An Overdrive survey from a year ago showed minimal e-logging by owner-operators. Since then, many larger fleets have added ELD systems to get a jump on compliance before Dec. 18, but most independent owner-operators have yet to install an ELD.
Since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s late 2015 release of its final rule for using electronic logging devices, there’s been a rising swell of ELD development. Customers can choose from hardware and software options offered by dozens of vendors, many of them new to the trucking industry.
This also means serious preparation on the enforcement side. FMCSA has had reported delays implementing its roadside data-transfer system by which officers will interface electronically with any of these systems. Nevertheless, the agency expects to have it in place prior to Dec. 18, the scheduled enforcement date for using electronic logs.
Fleet-focused onboard devices offer a lot of bells and whistles, but independent owner-operators are likely to gravitate to a baseline-compliance device. They can benefit from additional functions such as IFTA data collection, making mileage tracking automatic and easily reportable.
If you manage more than one truck or are poised for growth, simplified dispatch tools in back-office programs may help you scale your operation. As you’re making your decision, consider these issues:
The final rule specifies an eight-day timeframe for repairing/replacing a malfunctioning ELD. Does the provider stock the kind of hardware inventory to meet such a quick turnaround? How are replacements/repairs handled? For carriers needing more than eight days to replace any ELD, the rule also spelled out a process for requesting more time. It involves contacting your state’s FMCSA division office and making your case.
FMCSA registry and compliance.
Technically, compliant ELDs must be on FMCSA’s registry of devices. The agency’s vetting process does not entail testing for compliance, relying largely on manufacturers to self-certify that they meet the rule specs.
That’s prompted worry among motor carriers about what happens if their device is later found to be noncompliant. FMCSA’s website addresses that scenario: “FMCSA will work with affected motor carriers to establish a reasonable timeframe for replacing non-compliant devices.”
At this stage, part of the complexity involving the registry is that automatic onboard recording devices meeting fairly minimal requirements compared to ELD specs are essentially grandfathered through Dec. 16, 2019. The rule notes that any carrier installing an AOBRD prior to this year’s ELD enforcement date can use that device until the 2019 date.
Practically, what that means is that enforcing the requirement to use a registry-listed device is unlikely before that time, particularly for carriers who comply with the ELD rule and install an engine-connected e-log prior to Dec. 18. So the registry’s importance for carriers choosing ELDs at this stage is minimal.
As the comparison chart of devices with this package of stories shows, many established ELD vendors remain off the registry. Those providers consulted for stories in this buyer’s guide, if not already on the registry, expressed plans for eventual ELD compliance for their products through firmware/software updates as the enforcement rollout progresses.
Nonetheless, for any product not on the registry, ask the vendor about its plans for registering its device and whether it has a plan for success and support for its product beyond 2019.
All compliant electronic logging devices will share a common bond: They can record data coming in from the system that controls the truck’s engine and component parts. The ELD final rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was specific in requiring synchronization with the electronic control module. That’s one of the reasons the agency didn’t require ELDs in trucks of model-year 1999 or older.
The rule requires ELDs to automatically record date, time, location information, engine hours, vehicle miles and identification information for the driver, carrier and vehicle itself. Unless the driver is enabled for use of the vehicle in a “personal conveyance” mode outside of work hours, ELDs are required to record all of those elements “when the driver indicates a change of duty status or a change to a special driving category” such as a yard move, the rule states.
When in motion, ELDs are required to record all of the information on an hourly basis at a minimum. Many ELDs are offered as part of systems built for detailed tracking purposes, useful to fleets and owner-operators for purposes such as automatic notification of arrival times.
Those systems are capable of recording in a much more refined manner, and some may default to that. Providers may or may not have the ability to adjust the refinement.
Though there are plenty of variations, two types of ELDs have emerged.
In dedicated unit configurations, the device is supplied by the provider and is likely to remain in the truck.
BYOD (“bring your own device”) systems allow buyers to purchase their own hardware for the driver interface, such as an owner-operator using an app on a personal Android- or iOS-powered smartphone. A carrier may seek out a deal on tablets to dedicate to its power units and drivers.
Most older forms of electronic logging devices, known as electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) or automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs), have been the dedicated-unit type. Two examples that have been available for years are Omnitracs’ MCP series and PeopleNet’s current products used by many drivers employed by or leased to larger carriers.
Many of these units provide ELD functionality in a single device package tied directly to the ECM by a cable and plug.
Like mobile phones, such units use connections to the cellular network and GPS functionality to deliver on the ELD rule’s requirements for recording location, mileage and engine hours. Data storage occurs using a combination of the internet cloud, back-office servers and the device itself.
A notable exception among devices available for years now exists in the base model of the Continental VDO RoadLog, which is limited to hours of service recording and inspection-report functionality. With no connection to the cellular network with the device, fleets and owner-operators manage data storage via a USB-connected drive to transfer records to a laptop or other computer.
Other dedicated devices may pair two pieces of hardware, bridging the gap between the traditional single-unit EOBR and the two-piece BYOD systems readily available today. In most cases, those devices are in evidence on the quick-comparison chart when a BYOD and a dedicated version exist from one manufacturer. While the J.J. Keller Encompass and Rand McNally DC200 systems both are BYOD-capable, they also are offered with company-branded Android tablets that come preloaded with software: the Compliance Tablet from Keller and the TND from Rand McNally.
Any fleet or owner-operator willing to make the investment in dedicated tablets can turn a BYOD system into a dedicated one. For years, Bill Frerichs of St. Louis-based Frerichs Freight Lines has run the BigRoad logging app on Android tablets dedicated to his 10 trucks. Though Frerichs at press time still was evaluating his options for mandate compliance, moving all 10 of his trucks’ tablets to ELD functionality could be as simple as signing on with BigRoad’s program for leasing engine-connection hardware to pair to the tablets.
Jack Schwalbach, who manages the private fleet of Reinders, a Wisconsin-based turf and irrigation products company, did just that with Geotab. “We have dedicated tablets,” Schwalbach says. “The tablets are used just for logging – the data plan, we have locked down. Everybody’s got their smartphone on their own, so they use that” for anything else.
Bring your own device
The “bring your own device” phrase and its BYOD acronym came into use with the profusion of smartphones over the past decade. In trucking, it’s a common term to describe a major part of today’s ELD market.
Dozens of providers are offering their own versions of BYOD systems. A BYOD-configured ELD consists of a “dongle” that connects to the ECM via the cab’s onboard diagnostics port. The dongle typically pairs via a Bluetooth connection with a smartphone or tablet to transmit data.
Software from the ELD vendor on your smartphone or tablet enables you to change duty status manually when you stop. When your vehicle goes into motion, the ELD automatically will shift to the drive line in the log book.
Variations exist. The engine-connection dongle may or may not have a cellular connection. In the case of the KeepTruckin ELD, the ECM-connected device maintains a GPS connection but no cellular connectivity itself. For that, the system relies on the connected smartphone or tablet and its data plan.
Meanwhile, Geotab’s Go — also a BYOD solution (and marketed as the Transflo ELD T7 by Pegasus TransTech) — maintains its own cellular connection and is capable of being updated and troubleshot over the air if software/firmware updates are needed.
While electronic logs generally automate parts of logkeeping and in some ways simplify the rest, they still require direct driver involvement in most duty status changes. As any driver will know, too, turning the entire process over to a device and its interaction with the truck just isn’t possible.
As with paper logs, drivers using electronic logs are in control of all duty status inputs. The exception is the drive line, which functions automatically as specified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule. It’s also the only status the driver will be unable to edit directly through his driver login.
To minimize the need for annotations required with any edit, the long-in-practice habit of “catching up the log book” by drivers will mostly fall by the wayside. With no pencil to be pushed across paper, as long as the device is operational and open, duty-status changes happen with the simple push of a button in real time.
Edits made by the driver are possible for every line but the drive line, which is locked down since drive time is based on vehicle movement. The drive line can be edited from the administrator’s account to classify an unassigned driving event or drive time as personal conveyance or a yard move.
Any edits made from the administrator account in the back-office login must be certified as accurate by the driver. This occurs through the driver’s user interface of the ELD when the edit is made.
An independent owner-operator may have two separate logins for the system: one as a driver, the other as the administrator. An independent lacking two email addresses may need to get a second one. Some systems require unique addresses to associate with the logins as administrator and driver-user.
When it comes to the look and feel of the user interface that e-log provider companies are required to produce, the ELD final rule leaves plenty of room for variation. It did, however, make these requirements of all ELDs:
1) A graph grid of any driver user’s hours analogous to that used in paper logs, showing the various off-duty, sleeper berth, driving and on-duty not-driving lines. The grid display – or as an alternative, a printout, being used by Continental’s VDO RoadLog device and its built-in printer – is intended for quick interpretation by law enforcement. This serves as a backup to other required methods of data transfer.
Most providers integrate the grid into the driver’s basic log view on the interface. Many reproduce it with further information in a special inspection screen for display to law enforcement, similar to what officers are used to seeing on paper today.
2) On-duty driving status is required to be triggered automatically when the speed hits 5 mph. If the driver is not logged into the system prior to that change in status, an “unassigned driving event” is recorded by the system and can be reconciled only from the administrator account, not via the driver interface.
According to the rule, after a driving status is triggered, the vehicle is considered in motion by the ELD until “speed falls to 0 miles per hour and stays at 0 miles per hour for 3 consecutive seconds,” after which manual duty status changes are possible.
FMCSA noted it would expect that in most cases drivers would make a duty status change in such an event before shutting the vehicle down. The ELD will record all engine on/off activity.
3) The default duty status for any ELD is on-duty not-driving. Absent a driver’s direct change, after the vehicle has been in motion, the ELD automatically should transfer the driver to Line 4 after the vehicle has been stationary for five minutes.
4) Yard moves functionality was specified in the ELD final rule as a way for carriers to move vehicles around company terminals without automatically triggering an on-duty driving status. Yard-moves mode for particular drivers will be enabled from the administrator account and then selected by the driver when making a yard move. The default status for a yard move is Line 4, on-duty not-driving.
5) Personal conveyance uses of the truck while off-duty also are enabled from the administrator account for drivers. The personal conveyance mode then can be selected by the driver using the truck for personal reasons during off-duty periods.
Once selected, the default duty status is off-duty for the ELD for as long as it’s selected, including when in motion. GPS refinement is reduced during personal conveyance mode selection from a one-mile radius to 10 miles.
6) Various hours exemptions and special rule variants such as those pertaining to the 30-minute break and rules for oilfield operations can be handled as they have been, FMCSA’s rule states, via notes sections to the logs.
With the exception of yard moves and personal conveyance, “all other special driving categories, such as adverse driving conditions … or oilfield operations … would be annotated by the driver, similar to the way they are now.”
However, numerous ELD providers support special oilfield rule sets, including Apollo, E-Log Plus, Hutch, Omnitracs’ XRS device, PeopleNet and others.
By Todd Dills and Aaron Huff
From built-in dashcams to scanners and transportation management software (TMS) system integration capabilities, electronic logging devices do more, often a lot more, than merely provide hours of service functionality.
ISE Fleet Services’ eFleetSuite ELD, for example, can be scaled to add features on the Android system that underlies the dedicated unit. Owner-operators and fleets “can invest in it upfront and spend more money down the road if that’s what’s necessary,” says Chris Nelson, ISE vice president.
Although ISE calls the eFleetSuite e-logger a “baseline compliance” device designed originally to satisfy the needs of a particular set of leased owner-operators, logs aren’t the only thing it can do. As with many competing devices, the GPS-enabled connections to the truck’s electronic control module open up the possibility to automate fuel-tax data collection that can be output to multiple IFTA providers, Nelson says.
For Jack Schwalbach of the Reinders private fleet, similar functions within the Geotab e-log service are among the biggest benefits he’s seen. “Fuel tax is a huge problem,” Schwalbach says – or was, before moving to Geotab’s system paired with dedicated Android tablets for logs. Previously, Reinders often was at the mercy of its drivers’ record-keeping abilities or best guesses for state mileages.
“Now, at the end of the month and end of the quarter, I gather the info for fuel tax and don’t waste eight hours at the end of the month, minimum, trying to get the records,” he says. “The guy in accounting can push a button, and there it is.”
ERoad and its ELD also take tax-management functionality to another level. The product is built on top of a system originally designed for debiting weight-mile user fees in New Zealand and then piloted in Oregon to track use in that state’s weight-mile system. After that, says company representative Gail Levario, the product will have “an end-to-end solution on the IFTA side.”
Other administrative-type functionality involves electronic driver vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs) for pre- and post-trip inspections. Many devices provide drivers with an electronic checklist for areas that need work. Maintenance personnel or the driver himself then can sign off on repairs as they happen, creating an electronic maintainence record.
The Drivewyze weigh-station bypassing service is integrated as an option in the dedicated ELDs of Rand McNally, Omnitracs, PeopleNet and Zonar.
Many systems also present the back office with dispatching tools, from map views of drivers’ locations and available hours to historical views of routes and more. Bill Frerichs of Frerichs Freight Lines says that even without full ELD functionality, his fleet has been able to improve dispatch by using Android tablets running BigRoad’s software.
“We’re using their map feature so you can see the drivers and using it to tell them where to fuel in some cases,” says Frerichs, who participates in the National Association of Small Trucking Companies’ fuel-discount network. “My key people [in the office] all have that BigRoad app on their desktop.”
Such functionality could help more carriers track detention time. “ELDs are going to come full circle and get your time at the docks under control,” Frerichs believes.
A variety of business tools also are emerging from some new players in the ELD landscape. Both the Simple Truck ELD and Konexial’s My20 are marketing load board-like services to owner-operators. Konexial’s Rick Dempsey says the app associated with his company’s BYOD ELD service, set to debut in June, “will alert a driver of [available loads] within a geographic location.”
Larger fleets also are finding ways to make the most of the e-log transition by using their hours of service data for more than just compliance. The data can be integrated with TMS systems and routing applications that optimally match drivers to loads and make adjustments to the pickup-and-delivery schedule as the day progresses.
Omnitracs’ new Route, Dispatch, Compliance (RDC) system is designed for fleets with last-mile delivery operations that operate under HOS regulations. The web-based system uses data from the Omnitracs XRS mobile and ELD application to plan routes and make real-time dynamic changes as the day progresses.
P&S Transportation, a 1,100-truck carrier based in Birmingham, Ala., uses a planning tool called Driver Feasibility in its LoadMaster TMS system from McLeod Software. The tool provides an automated checklist for driver-load assignments by evaluating drivers’ current hours, location, load status and future availability.
P&S requires all personnel in operations and dispatch to use the tool when assigning loads to drivers that run e-logs, says Tiffany Giekes, director of business process. The company implemented e-logs three years ago in its flatbed and refrigerated operations. “We are making good business decisions before we talk to a driver about a load,” Giekes says. “It is a huge benefit to know if a driver is going to make it on time.”
P&S driver managers also use Driver Feasibility to coach drivers who are relatively new to e-logs. Managers can show them how to plan trips, including where to take breaks and fuel, to make deliveries safely and on time.
Today’s electronic logging devices are different animals from the onboard communications and logging systems of even a decade ago. And while the $1,000-plus onboard systems with expensive ongoing costs in maintenance and subscriptions haven’t gone away entirely, many inexpensive options exist, even among dedicated units.
Hardware purchase costs for dedicated-unit systems range from a little more than $400 for Hutch’s Mercury unit up to $2,000 for PeopleNet’s top-of-the-line, fully-functional custom fleet management device.
For engine-connection-device purchases for BYOD (“bring your own device”) systems, costs range from around $170 up to about $500 on the top end.
Most systems with subscription-based pricing, even those with the most expansive functionality for fleets, can start with no hardware investment other than a lease cost rolled into a monthly or annual fee. Monthly subscription costs vary with the variety of services used, though many start at as little as $15.
It’s possible to satisfy the requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD mandate for as little as a onetime $200 investment. Zed Connect made news in March for its Zed ELD, turning the common BYOD pricing model on its head.
Most BYOD ELDs, as evident in our comparison chart, operate in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, with subscription fees ensuring full functionality. While many give away or lease engine-plug-in hardware, Zed is charging just $200 for the hardware and giving away the smartphone app and web-based administration portal.
“This is an application of an innovative company that believes there are a lot of truckers out there who actually don’t want to have that monthly fee and the charges for a lot of things that aren’t applicable to their business,” says Jill Nowlin, Zed’s sales director.
Tailoring the company’s e-log offering to owner-operators and small fleets, Nowlin likens the more well-equipped services to cable TV packages. “You get 800 channels, and you only want two or three,” she says. “We’re targeting that group to be able to give them an ability to meet this mandate” and not keep a monthly fee subtracting from the bottom line in perpetuity.
Along with Zed, Blue Ink Technology has adopted a similar pricing model for its BYOD ELD – a $295 onetime hardware purchase. BIT’s Mike Riegel expressed a similar desire to provide something “very lean” and simple to “keep the cost low” for small fleets and owner-operators.
In addition to logging, the electronic logging devices listed here allow for electronic driver vehicle inspection reports. Most include options for messaging and back-office unit tracking. Ancillary features listed are not comprehensive in most cases.
Some features may require further investment in services and/or hardware. Many systems include features enabled by the connection to the engine’s electronic control module (ECM), including, for larger fleets, the capability of integration into transportation management software systems.
Unless otherwise noted, costs in this chart apply to a one-truck operator independent of a larger fleet, buying aftermarket. Volume discounts often apply for more sizable fleets. Many providers offer lease options for hardware with prices bundled into service packages.
Some systems are “bring your own device” (BYOD) products, where smartphone or tablet software is paired with a device that connects to the ECM. For such systems, associated costs exclude the cost of the mobile device unless otherwise noted. Associated data plan charges also are not included.
Several providers did not meet the deadline to be included in the print chart and also can be examined online at OverdriveOnline.com/2015ELDChart. As new products are introduced and existing products are added to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD registry, the online chart will be updated.
User reviews, where noted, are accessible via CCJDigital.com/Reviews.
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|Provider||Apollo Solutions||ATS Fleet Management Solutions||BigRoad||Blue Ink Technology||Blue Tree Systems||CarrierWeb||Cartasite||Continental||Dispatching Solutions||DriverTech||Eclipse Software||E-Log Plus||EROAD||Fleet Complete||FleetUp||Forward Thinking Systems||GeoSpace Labs||Geotab||Gorilla Safety||GPS Insight||HOS 247||HOS Reporter||Hutch||iGlobal||ISE Fleet Services||J.J. Keller||KeepTruckin||Konexial||Load Logistics||M2M in Motion||MiX Telematics||Mobile Warrior||Navistar||Nero Global Tracking||Omnitracs||Omnitracs||One20||Pedigree Technologies||Pegasus TransTech||PeopleNet||Quartix||Rand McNally||Rand McNally||Rand McNally||Simple Truck ELD||Spireon||Teletrac Navman||Telogis||Zed Connect||Zonar|
|Device Name||Apollo||ELD ABW w/ ATS e-Track Certified||DashLink ELD||BIT ELD||BT500||CarrierMate||DriveTime||VDO RoadLog||DSI eLogs||DT4000 Rev 7||RapidLog ELD-200||E-Log Plus||EROAD ELD||AT&T Fleet Complete HOS||FleetUp||Field Warrior||HG100||Geotab GO||Gorilla Safety ELD||ELD-2000||HOS 247 ELD & ELD Connect||HOS Reporter-BT||Mercury||Edge MDT / Journey8 tablet||eFleetSuite||Encompass||KeepTruckin||My20||Load Logistics TMS||M2M018||MiX Rovi||iDDL||OnCommand Connection||Nero Global Tracking||MCP/IVG||XRS||F-ELD||ELD Chrome||Transflo ELD T7||eDriver Logs||Electronic Logging from Quartix||DC200||TND765||ELD50||Simple Truck ELD||FleetLocate FL7||Director||Telogis WorkPlan||Zed ELD||Zonar Connect|
|Type of Device||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android||Dedicated unit | two options, Win-CE (5700) and Android (7000) OS||BYOD | Android or paired with ruggedized tablet||Dedicated unit||Dedicated unit or BYOD | Android, iOS||Dedicated unit||BYOD | Android mobile device or Windows laptop||BYOD | Android (iOS coming soon) or paired with ELP-branded Samsung tablet||Dedicated unit||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android (iOS coming soon) w/ Field Warrior app | or paired with dedicated Garmin Fleet series||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, iOS||Dedicated unit||BYOD | Android (iOS coming soon) or “ELD Connect” dedicated unit||BYOD | Android, iOS (coming in April) | or paired with dedicated tablet||Dedicated unit||Dedicated units||Dedicated unit||BYOD | Android, iOS | or paired with dedicated J.J. Keller Compliance Tablet||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | (Android and iOS on the way)||BYOD | Android tablets||BYOD | Android (iOS coming soon)||Dedicated unit||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android | or paired with dedicated Android tablet||Dedicated units||BYOD | Company- certified Android, Windows Mobile devices||BYOD | Android, iOS||Cab-Mate Open: BYOD, Android | Cab-Mate Connect: Dedicated unit||BYOD | Android, iOS||Dedicated units||BYOD | Android tablets||BYOD | Android | or paired with TND tablet||Dedicated unit||BYOD | Android | or paired with TND tablet||BYOD | Android, iOS | tablet options available||BYOD | Android, iOS||Dedicated unit||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, iOS||Dedicated unit|
|Initial cost||$0 with lease, $75 to purchase ECM-link||$135 (includes first three months’ service, year of support)||$0 with lease||$295||$0 with lease/purchase over 3-5 years||$749, lease options available||$0 with lease, $500 approximately with dedicated tablet||$700 or $0 lease option||$450-$700, depending on hardware, capabilities||$799||$299||$169 in BYOD configuration, higher with tablet||$0 with 3-year hardware lease||$0 with lease||$0 with lease||$0 with lease||$0 with one-year service commitment, otherwise $99||$170||$175||$650 for ELD-2000 and GPS tracking device combination, rental options available||BYOD: $0 with one-year service commitment, otherwise $69 | Dedicated: $149-$218||$0||$475, lease options available||$499 and up, depending on configuration||$575, lease options available||$299||$0 with hardware lease||$0||$499 for adaptable engine relay||$0 with lease, $215||$0 with lease||$0 with lease, $175||$120||$0 with hardware lease, $200 or higher without||$799 and up depending on model, lease options available||$0 with hardware lease option||$100, $80 for Samsung users||$0 with lease, $599-$799 for dedicated unit, $299-$399 for BYOD solution||$99 for hardware/harness||$0 with lease option up to $2,000, depending on capabilities||$79-$119, depending on available promotions||$399, custom options available for larger fleets||$699, custom options available for larger fleets||$149||$0||$0 with lease||$0 with lease||$0 with lease option up to $100 and more||$200||Varies according to fleet size and options chosen|
|Ongoing lease or service fees per truck||Monthly: $15-$40, depending on options||Monthly: $15||Monthly: $15 per user, $10 per truck||$0||Monthly: $20-$55, depending on options||Monthly: $31 and lower||Monthly: $15-$30||$0 for logs, DVIR, IFTA miles||Monthly: $20 for ELD; $40 for ELD and GPS||Monthly: $30 and higher, depending on options||Monthly: $15-$35, depending on option package||Monthly: $19||Monthly: $35-$60 depending on options||Monthly: $36||Monthly: $25 and higher||Monthly: $20-$50 depending on device type||Monthly: $19||Monthly: $20-$30 approx.||Monthly: $24 and higher||Monthly: $34.95 and higher for ELD and GPS tracking software||BYOD — Monthly: $17-$23, depending on options | Dedicated — $31-$37||Monthly: $15 (two years prepaid) or $18 (one year)||Monthly: $19 and higher, depending on options||Monthly: $25 and higher, depending options and configuration||Monthly: $24||Monthly: $20 (or less with multi-driver discounting)||Monthly: $20 for service||Monthly: $20, or $10 with three-year commitment||Monthly: $25 and higher||Monthly: $25 and higher||Monthly: Varies with service plan/bundle||Monthly: $15-$30||Monthly: $20 and higher||Monthly: $20 and higher||Monthly: $20 and higher||Monthly: $18 and higher||$0||Monthly: $20 and higher||Monthly: $25-$31, depending on plan selected||Monthly: $30-$60 for service, more with lease if applicable||Monthly: $19.20-$22.20/month (or $4/month on top of InfoPlus tracking system subscription)||Monthly: $25 and higher||Monthly: $20 and higher||Monthly: $15 and higher||Monthly: $19 (first six months free, within limits)||Monthly: $26.95 and higher, depending on add-ons||Monthly: $45 and higher depending on options||Monthly: $36 including hardware lease and up||$0||Varies with service plan/features|
|Other capabilities beyond logs||IFTA, AOBRD/ELD operating modes, signature capture, proactive notifications, back office integration, Canada/California/oilfield support||IFTA, optional close support software. ELD ABW otherwise is a baseline compliance device. ATS provides e-Track Certified software that powers it.||Document capture, sharing, engine diagnostics, back-office dispatch geared to small fleets||Engine diagnostics, preventive maintenance||Wi-Fi hotspot, driver scoring (in performance, safety, compliance, navigation, jobs workflow management, reefer temperature monitoring||Driver/truck performance and engine diagnostics/preventive maintenance reporting, in-cab scanning, navigation; road segment speeding available at additional cost||Variety of driver safety, fleet management functions possible||Built-in thermal printer, real-time data transfer, fuel consumption, engine diagnostics, driver scorecard, integrated dispatch for small fleets||GPS tracking, transport & order management, smart forms, alerts, geofencing, IFTA, device events, more||Dashcam w/ critical-event-capture; navigation; integrations with some TMS, diagnostics and tire-inflation providers; smartphone app to link business processes to drivers||Special pricing for current log-audit customers, IFTA, route tracking, phone lock, three-tiered compliance warnings||IFTA, maintenance alerts, oilfield capable, auto-backup to cloud storage account, supports up to 6-driver slip seat||Electronic weight-mile tax, IFTA, IRP record-keeping; driver behavior reporting/management; maintenance, fuel and other management functions; geofencing and retrospective event tools||Customizable for fleet management functions like dispatching and engine diagnostics, wi-fi hotspot capable||Patented fuel waste analysis, e-maintenance, engine diagnostics, IFTA, geofencing, full fleet management solution||Geofencing, maintenance tracking, driver scorecards, IFTA, systems integration, navigation, live-streaming cameras, signature/image capture, roadside assistance program||Maintenance resolution/tracking, paperless manifests and barcoding, dispatch, time-card functionality, route logging, signature capture, detention tracking/billing, mapping||IFTA data collection, engine diagnostics, driver scorecards, safety/risk management functions, data integration for management, more custom adds from Geotab Marketplace||IFTA, AOBRD and short-haul settings, driver accident reporting, document capture/management, fuel management, custom maintenance management, user permissions||IFTA data collection, engine diagnostics, routing, hierarchy functions for larger fleets, suite of tailored GPS tracking solutions||IFTA; compliance monitoring; document management; vehicle diagnostics; third party access for shippers, brokers and accountants; custom integrations with dispatch, routing and load boards||IFTA data collection, AOBRD/ELD modes||Wireless and satellite tracking options, IFTA, engine diagnostics, maintenance management, compliance/safety systems, tire pressure/trailer monitoring, signature capture, Canada/U.S. oilfield & utility service vehicle support, scorecards, geofencing, push-to-talk, navigation, more||Edge MDT features ruggedized built-in scanner. Journey8: tablet paired with a wireless dongle to the ECM (optional scanner). 8- and 10-inch screens, a la carte pricing for options, IFTA, driver scorecards/settlements, engine diagnostics, push-to-talk cellular, TMS integrations (TMW, McLeod), more.||IFTA data collection, compliance mapping, customizable||Optional IFTA reporting, navigation, engine diagnostics, driver qualification, drug & alcohol management, accident tracking, training, recordkeeping||IFTA, idle-time tracking, engine diagnostics, geofencing, driver scorecards, TMS integrations (TMW, McLeod)||Fuel options, navigation/mapping, patent-pending GoLoad truckload freight-matching||IFTA, dispatch/load functions, engine connection easily transferred from truck to truck, engine diagnostics, lane analysis, customizable for small fleet management||IFTA, engine diagnostics and other management capabilities, dashcam with critical-event capture and deliver, driver scoring, trailer tracking, mobile device management/lockdown capabilities, customizable depending on customer needs||IFTA, geofencing, maintenance tools, driver/vehicle utilization tools, fuel/engine monitoring, journey management, integrated video cameras, distracted and fatigued driving monitoring, collision avoidance, mobile apps for driver gamification/work flow||IFTA, touch-free driver ELD gauge, dispatch/load functions, document capture, time card and expense tracking with integration to accounting, DVIR w/ custom checklists by vehicle, real-time back-end admin portal for office, other custom settings||Vehicle location tracking, geofencing, harsh braking acceleration, idle reporting, breadcrumb trails; error help and alerts of violations; IFTA; advanced vehicle diagnostics||Engine diagnostics, fuel management, IFTA data collection, alerts and reports, geofencing, driver scorecards, maintenance module, more||Engine diagnostics, mobile-based weigh station bypass, IFTA, in-cab scanning, truck navigation, geofencing, custom mobile forms, TMS integration, idle time tracking, video recording, simple installation, more||Base service plan includes engine diagnostics and fuel-purchase and maintenance functions. Premium package includes IFTA and navigation with oilfield capability.||Base functionality for logs and DVIR, roadside mode password-protected||IFTA, engine diagnostics standard. Expandable and customizable with fleet management functions, including dispatch, forms, job management, maintenance, tires, seatbelts, trailer tracking, temperature monitoring, TMS integrations, more.||Base plan adds IFTA to common functionality, one-year warranty. Premium package: vehicle analytics, driver behavior insights, accident detection/reconstruction, lifetime warranty w/ upgrades.||Customizable for fleet management functions, mobile-based weigh station bypass||In addition to sophisticated tracking tools, fleet management functions (including dashboards), IFTA and more||TMS integration, workflow, IFTA, mapping, analytics, engine diagnostics, cellular modem||Truck-specific navigation, TMS integration, workflow, IFTA, mapping, analytics, diagnostics||TMS integration, workflow, IFTA, mapping, analytics, diagnostics||24/7 support, IFTA, parking assistance, diagnostic data, load boards and roadside assistance, discounted fuel cards, available in Spanish||IFTA, driver safety alerts/reports, driver scores, audible alerts, engine diagnostics||IFTA, engine diagnostics, dispatch and messaging, safety analytics, workflow solutions, truck-based navigation, driver scorecards, TMS integration, guaranteed compliance with ELD specs||Document capture, trip plan sharing, engine diagnostics and prognostics, more||Route management, fleet dashboard||Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for dispatch, management, operational functions; camera; navigation; Android compatibility; over-the-air updates|
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|Find more information||AssuredTracking.com||ELD.ABW.com||BigRoad.com||BlueInkTech.com||BlueTreeSystems.com||CarrierWeb.com or read user reviews at CCJ||Cartasite.com||VDORoadLog.com or read user reviews at CCJ||DSIMobile.com||DriverTech.com||RapidLog.com||E-Logplus.com||EROAD.com||FleetComplete.com||FleetUpTrace.com||ftsgps.com||Geowiz.biz||Geotab.com||GorillaSafety.com||GPSInsight.com||HOS247.com||HOS-Reporter.com||HutchSystems.com||iGlobalLLC.com||ISEFleetServices.com||JJKeller.com/ELogs or read user reviews at CCJ||KeepTruckin.com||Konexial.com||Load-Logistics.com||M2MInMotion.com||MiXTelematics.com||MobileWarrior.com||OnCommandConnection.com||NeroGlobal.com||Omnitracs.com or read user reviews at CCJ||Omnitracs.com or read user reviews at CCJ||One20.com/ELD||ELDCertified.com||Transflo.com||PeopleNetOnline.com or read user reviews at CCJ||Quartix.com||RandMcNally.com or read user reviews at CCJ||RandMcNally.com or read user reviews at CCJ||RandMcNally.com||SimpleTruckELD.com||Spireon.com||TeletracNavman.com||Telogis.com||Zed-ELD.com||ZonarSystems.com|
The market-making power of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate is evident when you compare the chart with the original comparison chart Overdrive published in August 2015.
Back then, 13 devices from 11 providers were listed, the majority of them offering dedicated-unit ELDs that had long been on the market. Well-known providers such as Omnitracs, PeopleNet, Teletrac, Rand McNally and J.J. Keller populated the chart.
This issue’s roundup of 47 devices shows how the December 2015 publication of the ELD final rule has encouraged many parties to enter the market. Though some providers such as ERoad, iGlobal and DriverTech now offer dedicated units of their own, the vast majority of growth has been “bring your own device” units capable of being paired with an operator’s smartphone or tablet.
Part of the reason for so many new entrants undoubtedly has to do with the cost of software/hardware development versus the relative ease of bringing software to market for mobile platforms. Of the 47 listed ELDs, 31 are capable of BYOD configuration. Among those, 22 can support both Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iOS.
BYOD providers include familiar names such as BigRoad and KeepTruckin. Both companies debuted prior to the ELD mandate as smartphone apps for logging. Now they are capable of functioning as federally compliant ELDs with an added device connected to the engine’s electronic control module. Most such devices maintain a connection to the driver’s smartphone interface via Bluetooth, though some also offer a Wi-Fi option or use it exclusively.
The vast majority offer their ELDs in a Software-as-a-Service (Saas) model with monthly fees structured to ensure users get the full functionality of the software and subsequent updates, though two exceptions to that rule exist.
While some BYOD ELDs include a dedicated data plan with a cellular service provider for the ECM-tethered device that connects to the driver’s smartphone or tablet, most do not. Before opting for one BYOD solution or another, be certain that the provider’s software is compliant with your smartphone’s operating system.
Private equity consultant Jay Dwivedi, studying the ELD market early this year, notes that in addition to ELD providers listed on FMCSA’s ELD registry, he found 27 more. “A lot of companies are trying to make a play and get an early start, but the market is not so huge that it can absorb 40 or 50 companies.” Dwivedi expects only about a dozen to survive. As this story went to press, evidence of consolidation was on offer with the announcement that Fleet Complete acquired BigRoad, long popular with drivers.
Truckstop.com’s uDrove smartphone app was one of the industry’s first. It allowed for logs and other functions in a single software package for Android, Blackberry and iOS devices. It moved into the BYOD ELD market years ago but recently re-evaluated the product and began its sunset.
Thayne Boren, Truckstop.com mobile general manager, says the company is ceasing uDrove support at the end of June but is committed to helping current customers find a new vendor. That includes plans for early-summer launch of an ELD marketplace that “will be a destination for carriers to find ‘vetted’ [ELD provider] companies that are likely on a path for success beyond 2019.” That’s the final year in which previous-generation automatic onboard recording devices can be used without updates to remain in compliance.
“We’ve had some really good discussions with 15 companies” so far, Boren said last month, “from the largest folks to a few startups,” focusing on longevity in the industry, current customer base and, among startups, those inking the kinds of partnerships likely to drive success. “The goal is to have a few different options,” depending on the carrier size, from small to large.
By Aaron Huff
Bill Frerichs created a deadline of July 1 to have electronic logging devices operational for his nine-truck fleet. The president and owner of St. Louis-based Frerichs Freight Lines is mulling his options.
“The almighty bottom dollar is not the deciding factor, but it is part of it,” Frerichs says. “I am hoping I can get into this for under $35 per truck per month.”
One option is to upgrade the logging app Frerichs currently is using for his late-model Volvo fleet. The BigRoad app runs on Android-powered tablets secured to dash-mounted docking and charging stations.
Frerichs also is considering ELD applications from Omnitracs or Telogis, both of which have connectivity agreements with Volvo Trucks to leverage the telematics data that the truck maker already captures for its Remote Diagnostics service. Volvo installs a telematics device in all new vehicles at the factory. The XRS platform from Omnitracs could run on Frerichs’ existing Android tablets, and so could Telogis’ suite of applications.
Frerichs is looking beyond compliance for systems that also report driver and vehicle performance, which Omnitracs, Telogis and others could provide. “I want to create a driver incentive program to pay a fuel bonus and things like that,” he says.
In a perfect world, any ELD software developer could leverage the mileage and engine data from telematics devices that truck makers install at the factory. The data could be accessed by a mobile app through a local Bluetooth connection or be fed to apps installed on a truck’s touchscreen infotainment system.
Absent a printer as a backup, the ELD rule requires that logs be viewable by law enforcement officers in a display. For this reason, it might not make sense for truck makers to install a computing device with a non-mobile display, says Omnitracs Director of OEM Solutions Wes Mays.
While most truck makers are not in the ELD business, their investments in remote diagnostics and telematics can pay dividends for third-party ELD providers.
Paccar installs a PeopleNet telematics unit in Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks with Paccar MX-13 engines at the factory. To run PeopleNet’s eDriver Logs application, truck owners would need to purchase or lease one of the vendor’s driver displays, but they would gain additional value beyond compliance.
“The customer gets access to Paccar’s detailed and advanced maintenance services preloaded on the device, along with PeopleNet’s fleet management capabilities,” says Eric Witty, vice president of product for PeopleNet.
Daimler Trucks North America installs Zonar’s telematics unit, the V3, in Freightliner and Western Star trucks at the factory. DTNA uses V3 to power its Virtual Technician remote diagnostics service, allowing Zonar’s Connect and 2020 tablets to run the ELD application.
The 2018 Freightliner Cascadia will have a new platform with the capability to integrate with other third-party ELD applications, says Greg Treinen, sales and marketing manager of connectivity for DTNA.
Navistar doesn’t install a telematics device at the factory but has agreements with multiple telematics suppliers to power its OnCommand Connect remote diagnostics service.
The company launched its own BYOD-style ELD and telematics device under the same name at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March. ELD use enables access to OnCommand Connect’s remote diagnostics.
AT&T Fleet Complete
AT&T Fleet Complete Hours of Service is designed to be comprehensive solution that automates all recordkeeping and assists with road safety compliance without controlling drivers’ actions or impeding their driving. The app is configured to alert the driver of upcoming violations at measured intervals and also provide the flexibility of overriding warnings and violation alerts with reason codes, such as weather conditions, emergency or deferral. It is available on both Android and iOS, eliminating the costs of proprietary mobile devices and enabling the convenient sharing of logs with other apps, such as email, printer or Dropbox. The initial cost is $0, with an ongoing monthly fee of $36.
At press time, Fleet Complete acquired fellow ELD provider BigRoad. The integrated Fleet Complete BigRoad platform will be offered through North American partner channels AT&T and Telus.
AT&T Fleet Complete, FleetComplete.com/HOS
BigRoad’s DashLink ELD is designed to be simple, aﬀordable and ﬂexible. The plug-and-play solution connects to the driver’s iOS or Android device via Bluetooth, making it easily transferable between drivers and trucks. DashLink ELD connects seamlessly with the BigRoad Mobile App to make HOS compliance eﬀortless; it displays real-time risk notiﬁcations to help prevent costly violations. Together, these solutions automatically create compliant logs, saving time on paperwork and getting drivers through their inspections quickly. The ELD automatically syncs with the BigRoad Web App and enables ﬂeets and owner-operators to improve operations by reducing administrative tasks with real-time HOS visibility and ﬂeet tracking. There is no upfront hardware cost – only a low-cost license fee.
Dispatching Solutions DSI eLogs
Dispatching Solutions’ cloud-based DSI eLogs is certified on FMCSA’s registry and is available as either a dedicated unit or a BYOD solution for both the Android and iOS operating platforms. Drivers can see their electronic logbook status in real time, and the back office can view the entire fleet and help manage driver compliance. DSI eLogs also has GPS fleet and asset tracking, transportation scheduling, dispatch, order management, smart forms, alerts, geofencing, IFTA accounting and fleet maintenance. The initial cost is $450 to $700 depending on hardware and capabilities, with an ongoing monthly fee of $20 for ELD service only and $40 for both ELD and GPS capabilities.
Dispatching Solutions, DSIMobile.com
DriverTech DT4000 Rev 7
DriverTech’s DT4000 Rev 7 mobile communications device is a comprehensive fleet management system supporting a range of services and applications that help improve driver and fleet efficiency metrics through workflow integrations with TMS system providers. The robust onboard computer is designed for quick installation and is driver-friendly with easy-to-manage screens and menus. Priced under $800, the device can provide specific routing with precise navigation and can be combined with the company’s DT-Camera for event recording triggered by hard braking.
Eclipse offers the RapidLog 200 vehicle monitor for electronic logs. The company says it has audited error-free over 1 billion logs for hours of service and trip planning for over 3,000 carriers since 1989.
The dashtop device monitors all vehicle movement using ECM and GPS satellite data. Data can be sent to the carrier in real time or in batches when a driver has Wi-Fi access to reduce or eliminate data plan fees. Most any Android device or Windows laptop can be used for drivers’ entries.
The company supports any mix of paper logs, electronic logs, DVIRs, fuel-tax route tracking, live truck tracking and message notification. Further, carriers can gradually convert from paper to electronic logs over a period of time, with single-point integrated reports and audits.
The RapidLog ELD device does not require a cell phone during driving, which eliminates fines where cell-phone use is prohibited; plus, there are no mounting, charging and cable problems. Installation is as simple as plugging in a cable and placing the ELD on the dash; the device can be hard-wired at the carrier’s option.
Monthly service costs $14.99 for logs and DVIRs, $24.99 to add messaging and live tracking, $27.49 to add GPS route-recording and $34.99 to add full-service fuel tax preparation.
Eclipse Software Systems, RapidLog.com
ELD Solutions was established to provide any size of fleet from a single owner-operator to large carriers with simple methods to meet or exceed the ELD rule’s minimum standards. Customized solutions to enhance efficiencies range from basic compliance to a full line of features, including telematics, GPS tracking and IFTA accounting. The initial cost is $0 – with no upfront costs for a tablet device, power cord, case, ELD module, set-up or installation – with an opening monthly subscription fee, whether BYOD or a device supplied by the company.
The ERoad ELD is certified on FMCSA’s registry and is designed with a driver-friendly display with data transfer capabilities for facilitating roadside enforcement and reducing administrative time and paperwork. The intuitive in-vehicle device stays in the vehicle and synchronizes with the engine to automatically record HOS, and it has a touchscreen to let drivers view, edit and add notes to their logs and easily present their record-of-duty status during roadside inspections. Drivers and fleet managers can monitor HOS records with summaries and reports of on-duty status, rests and resets; and fleet managers also can review and edit logs that drivers can accept on the in-vehicle display. The dedicated unit’s Software-as-a-Service platform also provides additional compliance and operational solutions, including fuel and weight-mile tax management, GPS tracking, geofencing, maintenance oversight and driver performance monitoring with retrospective event tools. The service includes a secure connection to ERoad’s web-based portal for users to access up-to-the-minute data, administer users, receive real-time notifications, send messages and view reports. The monthly cost is $35 to $60 depending on selected options.
Gorilla Safety ELD
The Gorilla Safety ELD is a BYOD solution for both the Android and iOS operating platforms and is certified on FMCSA’s registry. The device works as a standalone solution or in sync with its mobile app to maintain logbook records and track and store driver HOS inside a personal device. It is available with AOBRD and short-haul settings and offers IFTA accounting, driver accident reporting, document capture and management, fuel management, custom maintenance management and user permissions. The initial cost is $175, with an ongoing monthly fee of $24 and up depending on selected options. A while-label version is available for companies that wish to offer the solution under their own corporate identity.
Gorilla Safety, GorillaSafety.com
GPS Insight ELD-2000
GPS Insight’s ELD-2000 system bundles a GPS tracking, alerting and reporting device hardwired to a ruggedized Android tablet designed with an intuitive user interface. The ELD also offers messaging for drivers and dispatch to reduce the number of phone calls and streamline communications with individual drivers or the entire fleet, as well as navigation to allow management to dispatch audible and visual directions using designated truck-specific routes for each job to drivers. A web-based management portal is accessible via PC, tablet and smartphone. The initial cost is $650, with an ongoing monthly fee of $34.95 and up; rental options are available.
GPS Insight, GPSInsight.com
Connected Holdings’ HOS Reporter is designed to be a two-in-one driver-friendly compliance solution for owner-operators and small fleets. The device includes both an ELD solution and a full AOBRD solution that provides e-logs under older regulations that allow for editable logs and less data sent following stops, meaning added driver privacy and possibly fewer citations. It also offers electronic vehicle inspection reports and automated IFTA data logging. The subscription includes an easy-to-install GPS device for the truck’s 6-pin, 9-pin or Volvo-Mack data port connector. To use the software, download a licensed copy from HOS-Reporter.com and login. Options include HOS Reporter-Bluetooth, the lowest-cost option that sends information using the driver’s smartphone and data plan; HOS Reporter-Bluetooth/Cellular, which sends information over cellular networks using the driver’s smartphone as a display device; and HOS Reporter-Bluetooth/Cellular and Tablet, which sends information over cellular networks using the company’s dedicated HOS compliance tablet. The initial cost is $0, with an ongoing monthly fee of $15 (two years prepaid) or $18 (one year).
Connected Holdings, HOS-Reporter.com
HOS 247’s flexible ELD packages for small to large fleets and owner-operators include free logging devices, a logbook app, electronic DVIRs, a web portal for fleet managers, a compliance dashboard, GPS tracking, IFTA accounting and free integrations with dispatch, routing and load board systems. Heavy-duty vehicles (9-pin or 6-pin ports) and light- and medium-duty vehicles (OBDII port) both are supported by easy-to-install devices. The packages work with most 3G and 4G tablets and smartphones; drivers and fleets can use their own or purchase Android devices and data plans from the company. The simple and easy-to-use logbook app connects to the ELD via Bluetooth and displays recorded driving time while automatically calculating available driving hours, required breaks, on-duty limits and required off-duty time. Visual notifications and sound warnings help drivers avoid hours of service violations and stay compliant, while the compliance dashboard monitors hours, duty statuses and violations in real time to keep fleet managers informed. The initial cost is $0, with an ongoing monthly fee is $17 to $23 depending on options.
HOS 247, HOS247.com
iGlobal Edge MDT/Journey8 Tablet
The Edge MDT/Journey8 Tablet from iGlobal is a dedicated unit certified on FMCSA’s registry. The Edge MDT has a built-in scanner and push-to-talk cellular, and when paired with the Journey8 Tablet, a la carte pricing is available for IFTA accounting, driver scorecards and settlements, engine diagnostics and transportation management software system integrations with TMW Systems or McLeod Software. The initial cost is $499 and up depending on configuration, with an ongoing monthly fee of $25 and up depending on options and configuration.
ISE Fleet Services eFleetSuite
ISE Fleet Services’ eFleetSuite is a configurable end-to-end compliance-only ELD that includes applications for electronic driver logs, DVIRs, compliance mapping and fuel tax data collection. Driver benefits include HOS records that are captured automatically; automated calculations that keep drivers informed of driving availability, improving time management and warnings of impending violations; an integrated DVIR workflow that ensures inspections are performed at the appropriate time; and HOS and DVIR documentation available for roadside inspection. Fleet benefits include driver logs and DVIR reports that are easily viewed, updated and printed; real-time information that assists in resource allocation and equipment defect resolution; CSA BASIC scores; and automated back-office record retention.
ISE Fleet Services, ISEFleetServices.com
Navistar OnCommand Connect Link 2
Navistar’s OnCommand Connect Link 2 Electronic Driver Log leverages the company’s telematics offerings with BYOD capabilities for both the Android and iOS operating platforms. ELD capabilities include automatic auditing of remaining time, error help, violation alerts, DVIRs and IFTA accounting. The solution also offers full-featured telematics for GPS tracking, vehicle location, geofencing, harsh braking and acceleration detection, idle reporting and breadcrumb trails. Also available are Navistar’s OnCommand Connection advanced diagnostics vehicle health reports, fault code severities and fault code action plans. The initial cost is $120 for the telematics hardware, with an ongoing monthly fee of $14.95 to $25.95 depending on service options.
Navistar OnCommand Connect Link 2, OnCommandConnection.com
Nero Global Tracking
Nero Global Tracking provides ELD and GPS telematics solutions that help owner-operators and drivers comply with FMCSA’s ELD mandate, streamline operations and increase revenue, providing a complete fleet management solution to provide accurate, measurable and timely business insights. The company supports BYOD options and also can provide in-cab hardware, including a tablet, rugged mount and power source. A live map with detailed trip, stop and off-hours usage reporting allows users to plan and organize routes more efficiently and improve productivity, and real-time GPS locations also help improve customer service. Speeding and driver behavior reports and alerts allow for identifying and coaching unsafe drivers to improve fleet safety. Idle reports and alerts help reduce costs, and vehicle maintenance for an entire fleet can be scheduled and managed in one place to help maintain and improve vehicle health.
Nero Global Tracking, NeroGlobal.com
Omnitracs MCP, XRS
The Omnitracs Enterprise Services platform on the Intelligent Vehicle Gateway is compatible with all MCP models and Omnitracs applications, with flexible connection and integration options. The solution offers engine diagnostics, mobile-based weigh station bypass, IFTA accounting, in-cab scanning, truck navigation, geofencing, custom mobile forms, idle-time tracking and integration with transportation management software systems. Driver-friendly features include a large self-dimming screen, intuitive alerts and hands-free functionality.
The company’s BYOD line of XRS products are available on Android and Windows Mobile devices and, in addition to ELD compliance, are customizable for fleet management functions, dispatch, forms, maintenance, IFTA accounting and more. The XRS platform is compatible with Omnitracs applications and most TMS platforms.
Pedigree Technologies POV ELD Chrome
Pedigree’s POV ELD Chrome Edition is built on the company’s OneView platform and is designed to be an intuitive, reliable and versatile solution that combines a driver-approved interface with fleet manager-approved efficiency, along with included IFTA reporting. The expandable platform offers a full suite of solutions, including trailer, equipment and asset tracking; and tire pressure, tank-level and temperature monitoring. The OneView platform and solutions are built to grow with each customer’s specific needs – dispatch and electronic work orders (job management) are common additions – and the company’s solutions are designed to enable consistent real-time visibility and actionable information to all appropriate users, including APIs and integrations. Pedigree, which has more than a decade of experience providing ELD-related solutions that maximize driver satisfaction, offers an onboarding program and provides a variety of training and service options.
Pedigree Technologies, ELDCertified.com
Pegasus TransTech Transflo ELD T7
Pegasus TransTech’s Transflo ELD T7 is a BYOD solution available for both the Android and iOS operating platforms. In addition to HOS compliance, the base plan adds IFTA accounting and a one-year warranty, while the premium package also adds vehicle analytics, driver behavior insights and accident detection and reconstruction. Integrations with other services can allow drivers to access load management, document capture, weather overlays and dispatch chat features. The initial cost is $99 for the hardware and harness, with an ongoing monthly fee of $25 to $31 depending on the plan selected.
Pegasus TransTech, Transflo.com
PeopleNet’s eDriver Logs automates HOS tracking and compliance while reducing violations and improving driver efficiency and safety. The easy-to-use solution provides fleet owners and drivers with real-time information without additional hardware or software, allowing users to pinpoint violations before they are made and eliminate risks by knowing how many hours a driver actually spent driving versus being on duty. If an HOS violation is imminent, the system alerts the driver. The electronic easy-to-read grid displays updated driver log information both inside the cab and at the back office. Fleets can access a snapshot of a driver’s profile. When in Smart Mode, the system detects movement and stops switching drivers between on-duty and driving statuses. The system meets U.S. regulations and state regulations for Texas, California, Florida and Alaska, as well as Canadian regulations below the 60th parallel for AOBRDs.
Rand McNally provides a variety of devices for both fleets and drivers for HOS compliance. The ELD50 is a BYOD solution available for the Android operating platform that also can be paired with the company’s TND tablet. It offers transportation management software system integration, workﬂow, IFTA accounting, mapping, analytics and engine diagnostics.
The HD100 is a BYOD solution available for both the Android and iOS operating platforms, or it can be paired with the company’s TND tablet. HD100 also offers TMS system integration, workﬂow, IFTA accounting, mapping, analytics, engine diagnostics and a cellular modem.
The TND765 is a dedicated unit that also offers truck-speciﬁc navigation, TMS system integration, workﬂow, IFTA accounting, mapping, analytics and engine diagnostics.
Rand McNally, RandMcNally.com
Simple Truck ELD
Simple Truck ELD is a BYOD solution for both the Android and iOS operating platforms, with tablet options available. The dedicated logging software is connected to the recording device’s interface with the truck’s ECM to capture geolocation, date, time, miles driven, duration of engine operation and if the vehicle is moving. The secure easy-to-use app includes standard data displays and transfer processes to help make it easier to accurately track, manage and share records of duty status with safety officials. The software includes provisions to help block data tampering and aid in preventing harassment. The initial cost is $0 to lease, with an ongoing monthly fee of $19 and up. The company is offering a six-month free trial.
Simple Truck ELD, SimpleTruckELD.com
Spireon FleetLocate FL7
Spireon’s web-based FleetLocate fleet management systems monitor vehicle and driver performance and give fleet operators insights into driver behavior and help them reduce fuel costs, idle time, labor, fleet mileage and maintenance-related downtime. FleetLocate FL7 is a BYOD solution for both the Android and iOS operating platforms that offers compliant e-logs, IFTA accounting, driver safety alerts and reports, driver scores, audible alerts and engine diagnostics. The initial cost is $0 to lease, with an ongoing monthly fee of $26.95 and up depending on add-ons.
Teletrac Navman Director
Teletrac Navman’s Director fleet management platform tracks assets and collects data for business insights. In addition to reducing the paperwork necessary for tracking HOS, it provides second-by-second information to help carriers reduce operational expenses, identify trends, improve business processes and build a more efficient, safe and connected fleet. In addition to ensuring ongoing ELD mandate compliance as specifications are updated, Teletrac Navman Director HOS customers receive updated ELD mandate compliance specifications and free system installation and training. The solution also offers sophisticated navigation and dispatch capabilities. The initial cost is $0 to lease, with an ongoing monthly fee of $45 for the e-logs edition.
Teletrac Navman, TeletracNavman.com
Telogis Compliance helps ensure that drivers’ logs are up to date while supporting federal and state rules as well as local exemptions. The solution is designed in a user-friendly manner so that drivers easily can provide HOS information to law enforcement during an inspection without any CSA-related form and manner and driving time violations. HOS duty and driver statuses update automatically, and automatic HOS limit warnings help drivers stay legal; HOS reports and alerts also are available for the back office. The solution also offers DVIR compliance capability.
VDO RoadLog has a built-in thermal printer provides an instant hard copy that resembles a traditional paper logbook grid for an inspection officer to review. A paper printout eliminates technical issues involving transferring log data that otherwise might lead to drivers handing over their personal cell phones to an officer or having the officer climb into the cab to review an ELD screen. VDO RoadLog ELDs work with VDO RoadLog Office, an online fleet management tool for automated compliance reporting designed for fast, secure data transfers and automatic online record backup. The solution also helps automate IRP and IFTA reporting, as well as pre-and post-trip inspections. Optional features include Driver/Vehicle Track & Trace, Load & Trip management, VDO RoadLog Office Advanced and VDO RoadLog Office Premium. VDO RoadLog is designed for easy installation and use and is available without monthly fees or contracts.
VDO Commercial Vehicles, VDORoadLog.com
Zed Connect Zed ELD
Zed Connect’s Zed ELD is a BYOD Bluetooth-ready compliance solution for the iOS and Android operating platforms. Zed’s Bluetooth adapter is compatible with 9-pin J1939 diagnostic ports – both Type 1 (black/gray) and Type 2 (green) – and uses multiple levels of security to connect to Zed’s mobile app to capture the required ELD data for FMCSA compliance. For drivers, Zed ELD offers daily certification, HOS tracking, duty status records and DVIR reporting for DOT inspections to maintain compliance; it also offers routing and navigation, including real-time updates on road conditions, closures and construction. For fleets, the solution also offers route management, GPS tracking, DVIR documentation and a dashboard. ZED intends to use its open platform to develop additional services. The device is designed for easy installation, and the initial cost is $200 with no ongoing monthly fee.
Zed Connect, Zed-ELD.com
Zonar Connect is a dedicated ELD-compliant tablet that also offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for dispatch, management and operational functions, as well as a camera, navigation, Android compatibility and over-the-air updates. Connect is connected even when outside of the cab, allowing the driver to submit completed documents and electronic DVIRs to dispatch without returning to the truck. The tablet recharges in its in-cab cradle and integrates with the company’s Ground Traffic Control to help provide fleets with better visibility of assets on the road. Pricing for the unit and ongoing service varies according to ﬂeet size, service plan and options chosen.