SmartWitness Expands AI Capabilities

Aug. 17, 2021

Video telematics provider SmartWitness has released Artificial Intelligence Driving Events (AIDE), a cloud-based add-on to its SmartAPI software platform that reduces false alerts by applying a wide range of contextual factors to video captured by system cameras. This limits the number of events requiring manual review by fleet managers, avoids driver coaching sessions, and eliminates erroneous reports of risky driving behavior.

No camera replacement: AIDE is now included with all SmartWitness deployments at no additional cost and with no need to replace cameras already in the field since all AI processing is performed in the cloud. This also reduces the cost and size of system cameras compared to solutions where all AI processing happens at the edge only. 

Best-in-class AI: AIDE’s ability to reduce false positives up to 10 times was verified in a pilot involving more than 10,000 trucks, according to the company. AIDE compares each event to benchmarks of normal driving behavior established through machine learning, and applies information about vehicle mass, speed and direction along with speed limit, road formation, and many other road conditions.

Smarter event notification: AIDE can distinguish between normal and aggressive driving behavior as well as between a pothole and a collision, a sharp curve and a collision avoidance maneuver, an expected acceleration and an unsafe speed increase, or braking required for downhill driving and harsh braking suggesting unsafe vehicle operation. It then filters out events that need no investigation or intervention.

Benefits for channel partners: AIDE’s low-edge, high-cloud approach helps reduce barriers to purchase for new customers and avoid conflict with existing accounts over upgrade expenses.

“Fleet managers are too busy to waste time reviewing events that have no safety or liability implications. If they can’t trust the reports, they can’t trust the system that generates them,” said George Parapitev, SmartWitness Vice President of Technology. “AIDE increases that trust, improves manager productivity, and avoids damaging driver morale by removing alerts for events that require no coaching or other intervention. These factors help channel partners reduce customer churn and build long-term relationships that advance their business.”

AIDE is backward-compatible with all SmartWitness cameras and works with any telematics system.