Enfield County Council has equipped its fleet of 46 bin lorries with VisionTrack’s VT 5500 camera system.
The system comprises cameras at the front, rear and sides of each vehicle, plus one side-mounted camera to monitor the presence of bins in the event of disputes with residents.
At the heart of the system is a five-channel mobile High Definition digital video recorder (DVR) with GPS and built-in 4G for live viewing and remote management.
Enfield Council’s cabinet member for Environment, Councillor Daniel Anderson, said: “Our new vehicles are being fitted with these state-of-the-art cameras to improve safety and improve efficiency. As a result, we will have a fleet that not only goes above and beyond regulatory requirements with regards to road safety, but will also contribute to the smooth running of our waste services throughout the Borough.”
In addition to monitoring and recording surrounding traffic during journeys, the system will track the Council’s refuse vehicles in real-time, with live video and analytics enabling the fleet manager to manage risks and reduce operating costs.
Each lorry will also be fitted with VisionTrack’s new cyclist detection system to help drivers be more aware of cyclists and other vulnerable road-users in blind spots. Drivers will also be able to use the rear cameras to assist with safe reversing, while the side cameras will come into play when turning left or right. Up to three months of data and video footage can be stored on the DVR.