e-log shift

Innovative pricing as ELD provider competition heats up

A few deals for qualifying drivers -- from BigRoad, KeepTruckin, Magellan -- sure to multiply among other providers with the raft of ELD providers out there. If you're shopping, don't be afraid to ask ...

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When cellular service adds monthly fees to ELDs

Most any BYOD-type ELD with dedicated tablets will come with monthly costs for a data plan. If you’re pairing a BYOD ELD with a smartphone or tablet you already have with a service plan, such cost wouldn’t necessarily figure into your back-of-the-envelope investment calculation.

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ELDs at the ‘right price’: No-monthly-fee e-logs explored

In the crowded ELD market, a few companies set themselves apart with systems requiring no monthly fee. Who they are, and considerations of support, availability and utility.

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Cybersecurity: Tips for greater peace of mind

Anyone plugging a device into the onboard diagnostics port, particularly an ELD that will open up a connection between the truck’s computer and the internet, would do well to follow these practices.

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ELD makers’ controls for data security

Suppliers restrict their electronic logging device applications from sharing data with other applications on the device as a safeguard against potential security breaches in those applications, among other efforts.

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Hacking trucks: Cybersecurity and the ELD mandate

With hundreds of thousands of big rigs about to tack on internet-connected ELDs, some people see a major security threat.

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What a difference a day makes: Where rates could spike

Where to look for the most likely ELD effect on rates? High-volume lanes between 500 and 750 miles, which analysts call the “dangerous lanes.” It’s those where load/unload hiccups or in-transit delays easily can extend a one-day haul into a second day.

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ELDs’ capacity squeeze assumption no. 2: Flight from the industry

Will owner-operators and other drivers leave the industry in large enough numbers to produce a significant capacity shortage in the spot market, driving up rates? Some believe so -- long as stated intentions become reality -- while skepticism is prominent as well.

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ELDs’ capacity squeeze assumption no. 1: Fewer miles

Examining the assumptions behind the varying predictions of the post-ELD mandate demand situation. If some predictions come to pass, there’s reason to believe rates may rise enough to be a notable reward from an unwelcome imposition.

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Weak links can hamper app-based ELDs

Many ELD systems based on smartphone or tablet apps fall in the category of “bring your own device.” Because most rely on cellular and Bluetooth connections, BYOD systems can be more prone to connectivity problems.

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