As of September 2017, Portsmouth Council required all existing licensed hackney carriage and private hire vehicles to be fitted with compliant CCTV cameras.
GBE’s wealth of knowledge and experience with in-car embedded solutions for the private hire vehicle industry meant they could leverage this expertise to assist Aqua Cars meet these new legislations by installation of a customised G7 Vehicle CCTV System. In fact, not only did this help Aqua Cars meet the legislation, it was also optimised to provide numerous other driver and fleet owner benefits; see below.
The capabilities of GB Electronics G7 CCTV system far exceed the requirements of most fleet vehicle operators and government legislation. The G7 has a 4CH 960P/720P video input with 4TB of storage. The DVR is also configured to live stream both audio and video, allowing for remote monitoring.
Portsmouth based Aqua Cars were acquired by its current owners in 1990, at that time the company had a fleet of 16 cars. Today Aqua Cars has expanded its fleet exponentially with over 1000 vehicles on the road.
When the new requirements of Portsmouth council were announced, GBE worked closely with Aqua Cars in order to optimise the G7 system to meet their budgetary requirements and the finer points of the new legislation.
The G7 was re-fitted with a 2TB storage allowing Aqua Cars drivers to hold enough recorded data to meet the minimum 31-day requirement but also reduce the overall cost of the unit. The DVR was also fitted with panic buttons for both driver and/or passenger to depress for audio recording during an incident. GBE also carried out all relevant CE testing to ensure EMC compliance.