Transport and logistics companies can leverage telematics in three ways: improved operational performance, increased safety, and compliance with government regulation.
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.
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.