Load Logistics, the first electronic logging device (ELD) provider to be listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD registry, is hosting a March 10 full product demonstration of its relatively new transportation management software at the Holiday Inn in Covington, Ga.
There, says Load Logistics’ Mike Lanzone, attendees will get a look at the myriad of possibilities enabled by the system, he says, from its ELD component to dispatch, business analysis, diagnostic and other capabilities.
The Load Logistics platform is, from a driver’s perspective, a bring-your-own-device sort of system, where drivers interact with the electronic log and other tools in the system via one of several Android tablets Load Logistics have tested to make certain they work well within the system. The engine connection, an adaptable plug-in that can fit the full array of ECM plug-in types, Lanzone says, “transmits all the readings from the dash” and more to the tablet via Bluetooth, and the cellular connection of the tablet allows for complete back-ups to occur on servers.
Information about operators’ status is available to back-office dispatch as needed.
Data use on the tablets is designed to be minimal, Lanzone adds, and gives the example of a 15-truck fleet utilizing the system running the entire fleet on less than 2 gigabytes’ worth of data per month.
Nathan Self, a primary partner in the venture, started out in trucking as a driver “many years ago, as soon as I turned 21,” he says. In his late 50s today, “in the early 1990s I opened my own trucking business” and had up to 15 trucks. Later, Self saw the back-office side of transportation from a shipper’s perspective when he managed a large corrugated paper mill’s national logistics operation.
He and Lanzone have been working on the development of Load Logistics “for about five years,” he says. And contrary to prior reporting in which Self noted they’d been getting the kinks worked out with a couple small fleets running the full Load Logistics system, he says the system today is tight, ready for roll-out with numerous capabilities you can take a run through via this link.
To access the full capability, says Lanzone, a sizable fleet could afford the system at the monthly rate of around $70 per truck for the ongoing service, after the $999 purchase price for the engine-connection hardware. For a one-truck operation needed only limited functionality, added Self, the electronic logging device portion could cost as low as $25 a month.
For operators and owners within reach of Covington, Ga., and wishing to attend the March seminar, Self notes those interested can reach out via (404) 550-3787 or via this contact form ahead of time with a headcount of attendees. Lunch, Self says, will be served at the event.