eradication of incidents of speeding has only gone to cement the benefits of integrating telematics and video data. We are delighted that Elis and ICanProve.IT share our philosophy of making our world a more safe, secure and sustainable place to live and work, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

Axis has produced a case study on the project.  

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