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ELD mandate: the solution from InSight Mobile Data

If you’ve got to do it, you need time to prepare, a plan... and an experienced Elogs partner.

Implementing an ELD solution for your team doesn’t need to be difficult. But it will take some time, and it needs to be properly planned for.

The FMCSA’s official deadline for having an ELD solution in place is December 18, 2017. But waiting until a month, or a few weeks (!), before that deadline… well, it’s like taking a canoe up that famous creek without a paddle.

ELD mandate solution from InSight Mobile Data

Drivers always know their current hours of service status, and can communicate it to the back office instantly.

Drivers always know their current hours of service status, and can communicate it to the back office instantly.

InSight can help you avoid an ELD implementation nightmare. We’ve got an elogs solution that’s proven, priced right, easy to learn, and comes with in-person service and support. Click here to schedule a free consultation to learn more about InSight’s ELD solution.

InSight can help you avoid an ELD implementation nightmare. We’ve got an elogs solution that’s proven, priced right, easy to learn, and comes with in-person service and support. Click here to schedule a free consultation to learn more about InSight’s ELD solution.

ELD mandate solution from InSight Mobile Data

Drivers always know their current hours of service status, and can communicate it to the back office instantly.

What does InSight’s all-in-one ELD solution include?

  • Ruggedized StreetEagle® Utility Tablet - an electronic logging device for FMCSA compliance.

    The StreetEagle utility tablet is an ideal solution for ELD, with a variety of hardware accessories, mounting options and an extended warranty plan.

    ELD software - solution comes pre-installed with an FMCSA-compliant app that covers elogs, DVIR, Hours of Service and more

  • 8” ruggedized StreetEagle® Utility Tablet - an ideal solution for ELD, with a variety of hardware accessories, mounting options and extended warranty plan (link to SE Tablet web page)
  • Verizon data plan - 4G LTE, included in the package
  • Full installation and user training - InSight will handle installation and provide tools to train your team members to use a drivers logbook
  • Deployment features - unique in-application Deployment Manager and on-screen tutorials make training and tracking usage easy for supervisors and managers
  • Flexible pricing options - depending on the unique needs of your operation

What does InSight’s all-in-one ELD solution include?

  • ELD software - solution comes pre-installed with an FMCSA-compliant app that covers elogs, DVIR, Hours of Service and more
  • 8” ruggedized StreetEagle® Utility Tablet - an ideal solution for ELD, with a variety of hardware accessories, mounting options and extended warranty plan (link to SE Tablet web page)
  • Verizon data plan - 4G LTE, included in the package
  • Full installation and user training - InSight will handle installation and provide tools to train your team members to use a drivers logbook
  • Deployment features - unique in-application Deployment Manager and on-screen tutorials make training and tracking usage easy for supervisors and managers
  • Flexible pricing options - depending on the unique needs of your operation
Ruggedized StreetEagle® Utility Tablet - an electronic logging device for FMCSA compliance.

The StreetEagle utility tablet is an ideal solution for ELD, with a variety of hardware accessories, mounting options and an extended warranty plan.

ELD IMPLEMENTATION TIMELINE

Here’s a breakdown of the various stages and activities that need to be planned for to comply with the ELD mandate, along with estimated time frames:

Stage 1: Selecting the right ELD solution provider (Time frame: NOW!)

Organizations that need to comply with the eLogs mandate should be well into the process of choosing a reliable, experienced ELD partner to work with by now. They should be able to answer your questions and provide a solution that’s easy to use, but at least as important is their ability and willingness to support you after the sale with training to use their driver’s logbook, customer care and technical support, and guidance to help you implement and roll out the solution to your team.

Stage 2: Ordering and fulfillment (Time frame: At least one month)

According to recent research from C. J. Driscoll & Associates, the demand for ELD solutions will skyrocket in the final quarter of 2017 – and the major question is, if you put off researching and/or purchasing a solution, will the equipment (in-vehicle hardware, tablets for drivers) you need be available to deploy to ensure your compliance? As the year goes on, this is going to become a more and more urgent question – and a huge problem for fleets that have waited to deploy elogs.

Stage 3: Mounting and Installation (Time frame: Two weeks)

Implementation is a crucial in deploying an ELD solution – you need to consider both the time it will take to purchase and roll out tablets and install in-vehicle hardware, but also the willingness and expertise of your vendor to ensure a smooth transition. Deploying elogs is not simply a matter of handing an app or tablet to your drivers and saying, “now we’re compliant.” An experienced vendor will walk through the process alongside you, every step of the way.

Stage 4: Training Drivers and Managers (Time frame: Two weeks)

Another very important factor to think about is, what will my vendor do to help us get our drivers up to speed with the ELD application? There should be training programs in place, guided by your vendor – and, ideally, tutorials built into the driver’s logbook software to help driver get familiar with how to use it. An experienced ELD provider will also help you to monitor user training and determine which team members have completed theirs and which haven’t.

Stage 5: Get Drivers Comfortable (Time frame: One month)

Finally, you need both time and a period of time for allowing employees to use the solution in the context of their daily work. How easy is the elogs application to use in the first place? Your team will need time to familiarize themselves with the solution, ask questions and use it in real-life scenarios. This is the true test of any ELD solution – it needs to be planned for when deciding your compliance time frame.

What are the ELD packages that InSight offers?

InSight offers an ELD only option, basic tracking features through StreetEagle plus ELD, and StreetEagle Professional tracking solutions with ELD.

What is actually required by the FMCSA’s ELD mandate?

  • InSight's electronic logging solution captures HOS and DVIR data

    InSight's ELD solution comes with an FMCSA-compliant app with electronic logbooks, DVIR, Hours of Service tracking and more.

    A direct connection with your vehicle’s engine, if your truck was manufactured after the year 2000. Any GPS or smartphone solution that doesn’t include that direct connection will not comply with the mandate.

  • The ELD solution must include the capability to electronically transfer HOS data to law enforcement. Acceptable communications methods include wireless web services, Bluetooth 2.1, USB, email and compliant printouts.
  • The ELD provider that you choose must be certified by the FMCSA. This means that the vendor must register with the FMCSA and document that the solution meets both the technical and performance mandate for the ELD mandate.
  • If you’re using an AOBRD, then you’re covered by a limited “grandfather” clause, which extends two years after the effective date of the rule – and four years from the time the final ELD is published.
  • Truck drivers that are required to keep record of duty status (RODS), but fall under and Hours of Service exemption, such as short haul, are not required to use an ELD.

What are the ELD packages that InSight offers?

InSight offers an ELD only option, basic tracking features through StreetEagle plus ELD, and StreetEagle Professional tracking solutions with ELD.

What is actually required by the FMCSA’s ELD mandate?

  • A direct connection with your vehicle’s engine, if your truck was manufactured after the year 2000. Any GPS or smartphone solution that doesn’t include that direct connection will not comply with the mandate.
  • The ELD solution must include the capability to electronically transfer HOS data to law enforcement. Acceptable communications methods include wireless web services, Bluetooth 2.1, USB, email and compliant printouts.
  • The ELD provider that you choose must be certified by the FMCSA. This means that the vendor must register with the FMCSA and document that the solution meets both the technical and performance mandate for the ELD mandate.
  • If you’re using an AOBRD, then you’re covered by a limited “grandfather” clause, which extends two years after the effective date of the rule – and four years from the time the final ELD is published.
  • Truck drivers that are required to keep record of duty status (RODS), but fall under and Hours of Service exemption, such as short haul, are not required to use an ELD.
InSight's electronic logging solution captures HOS and DVIR data

InSight's ELD solution comes with an FMCSA-compliant app with electronic logbooks, DVIR, Hours of Service tracking and more.

For more information on the ELD mandate, who is affected and who isn’t, and its requirements for compliance, the FMCSA web site has multiple resources that should be helpful:

ELD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Electronic Logging Device Final Ruling
ELD Mandate Implementation Timeline
Choosing an Electronic Logging Device Checklist

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