technology

POLL: How familiar are you with ‘blockchain’ network transaction technology?

The latest hype machine in tech circles has been built around so-called "blockchain" technology, the networked structure that underlies Bitcoin. With some trucking interests organizing to develop blockchain standards for better security in virtual trasactions, what's your level of familiarity with the technology?

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New app puts load tracking in the hands of independents

FreightPrint is out with a smartphone app and tracking service that harnesses the GPS and cellular communication capabilities of smartphones in order to put tracking tools and service into the hands of independents and small fleets.

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Dedicated ELD from Coretex self-certified

The Coretext ELD is "compatible with all vehicle types and has been written from the ground up by Coretex engineers," the company says. The platform uses the company’s existing range of in-vehicle hardware for active fleet management.

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‘Predictive’ freight matching from Trucker Tools

Available to carriers at no cost, Smart Capacity optimally recommends loads for drivers and assets within a carrier’s network of 3PL/broker partners to improve visibility and operational efficiency.

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Rand McNally updates GPS, ELD and dashboard device product lines

Rand McNally announced at GATS the release of its updated GPS device, the TND 540; a smaller-screen version of its Overdryve Pro dashboard device; and an ELD connector that is compatible with the company's TND 740, the DC 200 S.

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Engage.Bid tool can be effective for small carriers working large-shipper RFPs

Devliering the ability to "price with conviction" is the goal of the tool, released by TMW last year -- it enables carriers to pull shipper RFPs' lane-by-lane requests for rate bids into a proprietary module and apply analysis tools. Then output bids quickly back to RFP lane files, speeding up the process.

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ELDs’ weak links, redux

How the DC Transport fleet solved the issued of dropped Bluetooth connections between the ECM plug-in device and operators' busy smartphones -- dedicated tablets for logs.

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‘The real problem’ isn’t ELDs

Now that it appears the ELD mandate is about to amplify the shortcomings of the hours of service rule, it’s time to address the real problem, not its surrogate.

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Watch: Silicon Valley panel on trucking tech

Shoaib Makani, CEO of e-log and fleet management software provider KeepTruckin, and heavy-haul marketplace Fr8Star's CEO, Matt Kropp, spoke in the first trucking-technology forum at Fr8Star's San Francisco headquarters.

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Disruptive behavior most truckers wouldn’t give a demerit

Would margin transparency in brokered freight transactions be a disruption worth lauding? Here, a run back through recent history's arguments for -- and occasionally against.

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