The ultimate guide to the ELD Mandate and how to choose the best ELD

If you are based in North America and in the commercial transport industry, you’ve already heard about the ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandate. It’s been in effect in the U.S. since 2017 and Canada in 2021. For Canada, penalty enforcement will be exempted until June 12, 2022.  This is to provide education and awareness to carriers and drivers alike.  The other reason for the delay in enforcement is related to the unprecedented challenge ELD providers have getting their solutions and hardware certified by Transport Canada-approved third-party certification bodies.

If you have not implemented a Canadian compliant solution yet (there are not many that are certified at the time of writing this article), it’s important to fully understand the ELD Market, which is certified in Canada and the US, to help you make an educated decision on which solution to leverage for your business.

In this article, we explain the size of the ELD market, the process of how ELD service providers get accredited, and what you should look for in an ELD before making a purchase.

Global Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) Market Outlook

Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Market was valued at USD 13.1 Billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 17.839 Billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 3.94% from 2021 to 2028 according to the report from Verified market research.



The global ELD market is influenced by the development of advanced telematics and fleet management solutions, and increasing investment by carriers in the driver safety system.

Future growth is attributed to stringent government regulations to improve road safety and address road accident concerns by implementing an ELD rule in North America and European countries. The ELD mandate rule came into effect in December 2017 in the US and 2021 in Canada, while Europe made digital tachographs mandatory for commercial vehicles with GVWR of more than 3.5 tons since 2006.



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Due to the increased demands of digitalization and the use of telematics technology to improve road safety, operation costs, and stay compliant with government regulations, ELD growth is expected to increase by about 4% per year between now and 2028.


ELD Mandate in the USA and Canada

Only 7% of ELD providers will end up being certified by Transport Canada.

The process of ELD certification and regulations are different in each country. It’s important to understand how various ELD verification and regulations between U.S. and Canada differ, as it’s not as simple as just registering an ELD product as certified. ELD manufacturers have to go through stringent certification processes.  Let’s dig in to discover why we believe only 7% of ELD providers will gain Canadian certification.



In the U.S., the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains a list of approved products. The FMCSA requires ELD manufacturers to register their own ELD devices, and ELD manufacturers must certify that they have tested their device and that it meets all technical specifications detailed in the ELD Rule.  Assuming the ELD provider has built their app, along with a compatible ELD device, they can simply claim that it is fully compliant when they register the service.

The following are checklists that ELD manufacturers must verify;

  • Meet extensive technical specifications
  • Self-certify their ELD as compliant
  • Register their ELD with the FMCSA

See the listed ELD devices and self-certified by the manufacturer.

There are 727 providers and devices registered with the FMCSA today.  The FMCSA will remove an ELD from the listing if the ELD doesn’t meet the technical specifications, which helps carriers avoid purchasing non-compliant ELDs.



In Canada, Transport Canada approves devices, service providers, and mobile OS. The Canadian ELD Mandate came into effect on June 12, 2021, but with a “progressive” enforcement period.

Jurisdictions confirmed that they would delay implementing penalties until June 12, 2022, to elevate education and awareness of the implementation of ELD, considering the unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the complexity of obtaining certification in Canada. Read the Full Article about the Canada ELD Mandate Update.

In Canada, ELDs can only be third-party certified and they cannot be self-certified like the U.S.

In order to become a certified ELD service provider there are 2 steps, and two institutions are involved.

Firstly, they need to apply and meet the Technical standard for Electronic Logging Devices published by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA).

Once the application review and assessment are completed, the Standards Council of Canada will provide the certification body with an Accreditation Report which will be required to apply for an application to Transport Canada. This process will take 7 to 9 months to complete the accreditation.

Next, accredited ELD manufacturers need to send a completed application form and the standards Council Canada Accreditation Report. It takes up to six weeks to complete the certification.

In addition to this, it takes a minimum of 30 days for an accredited certification body to approve an ELD provider.  Currently, there are only 3 approved accrediting bodies today.  Each of them can only approve 1-3 ELD providers per month.  At the time of writing this article, there are only 6 Transport Canada approved ELD service providers since June 2021.

If you do the math, by next June when enforcement and fines will start taking place, of the 727 FMCSA approved ELD providers, a maximum of 78 providers will gain certification in Canada.  A more realistic number is approximately 30-40 providers.


Certification Costs

According to, ELD providers can submit only three models at a time, the certification fee is approximately $50,000 USD per device.  This only includes 1 mobile OS (like Android or iOS). If an ELD provider wants to get both mobile operating systems approved for each device, then the cost doubles. Each year, 25% of the ELDs will have to be retested for which ELD providers will have to pay $12,000 to $25,000 per device model.

Looking at the cost, the lengthy process, and lack of accreditation resources to certify providers, you can clearly see why so few providers are certified today, 4 months after the mandate has been implemented.

On top of this, most or all ELD providers are expected to raise their rates by up to 40%.  Essentially these high costs of certification and upkeep are being passed on to the consumer.  If you already have an ELD today, there is a good chance it won’t get certified in Canada. If it does, expect a cost increase of your services along with it.


How to choose the best ELD wisely

If you are in the commercial transport industry in Canada, you need to prepare now. According to trucknews, federally regulated trucks that lack certified electronic logging devices (ELDs) could receive formal warnings as early as this December (if they travel through Alberta or Manitoba). The penalties for non-compliance will be enforced on June 12, 2022. You need to choose the best ELD for your company, however, picking an ELD provider is not easy. There are many options out there and it is difficult to filter which one is actually certified in your country.

Here is a checklist to help you out when choosing the best ELD solution provider.

  1. Check if an ELD is certified

Before you type “ELD in (your country/city)” or “best ELD” in the search bar, the first thing you need to do is visit Transport Canada’s official website to see the list of registered ELDs. This is a critical step so don’t skip this part.

  1. Background check your ELD provider
    1. Years of business
    2. Company location (local or not)
    3. of clients and their references
    4. of employees
    5. of partnerships

Make sure the ELD meets your requirements as well as your local regulations.


Astreon’s certified ELDs

Astreon has a partnership with certified ELD manufacturers like Apollo and Vistracks. They are compliant, certified, and driver-friendly ELD solutions in USA and Canada. Provide continuity and risk mitigation for your business with HOS, IFTA reports, Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports, Engine Diagnostics, and more features.

Check our ELD pages to learn more.

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October 2021 Monthly Update

Good day, Astreon clients and partners!

Q4 is here, our busiest time of year!  With the increased sales demand, we continue to work with our providers to bring important enhancements and updates.  Please read this month’s platform enhancements and check out some cool blog articles we’ve done this month.

Astreon New Features and Enhancements

Sensor Report Enhancements

Sensor names are now visible in report columns, making it much easier to select a specific sensor for summary data, including calculations of the selected sensors.  Previously you needed to know the sensor name, and manually search for it, which can be quick a challenge. This is particularly handy if you have several similar sensors like multiple reefer zones or Tire Pressure.

Data is now represented in the report in a more readable and easier-to-understand summary format.


Generating files for maps with fields

We have implemented a new feature that allows you to download a map with fields as a separate file.

Now, both pages of the map and the general map in reports have buttons to save the visible part of the map in a PNG file. The downloaded file includes the map on the user’s screen with the same filters, names, tracks, and omissions.

The image on the downloaded file covers approximately the same area that is visible on the screen. The level of detail of the map is selected automatically: for example, when zooming in, you see more details, and they will be displayed in the PNG file.

The downloaded map can be used in reports and presentations, during planning sessions, and for a better explanation to agricultural operators.


Search settings on the Registration page

Some agricultural operates need to use options settings in the resources section quite frequently.  This is necessary when some of your units have sensors and others don’t, or if one works starts at a different time each day. You then had to assign drivers in the system manually or adjust the resource settings every time.

We have now made this much simpler by adding a new option to customize the search settings on the Registrar page. By clicking on the iconicon in the upper right corner, you set the necessary parameters for the current session. You no longer need to open the resource tab in settings each time to make adjustments.



Showing the compound cultivation straight after creation

When several units are cultivating a field simultaneously or when a single unit works on a field for a number of days, you can group the cultivations in a compound one.

Previously, you had to go to the Reports page, configure parameters, request data, and design new cultivation to create compound cultivation. The whole process was quite time-consuming.

Now compound cultivation opens automatically once it’s created, with all the properties are visible in it – you immediately see the result of the action performed. This will save a lot of time for your dispatchers as most farms perform compound cultivations every day.


Sorting data on the Campaigns page

Last month, we discussed launching campaigns in Hecterra. We have continued to expand the functionality of this page. For example, we’ve now added a feature to sort the table contents by any column.

The column containing the list of operations is sorted alphabetically, intervals – by the campaign’s start date, fields – by the number of fields. You can now choose which parameter to apply to put in order campaign data visualization. For example, if you choose to sort by the Interval column, you’ll see the most recent cultivations. While using the Operation column, you’ll quickly find the type of work you are looking for.


Updating data in the Progress tab

We’ve added a new button to the Progress tab that allows you to quickly update information. This button requests new cultivation data updates these graphs.

This is great for organizations with several dispatchers, or when a dispatcher works on several tabs throughout their day.  All stakeholders will now always have the latest information on campaign progress.


Visit the forum dedicated to Hecterra. There you can learn more about our latest updates and leave your ideas and comments – we always take them into account in our work. 

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Smart Technology – Transformation in the Agriculture industry

The agriculture and farming industry has embraced a major transformation with the new era of “Smart Technology” that is designed to help improve efficiency using telematics and GPS tracking technology. “Smart Technology” refers to operating farms by utilizing modern information and communication technologies to improve the quantity and quality of crops.

Agriculture has seen a big demand for optimization through smart technology under the pressure of climate change, fluctuating commodity prices, rising interest rates, growing population, and labor issues.

Telematics and GPS provide agricultural workers & managers with transparent data on fields, crops, and their processing. Having specific information and insight on hand users can effectively plan and improve agribusiness processes as well as driver further efficiencies.

Let’s explore how Smart Technology can transform agricultural operations.

How Smart Technology Can Help Improve Precision Farming

Leveraging telematics and GPS can help to increase efficiency. The followings are major areas that can drive cost savings and increase productivity for the business:


  1. Increase Productivity

Managing farm vehicles & equipment can be cumbersome, and it is difficult to get an immediate and real-time snap shop of your fleet. Smart Technology solves this problem by providing simple and easy-to-use tools for more effective management.

GPS tracking & fleet management software provide real-time insights into the whereabouts and activities of your vehicles. It easily identifies what is in use or not, as well as a history of previous activity. This helps further by enabling you to assign the appropriate asset to the right crop and ensure you maximize that asset’s utilization.


  1. Protect Valuable Assets

Not knowing the whereabouts of your vehicles has its own inherent opportunity costs, but could also mean a lost or missing asset, which comes at a much bigger cost to the company (as well as additional downtime).

GPS Tracking/Telematics assures that you have your finger on the pulse. You can easily identify unauthorized use as well as receive real-time notifications which are fully configurable. You can take immediate action and prevent unexpected losses.


  1. Managing Crop Rotation

Geofencing provides an invaluable tool for cultivation, fertilization, and harvesting (a Geofence is a virtual boundary that you can draw around key areas/fields). This will provide accurate data on the integration of your equipment with these fields or areas.

By assigning fields within the telematics software, you can manage and assign work scheduled on these fields. Easily identify when certain work has begun, what percentage has been completed or missed, even at what speed was each pass completed.

In addition, geofencing can be used for fencing off regions that need to be left alone for cultivation. Isolating land can help farmers notify unwelcoming invaders, such as animals to prevent accidents or injury to humans and livestock.

This will also provide a historic view of interactions and previous cultivations completed within your various fields.



  1. Improved Routes

Using inefficient routes means increased costs, and GPS tracking helps eliminate the guesswork when it comes to navigation. Optimization of a route means decreased fuel consumption, reduce wear & tear, and reduces labor costs.


  1. Dashboard & Reports

Gain insight by leveraging dashboards and reports regarding cultivated fields, overlaps and omissions, fuel consumption, mileage, speed, and other key parameters. Users can gain valuable time by easily reviewing daily detailed information on completed works, and leverage this within accounting as well. Reports allow you to not only control all types of work but also assess their quality and improve the agricultural processes of your enterprise.

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Future outlook of the agriculture industry with Smart Technology

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report, farmers will have to produce 70% more food by 2050 to meet the needs of the world’s expected population of 9 Billion. With growing demand, technology will certainly play a huge role in meeting these needs.

Thanks to today’s technologies, farmers can produce even greater output without unnecessary effort.

By integrating telematics with a fleet management system, you can better control fieldwork based on telematics data. Astreon provides an Agriculture GPS solution that delivers transparent data about crop rotations and field operations to your business. By empowering farmers with this key information, you can better plan and improve your agribusiness processes, as well as make better decisions with greater insight.

For more information about our Agricultural GPS Solution, please contact us today!

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