ELD Resources

The Open Platform Advantage

The old way of telematics is a closed system. It’s expensive, you’re locked in, and there is limited access to data. The new way of doing things is open platform. It’s more affordable, easy to customize, and most importantly, you have open access to your data.

 

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.

Choosing an ELD Solution: What to Ask

Choosing the right electronic logging device (ELD) is critical. By making the right decision, you can simplify compliance, increase safety, and boost efficiency. However, make the wrong decision and you could end up with unreliable technology, added costs or unexpected fees, and the possibility of starting the process all over again.

 

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.

Best Practices for Cybersecurity Management in Telematics

Telematics generates a vast amount of data, including a detailed history of vehicle and driver activities and operations. This type of data is extremely useful within an organization for controlling fuel and maintenance costs, increasing productivity and safety, and minimizing risk. Using telematics for accident reconstruction or benchmarking can generate even greater insight.

 

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.

Understanding the ELD Final Rule

Contrary to what some believed, a mandate for installing and using electronic logging devices (ELDs) in commercial vehicles did become a reality. On December 16, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the “Electronic Logging Device and Supporting Documents Final Rule.”

 

The final rule covers four core areas:

  1. Who must use an ELD
  2. ELD technical specifications
  3. Prevention of driver harassment
  4. Supporting documents

Weighing the Risk of HOS Exemptions

Whether good or bad, not everyone has to play by the same rules.

 

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.

ELog Transition Basics

You may be waiting to implement ELDs (electronic logging devices) because of the purchase cost, concerns with lost productivity and driver retention, or you are waiting to see if the ELD Final Rule is further delayed. However, December 18th of 2017 is fast approaching, so it is time to get your plans in place to transition to ELDs. Unforeseen delays could cause you to rush through critical steps and create a hardship for your drivers and office team.

 

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.

ELD ADVISER: Maximize Your Compliance

As the Dec. 18 deadline looms, fleet owners are busy seeking a solution that will ensure compliance. Despite the wide variety of solutions available, the solutions gaining the most attention are the basic, low-cost alternatives.

 

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:

  • Higher productivity and profits
  • Lower fuel costs
  • Longer equipment life
  • Minimized violations

Electronic Logging Devices 101

Read the ebook to learn about your options for compliance and why you should adopt ELDs now instead of later.

Reality Check: Will ELDs Hurt Your Bottom Line?

Depends. Not all devices will help you in the long run, financially. What are some of the impacts of implementing the wrong ELD system? From upfront hardware and installation costs to a loss in fleet productivity, the wrong ELD can have a lasting effect on your business. Choosing an ELD integrated with GPS Fleet Tracking software will help you recoup the lost revenue, upfront costs and then some.

 

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.

7 Benefits Of Bundling ELD & Fleet-Tracking Solutions

Complying with the ELD mandate is one thing; having a solution that meets the criteria is another. But, is just being compliant enough? In today’s data-driven environment, it’s also important to have a solution that can add to and not take away from a fleet’s efficiency. One way to do this is by bundling an ELD solution with a GPS/telematics solution.

12 Practical Steps to Prepare for the ELD Mandate

These 12 steps will walk you through accepting the ELD mandate, picking the right technology solution, training your staff, managing your staff, and more.

How to choose the right ELD solution

This infographic offers practical tips for selecting the right solution, including questions around how to operate it, prcing considerations, network coverage, and more.

For Fleets: FAQs on the FMCSA ELD Mandate

As a service to the industry, the VDO RoadLog ELD product management team at Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket has developed the following FAQs to help address the most common questions about the FMCSA Mandate and ELD compliance.

For Owner Operators: FAQs on FMCSA ELD Mandate

This equivalent FAQ helps owner/operators with the most common questions about the FMCSA Mandate and ELD compliance.