June 17, 2019 12:00 AM, EDT

You’re in the Driver’s Seat

You know you have to comply with HOS Rules & Regulations.

BUT, do you know you have options when considering ELD suppliers to meet the approaching deadline? That you’re not stuck with the same vendor you’ve had for years? And, with the need to migrate from 3G to 4G, time is of the essence? As a result, you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to deciding on the best solution to meet your needs.

With only six months left to meet the mandate deadline, fleets can no longer think about vendors that only provide electronic logging devices (ELD) OR advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) OR video-based safety cameras. Because vendors have historically offered solutions with limited options, fleets have been forced to make a decision as to which technology they were going to implement. But times have changed and you now have the opportunity to use ALL of the latest technology in ALL of your vehicles, with the ability to choose how to use the technology. As a result, fleets that want more control over their destiny are able to use solutions that reduce the number of devices on their vehicles; lower the cost to install, maintain and train; and solve the hardware and data overload problem that is quickly presenting itself.

But, don’t wait.

For those fleets not on a compliant ELD, December sounds like a long time away, but it’s not. You need to make decisions, purchase the equipment and complete installation before the deadline. It’s always easiest to become complacent and stay with your current provider. But now, more than ever, is the perfect time to understand the technology that you have, your current and future requirements, and which company provides the best solution for your needs. As Matt Penland, vice president of safety at Cypress Truck Lines, states:

“For too long, traditional telematics systems have saddled fleets like ours with costly hardware that is expensive to maintain and upgrade, and monthly subscription costs that continue to escalate. There has to be a better way. Fleets should have the same freedom and flexibility to consolidate devices and applications that we all now have on our cell phones. The technology is available to make this possible.”

Echoing Matt’s sentiments, the technology is now available. As you research your ELD options to meet the deadline, it’s important to consider which partners can provide a single platform that can run an efficient, cost-effective and – most importantly – results-focused safety program. Specifically, programs that integrate:

  • Compliance capabilities, including Hours of Service (HOS), IFTA Mileage collection and Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting (DVIR), allowing you to reduce paperwork and administration costs; increase efficiency of record keeping and inspections; and minimize costly violations
  • Proven video-based safety with consistent, immediate review and prioritization done for you so you can focus on driver performance improvement that reduces collisions, exonerates drivers and shrinks costs.
  •  Real-time tracking, with historical trip data, custom rules and alerting so you can know where your drivers are and optimize routes and on-time delivery. 

PLUS, provide fleets with access to their own data. There’s no need to get frustrated with ELD vendors who collect your data, put a “geofence” around it and don’t provide access for analysis and insights.

SmartDrive is at the forefront of convergence by delivering a single hardware platform that reduces your total cost of ownership while increasing performance.

Built on an open platform, the converged solution can meet your needs today … and in the future. No need to continually swap out hardware or change providers. Hardware is installed once, updates are completed over-the air, connections are done through one platform, and all data is aligned and reported consistently. The data that you’ll now have easy access to contains a wealth of insights that you can leverage to understand your vehicles’ usage and driver performance. In addition, the ability to use a choice of applications from a single platform brings efficiency gains for fleets.

Yes, the ELD deadline is approaching. And yes, you must be compliant by December 16, 2019. But, the deadline couldn’t have come at a better time. You’re in the driver’s seat to select the partner that is best for your fleet. Why wait?

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SmartDrive Systems, the recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s Customer Value Leadership Award for Video Safety Solutions gives fleets and drivers unprecedented driving performance insight and analysis, helping save fuel, expenses and lives. Its video analysis, predictive analytics and personalized performance program help fleets improve driving skills, lower operating costs and deliver significant ROI. With an easy-to-use managed service, fleets and drivers can access and self-manage driving performance anytime, anywhere. The company, which is ranked as one of the fastest growing companies by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, has compiled the world’s largest storehouse of more than 250 million analyzed risky-driving events. SmartDrive Systems is based in San Diego and employs over 725 people worldwide.

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