For carriers utilizing grandfathered AOBRD devices, upgrading to the ELD spec by the Dec. 17 deadline can prove a daunting task, given the hundreds of providers who have self-certified their devices as compliant and registered them with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The providers detailed in the chart that follows were shown in a late 2018 survey of Overdrive and CCJ readers to have commanded a significant market share when it comes to actual usage by readers.
Key elements to consider when making initial comparisons:
COSTS. Unless otherwise noted, all hard costs in this chart apply to a one-truck operator independent of any larger fleet and buying aftermarket. Prices may vary with volume discounts and ancillary features, and monthly service charges generally are per-truck/ELD unit, unless otherwise noted. As shown, many providers offer lease options for hardware with prices bundled into service packages. Systems with hardware included in new trucks, including some built by these manufacturers, are not reflected.
Some systems use dedicated hardware. Others are “bring your own device” products, where software on operators’ smartphones or tablets is paired with a device that connects to the engine’s electronic control module. For such BYOD systems, all hardware and service costs associated exclude the cost of the smartphone/tablet paired with the ECM connection, unless otherwise noted. Any associated data plan charges are also not included.
COMPLIANCE WITH MANDATE. All of the devices in these listings are included on the FMCSA’s registry of self-certified devices.
The FMCSA maintains its ELD device registry. Compliance with the mandate requires truckers to utilize one of the listed devices. Products listed there are self-certified by the manufacturer as compliant. For ultimate enforcement of device specifications, FMCSA relies on roadside enforcement and other intelligence to spur any investigation of any system’s compliance.
Carriers/owner-operators mulling a provider switch in advance of the December 17, 2019, deadline for previous-generation AOBRD users to upgrade to an ELD-spec device, should be certain that with any provider they are getting an ELD-spec device and not previous generation technology. This will ensure continued compliance beyond the end of the year.
FEATURES. Devices included here as a general rule allow for electronic driver vehicle inspection reports, unit tracking for the back office or shippers and receivers, messaging and a variety of other features enabled by the electronic log’s connection to the engine’s electronic control module. Some exceptions to the rule exist in dedicated logging/DVIR devices with limited other functionality. Ancillary features listed do not include in most cases everything available from each provider company, and some features may require further investment in service packages and/or hardware.
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|Provider||AT&T Fleet Complete||BigRoad||Blue Ink Technology||Blue Tree Systems, an ORBCOMM Company||Continental||DriveELD||EROAD||Ezlogz||Garmin International||Geotab||Gorilla Safety||GPS Insight||I.D. Systems||J.J. Keller||KeepTruckin||Konexial||Omnitracs||Omnitracs||Pedigree Technologies||Pegasus TransTech||Platform Science||R&L Fleet Management||Rand McNally DriverConnect||Rand McNally||Samsara||Spireon FleetLocate||Teletrac Navman||ThinAir Telematics||Trimble||Trucker Path||TruckX||Utech||Verizon Connect||Verizon Connect||Zonar|
|Device Name||AT&T Fleet Complete ELD||DashLink ELD||BIT ELD||BT500||VDO RoadLog||DriveELD||EROAD ELD||Ezlogz ELD||Garmin eLog||Geotab GO||Prime8 Compact/Prime8 Connect||ELD-2000||LV-9000||Encompass Fleet Management System||KeepTruckin||My20||IVG||XRS||ELD Chrome||Transflo ELD T-Series||Platform Science ELD||ELD, ELD With GPS Tracking||ELD50, DC200||TND765||Samsara Vehicle Gateway||FleetLocate FL1||DIRECTOR Drive App||ThinAir ELD||eDriver Logs||Trucker Path ELD||XELD||GPSTab ELD Edition||Verizon Connect REVEAL ELD LogBook||Verizon Connect WorkPlan & HOS ELD||Zonar Logs|
|Type of Device||BYOD | Android, iOS | tablet option available||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, with Samsung, Garmin, TomTom tablet options||Dedicated unit||BYOD | Android, iOS||Dedicated unit||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, iOS (also compatible with dēzl GPS navigators)||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, iOS | hard mount options available||Dedicated unit||Dedicated unit | two options, Win-CE (5700) and Android (7000) OS||BYOD | Android, iOS | or paired with dedicated J.J. Keller Compliance Tablet||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, iOS||Dedicated units||BYOD | Company- certified Android devices||Cab-Mate Open: BYOD, Android | Cab-Mate Connect: Dedicated unit | Cab-Mate One: All-in-one plug-and-play||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android||Dedicated unit | BYOD also available||BYOD | Android, iOS | or paired with select TND tablets||Dedicated unit||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, iOS||Dedicated unit (BYOD on the way)||BYOD | Android, iOS||Dedicated units||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, iOS||BYOD | Android, iOS||Dedicated unit | Zonar Android tablet or Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2|
|Initial cost||$0||$0 with lease||$295||$0 with lease/purchase over 3-5 years||$595 for RoadLog; $295 for RoadLog Plus||$0||$0 with monthly plan||$0||$250||Approx. $170 (price set by local reseller)||$225-$250||$260 for ELD-2000 and GPS tracking device combination; $150 set-up fee waived for 3-year contracts||$549, lease options available||$0 with BYOD option||$150||$130 for hardware||$799 for most options||$0 with hardware lease option||$0 with lease, $399-$799 for dedicated unit, $219-$299 for BYOD solution||$99 for ELD-only service/$0 when bundled with other Transflo services||Varies||Varies (lease options available)||$149-$399, custom options available for larger fleets||$699, custom options available for larger fleets||Varies according to fleet size and options||$0||$0 (minor/negotiable installation fees)||$0 with lease up to $150 to purchase||$0 with lease option up to $950, depending on capabilities||$0||$0||$0 with lease, $200 to purchase ELD plug||$0||$0 with lease option up to $100 and more||Varies according to fleet size and options chosen|
|Ongoing lease or service fees per truck||Monthly: $14.99 per vehicle||Monthly: Starting at $19.50 for owner-ops||$0, $30 monthly for Full Service package||Monthly: $20-$55||$0 for RoadLog; Fully connected Plus package: Subscription cost varies||Monthly: $15 and higher||Monthly: $35-$60 depending on options, for qualifying fleets||Monthly: $30||$0||Monthly: $20-$35 approx. (set by local reseller)||Monthly: $20-$37||Monthly: $34 and higher||Monthly: $27 and lower||Monthly: $20 (one truck, less with multi-driver discounting)||Monthly: $20-$35||Monthly: $20-$25||Monthly: $23 and higher||Monthly: $23 and higher||Monthly: $20 and higher||Monthly: $25 ELD-only; varies otherwise depending on services bundled||Varies||Varies||Monthly: $15 and higher||Monthly: $20 and higher||Varies according to fleet size and options||Monthly: $28||Monthly: $45 and higher depending on options||Monthly: $17.77 and higher depending on options||Monthly: $30-$60 for service, more with lease if applicable||Monthly: $8.30-$18, depending on options||Monthly: $18-$27 per truck||Monthly: $20||Monthly: $46||Monthly: $36 including hardware lease and up||Varies with service plan/features|
|Other capabilities beyond logs||Customizable for fleet management functions such as dispatching, engine diagnostics, geofencing, video telematics, driver behavior reporting/management, asset tracking and optional custom integrations from Fleet Complete Marketplace||Customizable for fleet management functions such as dispatching, engine diagnostics, geofencing, driver behavior reporting/management, and asset tracking; personalized load matching; pay-as-you-drive ELD solution (39 cents/driving hour) options for occasional haulers; optional dashcam video solution||IFTA, fault code reading, maintenance features available, OBDII plug-in option for lighter-duty trucks; Full Service package adds reduced hardware prices, tire-pressure monitoring, onboard scales, document capture/share, location sharing, back-office visibility into services||Weigh station bypass, Canadian ELD, driver comms and scoring, truck-specific navigation, IFTA, TMS integration, container/reefer/trailer monitoring||IFTA, built-in thermal printer; with RoadLog Plus connected option, real-time data transfer, fuel consumption, engine diagnostics, driver scorecard, integrated dispatch for small fleets||Base ELD version: IFTA, management portal, document capture; Navigator package ($20) adds CoPilot truck-specific navigation, messaging; Fleet version adds sophisticated workflow, integrations, and advanced analytics||Electronic weight-mile tax, IFTA, IRP record-keeping; driver behavior reporting/management; maintenance, fuel and other management functions; geofencing and retrospective event tools; TMS integrations||IFTA, engine diagnostics, trip-planning functions, social-networking tools, document capture, among others||Local transfer of logs via USB/Bluetooth during inspections, in-device storage, quick-glance compliance||IFTA data collection, engine diagnostics, driver scorecards and coaching, safety/risk management functions, data integration for management, IOX-expansion, more custom add-ons from Geotab Marketplace||Fleet management portal, user/vehicle management, advanced drivetime edit, driver alerts, short-haul/e-log settings for blended fleets; Fleet Xpress package adds IFTA, fuel and document management, custom policies/procedures, admin/manager alerts, advanced telematics, DVIR, remote document delivery, DOT inspections; Xtreme package adds integrated mechanic portal with maintenance and parts functions, accident scene navigator, US DOT management, messaging, non-DOT trips, non-vehicle driver logs, advanced DVIR, bulk unidentified driving edits and flexible permissions||IFTA data collection, engine diagnostics, routing, hierarchy functions for larger fleets, suite of tailored GPS tracking solutions||Driver/truck performance and engine diagnostics/preventive maintenance reporting, in-cab scanning, navigation; road segment speeding available at additional cost||Optional IFTA reporting, dash cam pro video, navigation, engine diagnostics, driver qualification, drug & alcohol management, accident tracking, training, recordkeeping||“Pro” subscription ($35) adds IFTA, Wi-Fi hotspot, engine diagnostics, driver scorecards, shipper/receiver facility analytics to basic package ($20); TMS integrations (TMW, McLeod, others), integrated forward-facing dashcam, other possibilities via KeepTruckin App Marketplace||IFTA, My20 Tower functions for small fleets, dashboards, GoFuel fuel discount and management, navigation/mapping, GoLoad truckload freight-matching, simple installation||Engine diagnostics, mobile-based weigh station bypass , in-cab scanning, truck navigation, geofencing, custom mobile forms, TMS integration, idle time tracking, video recording, simple installation, navigation, more. Coming soon: Satellite connection (for oilfield capability), IFTA||Base service plan includes engine diagnostics and fuel-purchase and maintenance functions. Premium package includes IFTA, performance reports, and video recording option||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.||IFTA, maintenance/engine performance data, driver behavior insights, accident detection and reconstruction, TMS integration, loads, dispatch chat, weather,routing, document scanning, settlement statements, more||Driver workflow, messaging, training, remote platform/device management, critical events reporting, driver performance analysis, engine diagnostics, starter interrupt, navigation||Open API for software integration, IFTA reporting, maintenance, engine diagnostic codes report, PTO, idle time, driver performance, messaging, route optimization, temperature monitoring, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, dashcams, more||TMS integration, workflow, IFTA, mapping, analytics, engine diagnostics; cellular modem in DC200; truck-specific navigation with dedicated TND tablet; OBDII options||Truck-specific navigation, TMS integration, workflow, IFTA, mapping, analytics, diagnostics||AI dashcam, engine diagnostics (including PTO & idle time), IFTA, geofencing, driver scorecards, document capture & management, dispatch, route planning & analytics, TMS integrations (TMW, McLeod), trailer tracking, temperature tracking, 24/7 support, more||IFTA, fleet management, GM/Ford OEM integrated telematics, equipment/trailer tracking, FSMA, driver scorecard, engine diagnostics, maintenance tracking||IFTA, engine diagnostics, dispatch and messaging, driver behavior tracking, dashboard cameras, workflow solutions, truck-grade navigation, driver scorecards, TMS integration, fuel monitoring||Customizable DVIR, IFTA, team driving, offline support, engine diagnostics (idle, PTO, engine hours and more), driver scorecard/behavior reporting, mobile worker dispatch and document management, multi-language, trailer/asset tracking, 24/7 support||Customizable for fleet management functions, mobile-based weigh station bypass, more||IFTA, truck parking information, truckloads load board, dispatch and messaging, team driving||IFTA, route history, dispatch, share-specific load tracking, engine diagnostics, service and maintenance reminders||IFTA, load location sharing with customer, document scanner, driver scorecard, flexible reporting, asset trackers, camera system, truck parking info/reservations||Work Optimization, over-the-air updates, IFTA data collection, engine diagnostics, route optimization, optional turn-by-turn navigation||Document capture, trip plan sharing, engine diagnostics and prognostics, more||Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for dispatch, management, operational functions; camera; navigation; Android compatibility; over-the-air updates; electronic verified inspections (EVIR); host of Zonar and 3rd-party-approved fleet management apps, and access to other apps on the Google Play store depending on which Zonar plan the customer is on|
|Find more information||ATT.FleetComplete.com||BigRoad.com||BlueInkTech.com||BlueTreeSystems.com | ORBCOMM.com||VDORoadLog.com||Drive-ELD.com||EROAD.com||Ezlogz.com||Garmin.com||Geotab.com||GorillaSafety.com||GPSInsight.com||PowerFleet.com||KellerEncompass.com||KeepTruckin.com||Konexial.com||Omnitracs.com||Omnitracs.com||Cab-Mate.com||Transflo.com||PlatformScience.com||RLFleet.com||RandMcNally.com||RandMcNally.com||Samsara.com||Spireon.com||TeletracNavman.com||ThinAir.co||Transportation.Trimble.com||ELD.TruckerPath.com||TruckX.com||UtechCorp.com||VerizonConnect.com||VerizonConnect.com||ZonarSystems.com|