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  • What types of cameras are used in van CCTV systems?

    We use various types of cameras including interior cameras, exterior cameras, and reversing cameras. Each type serves a different purpose, from monitoring the driver and passengers to capturing footage of the surrounding environment and assisting with parking.

  • Will the CCTV system affect the interior or exterior look of my van?

    Our installations are designed to be discreet and minimally invasive. Cameras and wiring are placed in a way that preserves the aesthetic and functionality of your van while ensuring comprehensive coverage.

  • How long does it take to install CCTV in a van?

    The installation process typically takes between 2 to 4 hours, depending on the complexity of the system and the van’s configuration. We strive to complete installations efficiently to minimize any disruption to your schedule.

  • Can I view the CCTV footage remotely?

    Yes, ACSS Live view CCTV systems offer remote viewing capabilities. You can access live or recorded footage through a mobile app or web portal, allowing you to monitor your van from anywhere.

  • Is the CCTV footage stored securely?

    Yes, footage is stored securely on a DVR installed within the van. Depending on the system, footage can be encrypted and protected with passwords to prevent unauthorized access. Additionally, Our some systems offer cloud storage options for added security.

  • What happens if my van is involved in an accident?

    CCTV footage can provide crucial evidence in the event of an accident, helping to determine fault and support insurance claims.

  • Can the CCTV system be integrated with other vehicle electronics?

    Yes, our CCTV systems can be integrated with other vehicle electronics such as GPS tracking, telematics, and in-vehicle entertainment systems. This integration provides a comprehensive solution for monitoring and managing your van.

  • How can CCTV installation affect my insurance premiums?

    Installing CCTV in your van can lead to lower insurance premiums. Many insurance companies offer discounts for vehicles equipped with CCTV systems because they reduce the risk of theft, vandalism, and fraudulent claims. By providing clear evidence in case of accidents or disputes, CCTV can also help expedite the claims process and establish liability, further lowering the insurance risk and potentially reducing premiums.

  • How does vehicle CCTV work?

    Vehicle CCTV systems typically include cameras, a DVR (digital video recorder), and sometimes a GPS module. The cameras capture footage, which is then stored on the DVR. The system can also stream live footage to a remote monitoring center or mobile device.

  • What types of vehicles can you install CCTV in?

    We install CCTV in a wide range of vehicles including cars, trucks, buses, vans, HGVs and other commercial vehicles. Our systems are bespoke to meet the specific needs of different vehicle types and fleet operations.

  • Can vehicle CCTV systems be integrated with telematics?

    Yes, our vehicle CCTV systems can be seamlessly integrated with telematics solutions. This integration allows for comprehensive fleet management by combining video surveillance with data on vehicle location, speed, driver behavior, and other telematics information.

  • What are the benefits of integrating CCTV with telematics?

    Integrating CCTV with telematics provides a holistic view of your fleet operations. It enhances driver accountability, improves safety, optimizes route planning, and can significantly reduce costs associated with fuel, maintenance, and insurance.

  • How long does the vehicle CCTV installation process take?

    The installation time varies depending on the vehicle type and the complexity of the system being installed. Generally, it takes between 2 to 5 hours per vehicle. We ensure minimal downtime to keep your fleet operational.

  • Is there any downtime required for CCTV installation in my fleet?

    We strive to minimize downtime during the installation process. Our team can work around your schedule, including off-peak hours or weekends, to ensure your vehicles are back on the road as quickly as possible.

  • What kind of maintenance does a vehicle CCTV system require?

    Regular maintenance is essential for optimal performance. This includes checking camera lenses for cleanliness, ensuring connections are secure, and periodically reviewing recorded footage for any anomalies. We offer maintenance packages to keep your system running smoothly.

  • How is the footage stored and for how long?

    Footage is stored on a DVR installed in the vehicle. The storage capacity and retention period depend on the system specifications and your requirements. Typically, systems can store footage from a few days to several weeks before overwriting old data.

  • Can I access the CCTV footage remotely?

    Yes, Our Live View  vehicle CCTV systems offer remote access. You can view live footage or recorded video through a mobile app or web portal, giving you the ability to monitor your fleet from anywhere.

  • What are the costs associated with installing vehicle CCTV?

    The cost varies based on the number of cameras, type of vehicle, and additional features like telematics integration. We offer customized solutions and competitive pricing to meet your specific needs and budget.

  • Do we provide warranties for your CCTV systems?

    Yes, we provide warranties on all our CCTV systems and installations. The warranty period varies depending on the product and service package you choose. We also offer extended warranty options for added peace of mind.

  • I have a new vehicle that requires modification to achieve a DVS Safety Permit. Do I install a Safe System or a Progressive Safe System?

    The choice is yours. You can install either system now to obtain your permit. If you opt for a Safe System you will need to upgrade to a PSS by October 2024. Whichever

    system you install you will need to reapply for a Safety Permit under the new DVS 2024 requirements from June 2024.

  • My 1 star rated vehicle currently requires no modification to attain a DVS permit. Will I need to install new equipment for DVS 2024, and by when?

    The scope of DVS 2024 is changing. A 1-star vehicle currently requires no modifications. Under DVS 2024 a 1-star vehicle will require a Progressive safe System fitted. The same will apply for 2-star vehicles which currently does not require any modifications.

  • I have a Safe System. Can my Safe System be upgraded to a Progressive Safe System?

    Certain elements of a Safe System can be used. These are likely to be the in-cab monitor and, in some cases, the nearside camera. Additional equipment will need to be fitted.

  • What is the cost of the Progressive Safe System?
    Progressive Safe System  cost starting from  from circa £1,000 + VAT is  available fully fitted & calibrated Upgrade packages also available.
  • My vehicle currently does not require any additional equipment fitted, nor will it need it for DVS 2024. It is 3 star rated. Do I need to do anything to prepare?

    Under DVS 2024 you will still require a Safety Permit to operate in Greater London although no modifications are required to your vehicle now or for DVS 2024. You will however need to reapply for a DVS Safety Permit under the new regulations from June 2024.

  • I have a Progressive Safe System fitted to my vehicle. Will I need to take any further action?

    You can fit a PSS Progressive Safe System now or anytime up till the regulation change in October 2024. DVS Safety Permits can be attained now evidencing a PSS but will still have to be reapplied for under the new regulations from June 2024. The process for applying for a Safety Permit under DVS 2024 will be very similar to the current system requiring photo evidence. Additionally, operators will need to provide a Sensor Functionality Statement.

  • Have TfL clarified explicitly what is required in terms of kit under a Progressive Safe System?

    Over the summer 2023 TfL confirmed the technical requirements that a PSS system must fulfil. They have not stated precisely the equipment that must be fitted to fulfil the requirements.

    For some time ACSS have been developing their Progressive Safe System, which uses AI technology and high-resolution cameras calibrated to TfL technical specifications to fulfil DVS 2024 requirements. After extensive testing we are now installing the system ahead of the 2024 changes.

  • What vehicles are exempt from requiring a DVS Safety Permit?

    Vehicles such as coaches, buses, breakdown vehicles, mobile cranes, emergency vehicles and showman’s vehicles are exempt from requiring a DVS Safety Permit. If your vehicle requires a permit now it will under DVS 2024. The easiest way to confirm is to check your vehicles star rating and registration on the TfL DVS page.

  • Sensors v radar v AI cameras?

    The debate over the capabilities of both will continue to rage. Whilst it seems agreed that ultrasonic sensors are not intelligent enough to fulfil the requirements, radar or microwave sensors may determine the difference between a pedestrian and street furniture. Detecting a VRU approaching a stationary vehicle represents a different challenge, and the ability of a sensor to pick-up a protective clothed and helmeted motorcyclist or hooded pedestrian is debateable. ACSS supply a tested AI camera solution. Cameras which run video scene analysis on the blind spot area and pick out the human frame (shoulders, head, neck) offer the best method of detection by alerting the driver and displaying the view on an in-cab monitor. Cameras may get dirty and need cleaning yes, but there’s no arguing with what you can see with your own eyes on a screen! 

  • But the TfL specifications mention sensors, not AI cameras?

    TfL’s Guidance For Operators and technical Specifications on BSIS & MOIS do make reference to ‘sensor systems, but equally reference ‘can be achieved in the way that works best for the technology supplier & the vehicle operator’ and ‘sensors or other means of technology. Cameras are the best sensor technology there is. They offer detection and full view. There is no reason to think that a AI camera solution will not be compliant with the TfL requirements. 

  • When will, and what will, the next DVS changes be?

    At the inception of the Direct Vision Standard the scheme was scheduled to be reviewed in 2024. This has now occurred with the systems and technology updated. DVS Phase 2 is due to be reviewed in 2030. Nobody know whats will happen then but it would seem with the CCTV industry moving towards AI, more of this technology will be factored in. 

  • How do I know the system is compliant and will achieve the TfL Phase 2 Safety Permit?

    TfL have supplied all the relevant guidance and technical specifications for BSIS & MOIS. A system that fulfils these detailed requirements should be compliant. Until the application system opens for DVS Phase 2 from June 24 and applications are submitted and approved there are no guarantees. A solution from a reputable supplier and a system offering UNECE Regulation 151 & 159 approval are the safest bet. The TfL technical specifications on BSIS & MOIS state ‘vehicles that are approved to UNECE Regulation 159 / 151 will be deemed to comply with all of these requirements’. 

  • Are TfL approving and ‘rubber stamping’ PSS solutions?

    TfL are not pre-approving Progressive Safe System solutions. A solution from a reputable supplier and a system offering UNECE Regulation 151 & 159 approval are the safest bet. The TfL technical specifications on BSIS & MOIS state ‘vehicles that are approved to UNECE Regulation 159 / 151 will be deemed to comply with all of these requirements’. 

  • Will TfL change the requirements or timelines of DVS Phase 2?

    It’s no secret and no surprise that there been considerable and understandable pushback from the road transport industry to the changes. The costs are significant and the timeline short. TfL have always said they will assess the readiness of the industry nearer the time and this appears to be underway. On confirmation of the proposals, a three-month grace period was offered meaning that operators who had an appointment to retrofit a PSS system to their vehicle before the October 24 deadline, would be given three months grace. There has no sign of a change to this; neither to any of the other scheme requirements or timelines. 

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  • Which PSS System should I fit to my fleet?

    Technical specifications and timelines have been published by TfL since the summer of 2023. Whilst the specifications are detailed, they are not 100% clear and in places could be viewed as contradictory. This ambiguity/lack of clarity and scope of the changes has led to suppliers offering different PSS solutions. Sadly, it has also meant a lot of ‘new arrivals’ to market offering discount solutions. It would seem wise to be wary of new operators and evaluate all solutions based on merit and likelihood of fulfilling the TfL requirements rather than purely price. Long established and accredited suppliers with long standing relationships with manufacturers will bring you the compliant solutions. ACSS have designed a system not only to fulfil the TfL requirements but to exceed and offer the highest level of protection and safety for vulnerable road users (VRU) and HGV drivers.