High Impact and Rollover

As today’s workforce continues to shift to a more mobile workforce it is getting more difficult for organisations to manage the risks these workers face. It can be hard to know when and where a worker needs help. At Smartrak, we are dedicated to delivering the highest level of safety for your mobile workforce and this extends to your ability to respond to emergencies involving your people and vehicles.

Smartrak’s High Impact and Rollover Detection Alert feature can detect and report when a vehicle is in a collision or rolls over, providing customers with the ability to maximise their response, either managed internally or via a third-party monitoring company. Alerts are sent via the cellular network or satellite if vehicles are fitted with satellite modems. Offering both cellular and satellite options significantly enhances management’s ability to provide dependable cover, and to respond to driver distress resulting from a vehicle emergency wherever they are working.

Key Features

Ability to move between cellular and satellite communication as required
The ability to display an adverse event on the Smartrak map site in (near) real-time
Notifications that improve emergency response times by detailing the status and last known location of where an adverse event occurred
The ability to forward onto third-party monitoring companies

How Smartrak's HIR solution works

In an HIR crash, the driver and passengers are likely to be injured, rendered unconscious or immobilised. The best way to ensure that managers know about such crashes is to install a vehicle tracker such as Smartrak’s Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL), which is securely fitted in the vehicle.

The AVLs monitor for HIR events through an integrated accelerometer in the AVL. The accelerometer checks for two forms of adverse events.

Impact detection

Monitors the front, back, and side for sudden large changes in accelerations.

Rollover Detection

Detects when a vehicle is no longer upright (rolling over and coming to rest on its side or roof).

HIR - Alerting Managers

The significant trauma resulting from high impact collisions and vehicle rollovers deserves the urgent consideration of all fleet managers.

If your fleet has vehicles operating in remote areas a trusted alert solution that notifies of a high impact or rollover event is an essential safety requirement. Smartrak has invested in rigorous testing procedures and ongoing evaluation to ensure that our High Impact and Rollover (HIR) feature delivers absolute confidence to drivers and fleet managers.

This solution sets the industry standard. Through thousands of deployments, our HIR feature has proven dependable in the most remote and inhospitable environments in Australasia. Providing peace of mind where it’s needed most.

Evaluating your fleet’s requirement for HIR alerting

A high impact event is when a vehicle crashes into an immobile object such as a tree. A Rollover event is when a vehicle has rolled onto its side or roof. Leading Australian universities and road safety partnership programs (supported by state road transport authorities such as VicRoads) have conducted multiple studies of road crashes to understand the leading causes and severity of the crashes. Throughout these studies, it was clear that the threat to life was higher when a crash involved a high-impact or rollover.


Understanding HIR causes

Studies such as those by the Centre for Automated Safety Research (page 9), have pinpointed the leading causes of accidents, alongside highlighting that rollovers are a significant factor in serious injury or death. In single-vehicle rollovers, the most common recorded causes are (from most common to least common):

  1. Rollover involving driver inattention
  2. Rollover due to alcohol or drugs
  3. Rollover due to vehicle fault, i.e. worn out or faulty brakes
  4. Rollover involving inappropriate speed
  5. Rollover involving driver fatigue
  6. Rollover involving dangerous driving


Are your fleet vehicles involved in any of the following?

  • Long journeys
  • Off-road travel
  • Tasks outside of normal working hours
  • Emergency work and callouts

It stands to reason that when drivers have to complete tasks outside of normal driving conditions the risks multiply. Driving on unfamiliar roads, responding to callouts in low-light conditions, and negotiating challenging terrain are all examples of situations where an HIR alert solution should be in the vehicle. An immediate alert from Smartrak’s HIR solution generates the quick response from emergency services that can have a profound effect on survivability.

What does the HIR feature do?

Additional ways to reduce the risk of HIR crashes

Smartrak’s HIR feature is an essential element in an effective health and safety solution for at risk drivers , but it’s not the only initiative you can employ. Consider these points below for a genuinely comprehensive approach.

  • Introduce an in-vehicle system to ensure drivers are alerted to posted road speeds, if they depart from lanes, or are following a vehicle to closely
  • Plan task scheduling and journey durations to ensure that drivers don’t get fatigued
  • Ensure that fleet managers have access to reporting on driver behaviour, to identify unsafe drivers and to support driver education measures
  • Build vehicle servicing milestones into your operation schedules to ensure that brakes and tyres and other mechanical components are always safe and roadworthy

Find out more about the value High Impact and Rollover Detection can provide your organisation

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