Events types

What are events?

This article includes:

Event types

There are four event types, and each event is associated with an event type. Events trigger cloud alerts, in-cab alerts, or both depending on the configuration.

Event type

Description

Accelerometer

Accelerometer events, such as acceleration and violent left turn, are detected by the camera's motion sensor. The motion sensor has different sensitivities to trigger events depending on the vehicle size, from the least sensitive (private) to the most sensitive (trailer).

Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS)

ADAS events are road-facing. The dashcam uses road-facing Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) features to gather information about the road ahead. It can detect such events as tailgating events (driving too close to the vehicle in front) and can estimate the time-to-collision (TTC).

There are several articles on ADAS and ADAS calibration - see Why does road-facing ADAS calibration matter?, Calibrate road-facing ADAS for the dashcam, FAQ: road-facing ADAS and more.

General

This event type includes events that are not typified by any of the specific characteristics of the other event types. This may include events such as Entering Standby or Button Pressed, for example.

Machine Vision (MV) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Events such as distracted driving and smoking, are detected by MV+AI. Machine vision (MV) uses an algorithm to determine if the driver is focused on the road or distracted. Artificial intelligence (AI) focuses on face and upper body movements to determine the type of distracted driving.

These driving behaviors trigger in-cab alerts for the driver via icons and audio on the dashcam. An event may be sent to the cloud for review by the organization if the behavior continues. Whether or not events are sent to the cloud depends on how the events are configured.

What does an event contain?

All events contain:

  • timestamp, in ISO 8601 format

  • location

  • option to retrieve video

Accelerometer and ADAS events contain additional metadata

Accelerometer and ADAS events include metadata that is sampled every 100 milliseconds of an event, which is 10 seconds long (5 seconds before the event is triggered until 5 seconds after). This comes to a total of 100 measurements per event. The metadata includes:

  • speed, in meters per second

  • timestamp, in Unix format,

  • g-force on the X, Y, and Z axes, in meters per second squared

Note

The X, Y, and Z-axes values represent the following measurements:

Axis

Positive value

Negative value

X

Acceleration

Deceleration

Y

Left

Right

Z

Up

Down

Event settings

The default settings for all events is off.

  • Most events have four optional settings: off (default), event only, snapshot or video.

  • Exceptions to this are Entering Standby, Exiting Standby and Speed Limit. These events have just two options: off (default) and event only.

  • Possible Fatigue requires you to enter the value in hours after which you want the event to trigger an alert.

  • Tailgating requires you to add the number of milliseconds after which the event triggers an alert. There are three settings for during the day, during the night and a continuous time to collision.

  • Lane Weaving requires you to enter the number of lanes crossed and the duration in which that crossing occurs to trigger an event.

List of events

We've listed the events from A-Z, with the event type and a description.

Event

Description

Acceleration

Accelerometer

Cloud / In-cabin

The driver increases speed suddenly. Example: Harsh acceleration, increasing speed rapidly from 65 km/hr to 100 km/hr.

Active Camera

N/A

Cloud / In-cabin

The dashcam is on and no events or alerts are triggered

Button Pressed

General

Cloud

The driver manually triggers an event when he spots an unusual incident worth alerting about. To manually trigger an event, the driver presses the Event Trigger button on the dashcam.

Cell Phone Use

MV+AI

Cloud / In-cabin

The driver is using a cell phone. Example: The driver has the phone on his lap or has picked up the handset.

De-Acceleration

Accelerometer

Cloud / In-cabin

The driver reduces speed significantly. Example: An emergency stop; harsh braking.

Distracted Driving

MV+AI

Cloud / In-cabin

The driver is distracted and not focused on the road. Example: Not looking straight ahead for several seconds or displaying any of the behaviors listed as distracted driving events.

Driver Check-in

General

Cloud / In-cabin

The driver is checked in by the device, through a QR code or entering a 5 digit driver PIN code.

Driver Check-out

General

Cloud / In-cabin

The driver is checked out through the device UI and removed from the device.

Driver Unbelted

MV+AI

Cloud / In-cabin

If the driver's seatbelt is not fastened, after 50 seconds there is an in-cabin alert, depending on configured audio or visual alerts. If there is no change, after ten more seconds an event is triggered and, if configured, an additional alert.

This occurs once per hour. If the trip is less than one hour it occurs once per trip. If a fastened seatbelt is unfastened, this process repeats.

Entering Standby

General

Cloud

The dashcam enters standby mode when no movement is detected. You can configure when the vehicle should enter standby. A common setting is ten minutes. The maximum standby setting is sixty minutes after the vehicle stops moving.

The dashcam must be connected to constant power for this event to be triggered.

The event can be disabled in Event settings, Bulk Event settings or Organization event settings.

Exiting Standby

General

Cloud / In-cabin

The dashcam exits standby mode when the motion sensor detects the vehicle starting to move. In the AI-12 dashcam, a strong jolt may also cause the vehicle to exit standby, but note that not all jolts trigger the Exiting Standby event.

For more information, see Standby mode.

The dashcam must be connected to constant power for this event to be triggered.

The event can be disabled in Event settings, Bulk Event settings or Organization event settings.

Fence

General

Cloud

The driver enters or exits a geofence - see Set a geographic boundary (geofence).

Food and Drink

MV+AI

Cloud / In-cabin

The driver is eating or drinking. Example: Drinking a small amount (a sip or two is OK), but not repeatedly. The event kicks in after approximately 20 seconds

G-sensor High

Accelerometer

Cloud / In-cabin

The g-force of the vehicle is higher than it should be, and is even higher than the level that triggers a g-sensor normal event.

For more information, see About g-force.

G-sensor Regular

Accelerometer

Cloud / In-cabin

The g-force of the vehicle is higher than it should be.

For more information, see About g-force.

Lane weaving

ADAS

Cloud / In-cabin

The vehicle crosses over a certain number of lane marking lines in a specific amount of time,

The default setting is three lane marking lines in thirty seconds, but valid values are between two and ten lane marking lines in five to sixty seconds.

No Check-in

General

Cloud / In-cabin

The driver did not check-in through the device when prompted.

Obstruction

MV+AI

Cloud / In-cabin

The in-cab lens lens is fully covered for more than forty seconds.

Passenger Unbelted

MV+AI

Cloud / In-cabin

If the passenger's seatbelt is not fastened, after 50 seconds there is an in-cabin alert, depending on configured audio or visual alerts. If there is no change, after ten more seconds an event is triggered and, if configured, an additional alert.

This occurs once per hour. If the trip is less than one hour it occurs once per trip. If a fastened seatbelt is unfastened, this process repeats.

Possible Accident

Accelerometer

Cloud / In-cabin

The g-force of the vehicle is very high, indicating a possible collision. For more information, see About g-force.

Possible Fatigue

MV+AI

Cloud / In-cabin

A distracted driving event is triggered, and the driver has been driving for at least the configured number of hours during one 24 hour period. The 24 hour period is calculated as the time between 00:00 and 23:59 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). Example: The driver's head/eyes are not focused on the road.

The default setting is 8 hours, but valid values are between 4 and 20 hours.

Power Disconnect

General

Cloud

The dashcam loses power during a trip.

Power Off

General

Cloud

The dashcam is shut down.

Note

Power Off events are only available with the AI-12 dashcam.

Power On

General

Cloud

The dashcam is turned on.

Note

Power On events are only available with the AI-12 dashcam.

QR code

General

Cloud

The in-cab lens scans a QR code.

For more information, see Scan a QR code.

SD card formatted

General

Cloud / In-cabin

An SD card is successfully formatted.

For more information, see Format the SD card.

Sharp left turn

Accelerometer

Cloud / In-cabin

The driver turns left quickly.

For more information, see About g-force.

Sharp right turn

Accelerometer

Cloud / In-cabin

The driver turns right quickly.

For more information, see About g-force.

Smoking

MV+AI

Cloud / In-cabin

The driver is smoking.

Speed Limit

Accelerometer

Cloud / In-cabin

The speed is detected with our dashcam GPS. When the driver travels at a speed that exceeds the speed limit configured in the portal, the Speed Limit event is triggered.

Tailgating

ADAS

Cloud / In-cabin

The vehicle is too close to the vehicle in front of it, while driving above 5 kilometers per hour.

To ensure accurate alerting on this event, make sure the vehicle is properly calibrated for tailgating events.

Example: If the time to get to a "safe" distance between vehicles is set at 4 seconds. and the driver moves the vehicle into position in say, 3 seconds, then a risky driving event is triggered and sent to the cloud, because the vehicle is deemed to be too close to the vehicle in front.

Tamper

General

Cloud

The event is triggered when the cover over the SIM and SD card slots is open. The dashcam detects this based on a magnet under the cover.

Vibration and Tamper events are uploaded directly to the cloud and are not stored on the SD card.

Note

When the cover is open or there is no SD card, a white icon with a line through it will show at the bottom of the dashcam screen.

Note

Tamper events are only available with the AI-12 dashcam.

Vibration

General

Cloud

The vehicle moves suddenly and the camera is in standby mode. The event is triggered when a g-force change is detected when the vehicle should not be moving. If the event is set to a video event, the recording only begins after the event is triggered. Example: Another vehicle has reversed into your vehicle.

Vibration and Tamper events are uploaded directly to the cloud and are not stored on the SD card.

If this is set as a video event, the recording only begins after the event has been triggered. This is because the dashcam does not generally record in standby mode.

Note

Vibration events are only available with the AI-12 dashcam.

Wrong PIN code

General

Cloud

An incorrect PIN has been entered three times within three minutes. This applies to administrators and for drivers alike.

In-cabin alerts and icons

The in-cabin alert icons are listed A-Z and show the icon that is displayed on the dashcam when the specific driving behaviors are detected, and an alert is triggered.

In-cabin icon

Event

In-cabin icon

Event

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Active camera

incabin-event-icons_0007_Obstruction.png

Obstruction

incabin-event-icons_0014_acceleration.png

Acceleration

incabin-event-icons_0006_Possible-Accident.png

Possible Accident

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Button Pressed

incabin-event-icons_0004_Sharp-Left-Turn.png

Possible Fatigue

incabin-event-icons_0012_cell-phone-use.png

Cell Phone Use

incabin-event-icons_0003_Sharp-Right-Turn.png

Sharp Left Turn

incabin-event-icons_0011_De-acceleration.png

De-acceleration

incabin-event-icons_0005_Possible-Fatigue.png

Sharp Right Turn

incabin-event-icons_0010_Distracted-driving.png

Distracted Driving

incabin-event-icons_0002_Smoking.png

Smoking

incabin-event-icons_0009_Driver-Unbelted.png

Driver Unbelted

incabin-event-icons_0000_Tailgating.png

Speed Limit

incabin-event-icons_0008_Food-and-Drink.png

Food and Drink

i-tailgating.png

Tailgating

i-laneWeaving.png

Lane weaving

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