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Garmin PND with FMI protocol version 3.0 or higher have the ability to detect and transmit speed alerts considering the speed limits of the roads. Some even have a camera (dash cam) that can also detect driving alarms such as forward collision and lane departure. The Alarms section of the Garmin PND allows you to configure the parameters used for these alarms.

This article will depict how you can configure the speed and dash cam alarms. The respective alarms are:

  • Garmin speed alarm
  • Garmin dash cam incident alarm
  • Garmin dash cam forward collision alarm
  • Garmin dash cam lane departure alarm

The Alarms section has the following panel available to you:

It contains the following information:

Field Description
Last configuration change Date and time of the last alarm configuration
Last time configuration sent to device

Date and time when the configuration was actually sent to the Garmin PND, from the Frotcom Data Center.

Note: the configuration is sent every time a modification is performed (if the Garmin PND is connected at that moment) and also once every day.

Speed alarm Speed alarms configuration
Dash cam alarm Dash cam alarms configuration

 

Speed alarm

A speed alarm can be triggered when the Garmin PND detects that the vehicle is moving at a speed higher than the local maximum speed.

This section will be shown on Frotcom's web interface only if the PND device supports protocol A608.

The speed alarm sub-panel looks as follows:

Field

Description

Mode

This selects local speed limits in the Garmin PND. It contains three options:

  • Car
    This option selects the speed limits for light vehicles.
  • Trucks
    This option selects the speed limits for trucks (available only in PNDs with truck mode).
  • Off (default)
    This option disables the speed alarm.

The Alert driver field is deactivated and in read only mode since it depends on the status of the Mode field. If you wish to turn on the Speed alarm, select the vehicle mode which shall be considered by Frotcom for speeding purposes.

After you defined a vehicle mode other than Off, the following fields become available:

Following the mode field described above, the panel contains the following information:

Field Description
Speed tolerance

This is how much tolerance you want to give the driver, above the local speed restriction. To do that, click on the blue link and enter the desired number.

NOTE: enter ''0'' for no tolerance.

E.g.: if the speed limit of the road is 50mph and the threshold is 10mph, the speed alarm will only be triggered above 60mph.

Time above limit to trigger alarm This is how many seconds you require the driver to keep driving above the local speed limit plus speed tolerance, in order to initiate the alarm situation. For that, click on the blue link and enter the desired number.
Time below limit to stop alarm This is how many seconds you require the driver to keep speed below the local speed limit plus speed tolerance, in order to stop the alarm situation.
Alert driver

This selects the alarm notification to the driver via the Garmin terminal. You have two options:

  • Yes
    This means that the Garmin terminal will warn the driver when the speed alarm occurs.
  • No
    This means that the driver will not be notified by the Garmin terminal for speed alarm occurrences.

 

Dash cam alarm

This section will be shown on Frotcom web interface only if the PND device supports protocol A622.

The speed alarm sub-panel looks as follows:

Please note that the nuviCam device is used for light vehicles (cars) and the dezlCam for heavy vehicles (trucks).
Another difference between these two devices is that the nuviCam supports forward collision alarm, lane departure alarm and incident detection alarm.
The dezlcam only supports the incident detection alarm (doesn't support driving assistance and its sub-panel will not be available in the Frotcom web).

 

Driving assistance settings

Fields Description
Allow driver to change settings

(Only available in some Garmin PND models)

You can allow your driver to change the Driver assistance settings on the Garmin PND installed in the vehicle. You have two options available:

  • Yes
    Allow driver to change settings
  • No
    Do not allow driver to change settings. The driver enters in read-only mode.
Notify driver about forward collision alarm

You can notify your driver via Garmin terminal if a forward collision alarm is triggered. You have two options available:

  • Yes
    Notify the driver
  • No
    Do not notify the driver
Enable forward collision alarms

Forward collision alarm is triggered in Frotcom when the device detects that your vehicle is following too closely the front vehicle. You have two options available:

  • Yes
    This option enables the forward collision alarm
  • No
    This option disables the forward collision alarm

Note: This is only supported on nuviCam.

Note: Please note that for this field to become available, the notify driver about forward collusion alarm must be Yes.

Forward collision sensitivity

Forward collision sensitivity is adjustable. It allows you to tweak the system to your desired alert distance. You have the following options:

  • Low
  • Medium
  • High

NOTE: by default the selected sensitivity is medium.

Notify driver about lane departure alarm

You can notify your driver via Garmin terminal if the lane departure alarm is triggered. You have two options available:

  • Yes
    Notify the driver
  • No
    Do not notify the driver
Enable lane departure alarms

Lane departure alarm is triggered in Frotcom when the device detects you may be crossing a lane boundary unintentionally. You have two options available:

  • Yes
    This option enables the lane departure alarm.
  • No
    This option disables the lane departure alarm.

Note: This is only supported on nuviCam.

Note: Please note that for this field to become available, the notify driver about lane departure alarm must be Yes.

Dash cam settings

Fields Description
Allow driver to change settings

You can allow your driver to change the Dash cam settings on the Garmin PND installed in the vehicle. You have two options available:

  • Yes
    Allow driver to change settings
  • No
    Do not allow driver to change settings. The driver enters in read-only mode.
Record video on start up

The dash camera can start recording video automatically when you turn on the device. You have the following options:

  • Yes
    Start the video recording automatically when you turn on the device.
  • No
    Do not start the video recording automatically when you turn on the device.
Notify driver about incident detection alarm You can notify your driver via Garmin terminal if the incident  alarm is triggered. You have two options available:
  • Yes
    Notify the driver
  • No
    Do not notify the driver
Enable incident detection alarms

Incident detection alarms are triggered in Frotcom when the dash cam detects a sudden change in acceleration, i.e. when the device is shaken in some way. Furthermore, the dash cam saves the video automatically when the incident detection alarm is triggered. You have two options available:

  • Yes
    This option enables the incident detection alarm.
  • No
    This option disables the incident detection alarm.

Note: Please note that for this field to become available, the notify driver about incident detection alarm must be Yes.

Record audio

You can enable the audio recording on the videos. You have two options available:

  • Yes
    The videos recorded will have audio
  • No
    The videos recorded will not have audio
Overlay date and time

The Gamin PND allows you to choose if you want to include date and time in the recorded videos. You have two options:

  • Yes
    The videos recorded will contain date and time
  • No
    The videos recorded will not contain date and time
Overlay location and speed The Gamin PND allows you to choose if you want to include location and speed of the vehicle in the recorded videos. You have two options:
  • Yes
    The videos recorded will contain location and speed of the vehicle
  • No
    The videos recorded will not contain location and speed of the vehicle
Video resolution Video resolution is adjustable. It allows you to tweak the system to your desired video resolution. You have the following options:
  • Medium (720p)
  • High (1080p)

NOTE: by default the selected sensitivity is Medium (720p).

Record after power loss

Sets the amount of time that the device continues to record video after power is turned off. You have the following options:

  • 5 minutes
  • 3 minutes
  • 1 minute
  • 30 seconds
  • 15 seconds

NOTE: By default the 15 seconds option is selected.

Please note that the forward collision alarm system (FCAS) is for information only and does not replace your responsibility to observe all road and driving conditions.The FCAS may be affected by the following factors:

  • the FCAS may be activated only when your vehicle speed exceeds 48km/h (30 mph).
  • the FCAS may not detect a vehicle ahead of your vehicle when the camera´s view of the vehicle is obscured by rain, fog, snow, sun or headlight glare, or darkness.
  • the FCAS may not function properly is the camera is incorrectly aligned.
  • the FCAS may not detect vechiles greated than 40 m (130 ft.) away or closer than 5 m (16 ft.)

Concerning the lane departure alarm system (LDAS), please note that it is for information only and does not replace your responsibility to observe all road and driving conditions. The LDAS may be affected by the following factors:

  • the LDAS may be activated only when your vehicle speed exceeds 64 km/h (40mph).
  • the LDAS may not provide alerts on certain types of roads, such as highway ramps or merging lanes.
  • the LDAS may not function properly is the camera is incorrectly aligned.
  • the LDAS may not function properly is the camera placement option does not correctly indicated the placement of your device in the vehicle.
  • the LDAS requires a clear, continuous view of the lane divider line:
    • lane departures may not be detected when divider lines are obscured by rain, fog, snow extreme shadoes, sun or headlight glare, road construction, or any other visual obstruction.
    • lane departures may not be detected if lane divider lines are misaligned, missing or heavily worn.
  • the LDAS might not detect lane departures on extremely wide, narrow, or winding roads.

 

If you want to know more about how Garmin PND alarms are displayed in Frotcom, click here.

 

If you need further assistance, please contact your Frotcom Certified Partner. You can find the contacts of the Frotcom Certified Partners here.

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