Ensure driver safety with the right tracking tools

In our recent blog, we highlighted how it’s becoming increasingly important to ensure driver safety and ensure driver compliance with the strict road rules for heavy vehicles. The right tools can connect your fleet of assets to the benefit of both your drivers and your business.

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Forum Connect is a premier solution for ensuring both driver safety and compliance. It boasts a number of leading features that allow you to manage your fleet and drivers using data-driven insights seamlessly.

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How Forum Connect works

Remote monitoring using cameras, GPS and sensors throughout the vehicle enables you to access data and live reports in real-time, while drivers are on the road. It also alerts drivers of any risky behaviours that might make them vulnerable to a road accident.

9 key metrics that Forum Connect monitors

Remote monitoring using cameras, GPS and sensors throughout the vehicle enables you to access data and live reports in real-time, while drivers are on the road. It also alerts drivers of any risky behaviours that might make them vulnerable to a road accident.

1. Driver fatigue

Motion tracking cameras monitor eye behaviour and tell when eyes are open, including how open, or shut. Through the power of AI, our cameras learn each driver’s subtle facial queues that may be signally fatigue and create a warning alert before the fatigue heightens.

2. Mobile phone use

Motion tracking cameras monitor eye behaviour and tell when eyes are open, including how open, or shut. Through the power of AI, our cameras learn each driver’s subtle facial queues that may be signally fatigue and create a warning alert before the fatigue heightens.

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3. Speed

Through our GPS vehicle tracking, we can determine driver speed relative to current speed limits. Speeding alerts notify drivers of speeding and this data allows you to identify regular speeders.

4. Harsh braking, acceleration and cornering

Drivers making dangerous corners, or engaging in harsh acceleration and braking are often more accident-prone.

5. Smoke detection

Our AI-powered cameras can identify through visual sensors whether a driver is smoking inside the cabin.

6. General distractions

Cameras identify when a driver is distracted and not looking at the road.

7. Driver tailgating

Monitors and sensors measure the distance between your asset and the vehicle being followed. A timely alert could prevent a common rear-end accident.

8. Lane deviation

A front-facing camera identifies lanes and instances where the centre line is crossed.

9. Seat belt compliance

In-cabin cameras can identify and track if seat belts are used correctly while driving.

Powered by the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), the insights provided by Forum Connect can play a significant role in preventing accidents by making drivers aware of any risky behaviour or habits they do while behind the wheel.

Alarmingly, a study by Australian’s Monash University found that car or truck driver fatigue was a contributing factor in 9.1% of fatal accidents involving trucks. According to the Queensland Government’s StreetSmarts website, using a mobile phone while driving can be as risky as drink driving and multiplies the risk of a serious crash by four. Every action taken to mitigate risk makes the roads safer for everyone and protects your valuable vehicle fleet.

Forum Connect is an expert witness

In the unfortunate case of an accident, Forum Connect can be your ‘expert witness’ in helping get to the bottom of how the incident occurred and events unfolded. This provides valuable insights that can help prevent repeat mistakes and identify areas of improvement for driver safety.

Historical information is also captured and stored securely to ensure there’s an audit log of safety procedures, and it can be called upon to provide evidence for insurance and other purposes if required.

Creating a culture of feedback and excellence

In addition to identifying how accidents occur, Forum Connect enables you to create a culture of feedback and excellence throughout your business. With all drivers being measured against safe driving practices, you can:

  • Track alerts that each driver receives and create a feedback loop with drivers.
  • Create leaderboards to see who has the safest driving record.
  • Create and implement incentive programs around safe driving practices.

We’ve found that drivers are keen to adopt safe driving practices with a nudge toward friendly competition and recognition. A recent client had one driver reduce their unsafe driving alerts from 83 in a week to just 2 alerts after two weeks of using Forum Connect, thanks to feedback from management and clear visibility on their driving practices.

Protect your business and your drivers

We encourage all managers with responsibility for driver safety to not roll the dice when it comes to safety and compliance measures.

With fleet management and safety compliance data in one place, you can automatically track assets and driver behaviour in real-time. This record will motivate drivers to take their required breaks, for example, while also minimising risky behaviour, including potentially dangerous distractions. Meeting safety regulations not only ensures the safety of your drivers but also every other driver on the road too. 


With fines in Australia for driver distraction from 1 February now more punitive, the tools to ensure compliance is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Get in touch with Forum to learn more about Connect and its safety features.

To learn more about how asset tracking with Forum Connect can improve your driver safety and lift compliance, contact Forum Group today.

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