Transport and logistics companies can leverage telematics in three ways: improved operational performance, increased safety, and compliance with government regulation.
The installation of Trakopolis devices in short and long-haul trucks and trailers, coaches and delivery vehicles gives managers the ability to visualize journeys in real time. Routes can be optimized to save fuel and reduce idling. Maintenance schedules can be simplified based on accurate engine diagnostics. Driver Scorecards can be analyzed to reduce wear and tear on vehicles, minimize risk-taking and protect drivers from excessive fatigue.
Trakopolis now makes it easier to comply with regulatory changes for Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) that came into force on December 18, 2017, dictating that paper-based driver log systems will no longer be allowed in the USA. Canadian operators must comply with the U.S. ELD rule while in the U.S. and prepare for the implementation of a similar Canadian ELD rule in the future.
Compliance with U.S. FMCSA regulations is fully achieved through an ELD, which consists of a vehicle tracker device (telematics device) and a mobile app that runs on a smart device like a tablet. The ELD connects to an engine control module (ECM) to automatically record vehicle metrics such as date, time, location, status, miles/kilometres driven, and engine hours.
ELD provides commercial advantages above and beyond compliance with driver logbook regulations. Transport operators can reduce HOS audit fees, eliminate the cost of paper logbooks, and prevent manual errors or tampering. Improved tracking of vehicle and driver performance will simplify data administration and roadside inspections. Through its connection to the vehicle’s ECM, the ELD also assists with back-office fleet management tasks, delivering driver scorecards, location mapping, task completion, invoice justification and more.
Canadian and US Driver Log Compliance (ELD)
As of December 18, 2018, U.S. fleet operators and Canadian companies operating in the U.S. were required to stop using paper-based driver logbooks. It’s still possible to use automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs), but only if they were installed prior to that date. By December 2019, only ELDs will be permitted, and plans are in place for a similar rule within Canada.
Trakopolis ELD combines data from the driver’s hours of service (HOS) log with detailed vehicle performance from the ECM.
ELDs were mandated by the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to save lives by reducing driver fatigue and alerting managers to potentially dangerous driver behaviour. But, with the integration of HOS and ECM alerts, fleet managers can also extract useful management metrics to improve driver training, reduce vehicle wear and tear and eliminate wasteful administration time: HOS reporting times, for example, will be reduced from 90-120 days to a matter of hours.
IFTA (International Fuel Tax Agreements)
Trakopolis calculates fuel usage virtually, or through a sensor connected to the ECM. Detailed and accurate fuel use reports allow carriers to comply with fuel tax regulations in multiple jurisdictions.
GPS-enabled vehicles can be tracked with Trakopolis Journey Management. Route optimization, fuel conservation and driver allocation are streamlined into a single dashboard.
Trakopolis records vehicle run-time, from ignition on to ignition off. Accurate journey times and waiting periods can remove uncertainty for transport invoicing and billing justification.
Trakopolis Driver Scorecard grades driver behaviour. The Scorecard tracks speed, hard acceleration, braking, and cornering, idle time and detects crashes. By managing behaviour and coaching for good driving habits, supervisors can reduce the likelihood of personal injury, minimize downtime and wear and tear on vehicles, and avoid legal costs associated with traffic violations.
Trakopolis tracks non-powered, fixed and moveable assets, such as trailers and containers, as well as trucks, semis and other vehicles. Asset tracking reduces theft and makes the recovery of lost or stolen items faster.
Using Trakopolis, vehicles can each produce an automatic usage report. The visual dashboard makes task allocation and maintenance scheduling more intuitive, even when dealing with large fleets and broad geographies.
Trakopolis tracks hours of operation, kilometres travelled and engine diagnostics via on-board sensors customized for all makes of small trucks, semi-trailers and coaches. Managers can visualize maintenance schedules and vehicle status for an entire fleet on a single dashboard.
Tracking the location of vehicles and monitoring engine diagnostics gives managers the most accurate, up-to-date information needed to plan maintenance schedules.
Refrigeration units can be tracked in real time, just like other vehicles and machinery assets. In addition, sensors can detect temperature ranges, triggering alerts and simplifying inspection.