4 Key FMCSA Changes fleets should know in 2022

Since the Electronic logging device (ELD) mandate officially went into effect, various rule updates, rule changes, notices and proposed changes have taken place (as the ELD mandate continues to evolve). These notices are published on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website, which in turn is linked to the Federal Register website.

There are 4 noteworthy changes that took place this year (so far) that motor carriers should be aware of:

 

1.    Eliminating the annual list of violations

Per this change, carriers no longer need to request an annual record of violations from their drivers. Section 391.27 were removed from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations on May 9, 2022.

Since carriers request an annual motor vehicle record (MVR), asking drivers for a list of the same violations was redundant.

It’s important to note however that annual violation lists created through May 8, 2022 must be retained in the DQ file (driver qualification) for at least 3 years (meaning potentially as far out as May 8, 2025).

 

2.    Removing personal information from the road test certificate

Some notable changes were made to the format of the road test certificate (a form that is kept in the DQ file per §391.31).

This change removes personal identifiable information (PII) which most people are understandably uncomfortable providing.

The following information is no longer required, effective March 22, 2022:

  • Driver’s license number
  • Licensing state
  • Social Security Number

 

For those that have already purchased older road test certificates, you can simply leave those fields empty as they are no longer required.

It is important to note that per §391.21, PII (date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number, etc.) still remains on the driver-specific application.

 

3.    Licensing Authorities – wording changes

Effective March 22, 2022, the FMCSA changed wording which concerns driver licence issuing entities. “State” was replaced with “driver’s licensing authority”, which provides clarification that to obtain a driver’s MVR, motor carriers would contact states, provinces and territories to satisfy §391.23 and §391.25. This also impact §391.21(b)(5).

This clarification is particularly important for drivers in Canada or Mexico who operate in the U.S.

 

4.    Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule (as of Feb 7, 2022)

As of February 7, 2022, entry-level driver training (ELDT) regulations have stricter requirements for individuals who want to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL), upgrade a CDL, or obtain a hazardous materials (H), passenger (P), or school bus (S) endorsement.

 

“These individuals are subject to the ELDT requirements and must complete a prescribed program of instruction provided by an entity that is listed on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR).” – Federal Register / Vol. 87.

 

Stay up to date on regulatory changes

The FMCSA announces updated notices, rules and proposed rules/rule changes regularly. The ELD mandate rules can be particularly complicated and/or confusing in some instanced for carriers and drivers alike, so it is very important to check regularly and familiarize yourself with changes/potential changes to prevent possible violation or non-compliance.

 

Keep in mind that these changes can also help your drivers by either simplifying their work, removing redundancy or providing greater clarity so they can stay focused on what they do best, safely and effectively, without worrying about potential violations.

You can check for changes or updates via the notices and rulemaking documents page on the FMCSA website.

 

Astreon’s ELD – ELD built for Drivers and Carriers alike

Astreon has partnerships with fully certified leading ELD service providers in Canada and the USA, such as Apollo ELD, brought to you by Astreon. These are industry-leading ELD products that are driver-friendly, easy to use, feature-rich, and well recognized in North America.

In addition to certification, leverage our ELD solutions to provide continuity and risk mitigation for your business with HOS, IFTA reports, Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports, Engine Diagnostics, and many more powerful tools & features.

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2022 Truck Trends

2021-2022 are transformative years for the truck industry and have been keeping people in the truck industry busy. This transformation affects operations, expenses, and administration. With ELD compliance, Electrification to ease climate change, driver shortages, rising fuel costs, and trucker convoys for COVID-19 restrictions, it’s been a busy couple of years.

This article digs a bit deeper into ELD mandates and tighter truck emission regulations in Canada and the USA, and how this affects the transportation industry.

ELD Compliance

ELD(Electronic Logging Devices) mandate went into effect in December 2017 in the USA and will be fully mandated in January 2023 in Canada(Find the Canadian ELD mandate schedule).

Electronic logging devices (ELD) are used to electronically keep a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS) and all drivers are required to use an ELD to document their compliance with HOS rules.

In Canada, the full ELD mandate will go into effect on January 2023 and this deadline extension will ensure that carriers can have sufficient time to purchase, install ELDs and educate drivers to comply with the ELD mandate rules. However, the reality is you need to get started preparing as soon as possible. Here is why you should start preparing today for the ELD mandate:  https://www.astreon.com/full-eld-enforcement-delayed/

 

Electrification

The electrification of heavy commercial vehicles is making a splash right now. According to Natural Resources Canada, “Transportation accounts for approximately 25% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions(GHG), of which almost half comes from passenger cars and light trucks.”.

The electrification movement is accelerating in North America.

“Roughly half of all U.S. and Canadian Class 8 tractors engaged in regional-haul applications could switch to battery-electric technology today with minimal or no impact on operations, productivity, or efficiency, according to a new report.” – HDT

For more information about the reaction from countries and how we can help customers reduce their environmental impact and comply with emission regulations: https://www.astreon.com/a-greener-solution/

 

Driver Shortages

As the demand in the supply chain industry is increasing, North America is facing a serious shortage of truck drivers. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), the shortage of truck drivers was 60,800 and is estimated to reach 160,000 by 2028 in U.S. Whereas, Canada is expected to be short 25,000 truck drivers by 2023 according to a study from Trucking HR Canada.

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The stressful environment caused by COVID-19 is further accelerating the shortage of truck drivers and exacerbating disruptions in the supply chain.

Find out how to ease driver shortages with telematics:  https://www.astreon.com/telematics-can-improve-drivers-safety-and-retention-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Sky High Fuel Costs

Rising fuel costs are pressuring trucking companies. Many companies are struggling with minimizing the impact of fuel costs to their clients, but there is a limit.

In order to combat the impact of rising fuel costs, it is critical to have insightful data about your fleet operations to analyze and drive effective improvements into your business. To get this insightful data, you need a leading GPS Tracking solution in your fleet to better understand how much gasoline or diesel is consumed by your fleet each month and year. A GPS Fleet Management system is also important to help analyze data and receive powerful automated reports to identify where you can drive additional efficiencies and savings.

For detailed tips to combat the effects of rising fuel costs, read this article.

 

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Astreon offers the most Comprehensive & Advanced Fleet Management platform available for your Vehicles, Trailers, Machinery, and Equipment, with over 3.3 million+ tracked assets globally. Our software is easy to use, fully customizable, and provides advanced industry-leading features. With our Fleet Management platform, you can visualize all of your fleet assets on one screen in a simple to operate, powerful application. Fuel Management with Astreon is the complete solution for optimizing fuel expenditure and ultimately saving your company time and money. For more information about our fuel control, click here.

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Full ELD enforcement delayed until Jan 1, 2023

The June 2022 deadline for ELD compliance in Canada has been pushed back to January 1st, 2023.

CCMTA (Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators) announced the full ELD enforcement extension on March 7, 2022.

The ELD mandate enforcement was originally scheduled for June 12, 2021, however, the enforcement was delayed by a year due to the unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and other challenges related to certification.

With this current extension, the CCMTA decided to extend full ELD enforcement due to the small number of certified ELD providers.  At the time of writing this article, there are 14 out of approximately 700 ELD providers certified on the Transport Canada website.

“Jurisdictions have been monitoring progress and determined that an extension of the transition period is required. This will allow sufficient time for the industry to purchase and install certified ELD devices, and conduct training to be compliant. Based on these factors, jurisdictions will continue to support the mandate through a period of education and awareness through to January 1, 2023.” – Announcement by CCMTA.

This extension will ensure that carriers can have sufficient time to purchase, install ELDs and educate drivers to comply with the ELD mandate rules.

 

What should carriers do during this period?

While we hope that the delay in full enforcement would allow carriers to have sufficient time to prepare for the ELD mandate, the fact is you need to get started as soon as possible.

ELD price increases are expected due to the shortage of certified ELDs providers in Canada, and ongoing supply chain shortages, causing device costs to go up. The following factors pressure ELD providers and end up causing price increases.

 

Lengthy process of ELD registration & Certification

Unlike the USA, Canada takes a more systematic approach to ELD certification. In Canada, ELDs can only be third-party certified and can not be self-certified. In the process, 3 independent certifying bodies work with manufacturers to test and approve their devices. See the image of the process with duration figures.  It can take up to 1 year to get an ELD solution approved.

Certification costs

According to trucknews.com, 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.

 

An answer to the question: What should carriers do during this period?

Get ready for ELD Compliance as soon as possible

Looking at the cost and the lengthy process, you can clearly see why so few providers are certified today, almost 1 year after the mandate has been implemented.

That being said, 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.

 

Astreon certified ELDs

Astreon has partnerships with fully certified ELD service providers in Canada and the USA, such as Apollo ELD (outlined in the link above), brought to you by Astreon, as well as Vistracks (in partnership with Omnitracs). These are industry-leading ELD products that are driver-friendly and well recognized in the USA and Canada.

In addition to certification, leverage our ELD solutions to provide continuity and risk mitigation for your business with HOS, IFTA reports, Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports, Engine Diagnostics, and many more powerful features.

Visit our ELD pages to learn more.

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

eld market size by component

Source: https://www.fierceelectronics.com/components/what-electronic-logging-device-market-worth

 

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.

 

USA

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.

 

Canada

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 trucknews.com, 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.

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Canada ELD Mandate Update: No ELD penalties until June 2022 – CCMTA

The Canada ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) Mandate will go into effect this week, June 12 but with a “progressive enforcement period. Jurisdictions confirmed that they would delay implementing penalties until next year, June 12, 2022 to elevate education and awareness of the implementation of ELD considering the unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators said in a statement that “Jurisdictions plan to support the mandate through a period of progressive enforcement without penalties, including elevated education and awareness, until June 12, 2022.” This period will give industry sufficient time to install certified ELD(Electronic Logging Devices) without penalty until June 12, 2022. However, early implementation measures will be benefits for you to educate your drivers and increase compliance awareness.

However, province and territorial are still responsible for the enforcement, so it is advised that you are aware of provincial or territorial regulations and requirements.

Jurisdictional website or contacts by province are following;

Procuring ELD

Any ELDs you use must be certified devices approved by Transport Canada. Unlike the U.S., Canadian regulations require third-party testing and certification of all ELDs to ensure they comply with federal rules regarding the use of the devices. Approved devices can be found here: https://tc.canada.ca/en/road-transportation/electronic-logging-devices.

 

Astreon

Astreon ELD is a fully certified ELD solution by federal and state regulations as well as Canadian and Mexican regulations. Our solution enables carriers to be fully compliant with the mandate while staying adaptable with client needs and requests. This is the easy-to-use, fully functional ELD solution for your business.

For more information about ELD, visit our ELD page.

Are you ready for the Canadian ELD mandate?

For more information about ELD, visit our ELD page.

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April 2021 Monthly Update

Good day Astreon clients and partners!

We are pleased to announce this month’s feature enhancements to Astreon, and add-on applications.  How are you enjoying the Astreon Service?  Did you know that our platform now has 2.7 million assets globally and grows about 100,000 every 1-2 months?

There’s something that people love about this platform, including our valued Canadian customers!

Have feedback or suggestions?  Get in touch with us by sending feedback to support@astreon.com.

Quick Summary – Wi-Fi positioning now supported, automatic vehicle type detection, and authorizations, have been added. Read on for full details.

Astreon New Features and Enhancements

Wi-Fi positioning

If your device supports Wifi, we can now accept wifi position data when GPS is not available.  Think Parking Garage, in-building, or blocked GPS antenna. This is a great backup way to continue to see your asset locations, without having full GPS signal.

How Wi-Fi geolocation works

Devices that support Wi-Fi-based positioning can send data regarding the closest Wi-Fi access points to the Astreon platform. The data is used for detecting the device’s location.

To set this up, there are a few quick steps to follow.  If you believe your device supports Wifi positioning, but you’re not sure, check in with our support team and we’ll assist!  Go to the Advanced properties tab in the Messages validity filtration section. Then, select Determine location by Wi-Fi points option. After that, a user indicates the minimum and maximum amount of Wi-Fi points the signal Astreon should receive from the device. The Accuracy parameter specifies the accuracy of the device location to be considered valid.

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Automatic vehicle type detection

In March, we announced the creation of the device type library in Astreon Hosting. The idea to launch this library is to automate data in the system for every customer, but also provide extra value added information.

We’ve just added the ability to automatically determine the vehicle type. You don’t need to do anything – the system will do it for you.

In order to teach your system to determine vehicle types as accurately as possible, the system needs to collect as much data as possible. For users with the authorization to edit the device properties, we suggest going to the Profile tab and check the vehicle type determined by Astreon.

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The more users interact with this parameter (confirm or reject the suggested vehicle type), the more precise the automatic device type detection will be.

Reports by fuel fillings

We added new options “By fleet refueling” and “By refueling facility” on the Reports tab in the Report type field.

The new added options now allow users to get the summary information on fuel fillings so that users can sum up the results for a certain day and time range, with planning of fuel costs.

Reports by fuel fillings

The reports of fuel fillings can be exported from the reports’ page and sent to the users’ email registered on the administration panel’s settings. These options will allow users who are outside of the organization to access reports.

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Columns with consumables in reports

If there are any registered consumables in the cultivation, they will be displayed not only in the cultivation’s detailed dialog but also in the report table – one column per one consumable. For example, Fertilizers: ammonium nitrate. The display of consumables is turned on by default. You can turn it off in the table’s settings.

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Keyboard navigation

We added keyboard shortcuts so that you can navigate pages and elements quickly. These features will increase your productivity.

KeysActions
TabMove forward
Tab + ShiftMove back
Enter, SpaceSelect an element, click on the button
Arrow Up/DownMove forward/back through the list of options; decrease/increase values in numeric fields
EscClose menu

Freezing the Field column in reports

You can change the visibility of the report’s columns in the table settings. This rule is applicable to all columns excluding the Field column as now it is always visible and can’t be hidden. While scrolling the table horizontally, the user will see that the Field column is fixed. Thus, the user always knows the info on which field he is viewing.

 

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Specific Notifications on Intervals

You can now select notifications for specific objects or service intervals.  This allows you to set up notifications on just the most important service intervals, reducing the volume of incoming notifications.

To activate this option, go to the Notifications tab and edit it by clicking select buttons. By default, all service objects are selected.

 

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The total cost of services and fuel on the unit page

A new display option has been added. Now you can monitor not only the service and fuel costs separately but also their total value. To display this, select Total cost in the upper dropdown on the Unit info tab on the unit page.

 

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No limit for the number of the List custom field elements

We removed the limit on listing custom fields. The limit used to be up to 20 fields, and this is now unlimited.

This is great for large fleets and or companies that have a lot of custom parts for Maintenance and equipment service.

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Route Optimization algorithm improvement 

You’ve probably noticed that Dispatch+ has received a lot of love this year.  One huge project that is now live is a new route optimization algorithm. This is live today, and uses more modern techniques to create the most optimal route for your fleet and drivers each day.  These enhancements drastically reduce travel time, allowing our clients to take extra jobs, and increase revenue.

Planning modes

Now you can simulate the planning modes for building the route. You can choose three planning modes, cost-effective, balanced, and fast. In order to select and see the mode, go to the Optimization settings and see how the mode you chose affect the route cost.

  • cost-effective (fully loaded vehicles, minimum mileage, loose adherence to delivery intervals);
  • balanced (fully loaded vehicles, minimum mileage, strict adherence to delivery intervals);
  • fast (reduction in the delivery time due to the maximum number of devices).

These 3 options allow you to evaluate the productivity of your fleet and chose the best option for your business.

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Taking into account the vehicle location

Turning this on uses the vehicle’s current location, instead of a fixed address, when creating routes. With this option is enabled, the routes are planned taking into account the location of vehicles during planning. If the devices are fulfilling other routes, then the last points of these routes are taken into account. The location of the devices will be considered when planning the sequence in which the orders are visited, route duration, and mileage.

Application example: If there is a new order during the day, the vehicle assigned to it considering its current location, not the office yard which would make a huge difference in routing time.

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Exporting orders

The option of exporting orders as a table to XLSX and CSV files has been added.

The table columns are the same as the order parameters. You can use the files with the orders for import to another account, integration with other systems, and so on.

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Announcing Astreon & VisTracks ELD Partnership

Vistrack ELD

In line with our continued commitment to our clients, we are now happy to announce the launch of our Pro ELD product, via a partnership with VisTracks/Omnitracs.

We have added the VisTracks ELD, the most comprehensive tablet/smartphone and portal application in the industry. A fully certified ELD solution by federal and state regulations as well as Canadian and Mexican regulations. VistTacks was one of the first Canadian ELD providers to submit for Canadian Mandate approval.  All VisTracks services are based on the same platform and are fully integrated with tablets/smartphones, vehicle hardware and share a common user interface.

Easy to use, minimal training required, on-screen documentation to minimize errors, and support costs.

 

HOS (Hours Of Service)hos

VisTracks™ Hours of Services is a powerful but easy-to-use tablet/smartphone and portal-based service certified with US Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations for electronic logs and vehicle inspections. Regulations for electronic driving and vehicle inspection logs have become commonplace to ensure the veracity of driver tablet input and ensured compliance with regulations. VisTracks Hours of Service is compliant with federal and state regulations as well as Canadian and Mexican regulations.

 

 

DVIR (Driver vehicle inspection report)

The standalone DVIR product (aka DVIR-only) provides the administrative tools and smooth driver experience you expect from Astreon VisTracks while slimming down the feature set to exclusively DVIR-focused. This allows you to leverage the DVIR functionality across mixed fleets. The DVIR-only features are made available to a non-ELD driver via the same application so there is no need to install anything new. A DVIR-only user will log in and be limited to the DVIR screen, where they may select vehicles and trailers, review previous DVIRs, conduct inspections, mark repairs, take pictures, and certify the DVIR with pdfs that are shared immediately with the administrative portal.

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Telematics can improve driver’s safety and retention during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Under uncertain circumstances due to COVID-19, strict restrictions have been imposed almost every month. This has huge impact on the transportation industry, especially long-haul drivers. Even though truck drivers are exempted from COVID-19 restrictions, they experience job stress from many sources. In addition, it is obvious that these COVID-19 restrictions accelerated their stress level too.

Truck driver shortage

North America is facing a serious shortage of truck drivers. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), the shortage of truck driver was 60,800 and is estimated to reach 160,000 by 2028 in U.S. Whereas, Canada is expected to short 25,000 truck drivers by 2023 according to a study from Trucking HR Canada.

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projected vacancies in the trucking & logistics sector

This estimated trend and the stressful environment caused by COVID-19 could accelerate the shortage of truck drivers and exacerbate disruptions to supply chains in near future.

What’s major stress factors for truck drivers

The stress factors for truck drivers range from a salary to pressure of on-time delivery.

The following are some stress factors for truck drivers;

  • Long hours
  • Tight deadlines
  • Difficult weather
  • Dangerous drivers
  • Low salary
  • Social isolation
  • Distance from home
  • Road rage and fear of violence

How telematics can improve driver’s health, safety and retention

There are 5 ways you can improve driver’s health, safety and retention aside from increasing salary.

  1. Monitor driver’s behavior

Monitoring driver’s behavior can prevent unnecessary accidents and train their behavior. With telematics, you can gain insight to reduce dangerous events, such as harsh breaking, speeding, reckless driving, and driver fatigue. A.I. dash camera are the best tool to detect potential unsafe habits and improve driver safety. They are equipped with sensors that can detect when drivers violate compliance like identifying driver fatigue. It will notify fleet Managers of unsafe behaviors like this to prevent unnecessary accidents.

Astreon’s latest A.I. Dash cameras can prevent pedestrian collisions, notify drivers of fatigue, lane departure, general collisions for distracted driving, and so much more. The benefit is not just after the fact coaching to prevent future incidents, but live and real time accident avoidance in the vehicle.

  1. HOS (Hours-of-service) compliance

HOS (Hours of service) are mandated rules referring to the maximum amount of time a commercial motor vehicle driver is permitted to be on duty including driving time, and length of rest periods to conduct the truck driver’s job safely.

(For more details about the HOS, check our blog: Hours of Service regulation changes. )

Using HOS brings your business huge benefits. Drivers receive alerts when they violate compliance, when to stop working/take rest. It helps drivers increase safety and your business saves time and money. It enables you to utilize resources effectively and optimize scheduling with powerful tools while many drivers are dealing with new restrictions and procedures.

Astreon ELD is a fully a fully compliant ELD solution for upcoming Canada, and US rule sets. Our solution enables carriers to be fully compliant with the mandate while staying adaptable with client needs and requests.

  1. Route optimization

Traffic delay and adverse roads under tight schedule are frustrating for drivers. The routes can change due to unpredicted weather and traffic incidents on the route. Knowing which routes are optimal is one of the important ways for fleet managers to reduce driver’s stress, delivery time and improve customer and driver’s satisfaction. In order to provide the best route to drivers, you need an advanced fleet management system offering the best routes based on the weather, traffic conditions and other factors.

Astreon’s fleet management can optimize routes to get your divers where they need to be faster & safer and complete more jobs within the same time period. Efficient routes also help by prolonging vehicle life span and eliminating unnecessary driving.

  1. Improve communication with drivers and provide better training

Accurate communication between dispatchers and drivers helps reduce human errors, save time and improve customer satisfaction. Poor communication regarding pay, home time, training, and performance can be one of the biggest sources of driver’s stress. To improve driver’s safety, health, and retention, fleet companies need to have advanced fleet management tools to assess driver’s performance, communicate with drivers effectively and train them by observing their driving behavior.

  1. Vehicle maintenance

Having well-maintenance vehicles keeps your drivers on schedule and helps them to complete their job on time. Planning routine maintenance like oil changes, repairs and reducing breakdowns will lead to driver’s productivity.

Astreon allows you to automate your regularly scheduled maintenance work by tracking vehicle operation in real time and by sending notifications to your team for a truly preventative and proactive approach. It is designed to control all types of jobs, services, and expenditures for parts, labor, vehicles, and even cost per mile so that you can maximize vehicles and drivers’ productivity.

Overall, telematics enables fleet organizations to have better insights to improve driver’s safety based on an advanced data. With this tool, fleet managers can control and manage everything, and it will result in improving driver’s satisfaction and retention.

Astreon Telematics

We offer GPS Fleet Management services to businesses throughout North America. With location and telematics-based solutions for vehicles of all shapes and sizes, equipment, high value assets, and valuable cargo. Our customers rely on our services daily as business process management tools and benefit from multiple add-on tools and applications such as Compliant ELD, Maintenance Management, Driver Coaching, Video Management Dashboard, KPI Management Dashboards, Logistics & Dispatch tools, and many more. Connect with us today to find out more about how Astreon can benefit your business.

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A.I. Connected Dashcams are here to stay

Artificial Intelligence has vastly matured in the past few years. In today’s competitive market, A.I. chipsets are coming down in cost while increasing in performance and reliability.  What does this mean to you the fleet consumer? More reliable and accurate devices at a lower cost of ownership.

Despite COVID-19, A.I. Dashcam deployments are up 237% year over year.  Why?  This blog post will address the reasons why our industry needs A.I. Dash Camera Telematics systems and their inherent benefits.

Then vs. Now

When they first became publicly available, commercial dash cameras were predominantly used by the public safety and transit sectors.  They were cost prohibitive, looped raw video, and didn’t provide the clear and immediate ROI that private sector fleets require, and as such were seldom deployed.

Today’s landscape has changed drastically. Dash cameras have not only become more affordable, but cellular data costs have dropped considerably (more data for less).  Dash cameras have evolved beyond simple video recording, now with built-in tracking capabilities, serving as better telematics tools, and ultimately eliminating the need for a 2nd JBUS or OBDII device in most installations. The output data is on par with the best telematics devices in the market today, vastly simplifying the solution while keeping the TCO (total cost of ownership) at an all time low.

Read more on our A.I. Dashcamera page or watch the video below to learn more about specific feature benefits and capabilities.

Zero Fraudulent Insurance Claims – Absolve Your Drivers

Over 80% of all accidents involving passengers and trucks are the fault of passenger vehicles. This is a significant number.  Protecting your drivers is important, providing proof of not-at-fault ensures they continue driving (productivity) and that you are retaining talent (finding good drivers is always a challenge).

Sideswipes are becoming an increasing problem with trucks/tractors, and the driver often takes the blame.  With side mounted cameras you can shed light on these instances and prove that your driver is not at fault, avoiding costly fines and insurance premium hikes.

In addition to automated video notification upon critical events (such as impact or harsh events) we also provide a live, real-time view of the driver, the road, and all other connected cameras.  Take video management into your own hands by proactively preventing costly and life threatening incidents, while reducing management costs in the process.

 

Reward your Safe Drivers

We put valuable driver scorecards and rankings in your hands. With this information you can incentivize your drivers to improve their driving habits with tangible incentives.  These programs are wildly successful in all businesses which have implemented them.  On average, incentive programs achieve a 35% increase in driver safety scores across the board. The result is safer drivers and reduced insurance claims through Gamification: where drivers compete on their scorecards, aiming to achieve a higher score than their peers.  Everyone wins.

 

Enhanced Training

Dashcams help Fleet Managers improve driver coaching.  Important safety infractions cause automated video capture and upload, providing great coaching tools to Drivers.  Special notation and review flag functions make it simple to manage inbound video events.

Our Dash Camera systems have audio recording capabilities, which can be enabled or disabled by Fleet.  This an exceptionally useful add-on which helps to determine the cause of harsh driving events, be it road rage, distraction, phone use while driving, or other unsafe events.

 

Enhanced Security

Astreon Dashcams have an optional Parking Mode which keeps the camera on during parking events.  This enables capture of accidents that happen while vehicles are parked.  Hit and run or bump and run events trigger an automatic video upload, providing proof and details of the incident.  Our video is clear enough to read license plates, providing the best proof for insurance providers and protect against fines.

 

Reduce Insurance Premiums & Streamline Claims

Companies are increasingly instructed by their insurer that they need to operate some form of dash camera system.  Rate discounts can be made available when you employ a dash camera system.  On top of this, video evidence is regularly accepted by insurers when submitting claims, proving your driver is not at fault, avoiding fines and preventing insurance hikes because of those fines.

Dash Camera Fleets Dominate

The Fleet industry has radically changed as result of modern A.I. Enhanced Dash Camera systems, like those provided by Astreon, by improving driver security & safety, cost savings, improved driver coaching, and insurance benefits to your business.

Astreon provides a feature rich VMS (Video Management System) application with our A.I. Dash Camera systems, fully integrated into a unified fleet management platform, providing powerful yet easy to use management tools to your business.  Email alerts provide quick and simple management of inbound video incidents.  Additionally, A.I. Dash Cameras are excellent vehicle trackers.

If you’d like to find out how Astreon can empower your fleet, learn more by connecting with us

Written by Andrew Singer, Executive Vice President, and IoT Specialist

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November Monthly Update

Good day Astreon Clients and partners! We are pleased to share with you our November Newsletter which covers new features and enhancements to Astreon. Please read through these important updates and let us know if you have any questions.

Astreon New Features and Enhancements

Odometer and Engine Hours Improvements

We’ve improved how we calculate engine hours and odometer on your vehicles.  We now consider historical elements and previous device messages when calculating new values.  The result?  More accurate odometer and engine hours, making recurring maintenance more accurate than ever!

Odometer and Engine Hours Improvements

New fields in our Dashboard – Top units by fuel consumption and Top units by mileage

The left field displays a chart with maximum fuel consumption by for the selected time range. The right field displays vehicles from the monitoring tab with the highest mileage for the selected range.

These fields help you analyze the fuel consumption and mileage data by each individual unit.

Enhancement to the Astreon app for Android and iOS

Engine Hours and Idling have been added to the Astreon Mobile app, making management easier than ever.  This key information now appears in reports and on live data like vehicle summary and trips.  Check out our Free Mobile Apps today!  Android  iOS

Specialty Applications

Hecterra

Improved information format in exported Excel reports

We made the following changes in the excel reports;

  • Increased the font size
  • Removed the text in the final bottom line leaving only the total figures and measurement units

The exported report becomes user-friendly to give you clear images and organized reports.

Course Software calculation

We added a check for a valid course. Previously, if the unit sent the same course or did not send it at all, then the field cultivation overlaps were not calculated, and the user saw a 0% value. Now, in these scenarios, a check for a valid course will be performed, and if it is not available, the course will be calculated directly in Hecterra.

With this new option, overlaps in field cultivation will always be calculated correctly, even if the unit sends the wrong course or does not send it at all.

FleetRun

New Confirmation when Deleting an interval or service

When deleting service units (units, drivers, trailers) from the fleet, a new fail safe warning pops up to make sure you don’t accidentally delete something that may be needed in the future.

FleetRun

This new option prevents users from deleting units accidentally which are assigned to intervals and/or services.

Modification of display format of cost in reports

We changed the displayed format of cost in reports in the following ways;

  • Displayed 5.5K value à Now it displays as 5 500
  • Displayed 500000 à Now it displays as 500 000;
  • An integer will not be rounded to thousands and ten-thousandths; for example: previously, the value 5 was displayed as 5.000, and now it displays 5.
  • A decimal number will be rounded until the last digit is 0 (zero), for example: 123.450 = 123.45, 123.0 = 123.

With those changes, you can see the exact value in reports which helps you analyze the costs.

Separate display of Parts & Labour in Service Costs

The app users can create a detailed cost report. On the reports tab in the report type field, there are two options;

  • “By fleet line items”;
  • “By unit line items.”

Separate display of Parts & Labour in Service Costs

With this report, the user will be able to see the labor cost and the spare part’s name, type, number, cost, etc.

Fleetrun

This information enables you to analyze which parts or services are the most in-demand in the fleet. Based on the reports, you can plan future costs and will lead to the reduction of fleet servicing costs.

Grouping reports by line items

We added the following new types of grouping:

  • “By line item”;
  • “By line item type”;
  • “By service”.

Fleetrun

With these grouping types, your report can be more structured, and it helps you analyze costs in different angles.

Change the limit of values for custom fields with list type

We increased the limit of values in custom fields. Now users can add up to 20 fixed values in a custom field.

Logistics

Improvements to the Custom Fields Tab

You can now change the field order by clicking and dragging them to re-order the sequence.  This makes it easier than ever to organize your driver’s orders.

These changes will show up in the Astreon Logistics Mobile app for the driver.

Improvements to the Custom Fields Tab

New Filter for displaying custom field in the mobile app

For mobile users, we added a filter for displaying a custom field in mobile application.

Thanks to this feature, the users can transfer the necessary delivery information to drivers. Please note that the mobile app user only can see the fields that are activated in the settings so you can classify which information is visible to mobile app users.

Custom fields in the order import tab

Now you can add the custom field you created in the settings of the template and the import tab. In the template, the fields with the drop-down list will include the columns’ names, where the column name is a custom field from the user’s settings.

Custom fields in the order import tab

Go into Settings, and check the Custom Fields section.  You can now identify which Custom Fields can be added to routes and orders.

Logistics

This makes it so much easier to import order via Excel file, providing all the details that your business needs to leverage for Dispatch and Order distribution.

Canadian ELD Mandate

If you are in the logistics industry, you might be aware that the Canadian ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandate will come into effect on June 12, 2021. You might think it’s too early to prepare for the ELD. However, according to Transport Canada, they said “There will be a 24-month implementation period. During this time, companies that make or supply devices should prepare their devices and software to meet the new requirements. After this, they will need to be tested and certified.” (Transport Canada)

In addition to the process of getting tested and certified, you also need to train your employees and drivers to adopt new rules and devices. Training will take time more than you expect. The faster you and your employees get used to the new rules, the more you receive benefits from the changes, such as reducing operation costs, increasing driver safety and productivity, and excellent back office management.

Check the relevant blogs to learn more about the Canadian ELD Mandate;

5 Easy Steps to prepare you for the Canadian ELD Mandate

Hours of Service regulation changes

Astreon ELD is a fully certified ELD solution published on FMCSA website under “Apollo ELD”. Our solution enables carriers to be fully compliant with the mandate while staying adaptable with client needs and requests. This is the easy to use, fully functional ELD solution for your business. Take the worry out of ELD Management and prepare for the upcoming Canadian ELD Mandate in advance with us!

For any questions or quote, please contact us today.

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A.I. Thermal Detector

Canada is now in a tough situation, as the number of COVID-19 cases are increasing. Each province has been urged to take quick action to contain the spread. Ontario continues to see an increasing number of COVID-19 cases. In response to the spike, as of Sept. 26, 2020, the new requirement has taken effect, which is mandatory pre-entry COVID screening to all of workers and essential visitors, like contract, delivery, and maintenance workers.

The new requirement is an amendment to Ontario Regulation 364/20, the “Rules for Areas in Stage 3”, which is a regulation under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

Check full article about restriction rule from here.

Choosing the advanced thermal detector helps your clients and employees stay safe and contain the spread of infectious viruses. Astreon offers you the industry’s best and most advanced Thermal Scanner, with many long-term management features built in.

Use at your workplace to screen workers & guests entering the building.  Prevent people with a temperature from entering or starting a shift and proactively keep COVID out of your workplace entrance.

Our A.I. thermal detector has the following advanced features;

  • Face ID Access Control / Variety of door access control
  • Fever Screening System Implemented in US Hospitals
    • Supports face recognition or door access control
  • Time Attendance System
    • Building the attendance and access-control plan for registered staff.
  • Wearing a mask recognition
    • Support face recognition with face mask, recognition rate >95%
  • Wide detection Range3 m ~ 1.2 m forehead body temperature detection
    • 5 m~ 2 m face recognition
  • Customizable multi-language
    • English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Korean
  • And more+

 

Applicable industries & locations

  • Transit
  • Security
  • Airports
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Offices
  • Store entrance
  • Shopping mall entrance

Astreon A.I. Thermal Detector is perfectly suitable for your business. Please contact us for any questions!

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5 Easy Steps to prepare you for the Canadian ELD Mandate

If you are Canadian logistics company, you might be aware that the Canadian ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandate will come into effect on June 12, 2021. Some might think it’s too early to start preparing the Canadian ELD mandate now. This article will help you understand why you need to start today.

In this blog, we dive into the Canadian ELD mandate rules and 5 easy steps to prepare for the Canadian ELD mandate.

Check our blog about the USA ELD mandate and HOS regulation changes.

What is the Canadian ELD Mandate?

Electronic logging device (ELD) is used to electronically keep a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS) and all drivers are required to use an ELD to document their compliance with HOS rules.

On April 11, 2019, the CCMTA published the formal Canadian ELD rule. ELD Mandate in Canada comes into effect on June 21, 2021. The Canadian ELD standard is very similar to the USA based FMCSA that came into effect in December 2017. The biggest difference is third party certification which ensures all ELD providers are compliant, their service works and meets all criteria.
 

An ELD is a hardware device which connects to the truck’s engine control module (ECM). It enables you to track HOS (hours of service) compliance, which is mandated for both drivers and trucking companies to track driving hours, and off-duty time, to increase safety and keep drivers safe.

All trucking companies need to transition from paper logs to electronic logs that will record data related to the vehicle, and driver activity, so you can monitor all the data with any internet connected device, such as mobile devices, and tablets.

The following is the Canadian ELD mandate effective date;

Canadian ELD mandate effective date

How it works?

ELD is based on a smartphone app which connects to a Bluetooth-enabled CANbus reader, or a GPS device, and accepts RPM, odometer, VIN and other data directly from the truck’s on-board computer.

The ELD app permanently displays the remaining time of “on-duty” and “driving” status, so that drivers are always in full control, ensuring compliance. Drivers quickly generate their electronic logbook right on the mobile device to display in case of a roadside inspection.

Office workers who manage compliance can then get access to the HOS web app and monitor all drivers’ actual statuses. Easily allowing the back office to clearly see if anybody is out of compliance or close to violating the rules and take proactive and preventive measures.

What are the benefits of implementing ELD?

Using ELDs brings your business huge benefits. It helps drivers increase safety and your business saves time and money. It enables you to utilize resources effectively and optimize scheduling with powerful tools. Fully compliant ELD solutions are simple, easy to use, and provide excellent back office Management tools.

Why ELD? Other than compliance and mandate?

  • Increases safety
    • Reduced vehicle accidents
  • Reduces operating costs
  • Saves time
    • Put hours back in your employee’s day
  • Eliminates human error
  • Proactive central management
  • Excellent back office management services
    • Eliminate paperwork

Here is a video explaining an ELD and its benefits provided by CTA(Canadian Trucking Alliance).

5 steps: How to prepare yourself for the Canadian ELD mandate

5 Simple Getting Started Steps – Help implementing ELD in your Fleet

1. Research & Review

Researching new rules is critically important to comprehend the changes and prepare to adapt yourself to the new rules.

Check materials provided to you by CCMTA and Transport Canada

2. Don’t wait, find your ELD provider today

It’s never too early to prepare for the upcoming Canadian ELD. Geoff Wood, CTA’s senior vice-president also encourages carriers to implement ELDs as soon as possible.

Astreon ELD is a fully certified ELD solution published on the FMCSA website under “Apollo ELD”. Our solution enables carriers to be fully compliant with the mandate while staying adaptable with client needs and requests. This is the easy to use, fully functional ELD solution for your business.

3. Start with a small group of drivers

Training your staff in advance is advantageous to make ELD rules work efficiently in your workplace.

Start slowly and get your driver’s used to digital logging.

4. Roll out ELD across your entire Fleet

It takes time getting driver’s used to Electronic Logging.  Don’t wait for the mandate and avoid growing pains that may cost your business thousands of dollars down the road

5. ELD’s save money, it’s proven

Monitor data provided by Electronic Logging and understand how an ELD helps your business become more profitable.

Are you ready for the Canadian ELD mandate?

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