Lytx, a San Diego-based leader in video telematics, has introduced the Unisyn platform, a new video telematics model that gives unprecedented levels of quality video access and video expandability to commercial truck fleets.
Lytx launched the video telematics category in 1998, combining video capture of road incidents such as hard braking or sudden swerving, data analysis of those incidents, and personalized coaching insights to improve driving behavior. Today, Lytx helps protect more than 600,000 commercial and government fleet drivers under its DriveCam exception-based video program.
“Our DriveCam program will continue to serve clients who want video captured solely upon triggered events,” said Lytx Chairman and CEO Brandon Nixon. “But for some organizations, another priority is visibility into their fleet in a way that can be tailored to their business intelligence needs.”
The new Unisyn video telematics platform works side by side with the DriveCam platform for those fleets that wish to use DriveCam’s exception-based video to help prevent collisions through programmatic coaching, and Unisyn’s always-on video to track, monitor and act on fleet operations.
The Unisyn platform features always-on access to up to seven days or more of cloud-connected video. Organizations can access, review and manage video from their fleets and field operations when, where and how they want, in real time, or a few days after an incident has occurred.
“For some fleets, safety may be balanced against operational efficiency and/or security priorities, which can be addressed through the ability to observe and track vehicles in all aspects of their day,” Nixon said. “In DriveCam, we’re focusing on the driver, and with Unisyn our primary focus is the fleet operations.”
A proprietary combination of hardware and wireless network technology enables the Unisyn platform to seamlessly integrate and synchronize high-definition video from as many cameras as a client wishes, including, but not limited to:
- Forward-facing to capture what’s in front of the driver
- Side view to capture activity adjacent to the vehicle
- Side-mirror to capture activity both adjacent to and near the front of the vehicle
- Rear view to capture activity behind the vehicle
- Cargo interior to capture activity within the cargo hold
- Dock/warehouse to validate activity in the presence of the vehicle
- Interior to capture situations of security concern within the vehicle
Resulting video and corresponding telematics data can be accessed from the cloud in real time or on demand, from virtually any cloud-connected device including iOS and Android mobile devices.
“Access to video telematics has, until now, largely been driven by safety needs, and dictated by fleet size,” said Sathyanarayana K, research manager for Automotive & Transportation for Frost & Sullivan. “The Unisyn platform’s flexibility and elegant simplicity essentially democratizes access to the power of video.”
“The Unisyn platform revolutionizes traditional video telematics in a number of ways,” said Nixon. “It clears a path for all fleets, regardless of size and complexity, to put our world-class video capture to work protecting their businesses.”
Unisyn puts power into the client’s hands to configure not only their own slate of safety and fleet optimization services, but also to choose the precise level of risk they wish to monitor in their fleet. Because the Unisyn platform gives fleets the freedom to configure their own solution, organizations can start with video capture of collisions and consequential driving events and at the same time adopt services to enhance fleet productivity and performance, such as fuel management or fleet tracking.
They can, in essence, assemble their wish list of features that can help them achieve their unique business objectives. Tagging video, in particular, can deliver powerful benefits to a variety of business. For example:
- For loss prevention: Video can be tagged each time a cargo door is opened, making it easy to identify who is touching cargo, where, and when.
- To mitigate false claims: Video can be tagged to trigger when a passenger boards or disembarks a transit vehicle to help show the facts in the event of personal injury claims.
- For proof of delivery: Video can be tagged at specific destinations to serve as proof of conditions at a loading dock on a particular day, at a particular time.
The Unisyn platform delivers the full spectrum of pure visibility from events to assist with driver exoneration to leveraging that visibility to take action for prevention of future collisions.
“There are dozens of dynamics at play when a video telematics solution is deployed that affect just how much risk a fleet manager can address, and needs can change over time,” said Nixon. “We are providing every option for Unisyn platform users, giving them the ability to extract more risk and add new features when they’re ready.”