Frequently Asked Questions On Dashcam


The blog discusses frequently asked questions on dashcams, including their definition, purpose, benefits, features, and differences from CCTV. Dashcams are small video camera devices that are mounted on the dashboard or windshield of a vehicle to record video. They provide a variety of benefits, including collecting evidence of accidents, monitoring driving behavior, and providing cargo theft protection. Dashcams offer features such as GPS tracking, G-sensors, live streaming, and automatic alerts for distracted driving behavior. When choosing a dashcam, it’s important to look for features that fulfill your fleet business purposes. Overall, dashcams are a useful tool for fleet management and driver safety.

1. What is a dashcam?

The dashcams are small video camera devices of video telematics technology, which is mounted on the dashboard or windshield of a truck or car to record video of the vehicle.

2. Why is it called a "dashcam"?

Dashcams is the word that came from the dashboard camera. Dashcams are also popular with different names, such as driving video recorders, driver video recorders, event data recorders (EDR), car video recorders, etc.  

3. What is the actual purpose of using a dashboard camera?

The birth of video telematics is an interesting fact; after the rise of basic telematics technology, people’s demands and expectations grow intensely. For example, if you can get the truck’s location using telematics, you wanted to know more about the truck, whether it is moving or parked or in an idle state. So, here dash camera stamps its purpose strongly by providing complete live visuals of your truck by resolving visibility issues faced in the logistics sector. 

4. Why do I need a dash camera?/ What are the benefits I get from dashcam?

There are a variety of benefits and reasons for you to use a dashcam, and here are some. 

  • Collect your evidence over an accident (record footage of any accidents and incidents of your fleet). 
  • Get live streaming of your vehicle for 24*7.  
  • Dashcam helps you record the footage of crashes, incidents (like hit & run, theft, windshield breaking, etc.) and store the footage in the SD card & cloud.  
  • Helps in driving behavioral monitoring.
  • Automatically provides the different types of alerts to the drivers like
    • Fatigue Alert
    • No Face Detected Alert
    • Distraction Alert
    • Closed Eyes Alert
    • Yawning Alert
    • Smoking Alert
    • Phone Usage Alert, etc.
  • Provide cargo theft protection in your fleet vehicles.
  • Helps fleet owners or managers to provide drivers a proper driver training by determining the driving skills. 
  • Records and stores HD Quality video. 
  • You can make easy claims on insurance by providing the original footage to the insurer. 
  • Access the recorded videos anywhere and anytime you want. 
  • With the help of Vamosys dashcam, you will also get fleet insights. 

5. What are some features that dashcams offer?

Here are some common features provided by vamosys dashcams. 

  • Vamosys provides dashcams with GPSVTS software to turn your raw data into insights.
  • Dashcam consists of in-built GPS devices.
  • It also has RS 232 port to connect the fuel sensor. 
  • It consists of G-sensor or G-shock sensors, which help you to monitor the movement of the vehicle. G-sensor in dashcam aids you to monitor and alert you the harsh driving behaviors like harsh braking, sharp turns, etc. 
  • From basic to advanced, dashcams have a common option called panic button, which helps send emergency alert notifications to the admin. 
  • Dash cameras provide you 24*7 live streaming.
  •  Dashcam consist of three types of cameras
    • Cabin view camera
    • Front/road view camera
    • Rearview camera or external camera
  • Auto recording options are available when the ignition is ON or if any vibration occurs in the vehicle even the ignition is OFF.
  • Dashcams automatically alert the driver when distracted driving behavior is detected.
    • Fatigue Alert
    • No Face Detection Alert
    • Distraction Alert
    • Closed Eyes Alert
    • Yawning Alert
    • Smoking Alert
    • Phone usage Alert
  • Automatic alerts are provided to the drivers by default dashcam voice recordings. Vamosys provides these alerts in 7 Languages. 
  • Also, manual alerts to the drivers can be given by the fleet owners or managers through dashcams. It has a 2-way communication option. 
  • Dashcam provides both the SD card platform and the Cloud Platform to save the recorded footage.

6. What are the benefits that drivers get from a dashcam?

  • Safety; panic button helps you to provide safety over robberies, burglaries, etc. 
  • Evidence; In most accident cases, drivers are blamed even if they are innocent, so save the evidence against fake allegations. 
  • Alerts; Dashcam provides alert and prevent you from distracted driving behavior and crashes.

7. What should I look for in a Dash Cam?

Look for the dashcams which fulfill your fleet business purposes. Make sure your dashcam should serve multi-purpose like,

  • Double recording option to record both front and cabin view at a time
  • Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) 
  • In-built gps system 
  • Ports to connect fuel monitoring system 
  • Finally, an application with a dashcam to turn your raw data into insights. 

8. How does dashcam work?

The mounted dashcam on the windshield starts to record the view when the ignition is ON, or the dashcam automatically starts to record if any incident happens in the vehicle with vibrations even if the ignition is OFF. 

The recorded footage is transfer to the SD card and cloud storage in HD quality with the help of 4G network in the dashcam. The recording films are stored every 30mins as different segments.

9. CCTV and Dashcam; what is the difference?

Record video and store in the cloud or computer.
Record video and store in the cloud and SD card.
Difficult to install in a vehicle.
Dashcams are invented to install in the vehicle.
CCTV doesn’t support any GPS device
Dashcam consists of in-built GPS devices.
CCTV doesn’t support any telematics device.
It has a port to connect the fuel sensor.
CCTV only records.
G-sensor in dashcam helps you to monitor and alert the harsh driving behaviors like harsh braking, sharp turns, etc.
CCTV uses a WIFI connection to transfer its data.
Dashcam uses a 4G network to transfer data.
No SD card to store footage.
Consist of SD card port.
CCTV records only if the ignition is ON.
Record even the ignition is OFF.
Live streaming is available only if the ignition is ON.
24*7 live streaming.
CCTV doesn’t support any Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Dashcams support Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) by providing alerts on distraction driving.
Only one constant camera.

Dashcams has 3 cameras for 3 different positions

  1. Cabin view camera.
  2. Front/road view camera.
  3. Rearview camera or external camera.
No Auto recording is available.
The auto recording will be enabled if any vibrations occur in the vehicle, even ignition is OFF.
No communication is supported in CCTV.
Support 2-way communication method.
No Panic Button is available on CCTV.
Panic Button is available on the dashcam.

10. Where do dashcams get their power?

Dashcams works with the direct power supply of the vehicle. 

11. Do we need a GPS device to work with the dashcam?

No today, dashcams are coming with the In-built GPS option. 

12. Tell me more about the videos I record with my dashcam/ Where does all this footage get stored?

The recorded footage are stored on the SD card, and high-quality HD videos are stored in the cloud platform.

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