FMCSA considering ELD rule revisions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA) has published a list of ELD mandate changes their goal is to improve the clarity of current regulations on the use of electronic logging devices (ELD’s) and address certain concerns about the technical specifications raised by industry stakeholders. FMCSA seeks industry comments on this public notice by November 15, 2022.

Some of the potential changes could improve ELD functionality and its standards. This will eventually help industries choose the right ELD when shopping for a suitable product.

The potential changes are the followings;

  1. Applicability to Pre-2000 Engines
  2. Addressing ELD Malfunctions
  3. Removal Process
  4. Technical Specifications
  5. ELD Certification

 

ELD Certification

Unlike Canada’s ELD Certification process, FMCSA accepts a self-certification process for ELDs. What is self-certification?

In the U.S., ELD’s are certified by service providers working with manufacturer’s hardware, not the FMCSA. In order to get certified, service providers are required to register their own ELD service, with compatible devices. They self test their ELD devices to meet all technical specifications detailed in the ELD Rules provided by the FMCSA. After they meet all requirements, verified ELDs can be self-certified and registered with FMCSA.

 

This process has been highly criticized. In Canada, an ELD must be certified by a third-party verification agency approved by the government. The third-party evaluates the service provider’s chosen ELD device, or devices, to determine whether they meet all regulatory requirements. In the list published by FMCSA, FMCSA is asking if it should establish a certification process for ELDs here in the U.S., and if so, what a certification process should consist of, and what would be the impact to the industry with existing services in operation today.

If the certification process is implemented, it’s going to be a big change in agency staff, state enforcement personnel, ELD providers, and the industry.

 

Removal process from FMCSA’s list of ELD-certified devices

There are several questions about the process for revoking non-compliant ELD from the list of registered self-certified ELDs.

  • If an ELD provider goes out of business and fails to self-revoke, should FMCSA be able to immediately remove the device from the registered ELD list?

 

  • The ELD rule requires ELD providers to keep their information current. However, the rule does not include a time restriction. Should FMCSA require ELD providers to update their listing within 30 calendar days of any change to their registration information found in section 5.1.1? Additionally, should ELD providers be required to confirm their information on an annual basis? Should an ELD provider’s ELD be removed from the FMCSA list if it fails to confirm or update its listing on an annual basis?

 

  • Providers must respond to the Agency’s written notice of required corrective action within 30 days to remain on the list. Additionally, the provider is given 60 days after the Agency provides a written modification to the notice of proposed removal or notice to affirm the proposed removal. Should FMCSA consider decreasing the 60-day period to 30 days, in order to more timely remove an ELD listing found with non-compliance issues that could adversely impact highway safety?

 

  • Should FMCSA consider any other factors related to a carrier’s continued use of a device that has been removed from the FMCSA list due to a provider’s status (out of business or failure to file an annual registration update)?

 

ELD Technical Specifications

FMCSA is requesting information on the impact of including the following data elements in every message.

  1. Actual odometer
  2. Actual engine hours
  3. Location description
  4. Geo-location
  5. VIN
  6. Power unit
  7. Shipping document number
  8. Trailer number
  9. Driver
  10. Co-driver if there was one
  11. Which driver was driving at the time if there was a co-driver

 

There is also the question about the frequency of intermediate recordings whether they should be more frequent like the quarter hour, half-hour, three-quarter hour, and hour to more efficiently monitor a vehicle over the course of a driver’s cycle.

This question could ease the industry’s administrative struggle. It says that FMCSA should consider allowing a driver to change his or her ELD configuration to exempt status to help reduce the administrative burden noted by the industry.

 

ELD Malfunctions

Currently, drivers are required to document their RODS to switch to paper logs when an ELD malfunctions. The drivers are also required to follow the motor carrier and ELD provider recommendations when a data diagnostic event is logged. Whenever an ELD fails to record a driver’s hours, enforcement personnel must be able to review the driver’s paper logs. In contrast, when an ELD device malfunctions, but continues to record the driver’s hours accurately, the driver should not switch to paper logs. FMCSA is asking for more clarification surrounding this topic as it can be very confusing.

 

ELDs and Pre-2000 Engines

Many vehicles with pre-2000 engines and most vehicles with rebuilt pre-2000 engines have engine control modules (ECMs) installed that could accommodate an ELD. FMCA is asking if FMCSA should re-evaluate or modify the applicability of the current ELD regulation for re-built or re-manufactured  pre-2000 engines.

See the full proposed rule from the FMCSA here.

 

Big change is coming

If these proposed rules are implemented, it will be a massive change for the industry, especially the proposed rule regarding ELD certification. Applying a stringent ELD certification process like Canada could avoid potential violations of ELD compliance and ELD replacement.

Astreon has a partnership with fully certified ELD service providers in Canada and the USA, such as Apollo ELD, brought to you by Astreon. They are an industry-leading ELD provider that is driver-friendly and well recognized in the USA and Canada.  They have also already gone through stringent certification in Canada, and are well prepared if this becomes necessary in the USA.

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.

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Make the transition to automated digital processes with our new app, Driveroo

Are you tired of looking through stacks of paper on your desk to find a work order?  Are you a Fleet Manager working to analyze data based on paper processes and fighting to find improvements in your business?  Are you fighting to get field workers to fill out accurate pre and post trip vehicles inspections?

Paper based and manual processes create massive issues in any business. From lost forms, to non-compliance, to driving operating costs up, this just doesn’t work in today’s competitive landscape.

For repair technicians, repairs based on paper inspections is outdated and inaccurate.

Fleet Managers need access to reliable information to aid in making the best decisions for your Fleet.  Fleet metrics provided by a fully integrated Fleet Management solution is what you need.

 

Driveroo: A new mobile and cloud-based fleet operation management solution

Astreon is excited to introduce Driveroo, a Digital inspection application with built in workflows to automate and streamline business processes.  A proper solution to solve the manual process and paperwork headaches many businesses still suffer from.

 

Inspection management

Driverooo takes your business to the next level with streamlined digital workflows that improve efficiency and productivity, while providing immediate visibility to the condition of your assets.

The Driveroo app has many features that save time and money in the inspection and repair process, including text-to-speech functionality and electronic reports that streamline the inspection process. Driveroo provides the tools to present a clearer picture to clients, which helps to ensure that preventative maintenance does not lapse, leading to major repairs and/or catastrophic failures down the line.

In addition, the Driveroo app allows repair technicians to scan the VIN information instead of typing it in manually. Graphic icons of damaged parts can be used to help clients understand areas in need of repair. By visualizing every problem, you and your clients can see where the issues are and what needs to be fixed quickly.

 

Driveroo App Features at a Glance:

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  • Instant VIN scanner
  • VIN-based Inspection and financial transaction history
  • Speech-to-text customer contact
  • Email quotes to customers with photos
  • Automotive icons to streamline inspections
  • Turbographics to help customers quickly understand repair issues
  • Universal Mobile Receipt, (Communicate with customers through text, email, phone)
  • Customers receive an interactive repair report
  • Unlimited tracking of vehicles (subscription service)
  • Unlimited statistics (subscription service)

 

Other asset-specific inspections with Driveroo

Driveroo enables you to inspect other types of assets and fleets.

  • OSHA Compliant Forklift Inspection
    • Empower your operations to complete fast forklift inspections
  • DOT eDVIR Inspection
    • Streamline your inspection process to ensure DOT compliance
  • School Bus Pre-Trip Inspection
    • Ensure your school bus fleet is well-maintained, safe, and always ready for action
  • Vehicle Condition Report
    • Inspire customer confidence with detailed pre-purchase inspection reports.

 

Fleet and Asset Management

Driveroo can turn any paper form into a fast, mistake-free automated process to boost operations and lower costs. Driveroo enables you to customize exact visual representations of your vehicles, and tailors every workflow to fit your unique process with as many or as few steps that you need. It’s the easiest way to get the exact solution for your fleets.

 

Driveroo Astreon Bundled Features

eDVIR: Verified Inspections

Streamline the vehicle inspection process and ensure legal compliance. The intelligent mobile app empowers drivers to complete inspections without the paperwork – all in a few quick and easy steps.

 

Scheduled Maintenance

Design preventative maintenance schedules based on vehicle mileage or vehicle inspection data. Set up custom vehicle maintenance reminders for managers, drivers and everyone in your team.

 

Proactive Driver Management

Empower your drivers and operators with a powerful, visual mobile app that’s easy to adopt and simple to use. Zip through reports, and put everything they need on their smartphone. Receive notifications of missed or incomplete tasks.

 

Geofencing

View the real-time location of your vehicles. Get alerts when drivers stray outside designated zones, or when vehicles leave a specified location without a completed vehicle inspection.

 

Document Management

Ensure that all licensing and registration documentation stays up-to-date. Securely store and manage any records online, and assign individual access rights to drivers, managers and other members of your team.

 

Asset Assignment

Assign vehicles or equipment to your team members and manage assignments in real time. Search by operator or by asset to access scheduled assignments. Quickly add, edit or move assignments and send automatic notifications to drivers and operators.

 

Safety and Incident Reporting

Quickly guide your operators through every step of important checks and reports. Driveroo Fleet is easy to adapt to your specific needs to make sure all checks are complete and all the necessary information is captured for reporting purposes.

 

Custom Fleet Dashboards

Analyze data and design easy-to-read custom reports to gain a deeper insight into your business operations. Make decisions driven by reliable data collection and thorough analysis of cost and efficiency.

 

Transform your business to digital workflow today

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Our mobile and cloud-based fleet operation management solution, Driveroo, enables your business to transform digital streamlining, including saving time and lowering operational costs.

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How to advance driver safety and coaching

There are over 3.5 million trucks on North American roads that cross international borders.

According to the statistics from Nation’s trucking alliance, 90 percent of all consumer products and food are shipped by semi-truck throughout Canada, and approximately two-thirds come from the United States.

 

Trucking accidents in Canada

The OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) statistics show a significant increase in commercial motor vehicles (CMV) with collisions resulting in fatality. CMV-involved fatal crashes went up 40% last year in Ontario. Based on OPP statistics, 78% of CMV collisions occurred on provincial highways.

This leads us to believe that drivers have a low awareness of safety and employers are not taking these risks seriously.

 

Costs associated with fleet accidents

The average cost of a loss related to a fleet vehicle accident is between $16,000 and $75,000. This increases drastically if there is a fatality involved, according to an article from automotive fleet.

As an example, the average cost of insurance for semi-trucks has increase to between $12,000 and $16,000 in the U.S. and $15,000 and $20,000 in Canada.

 

The roadmap to an advanced safety program

It’s important to establish clear goals, and policies to demonstrate the company’s commitment to building a company safety culture.  This increases safety awareness among every member of your team and helps prevent future accidents. Not only improving drivers’ behaviour but the back-office can also contribute to creating a safety program for drivers. There are two effective approaches fleet companies can take to establish a safety culture in their business.

 

On the road: prevent incidents with video-based technology

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).

The following are major causes of CMV accidents;

  • Distracted driving
  • Road and weather conditions
  • Speeding and driving recklessly
  • Failing to properly train drivers

What can fleet companies and drivers do to avoid these causes? Here we explore how they can detect and change these behaviours and why video-based technology is a key to preventing incidents on the road.

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Astreon’s A.I. Dashcam captures critical incidents in super high definition. It also provides advanced active collision warning by intelligently identifying vehicles, lanes, and traffic scenes ahead via the ADAS camera and effectively predicts driving hazards such as tailgating, front & pedestrian collision, and lane departure.

 

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With a driver-facing camera, it is possible to identify the driver’s behaviours such as using mobile phones while driving, being drowsy, distracted, and not wearing a seatbelt via the cabin camera, and giving an alarm in combination with the vehicle operation status which comprehensively reduces the traffic accidents caused by driver misconduct.

 

At the office: Improve safety awareness with reporting and coaching tools

Identifying and addressing unsafe driver behaviour is the center of an effective fleet safety program. Using the data collected by a dashcam and telematics, you can analyze and assess driving behaviour. By leveraging Astreon fleet management software, you can get full visibility into countless useful data points across your operations from anywhere anytime. Reports from fleet management and analysis tools can help you approach actional insights to establish a safety culture.

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Our cloud-based web portal enables fleet companies to monitor live critical events such as accidents, crashes, or dangerous driving from any devices and those uploaded videos can be used for training purposes or insurance claims.

To establish a safety culture, here are some effective actionable plans;

Monthly reporting

Leverage advanced data from telematics and fleet management software. Reporting the rate of unsafe events or reckless driver behaviours can be the best benchmark to compare the monthly report which contains safety and efficiency data by month.

 

Show drivers video footage in coaching and training program

Showing actual video footage when an unsafe event occurred is the best way to educate drivers on safety and how to take the right action proactively. With Astreon’s cloud-based web portal, you review all important videos with the driver, providing a coaching and training program.

 

All-In-One Driving Recorder Designed for Safe Driving

Astreon’s A.I. Dashcam is an all-in-one recorder designed to increase safe driving. It has not all the features of a regular dash camera, and also supports intelligent driving assistance. It has the advantages of a powerful telematics tracker, competitive price, and low cost, secure installation.

Learn more at https://www.astreon.com/a-i-dash-cams/.

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Leveraging Mobile Workforce Management Systems to Automate and Streamline Your Business Processes

The needs of modern field service operations have changed due to new technologies, changes in consumer expectations, and the economy.

Companies with field operations are equipping their workforce with digital tools like intelligent devices, real-time monitoring, IoT, and artificial intelligence enabled tech to cope with these changes by improving operation efficiency & productivity.

By integrating more advanced digital tools and field service management software, companies can sync workflows and create more effective strategies based on real-time data. This will help your field workers accomplish more by working smarter instead of harder, as well as helping office staff by eliminate paper-based processes as well as manual data entry that cause delays and introduce human error.

 

A key management solution for field service operations is Mobile Workforce Management (MWM). MWM Solutions provide visibility to field workers, optimize and control field operations & mobile staff performance. According to the report by verified market research, the Mobile Workforce Management Market size was valued at USD 3.89 Billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 10.46 Billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 13.16% from 2021 to 2028.

 

What is MWM and MWMS?

MWM is the management of a mobile workforce with the help of tools such as apps, software, and processes or networks.

MWMS (Mobile Workforce Management Software) is a solution integrated with MWM that enables businesses to manage their employees while they are on the go. For mobile workers, it’s a tool that assists them in performing their job more effectively throughout their day. For a manager, it’s a visibility solution that helps them keep track of field worker productivity.

In today’s global workforce, 80% are deskless workers. According to the survey from EMERGENE, the top deskless workforce industries are: Agriculture, Education, Healthcare, Retail, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Transportation, and Construction, that employ 2.7B employees.

This survey also shows that 82% of respondents from those industries are planning to increase spending on technology for their deskless workforce. Transportation and Manufacturing are the two leading industries. In addition, these industries are willing to invest in new technologies to assist their employees with productivity and keep them happy.

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Businesses Can Save Time and Money with a MWMS

There are common struggles that companies running field services operations face: controlling costs, improving resource allocation, and streamlining business management. Implementing MWM provides a solution to these common factors, and provides a competitive advantage.

 

Key Benefits of Implementing a MWMS

Increase Efficiency

Efficiency is essential as it impacts productivity. With MWMS, managers can monitor the actual time employees spent on tasks and their progress. The telematics data and reports enable managers to analyze working processes, optimize and organize the field workers. In addition, managers can provide training and support their employees when issues are identified early.

MWM streamlines scheduling, dispatching and communication through centralized tools. The result is reduced downtime, increasing efficiency and productivity, ultimately impacting your bottom line.

 

Reduces Operational Errors & Increase Customer Satisfaction

Operational errors and process complexity negatively impact all aspects of finance, management, and overall business operations. Many of these issues stem from paper-based processed. This can also lead to lower customer satisfaction due to process and timeline management challenges.

MWMS enables the back-office to simplify processes by streamline payroll and invoicing that will result in lower administrative costs and errors. In addition, it provides greater accuracy and reduces overhead expenses, ultimately resulting in an improved customer experience, employee satisfaction and lowered operating costs.

 

How Astreon can help improve your business

Astreon Mobile is a fully-featured and effective mobile workforce management service.

The application is installed on a mobile device, transforming it into a part of a comprehensive personal monitoring system. With Astreon Mobile, you can track field employees’ productivity, schedule & dispatch tasks, and monitor their completion. With the Configurator web app integrators also have 24/7 remote access to the app configuration and diagnostics.

Astreon mobile is designed to provide visibility to field workers, optimize and control field operations and mobile staff performance.

 

Features

Access to relevant data

Astreon provides relevant and usable data in an easy-to-read format. Information is automatically updated and displayed in a user-friendly interface. View the main tracking parameters on the home screen for quick checks as well as status and alerts. Everything is automatically updated based on the latest message from the device.

 

Supports various communication options

Employees can chat, send photos, SOS messages, or location data by office staff by simply tapping a button. The back office is notified when personnel needs help or further instructions. Whatever happens, the employer will be aware of what’s going on.

 

User Statuses

Manage user status (Busy, Available, Away, etc.) to make better decisions by staying informed about your team’s activities. You can further tailor to your needs by creating your own custom statuses, and runs detailed reports to simplify payroll, differentiate what activity is personal or business related for costing purposes, and much more.

 

QR codes

Leverage QR codes to provide employees a means to log in by a simple scan, or changes status (for example at the end of a route or a task).

 

Remote control

An integrator or employer can change settings, download logs and troubleshoot issues without physical access to the employee’s smart devices. Request actions such as a camera snapshot or a service stop and change app settings remotely to proactively guide and help your team.

 

BLE beacons

The user’s smart device can be connected to a BLE device, and Astreon Mobile will detect such a beacon nearby and send this information to the monitoring system.

 

What to look for in MWM solutions

An MWMS is a critical aspect of digital transformation. By investing in MWM solutions, companies can embrace digital transformation and reap the benefits of an accelerated ROI.

When implementing, it is essential to take some initial steps:

You should identify :

  • What are your business goals?
  • How easy is it to implement?
  • Whether it can be integrated with other digital tools, such as GPS fleet tracking?

 

Through integration, managers & employers can access relevant data via a more centralized way, as well as providing deeper insight into the data to make better informed and faster business decisions.

 

Astreon offers MWM solutions tailored to your business. With solutions such as mobile forms, scheduled transportation management, delivery monitoring service, maintenance management, driver behavior monitoring, transit solutions, agriculture solutions, and much more. Astreon has the right solution for your business needs.

 

Astreon Mobile is a fully-featured and effective mobile workforce management service. We capture accurate speed and detailed location throughout the day. For the back office, it is designed to quickly, conveniently, and easily connect any number of employees to the monitoring system without the need for specialty hardware, simply leverage your existing smart devices in the field and off you go.

Don’t know where to start or need more details? Our dedicated representative will help you find the best solution. Contact us today!

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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.

 

Astreon Can Help

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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Ways School Bus transit can benefit from GPS Tracking

Innovations in telematics and technology are continuously shaping the world for the better. There is nothing you cannot track and monitor from your mobile phone. Using GPS Tracking becomes a standard in private fleets. A school bus is one of the vehicles that benefit from the features of GPS Tracking.

With school transportation, the protection of children is the biggest priority for their schools and parents alike. Especially, children on the way to school via a school bus. These are concerns for parents in terms of safety, like whether the bus is in good operating condition, the bus takes a safe route, or a driver is following the proper route. GPS tracking takes care of these concerns and also adds a ton of operational benefits for school boards and private bus operators. GPS tracking will help improve fleet efficiency and provide safety for children.

Let’s dive into the features of GPS tracking and how schools and parents can benefit from it.

 

How does it work?

The school bus GPS tracking system allows the school and parents to gain visibility, safety and manage the GPS location of the school buses along with arrival and departure times at every stop along the route, including route optimization, route history, and schedule.  Think of a parent who knows the Buses ETA to a stop and doesn’t have to wait in the cold with their child during inclement weather.

By connecting the GPS tracking system with fleet management software, the schools can monitor, track and manage all school buses to operate on time and safely. Parents, using a GPS Tracking app on their smartphone, can monitor and track the whereabouts of their children, the time and location they are picked up and dropped off, and which school bus they took.

 

Features of GPS tracking for school buses

Combination with fleet management software gives you full operational support;

  • Stops and ETA
  • Route adherence
  • Schedule management
  • Buses are visible to parents and school boards alike
  • Auto assignment of a bus to a route
  • Late, Early arrival notifications to parents and school boards
  • Detailed reporting
  • Real-time tracking on the map with scaling features

 

Benefits of using GPS tracking for school buses

The advancements in GPS tracking and cloud-based technology have made real-time tracking a necessary solution for schools today. A centralized GPS for school buses provides an opportunity for schools to keep an eye on the entire fleet that is in operation and for parents to only see the bus and ETA of their children’s route.

Let’s take a look at some benefits from everyone’s perspective, Schools and Parents.

 

Benefits for schools

Improve routing and scheduling

Instead of planning routes manually, the application helps you generate optimal travel routes more efficiently.

Based on service time commitments, route preferences, what kind of capacity the vehicle has, and traffic, the application provides planned routes with information on the estimated arrival time and mileage of each stop and route. Optimal routes will result in increasing commitment of operational schedule, increased customer & driver satisfaction, and cost savings.

 

Improve Fuel efficiency

Effective transportation management not only saves time by optimizing routes but also saves money.

Optimized routes and eliminated unauthorized trips allow school transportation to cut mileage, fuel, and maintenance expenses. Drivers spend less time on the road, along with optimized and improved routes, which results in reduced fuel consumption and reduced operation time.

Fleet management software also provides you with impactful reporting so that you can see precisely which areas need to be improved to lower costs and increase profits.

 

Monitor bus driver’s performance & behavior and assure the safety of children

Real-time monitoring and data enable a school to measure driver behavior and safety. The fleet management software allows school authorities to track the school bus operation in real-time. It improves planning accuracy, driver discipline, and children’s transportation quality.

 

Benefits for parents

Assuring safety

By letting children have an ID tracker or smartwatch tracker integrated with fleet management, parents can get real-time information about the children’s exact whereabouts.

In addition, parents can see real-time school bus location, where and when students board the bus, and receive real-time alerts if unusual events are happening.

Route history

Parents can check their children’s travel history so that they are not concerned about the safety of the vehicle and their children.

 

Astreon GPS Tracking and fleet management for school buses

Astreon offers GPS solutions tailored to your fleet. With our multiple solutions including scheduled transportation management, delivery monitoring service, maintenance management, driver behavior monitoring, transit agriculture, and much more, you will find the best solution with us.

Our application for school buses comprises the core functionality of satellite tracking software and specialized tools designed for route management. Use the service to create stops, optimize routes, distribute vehicles across routes, manage schedules, and track route performance in real-time. The application features intuitive navigation and a user-friendly interface, a handy timeline and event-based notifications for online tracking, a special ACL system and the proprietary API for third-party software integration and custom development.

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Increase Productivity of your Mobile Workforce

Advanced technology has made it much easier to be a field worker. Mobile devices, mobile apps, SaaS, cloud-based solutions, and software integration have revolutionized how corporations manage their remote workforce to keep up with high demand. It is critical for managers to assist their field employees in performing their job more effectively, to track and complete all tasks on time.

Mobile Workforce Management solutions (MWM) provide visibility to field workers, optimize and control field operations, and mobile staff performance. How can your business benefit from a MWM solution?

What is Mobile Workforce Management (MWM) and Mobile Workforce Management Software(MWMS)?

Mobile Workforce Management (MWM) is the management of a mobile workforce with the help of tools such as apps, software, and processes or networks.

Mobile Workforce Management Software (MWMS) is a software solution integrated with MWM that enables businesses to manage their employees while they are on the go. For mobile workers, it’s a tool that assists them in performing their job more effectively and flexibly throughout their day. For a manager, it’s a visibility solution that helps them keep track of what their field workers are working on. This application gives managers and employees alike access to their work schedules, contact information, and other pertinent information from any location with Internet connectivity.

 

MWM Fact sheet: Why your business needs the power of Mobile Workforce Management

In today’s global workforce, 80 % are deskless workers. According to the survey from EMERGENE, the top deskless workforce industries are: Agriculture, Education, Healthcare, Retail, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Transportation, and Construction, employ 2.7B employees.

This survey also shows the fact that 82% of respondents from those top industries are planning to increase spending on technology for their deskless workforce. Transportation and Manufacturing are the two leading industries. In addition, these industries are willing to invest in new technologies to assist their employees with productivity and keep them happy.

 

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Companies with deskless workers are beginning to see that great technology can be as important to this part of the workforce as it is to the rest of their employees.

 

Benefits of using Mobile Workforce Management

With compact mobile devices, combined with the extensive coverage of today’s wireless networks, it enables you to track and monitor virtually anything; not just where cellular service is available, but anywhere you can see the sky. The end result is improved security, productivity, and a superior customer experience.

When you integrate your MWM app with software, you can access all operational insights to make data-based decisions that help elevate your business strategy and improve productivity.

 

Cost-effective

MWM apps gather operational insights, such as fuel level, idling time, fleet maintenance, mileage, breakdown, driver’s behavior, etc. You can make better decisions by analyzing this data to reduce operational costs. Gain insight on the best time for an oil change, vehicle replacement, fuel costs, and so much more.

 

Enhance staff efficiency & productivity

With the telematics data & reports, you can analyze working processes, optimize and organize

the workers, and improve efficiency. Mobile Workforce Management streamlines scheduling, dispatching, and communicating through centralized tools. That result is reducing downtime, increasing efficiency & productivity.

 

Safety

Safety is always a priority, especially under mobile workforce conditions such as working remotely. Mobile workers often encounter unexpected events, such as inclement weather, accidents, traffic, environmental variables, etc.  MWM will assist mobile workers in maximizing their job performance and dealing with any unpredictable incidents. With MWM, the workers get the opportunity to send pictures, SOS messages, or location info. Their manager can assist them in real-time. You always know your worker’s location, speed, and status.

 

Improve customer satisfaction

Seamless work leads to job completion on time, which improves customer satisfaction. MWM provides a wide range of effective operating procedures for mobile workers to complete their job effectively. It provides optimized routes which will result in faster service times. It also provides advanced reports you can analyze which areas of improvement.

 

 

Astreon Mobile Workforce Management

Astreon Mobile is a fully-featured and effective mobile workforce management service. We capture accurate speed and detailed location throughout the day. Astreon mobile is designed to provide visibility to field workers, optimize and control field operations and mobile staff performance.

 

Astreon Mobile Features

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  • Latest data at hand
    • View the main tracking parameters on the home screen for quick checks. Everything is automatically updated based on the latest message from the device.

 

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  • Data from workers
    • Workers can send pictures, SOS messages, or location info. The back office is notified when personnel needs help or further instructions.

 

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  • Custom statuses
    • Tailor the app to business needs; set up the required statuses and get messages with custom events to know what’s happening in the field.

 

  • QR codes
    • Let workers log in with a QR code. Have them scan QR codes at certain points or status changes, for example, at the end of a route.

 

  • Remote control
    • Request actions such as a camera snapshot or a service stop and change settings of the app remotely to proactively guide the workers.

 

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  • Chat with employees
    • Send and receive various types of messages from the field workers for close and detailed day-to-day communication.

 

 

Turn your smartphone into a tracker and make sure that with the Astreon Mobile Workforce Management app! For more information about the app, check our mobile app page.

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Apollo ELD is ranked in the TOP 3 for Electronic Logging Devices

One of the buzzwords in the commercial transport industry since last year is surely the ELD (Electronic Logging Device). It’s been in effect in the U.S. since 2017 and 2021 in Canada.  In Canada, ELD will be the topic of discussion frequently this year because the penalties for non-compliance will be enforced on June 12, 2022, and very few companies are certified by Transport Canada as of the time of publishing this article.

ELDs are ECU-connected devices combined with Android or iOS Phones, Tablets, or other hardware logging screens used in the commercial transport industry which provides an accurate and simple means of keeping HOS records.  For professional drivers and fleet operators, this is required by law.

 

Apollo ELD: TOP 3 Electronic Logging Device

Apollo ELD device and app

Apollo ELD provided by our partner Assured Techmatics, was selected TOP 3 Electronic Logging Devices by Verified Market Research.

Assured Techmatics was founded in 2004 and is based in Florida, United States. Its purpose is to develop a location-based solution to improve drivers’ travel experience. It has come a long way since the track and trace days. It has achieved unbelievable success with its ELD solution since it was launched back in 2016. Its flagship product apollo ELD is the powerful bundle of reliable hardware, state-of-the-art software and an ongoing commitment to support its customers and increase its satisfaction with the service it provides. – Verified Market Research

Apollo ELD is the second ELD provider listed by FMCSA and is now certified in Canada. With the ease of use and advanced features support of numerous ELD devices, DVIR, IFTA, and dispatch integration, Apollo ELD has been awarded TOP 3 ELDs.

 

What’s unique about Apollo ELD?

Apollo ELD is a certified and ELD-compliant product that fully conforms to both ELD and AOBRD standards. While being comprehensive, apollo ELD is developed with drivers in mind and thus is quite easy to use. In addition to an app for the driver, there is a feature-rich portal for use by the back-office personnel. Remote drivers and office staff are always in sync with key information, critical to operations, is available to all.

 

Integration with Dispatch

Another unique feature of apollo ELD is the integration with dispatch. Drivers or back-office personnel can initiate a dispatch, i.e., pickup or delivery, and can update information as required including ETA. Shippers or receivers can log into the portal and know where the truck is and note current ETA information. This significantly reduces the need to buy a separate Transportation Management System and manage additional products which are probably not integrated with ELD. Apollo ELD is integrated with dispatch and information such as remaining driving time flows seamlessly into dispatch decision-making to better schedule drivers and maximize dispatch effectiveness and efficiency.

 

Key features of Apollo ELDapollo desktop_mobile_tablet

  • Extremely easy to use and navigate
  • Fully ELD compliant in the United States and Canada and supports Mexican rules
  • Integrated with multiple hardware device types
  • Supports IFTA
  • Supports key intrastate driving rules
  • Available in English, Spanish, Canadian French
  • Integrated with dispatch
  • Supports Android and iOS devices

 

Applicable for diverse industries

  • Commercial fleet
    • In 2019, the commercial vehicle market stood at 13.8 million vehicles, 30% of which being GVW 8 general freight, rental/leasing services trucks. apollo ELD proved to be reliable for the commercial fleets which are the major market.

 

  • Public Transportation
    • As of December 2017, Precious Cargo has installed Electronic Logging Devices on all motor coaches and school buses in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Part 395, 49 CFR 395.8(a). The ELD Rule is the latest safety initiative that was enacted by the FMCSA on December 15, 2015. apollo ELD is fully compliant with this rule and provides services to the bus operators.

 

  • Logistics & Supply Chain
    • During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 logistics and supply chain vehicles were essential in delivering vital supplies to the national supermarket chains and companies. Apollo ELD provides service to big food supply chains.

 

Get ready for ELD compliance with us and replace your current ELD!

If you are not compliant yet or you are looking for extensively advanced features, you can easily migrate your ELD providers to apollo ELD without buying new hardware. For more details about Apollo ELD, visit our Apollo ELD page.

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