This white paper reveals that although telematics systems may seem similar, they can in fact vary greatly. Through a comparison of hardware, cost, data collection, and other key factors, it is shown how open platform offers the total package: affordability, reliability, and ease of use, with more control and flexibility. The second section describes how fleets are getting more from their telematics investment through integration and IoT. Finally, a list of questions is provided for helping evaluate telematics providers.
This guide outlines the key factors to consider. By going beyond price and looking at added features and security, you can find the right fit for your needs and one that will last for the long run.
Protecting that valuable data is essential. If accessed by a malicious party, there could be serious consequences, potentially jeopardizing customer accounts, schedules, shipments, location of assets, and personal information. Cybercrimes are committed because there is value to be gained from data, whether that data is a collection of usernames and passwords, credit card numbers, or social security numbers, or — as we’ll see — telematics data.
Therefore, whether you are a small business owner, fleet manager, developer, CIO or CEO, it’s critical that you understand how your telematics data is handled and protected.
The final rule covers four core areas:
That’s especially true with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which set minimum standards for safe truck and bus operations. The rules include a growing list of exemptions for specific types of drivers, ranging from government employees and farmers to those who drill water wells or make retail deliveries at Christmastime.
The result is that hundreds of thousands of drivers are exempt from one or more requirements that the rest of the industry has to follow. This leaves many motor carriers and drivers wondering, “Am I exempt too?”
While it’s natural to take advantage of the exemptions that are available, it can also be risky. The consequences of using an exemption improperly, using one that does not apply, or using one that doesn’t even exist, can be enormous.
If you want to claim an exemption, you have to make sure it applies and know how to use it. In some cases, it may be wisest to forgo the exemption altogether.
Switching from a paper logging system to an electronic logging system is not as simple as “plug in the device and let the data flow.” The hours-of-service (HOS) regulations limit the driver’s productivity and availability, they force carriers to say “no” to customers, they result in driver discipline, they result in more driver violations being written than any other area of the regulations, and they result in many carriers paying large fines following audits. The bottom line is that hours-of-service compliance is a complex area that touches every aspect of a motor carrier’s operation.
The switch to an electronic logging system must be handled as a significant change. Using a change management process will allow you to maintain stability and continuity while implementing a basic, compliant ELD system. A change management process should be used even if you are on a more compressed timeline. Also, there are many different change management models to work from. In this whitepaper we are going to use one of the basic models — prepare, manage, and reinforce — and discuss each step of the process.
Misconceptions surrounding the price points of integrated ELD and fleet management solutions are deterring fleet owners from propelling their organizations forward. For a mere few extra dollars a month, an integrated ELD and fleet management solution will do more than meet technical requirements, it will foster a competitive advantage over those who don’t.
With four months left until the ELD mandate becomes law, we have outlined the top reasons how your company will thrive with a comprehensive ELD solution:
Access the ELD Resource Center to get the infographic that explores the numbers behind the true costs of ELDs and what you can do to ensure you’re not leaving any profits behind. Along with the infographic you’ll have unlimited access to a number of ELD-related information guiding you to profitable compliance.