The TomTom navigation and mapping products provider and M2M DataSmart, a wireless data service provider, announced a solution to provide electronic logging device functionality with the TomTom Bridge, an in-truck toolbox with mount and power cable, a vehicle-specific connector, and a subscription to the Hours of Service app from M2M DataSmart.
TomTom’s Bridge is a rugged navigation device built for professional drivers that seamlessly links business applications with TomTom maps, traffic, and navigation software. The kit will provide a friendly, out-of–the-box solution to help meet the ELD mandate, whose enforcement date is December 18, 2017.
“The transportation industry is changing rapidly. As a company that embraces movement and change, we are constantly innovating to meet our customers’ needs,” said Jocelyn Vigreux, President of TomTom North America. “The TomTom Bridge is built for life on the road. A large number of truckers are already using our device worldwide and the kit will help them work smarter and move faster.”
The device supplies a fully customizable interface and powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor on a 7-inch screen. In addition to wireless connectivity, it includes the integration of applications and direct connection to TomTom Bridge’s hardware features, such as Near-Field Communication, an integrated camera, flash, Bluetooth, a loud speaker for vehicle use, and a custom charging cradle that can be mounted in any vehicle.
M2M DataSmart has brought a dedicated focus on the trucking market and brings a leading logbook and vehicle inspection application.
“This kit helps drivers feel confident in complying with the ELD mandate,” said Michael Switzer, President of M2M DataSmart. “Because the TomTom Bridge incorporates wireless connectivity, reports can be seen in real time by the maintenance department and the fleet manager.”
The ELD kit will be available from M2M DataSmart in April across North America.