The Action Environmental Group, Teaneck, New Jersey, has announced its plans to equip its fleet of more than 300 trucks with 3rd Eye technology by the end of 2017. Katy, Texas-based 3rd Eye’s Enhance Vehicle Behavioral Analytics (VBA) is designed to provide vehicle-based data collection and reporting.
Action began a pilot program in 2016 using 3rd Eye technology in one of its divisions. Since that program launch, Action says the system has proven to reduce risky behavior and improve safety so much so that the company plans to equip its fleet of more than 300 trucks with 3rd Eye technology by the end of 2017. The company provides nonhazardous waste management and recycling services for New York City; northern New Jersey; Rockland and Orange County, New York.
Ken Levine, director of safety for Action Environmental Group, says in the first three months of technology deployment, he saw a 30 to 50 percent reduction in risky behavior among workers.
“We have been using 3rd Eye cameras for the past year, and the cameras serve two main purposes: to provide day-to-day training and analysis and to learn from individual instances,” Levine says.
3rd Eye camera systems record the driver and the road, providing constant awareness of what’s happening inside and outside the vehicle. In addition to the hardware, a team from 3rd Eye analyzes the video that has been recorded and identifies any problems or issues, giving Action an edge in training and coaching operators about safe driving, says 3rd Eye.
“The 3rd Eye camera systems do more than help improve safety,” says 3rd Eye. “The systems help Action management with route optimization, service verification, risky behavior reduction and postcrash fault analysis, which helps eliminate false or fraudulent claims of damage. All of this adds up to a positive return on investment, making the decision to add 3rd Eye systems to Action’s entire fleet an easy one.”
Levine adds, “In the first three months of deployment, I have personally seen a 30 to 50 percent reduction in risky behavior. And in some cases, we have even seen the system play a serious role in workers’ compensation claim investigations.”
Since implementing these smart safety tools, Action says it has seen a decrease in the severity of incidents and the amount of employee injuries.
“We enjoy our professional relationship with 3rd Eye,” says Levine. “They’re a national company, and they treat us with the same level of respect and attention to our business as they do large, nationwide companies.”
Action says it also is working closely with employees to make sure that everyone is involved in the company’s safety efforts and goals.
The 3rd Eye camera and radar offering is part of its Enhance VBA—a complete suite of information captured by 3rd Eye cameras, collision avoidance radar, body sensors and chassis data—transmitted in real time via 3rd Eye’s Hurricane Gateway to fleet owners to help better manage and protect their assets, the manufacturer says.