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By Frank R. Pollard, Jr.
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About this project

An Early System Tester Said:

"As owner of the Leading Shuttle Company in Flagstaff, AZ customer safety is always on my mind... Since first hooking up these camera Systems to the Largest Trucks in the fleet my drivers have been more relaxed  and calmer, which translates to Happier Customers! Thanks Frank" John Currant, Flagstaff Shuttle and Charter

Q: A Full Time RVer Asked, "How is your Wireless Backup Monitoring System different from others I have seen?"
A:
We engineered our System for large vehicles towing Larger Trailers so it will broadcast a Strong Signal Through a RV or around the largest 5th wheel (with the directional antenna)! In My Own Quest for a workable solution, Not a Single Other Product on the market that I found was able to accomplish this, So I Designed My Own!

"We use that same State of the Art 5.8GHz transmitter and receiver technology Professional Pilots use to fly FPV (First Person View) drones from up to 1K AWAY!" Frank R. Pollard, Jr., Founder

Don't Be ALL WET Get Backed By Camera!
Don't Be ALL WET Get Backed By Camera!

Why You Need It!

Q: Why is it so important for me to use a camera and a monitor to see where I am backing? I already have mirrors!

A: Because backup proximity sensors "Cry Wolf", warning you even if there is just a piece of trash behind you so most of us ignore their non-stop alerts, its human nature. If you regularly tow a trailer, forget about it unless you disconnect them!

A: According to the National Safety Council, 1 in 4 accidents are the result of poor backing techniques resulting in 500 fatalities and 15,000 injuries per year in the USA.

Introducing:

Backed By Camera™ the First Portable Wireless Backup Monitoring System© Engineered Specifically for People Who Tow Trailers!

Its Plug and Play! It Could Not Be Any Easier! If your vehicle is already wired for a trailer, it installs in Less Than 3 Minutes and it works with ANY sized trailer!

"We use that same State of the Art 5.8GHz transmitter and receiver technology Professional Pilots use to fly FPV (First Person View) drones from up to 1K AWAY!" Frank R. Pollard, Jr., Founder

Whether you just want to spend the Weekends Camping in the wilderness with your RV/Caravan or are a Professional Driver with a Tractor Trailer/Lorry pulling a double load, Backed By Camera™ will make backing your trailer a dream! BIG or small, ReAlLy any SIZE at ALL.

That and when you are not backing your trailer, it will help you backup and hookup to your trailer as well as with general backing!

That Could Get Prickly Without Backed By Camera!
That Could Get Prickly Without Backed By Camera!

Included With the Systems   

Because no one is ever happy anymore getting just what they ordered, we have decided to throw some freebies in:

  • Hard wire to 4 pin trailer wiring adapter, so when you switch to backing your trailer, you have a place to plug the camera/transmitter in. We also include the 2 Quick Splice connectors you will need to tap into the vehicle or trailer wiring. If you don't like the sound of that, consider ordering the optional 12V battery pack.
  • Our handy 4 Step, 3 Minutes to Working Installation Instructions. Actually, forget that, I will summarize them now:

    4 Step, 3 Minutes to Working Instructions:
    You may print these now by pressing and holding the [Ctrl] key, then tapping the "P" key and releasing both.
    1) Attach the transmitter somewhere either inside or outside your vehicle with the included magnetic or Velcro mounting systems.
    2) Attach the camera to your bumper or vehicle with the included Rare Earth magnetic (35lbs. holding force).
    3) Plug the combined power adapter into your trailer wiring.
    4) Plug your monitor/receiver combined power adapter into a vehicle power port, usually somewhere on the dash labeled with a small picture of a cigarette or "12V".

    That's it, you are ready to go!

  • We will include fairly detailed instructions for hard wiring your vehicle or trailer with the included wiring adapter and Quick Splice connectors.
  • In fact, we include everything you will need except for adapters to non-standard trailer wiring harnesses (because we have no idea what you might have), the Philips Head or "+" head screw driver you may need and the pair of pliers you will need to secure the Quick Splice connectors.
  • Just so we are clear, you will also get everything that is listed under the reward you select.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact me via the campaign. If you don't want to contact me, you can refer to the NBBAQ4BBC's (Never Before Been Asked Questions for Backed By Camera) below:

You'll be Happier with Backed By Camera!!!
You'll be Happier with Backed By Camera!!!

NBBAQ4BBC's:

The Unabridged Version of FAQ's
Q: Where are We in the Process?

A: Unlike some of the other KickStarter projects, we are 100% committed to market this product and accessories world-wide after this initial funding push. Obviously we would have liked to have these units available in the beginning of summer rather than the end, but we just weren't ready in the design or sourcing process. I live up to my commitments and would much rather be on-time with our delivery than have to apologize for delays. Wasn't it Morgen Witter who once said, "We will sell NO Rum Before Its Wine!", or something like that?

By now as you may have guessed, our Wireless Backup Monitoring System is already engineered and working! We used functional prototypes in the video and included some pictures of them above under the Gallery. We have also had a number of these units out in the field now with Friends and colleagues for several months and everything has gone flawlessly.

All that is left for us to do is to complete the crowd funding process and tally our orders so that we can place our initial bulk order for the components built to our specifications with the applicable factory.

Q: What if we Greatly Exceed Our Meager Goal?
A: Due to our somewhat tightly scheduled Planned Delivery Date of September, if necessary we plan to airfreight the units from the factory for orders from the USA to Flagstaff, AZ USA for shipping. Units to fulfill orders for Europe and the rest of the world would also be shipped airfreight if necessary, to a fulfillment center closer to their destination. We are currently in discussions with several potential companies, but it is nearly impossible to lock down anything until we have a better idea of what the order volume may be and to which countries the units will be shipping.

That Could Be a Crushing Experience Without Backed By Camera!
That Could Be a Crushing Experience Without Backed By Camera!

Q: What if we Just Meet our Meager Goal?
A: Fear not, all is not lost! All of the required components have been sourced as promised, priced and are currently shipping. We will be able to deliver on-time because we are practical and know this is the most likely outcome!

The bad news is, the components won't connect to one another in their current state without custom cables and/or connectors. However, THE GOOD NEWS IS they will be made here domestically at one of 2 manufactures, one of which I have used in the past for a sort-of similar project!

We will also require a waterproof case for the transmitter, but a tentative decision has been made.

The Backed By Camera™ Wireless Backup Monitoring Systems© we ship will look similar to what our custom production units would have with the notable exception of the aforementioned case which will probably be slightly larger than our custom fabrication. That and the units will most likely not have our (yet to be designed) logo on them because silk screening on plastics by hand is not fun, in fact its nearly impossible and don't ask me how I know that!

I don't want to hear any complaints (they will all actually look quite lovely together, all very similar colors and design concepts, something you will be proud to own) about the design, which is why I did not post any artwork, mock-ups or conceptual drawings of it.

Q: What if I Completely Strike Out at Crowd Funding, but You Still Really Want the Product?
A: If it becomes obvious that this crazy idea for pre-selling my product is not going to work...

KICKSTARTER HEAR ME NOW! It had better work because I have been working on this product and launch 18 hours a day for months and my wife tried to call the police on me the other day because she no longer recognized me!

...you can contact me via KickStarter prior to the end of the campaign and make me aware of this. I will then follow up with you after the madness subsides and I have had more than just a couple of hours of sleep!

As I said before, we (okay, it will be just me at that point) are 100% committed to the Marketing and Sale of this product.

If you need a System right away, ask me very nicely and I will hand make the cables for you. If you can wait, I will still be ordering a quantity of custom cables, probably not very many so the order may slip down the production list a bit.

The pricing will be slightly higher than on KickStarter because the volume won't be there for me to leverage, but you will be able to order directly through me or through Amazon where I already have a business account under an undisclosed company name and currently sell other products.

My Regards

Wish me luck with this endeavour as it is my last ditch effort and if you made it this far through all the goofy verbosity, Thank You, I Truly Appreciate It!

Kindest Regards,

Frank R. Pollard, Jr.

HAPPY TRAILS MY FRIENDS!
HAPPY TRAILS MY FRIENDS!

 

Risks and challenges

Q: What are the risks and challenges that come with completing your project, and how are you qualified to overcome them?

A: Given the product we are launching, the biggest risk would be if the campaign funds fully, but just barely. In this case it will be very difficult for us to negotiate the custom build with the factory and still be able to fulfill the orders on-time since our scheduled delivery date falls during the late 3rd quarter and smack dab in the middle of production build up for the Holidays. However, when we chose our components we did so very carefully and everything we selected is currently in production and shipping world-wide with the only difficulty being they are intended for different markets and do not interconnect in the configuration they are currently shipping in. The solution to this pitfall was for us to source the custom inter-connecting cables domestically, so if the need arises, we can move in this direction quickly retaining our ability to deliver the product and deliver on-time.

A: This will be our 4th startup and to still be pursuing these as a career path after 25 years we would have either become quite adept at it or we are gluttons for punishment and we are not the latter. The greatest benefit to having been through this process many times is the wealth of connections you make; whether locally for employees, domestically with suppliers and banking or internationally for factories. It always helps if the person at the other end of the conversation has past experience with you as a businessperson. We have already had former employees mention wanting to move back to Flagstaff and work for us once we get up and running!

A: I am certain we are well qualified to face any business challenge that might present because in all likelihood, we have found ourselves in worse predicaments in the past, have risen to the occasion and overcome them. Most applicable to this environment would be a company my wife and I founded in the past that went from 5-10 orders per day to over 700, literally overnight. It was absolutely insane to experience that sort of sustained growth in such a short period of time, but we managed to persevere and overcome it by:

- Working around the clock.
- Each tackling whatever task was necessary to overcome the crisis of the moment.
- Enlisting help from other local businesses and friends.
- Hiring as many people as we could fit in our home for two shifts!

After catching up to the initial deluge, we were able to find a suitable facility in town and grew the business to millions in annual sales.

A: Personally I believe the biggest challenge any businessperson faces is the one neither they nor most reasonable people would ever consider, a scenario most of us refer to as a being blind-sided. In the midst of the tremendous growth I just mentioned, the merchant bank that processed our credit card transactions threatened to shut down our account for generating too many orders! Who would have thought that a Bank which charges significant fees for every transaction you process would ever consider putting you out of business for doing too well? It turns out that at the time they frowned upon rapid overnight growth as it had become a key indicator of fraud for them. After a face to face meeting they realized that we were very legitimate and no risk to them or our customers.

Risks Averted, Challenges Overcome!

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    Detail: If the project doesn't reach its goal you get your money back! Only Suitable for Vehicles and Towing Smaller Trailers, RVs and Caravans.
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    Complete Visibility when you are Backing your Vehicle and Trailer or Lorry. Plug and Play Monitoring System with Camera, 5.8GHz Transmitter, Receiver and a 7" LCD Screen.

    Install in Less Than 3 Minutes if Your Vehicle is Equipped with a 4 pin Trailer Wiring Harness.

    Transmission Distance: With obstructions (Car/Truck and Trailer) transmitter real world tested at about 60' or 18m as shipped at over 130' or 40m with optional directional antenna and unobstructed up to 3200' or 1km.

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