Back-Up Cameras For Trucks. Is This The Solution For You?
Many fleet operators who are interested in installing backup cameras often assume that the back-up camera system should be integrated into a connected dash camera system. SureCam customers have found that this is generally not the right solution. Adding back-up camera functionality to your connected dash camera system will add unnecessary cost when you can buy a separate, less expensive retail back-up cam to meet your needs.
There are so many cameras on the market today, it’s important to understand what each type of camera has to offer before making a decision. If you feel like back-up cameras might be right for you, read on for SureCam’s quick and easy guide to this kind of technology.
Benefits of Back-Up Cameras
It’s important to understand the distinction between connected cameras and back-up cameras as they differ in several ways. The first is that many back-up cameras tend to be from stand-alone, after-market distributors such as Best Buy, Amazon, or Walmart as opposed to independent connected camera providers like SureCam. While some dash camera companies offer back-up cameras as a part of their technology package, many often find it to be more cost-effective to purchase them separately from their telematics provider. In that case, they would typically be a one time purchase and with no contract or monthly fee associated with their use. This differs from most telematics providers that, along with the purchase of a camera, require a contract and data package with monthly payments for their services.
They also differ in functionality. For example, connected cameras offer continuous recording options to capture incidents throughout the vehicle’s travels. This footage is then saved and can be referenced for insurance purposes. Most back back-up cameras don’t have storage capability and are used to display real-time back-up footage on an in-cab monitor. This can be helpful for maneuvering in and out of tight spaces like loading docs and changing lanes, but it does not offer the same insurance security that a connected dash camera can as the footage is not saved and cannot be referenced later on.
Types of Back-Up Cameras
When considering an after-market back-up camera, there are several different options you can choose from. For example, you can choose the kind of back-up camera you want based on how it is mounted in your vehicle. Most cameras are typically mounted on either the bumper of the vehicle or the license plate. While most monitors are mounted on either the dashboard of the vehicle or are within a new rear-view camera included with your purchase. Other benefits to this type of technology are the different options available such as LED monitor screens or night vision cameras. They also come complete with an easy self-install process. Check within the packaging of your specific camera for instructions, or with a representative from your provider for specific details.
Back-up cameras come in a variety of styles and can provide useful peace of mind for drivers operating large vehicles. For this helpful tool, we find that you can achieve the largest return by purchasing it outside of your telematics package. Be sure to research your options to determine what combination of features works best for your fleet. After learning about back-up cameras, if you feel that a connected camera may be closer to what you are looking for, check out SureCam’s How To Choose A Dash Cam Guide to see what would work best for your business.