5 Reasons to have a Witness Dash Camera

Not everything Dash Cam that looks the same, is the same, choosing a dash-cam can be a minefield. Let us try to help.. In-Car Witness Cameras, could be invaluable for those who drive as part of their job, or simply spend considerable time on the roads. No-one expects to be in any sort of accident or crash, but using a dashcam can help you prove whose fault any sort of accident was, should one ever happen. For insurance purposes, it could be invaluable. Here’s a brief look at a few of the top reasons to purchase or invest in a dashcam.

  

1 – They Could Net You an Insurance Discount

Some insurance companies will discount premiums for dash cam users, because they already know that anyone who has a dash cam fitted takes safety seriously, and  has a motivation to become a better driver.

2 – They could be a Crime Deterrent

A dash cam that may be always recording (some accomplish this, however, not all models do is an excellent crime deterrent because individuals will likely be unwilling to approach your car or truck when they think they are being recorded.

3 – You Have Peace of Mind

Accidents are something which no-one likes to contemplate. For those who have a dash cam it is possible to operate a vehicle more confidently, since you will be recording everything happening near you. If the accident happens, the footage could be automatically saved some dash cams can even note time and location together with saved footage to ensure you can use it for insurance purposes.

4 – They Enables you to Collect Memories

Dash cams don’t really need to be all doom and gloom. Lots of people make use of them to record scenic drives while they are on vacation or on a break to allow them to return back and take out the most interesting elements of their trip.

5 – The Authorities May Consider Them as Evidence

Depending on the way the footage is saved, and exactly how premium quality it really is the law enforcement authorities may accept dash cam footage in their investigations, so you could use it to clear your name in case you are within an accident.

If there are no independent witnesses, then often it can come down to the word of one driver over another to determine liability, which can make it very difficult to prove you are not at fault. As well as filming images of what has happened outside the car, cameras fitted in cars can also be used to continuously record driving and breaking speeds, which again can be a source of valuable evidence to show what happened in the moments before an accident and to demonstrate who is at fault.

Car insurance fraudsters often target newer, more expensive cars or cars with a more vulnerable driver, such as a young driver or a woman with young children in the car. One of the best ways to protect you and your family in the event that you are caught up in one of these insurance frauds is to install a witness camera in your car. These cameras can be quickly and easily fitted to cars to record the actions of other drivers on the road. The footage shot by these cameras can be invaluable in proving who is at fault in the event of an accident, and can provide vital evidence of the existence of a ‘Crash for Cash’ or ‘Flash for Cash’ type fraud.

Some questions on Witness Dash Cams that we get:

 

  1. Do dashcams lower insurance? Some insurance companies will offer a discount if you have an approved device professionally fitted.
  2. Do dashcams show speed? All quality cameras have the ability to show vehicle speed on the recorded playback.
  3. Do dashcams work when parked? Some can have a voltage sensing device fitted that allows recording when the car is switched off.
  4. Do i need GPS on dash cam? Inbuilt Global Positioning on some cameras show the vehicle position on the recordings.
  5. How long can dash cam record? They record in a loop so indefinitely however the length of the loop is determined by the SD card size. 
  6. Which dash cam is best? Witness cameras should have the highest video resolution and the price usually indicates quality.   

So which Witness camera is right for you?

Depending on what you requirements are governs which camera:

If you have a fleet of commercial vehicles it might be important for you to ensure that the driver/operator can not tamper with the device or you might need to see in real time the actual footage from the vehicle. We can accommodate all that here…

If you require full time protection of your precious car both front and rear even when parked then you need the Blackue system here...

If you just want an inexpensive front viewing camera recorder for your car then look here…

We do carry a huge range of witness dash cameras and we offer a pro fitting service (no dangling wires on our installs). We can help you to find a good installation company in your area – See Map, please contact us by email or telephone direct 01368 860800 if we can be of further help. 

 

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Demo of Target Blue Eye working. Taken on Blackvue Front & Rear Cameras. Fitted to Merc C250

NEW tracking system installations standard

 

The NEW standard in ‘insurance approved’ tracking system installations.

 

Meta Trak VTS is approved to meet the new Vehicle Tracking Systems criteria launched by the Thatcham Research Centre on 1st Oct 2016.

 

What is “Key cloning”?

Key cloning is the method by which a thief can programme a new key into the vehicle without the owner’s knowledge. This can be achieved using a low-cost programming device connected to the OBD diagnostic port of the vehicle. In some cases thieves can connect to vehicle electronics without even entering the vehicle. You may think that could never happen, but thieves are cunning, they will wait for a driver to leave their vehicle, press their remote control to lock the vehicle as usual. But, they are jamming your remote control; you think your vehicle is locked but it’s not!

 

In the event of the vehicle being driven WITHOUT the Driver ID Tag present e.g. with an unauthorised key, an alert will be sent to our SOC within seconds Making Key Clone theft a thing of the past Installer support 0208 867 2340 or info@metatrak.co.uk The ‘Because the objective is detecting vehicle theft using a cloned key rather than stolen keys the ID tag can be attached the vehicle keys.

 

This eliminates the need for the driver to remember to carry a separate ID device as was the case with Cat 5. Which also means they avoid being contacted by the alarm receiving centre each time he/she forgets to do so.

 

Want even more pro-active resistance to theft using a cloned key? With Meta Trak VTS it’s possible to add a wireless starter motor immobiliser which can be set and unset remotely via the app, or automatically each time you leave your vehicle and unset each time you enter the vehicle with the ID tag. In the event a thief successfully manages to clone a key any attempt to steal the vehicle using that key will be blocked if the immobiliser is active.

 

Under the new Thatcham Vehicle Tracking Systems criteria, tracking solution providers are permitted to use their own in-house call centre for receiving system alerts. Meta Trak have decided to continue to use the services of a ‘National Security Inspectorate’ approved centre for the professional handling of alerts from Meta Trak VTS customers.

 

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Meta Trak VTS is approved to meet the new Vehicle Tracking Systems criteria

 

 

And now for something completely different

In the car Hi-Fi world the word “Revolutionary” gets bandied about a lot and in my 45 years plus in this industry I have not witnessed many revolutionary products so far.

 

However I may have just been surprised by something completely different!

 

When I first heard about digital speakers I laughed out loud, surely an analog device couldn’t be digital?

 

If you can convert the radio output to digital then process it and send it directly to the speakers without using Amplifiers and all the complicated wiring that goes with them you would theoretically have a lossless path from source to ear but surely this is not possible. Such a system would have the advantage of incredibly high-resolution audio playback without the need for power hungry amplifiers and wiring taking up all the space and would use much less current thus longer time on the battery.

 

Clarion has developed a Full Digital Sound system. The Z3 Digital sound processor married to the Z7 digital speakers and Z25W digital Subwoofer. 

 

The clever bit is it is so simple to install since there is no requirement for anything other than the cars standard speaker wiring and it will convert any factory standard OEM head unit into a HD digital system with all the EQ curves and time alignment taken care of by a phone app.

 

Control is done by a small commander unit and the main Sound processor box is small enough to hide away behind the dash.

 

Now for the technical bit: VLSI (very large-scale integration) is the secret behind Clarion’s new devices. Inside each speaker are six voice coils being driven by a tiny VLSI chip which take scare of Oversampling + Digital Modulation and has Multi D-Class drivers.  The current consumption is so small it is accommodated down the standard twin core speaker cable with the exception of the Sub-Woofer which has its own small wiring harness to provide fused power and the subs can be daisy chained together.

 

I can see applications for this in vehicles which are sensitive to power consumption and space saving like Motor homes, trucks who might park up for a few hours listening to music or even on board a small boat.

 

Finally something completely different to try. Another YouTube tutorial on Clarion FDS

 

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