February 26, 2017 10:00 PM, EST

Quality Companies Offers ELD With Freight Selection Feature

Dan Marti by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Quality Cos. announced a partnership with Gauge Telematics to develop an electronic logging device called Street Smart e-log. It is intended for small fleets or owner-operators, Quality said.

“Our product will provide not only hours-of-service reporting but a lot of other crucial data,” including turn-by-turn navigation, preventive maintenance scheduling and driver behaviors, Bobby Humphrey, director of telematics sales at Quality Cos., said during a presentation that was part of the Technology & Maintenance Council's annual meeting here. TMC is a division of American Trucking Associations.

Quality is providing all of the needed hardware, wiring, mounts, harnesses and a 7-inch tablet, as well as installation, “which lasted a quick, easy 20 minutes,” Humphrey said.

The ELD also comes with an LTE data connection through AT&T that enables North American coverage, he said.

The monthly service is $39.99 and an extra $10 per month for the navigation feature, Humphrey said.  There is also a one-time charge of $500.

The tablet also will come preloaded with FreightRover, which enables drivers to “self-select” freight that fits their needs while improving communication with shippers and carriers, according to Quality Cos..

All FreightRover users can access real-time load-tracking information, check rates and appointment times, send messages and receive load status updates through geofencing, the company said.

Quality and FreightRover are subsidiaries of Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc.

Celadon ranks No. 32 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.