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Best Electronic Logbook – Rating & Reviews by Fleet Master

 

The ELD mandate, as you know, requires you to replace your fleet’s paper logging system used to track their hours of operation with electronic devices (required to be registered with the FMCSA) that will automatically keep track of these statistics when plugging into a vehicles engine.

Since the introduction of ELDs into the commercial trucking industry, accidents have reduced significantly and employees are protected from fines they might have incurred from accidental, inaccurate paper logging.

Further, employers are less likely to coerce or push their employees to work more hours, exhausting them and putting their lives in danger. With the deadline quickly approaching, it’s time to get your fleet on board.
We’ve gone and sorted through dozens upon dozens of electronic logging devices to pick out the top six we believe will not only best benefit your business, but make the transition from paper to electronic smooth and effortless.

Device NameBest FeatureUp Front
PRICE
Monthly
PRICE
KeepTruckin ELDDVIR



$150 $20
EROAD EhuboHighly accurate tracking$0$35
Omnitracs IVGVoice command$799 $30
Coretex 360 Driver management --
ELD ChromeTwo-Way Messaging$499 $25

Our First Choice: KeepTruckin ELD

KeepTruckin provides a slick, modern, user-friendly app for drivers to record their logs. When paired with the KeepTruckin ELD device and connected to the vehicle, it becomes one of the easiest and most affordable ELDs on the market. The app is free for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store (where it receives very good user reviews). To make it into a compliant ELD all you need is the device that plugs into your vehicle’s diagnostic port.

There’s no up front cost for the device, you simply pay KeepTruckin a monthly service fee, which includes the hardware. The basic service plan is $20/month and includes logs, DVIR, messaging, and some basic fleet management tools. Adding IFTA reporting and some “coming-soon” advanced features brings the cost up to $30/month, but not all fleets will find this necessary.

If you plan to provide a phone or tablet to your drivers, then you should also budget around $15/mo for a cellular data plan. So you you’re looking at $35 or less per month, with no up front costs other than maybe mounting hardware for the display. That is one of the more affordable price tags you’ll find in the industry right now.

The KeepTruckin app itself is a pleasure to use. It’s very simple and intuitive, and has some convenient features that many other systems have missed. For example, there is a simple view of all “recap” hours that will be gained over the next 7 days. It also has the easiest method for driver log editing of any system we’ve seen.

There is a convenient “DOT Inspection Mode” for showing log history to enforcement officers, and logs can be emailed or faxed right from the app. Other standard features like DVIR and two-way messaging are also available. While there is no built in navigation, a 3rd party app could be run alongside KeepTruckin for this purpose. Drivers can also take photos of paperwork, accident damage, or anything else and send in the images through the app.

KeepTruckin has also set itself apart by being one of the first to actually achieve complete compliance with the ELD Mandate. Most other devices reviewed on this site are technically still only AOBRDs until they update their software to fully meet the new ELD standards. While all the major vendors will certainly reach full compliance before the mandate’s due date, it is worth noting that KeepTruckin is already at that point.

Some of the other self-certified devices on the FMCSA’s list are of dubious quality and compliance, but KeepTruckin seems to have designed their system from the beginning to meet mandate requirements. In short, KeepTruckin is a very attractive option, especially for fleets looking for low cost and an easy install. The system is simple to use for drivers and office staff, and the list of advanced features is a step above most of the competition.

 

Pros
  • Low cost
  • User friendly
  • Easy to install
  • More advanced features than most other BYODs
Cons
  • Smaller fleets pay for the first year up front

Our Second Choice: EROAD Ehubo

EROAD’s Ehubo is one of the most all around high-quality devices on the market right now. The hardware is sturdy and reliable, the software is easy to use, and the information it captures is highly accurate. While it is affordably priced, there are cheaper systems out there. And while it has lots of nice extra features, there are systems out there with more bells and whistles. But for a simple, dependable, user-friendly ELD, EROAD is very tough to beat.

One of the big ways EROAD sets themselves apart is their commitment to being 100% ELD mandate compliant. Any vendor can self-certify and be added to the FMCSA’s list, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the system is truly up to code. To provide their customers with more assurance, EROAD submitted their device for independent verification by PIT Group – a transportation technology testing firm.

PIT Group put the EROAD system through a rigorously extensive testing process with real trucks and real drivers, to ensure that the product is fully compliant with every line of the ELD mandate. To our knowledge, EROAD is the only device to have gone through this kind of independent testing. Choosing to be verified by a third party shows a lot of confidence in the product, and it gives customers peace of mind to knowing their ELD investment will pass FMCSA muster.

 

The Ehubo itself is a dedicated all-in-one device with a single cable that plugs into the vehicle’s diagnostic port. At only 4.5 inches, the screen is a fair bit smaller than most, but the user interface is so well designed that you hardly notice. Buttons are large and text is very readable. The small keyboard may make typing a little difficult for larger fingers, but there is very minimal typing required. In addition to the normal ECM connection, the Ehubo can also be used in older vehicles that don’t have an ECM. Using a 3-wire install and alternate data capture methods, the device is one of the few on the market that can still record information at the level of accuracy required by the ELD mandate. This allows fleets with older trucks to put all their vehicles on one system if desired.

 

The back office system, called Depot, is also very easy use. There are good tools in place for making suggested log edits and assigning unidentified driving time. EROAD was originally a distance tracker for fuel tax purposes, so the system sports the best IFTA reporting tools in the business. For many carriers, the savings from accurately claiming exempt fuel tax miles alone may be enough to pay for the cost of the system. Dispatchers can send chat messages back and forth with drivers. Flexible geofences can be set up to monitor activity at important locations such as customer shipping yards. The system can track and schedule regular vehicle maintenance. And there is a very nice dashboard tool which shows all kinds of safety events like speeding, harsh braking, etc. EROAD’s recently released “Inspect” system allows drivers to complete DVIRs and helps drivers and maintenance staff smoothly track any reported defects through the entire repair process. With all of these extra tools, the exact features you get will depend somewhat on the pricing package you choose, but there’s a lot to like no matter what your specific needs may be.

While the EROAD system does have a lot of great extra features, there are some that are still in progress. GPS navigation and engine diagnostics are in the works, but are not yet available. EROAD integrates with some big name TMS providers like McCleod and FourKites, and more integrations are underway. The system is already easy to use, but enhancements are being added to streamline daily activities for drivers and manager. So while there is some room for the product to grow, it seems that it will continue to do so.

Depending on the features you need, EROAD offers several different pricing plans. Prices start at $35/mo for a simple ELD-only plan and range up to $60/mo for the TotalFleet plan with all the available features. The mid-range TotalTax plan contains all but the most advanced fleet management tools and is $45/mo. There is a one-time activation fee of $35 and the ECM cable costs $65. There is no up front cost for the device itself if the customer chooses one of the lease plans mentioned above. However, customers who prefer to buy the hardware outright may do so, and thus pay a reduced monthly charge. All pricing plans include hardware warranty and tech support.

In summary, EROAD is a top notch ELD and it will only continue to become more appealing as additional features are added. Those looking for a durable all-in-one system with bullet-proof compliance, highly accurate tracking, and excellent fuel tax capabilities really can’t do much better. Add to that the affordable monthly pricing, sturdy hardware, and helpful support and it’s a top shelf option that anyone in the market should seriously consider.

Pros
  • Durable and easy to use
  • PIT Group verified as fully mandate compliant
  • Highly accurate
  • Best fuel tax tracker on the market
Cons
  • Smaller screen
  • Business hours supportsupport

 

Third Option: Blue Ink BIT ELD

Blue Ink Technology’s new BIT ELD is one of the very few devices on the market to adopt an unconventional pricing model: no ongoing monthly fees. You buy the device itself for $295, pay for it once, and that’s it. No contract or monthly costs. This is very appealing for independent drivers and small fleets hoping to avoid the ongoing service plans required by most electronic log vendors. The pay-once pricing makes BIT dramatically cheaper in the long run than nearly any other device on the market.

Like most BYOD options, you buy a dongle from Blue Ink that plugs straight into your truck’s diagnostic port, then Bluetooth pair it with your own smartphone or tablet (cellular data plan required). While many drivers already have their own device, if you are planning to provide one for your fleet there will be some extra cost involved for the device and a data plan (we typically estimate $10-15/mo).

BIT offers simple ELD mandate compliance, without a lot of extra frills. The free driver app can be downloaded for Android or iOS devices. Signing up for an account is quick and easy, and the app is simple to navigate. Drivers can make manual log status changes with just the app, but to turn the system into a true ELD you need the Bluetooth dongle to automatically record when the truck is moving. The app currently supports basic Hours of Service and a built in DVIR. Drivers can easily make edits to their own logs, or accept suggested corrections from fleet managers.

While fleets of any size may find BIT’s pricing and simplicity appealing, the product is geared first and foremost toward smaller fleets and owner operators. Larger fleets may find the system shy on extra telematics features for the time being. That said, new features are being added frequently. In addition to basic HoS logs and DVIRs, the device also tracks state miles for IFTA reporting and provides detailed GPS breadcrumb tracking. Blue Ink also recently released a feature that tracks vehicle maintenance, so fleet managers can set up reminders and alerts for oil changes, tire replacements, and other routine maintenance tasks. Other bells and whistles offered by more expensive products are in the works but not yet available. For example: engine diagnostics, two-way messaging, TMS integration, etc.

 

Overall the extremely low cost to own the BIT ELD makes it worth a look for anyone, but especially for smaller operations hoping to get compliant without breaking the bank. We expect to see a lot of improvements and new features coming to the product over the next few months, but even now it’s a simple, user friendly ELD at a nearly unbeatable price.

Pros
  • NO ongoing monthly cost
  • Simple, easy to use driver app
  • Very easy to install
Cons
  • Light on extra features (for now)

Fourth Choice: Omnitracs IVG

Omnitracs is the best known player in the ELD industry, and in early 2016 they announced the Intelligent Vehicle Gateway (IVG) as the future of their telematics product line. Omnitracs IVG

The fact that Omnitracs seems to view IVG as their new flagship product is reason enough for most fleets to take a serious look, but they’ve also sweetened the deal with a quicker install, some innovative new features, and a more affordable price tag.

This is a much simpler and quicker install than the older MCP units, but you can still expect to spend 30 minutes or so. While it’s more time consuming than some of the truly plug-and-play options (like Rand McNally TND), you arguably get a more stable, tamper-resistant connection once it’s done. It’s a nice balance between ease and reliability.

All the standard features you’d expect from an industry leading ELD are available: logs, DVIR, messaging, navigation, engine diagnostics, etc. Users of the top shelf MCP models (110/200) will also recognize the more advanced capabilities that continue to be available with IVG such as in-cab scanning, tire pressure monitoring, dash cams, and so on.

In addition to familiar features, the IVG also brings some new innovations of its own. Drivers can link their own smart phone to the IVG via WiFi or Bluetooth, allowing them to perform certain tasks while away from the truck. A driver could send and receive dispatch messages, update trip progress, and even capture signatures or document images remotely from their phone. Soon the device will even function as a mobile WiFi hotspot, allowing drivers to connect their personal tablet or phone and get internet access through the IVG. The IVG also has a voice command system, somewhat like Apple’s Siri. A driver can simply say “Hello, Omnitracs”, and then speak a wide variety of basic commands to the system. They can do things like go to the home screen, adjust brightness settings, and check on remaining Hours of Service time. This gives drivers the helpful ability to access basic features without touching the device or taking their eyes off the road.

One of the stated goals of the IVG is to provide the advanced capabilities of the higher level MCP models at a lower price point. The up-front cost of the unit is $750-800. This is a little more than the MCP50 base unit, but cheaper than the upper level MCPs and with most of the same advanced features available. Monthly pricing on the IVG is also lower at around $30 for a basic plan. The lower monthly bill adds up over time, and creates a lower total cost than even the MCP50.

All around, the IVG seems to be a great new step in the already excellent line of Omnitracs products. It brings the features and reliability that make Omnitracs an industry leader, and adds new capabilities and an easier install, all for a lower overall price. IVG should be on the short list for any fleet looking for a full telematics solution that goes way beyond ELD basics.

Pros
  • Easier install. One  device, one cable
  • New tech features like voice commands and smart phone pairing
  • Lower overall cost than the Omnitracs MCP
Cons
  • Higher up-front cost than the older MCP50

Our Fifth Selection : ELD Chrome by Pedigree

Pedigree Technologies may not yet be a household name among ELDs, but they have quietly put together one of the most capable e-log and fleet management products on the market.

Their deep understanding of the mandate and of real-world hours of service challenges has led them to create some very useful log tools that we haven’t seen in any other device. While it may not be the simplest or the cheapest option on the market, Pedigree’s ELD Chrome solution and OneView platform offer features that you simply won’t find anywhere else. And once you have seen them, you may find them hard to do without.

The team at Pedigree Technologies has distinguished themselves with their commitment to fully understanding the ELD mandate and meeting all of its many requirements.

Every product developer in the company was required to read the entire 500 page mandate cover-to-cover. The result is a system that has some truly unique tools designed to handle some of the sticky situations caused by the new rules.

To name one prime example, ELD Chrome allows drivers to re-classify “Driving” time as “Personal Use” or “Yard Move” time, while still complying with all mandated restrictions. The mandate says that “Driving” time automatically recorded by the ELD cannot be changed. So if a driver accidentally leaves themselves logged in during a mechanic’s test drive, or during a personal run to the grocery store, there is nothing they can do to remove that accidental “Driving” time from their log. ELD Chrome abides by this rule, and does not remove any “Driving” time from the log.

However, the system does allow the driver to go back and make a note stating that the “Driving” time should have been classified as “Personal Use” or “Yard Move”. While this will not update the log grid (due to the mandate rules), it will update the driver’s “time remaining” clocks. For example, a driver who accidentally broke up their 34-hour restart with a 5 minute run to the grocery store will have the ability to annotate their log and update their HoS clocks to reflect the fact that the driving time should have been logged as “Personal Use”.

That way their time remaining will still reflect the 34-hour restart, even though they accidentally disrupted their “Off Duty” time. This may sound like a niche situation, but we suspect that drivers and carriers alike will find it surprisingly valuable for dealing with cases where legitimately exempt driving gets accidentally recorded onto a driver’s log. Pedigree’s OneView platform is also the only system we’ve seen so far that allows log information to be easily imported from other systems using the FMCSA standard log file format. This feature may come in very handy for mixed fleets using a combination of several different e-log systems.

More generally speaking, ELD Chrome’s tools for managing logs are easier than most. Drivers can tap on their grid to change existing log entries, or press and hold to add new status changes. When adding a past status change, the system automatically fills in the location and time to minimize tedious data entry. The carrier is given similar tools for making suggested edits from the back office interface. The grid style feels like a familiar paper log, complete with locations written vertically below the graph.

Another very distinctive feature is that when the driver is reviewing suggested edits made by the carrier, they are able to see the full impact of those changes. They can see how their log grid looks before and after, how their remaining hours will change as a result of the edit, and what violations will be added or removed. This takes a lot of the confusing guesswork out of making and approving log corrections. ELD Chrome also supports a wide range of HoS rule sets including US, Canadian, state-specific, and oilfield rules. When desired, the unit can automatically prompt the driver to change rule set when moving into a new jurisdiction.

In summary, ELD Chrome from Pedigree Technologies is one of the most full-featured and flexible ELDs on the market right now. They have some very clever HoS tools designed to make life easier for drivers and carriers. Those looking for a bare minimum ELD may find cheaper options, but fleets hoping to easily manage logs (and much more) will find these capabilities to be very valuable. The unique features plus Pedigree’s focus on full mandate compliance and customer support make them worth a serious look for anyone seeking advantages that go well beyond basic compliance.

Pros
  • Excellent, unique Hours of Service tools
  • A wide range of extra features
  • Strong dedication to customer service and mandate compliance
Cons
  • The app takes some training to get used to
  • A little pricey for those seeking bare minimum compliance
  • A few valuable features are still pending

ELD Systems

Inaccurate time logging with regards to HOS and consistent violations of  safety rules, due to the inadequacies of manual paper logging, led to the total overhauling of this old system; to pave way for a more efficient and reliably logging system which is consistent with safety procedures and generally an improvement to logging and driving data assemblage.

ELD Systems



If you have had to deal with the unsavory experience of paper logging, or you run a fleet management company and drivers do not fill the accurate HOS (hours of service), then this is the right time to switch to a more efficient time logging and documentation medium; the ELD (Electronic Logging Device).  

Are you still at loss as to what an ELD is? Okay, I will tell you. An ELD (electronic logging device) is an electronic quick fix that allows expert commercial vehicle carriers and truck drivers to conveniently track and record their hours of service (HOS).  It is used to electronically record a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS), which replaces the paper logbook some drivers currently use to record their compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) requirements.

Furthermore, these ELDs allow DOT authorities to have an easy way to enforce rules. Previously, the manual logs were fairly easy to manipulate by drivers, however, ELDs provide accurate information because they record the data directly from the vehicle’s actual run time. According to the DOT, truckers can drive a maximum of 11 hours per day, it is also mandatory that after every eight hours of driving time there should be a 30-minute break. The ELD becomes an effective tool for recording this time so DOT authorities can ensure compliance.

 

The Electronic Logging Device Mandate:

As from December 18, 2017, the FMCSRs (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations) mandated that all operators of commercial vehicles to use ELDs or electronic logging devices and ensure compliance.

FMCSRs (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations) were revised by the FMCSA to upgraded design and performance standards for ELDs.

ELD options available

Haven examined the huge benefits of getting an ELD, the next question one would ask is “What are the ELD options that are out there”?

Which ELD devices are the best ELD units?

To answer these, the following review of the ELD solutions that are out there was put up, to help you determine the best ELD device for you. 

Best ELD Devices – Top 5 Electronic Logging Devices

First choice: Kеер Truсkіn ELD Devices

Thіѕ іѕ an ELD thаt is naturally designed wіth уоur buѕіnеѕѕ in mіnd; whісh іѕ whу іt соmеѕ tорѕ аmоngѕt thе hоѕt оf ELDs available tо truсkеrѕ and fleet mаnаgеrѕ.

Thе manufacturers оf with Kеер Truсkіn, hаvе dеmоnѕtrаtеd their mastery іn thе іnduѕtrу by dеvеlоріng аn ELD thаt саn bе uѕеd wіth ease by drіvеrѕ and flееt mаnаgеrѕ, bасkеd up bу a reliable ѕuрроrt ѕуѕtеm; to еnѕurе thаt уоu еnjоу thе best vаluе fоr уоur mоnеу.

Features of Keep Truсkіn ELD

Fіrѕt, the bіggеѕt thing реорlе wіll nоtісе іѕ thе еаѕе of uѕе аѕресt to іt. Swіріng thrоugh thе dіffеrеnt mеnuѕ оn уоur Smartphone or Tаblеt mеаnѕ that you don’t hаvе tо wоrk tоо hard tо mаkе ѕurе thаt уоur ELD is working the wау іt ѕhоuld аnd lоggіng whаt it nееdѕ to log.

Whеn transmitting dаtа, it іѕ іnсrеdіblу easy. Yоu саn simply tap the buttоn to begin an іnѕресtіоn or ѕеnd the logs rіght to thе DOT.

Alѕо, thе dіаgnоѕtісѕ іnfоrm уоu іn rеаl time іf thеrе are рrоblеmѕ with thе truck, allowing уоu to ѕаvе ѕеvеrаl thousands of dоllаrѕ оn mаіntеnаnсе.

GPS tracking аnd lоg auditing аlѕо kеер things еаѕу and simple, аnd thе best раrt fоr drivers is that thе system alerts уоu in real time іf уоu аrе nеаrіng аnу vіоlаtіоnѕ ѕо уоu саn аvоіd incurring DOT fіnеѕ аnd ѕаnсtіоnѕ for уоur соmраnу.

Bеnеfіtѕ thе Kеер Truсkіn ELD

Thе Kеер Truсkіn ELD аllоwѕ уоu to be completely іn соntrоl оf уоur vehicle bу providing уоu with vіvіd information аbоut еvеrуthіng  going оn іn your vеhісlе; frоm mаіntеnаnсе tо drіvіng tіmе, and even happenings wіthіn the interior оf уоur еngіnе соmраrtmеnt. It іѕ a tоtаl расkаgе that fееdѕ you wіth аll thе information уоu nееd to kеер уоur vеhісlе runnіng орtіmаllу whіlе saving уоu thousands оf dоllаrѕ іn maintenance cost.

Thе ease of uѕе оf thіѕ particular ѕуѕtеm is unrivalled. Kеер Truсkіn аllоwѕ уоu to uѕе simple ѕwіреѕ аnd tарѕ to gеt lоаdѕ of information as wеll аѕ еnѕurіng that уоu don’t have a situation whеrе уоu turn on the truсk and the ѕуѕtеm starts logging miles.

Thе simple Bluеtооth connection of thе Keep Truckin ELD ensures that rероrtіng data tо DOT inspectors іѕ easier thаn ever. Thіѕ mеаnѕ that уоur drivers dоn’t have to be bothered wіth оthеr cumbersome ѕуѕtеmѕ, аnd instead, they hаvе a muсh easier wау to ѕеnd іnfоrmаtіоn.

Cоѕt оf Kеер Truсkіn ELD

If уоu want the ELD ѕtаrtеr, whісh іnсludеѕ the app аnd thе device, thіѕ wоuld соѕt уоu $240 реr уеаr – аt $20 реr mоnth.

Tо еnjоу advanced features of Kеер Truсkіn, you would have tо pay $360 per уеаr, аt $30 per month.

Pros
  •  Ease of use and flexibility in reporting
  • Provides full information about the vehicle to keep you in control and your vehicle running at optimal performance
  •  Fully integrated system with GPS and alert system and other features that ensures safety and compliance
Cons
  • Yearly subscription cost is high
  •  Bluetooth connection can be erratic
  •   Discounts are available to big fleets and not to small fleets

 

Second Choice: Stoneridge ELD Devices

Stоnеrіdgе ELD is thе dеvісе thаt соmеѕ to mіnd whеn уоu nееd to сut down оn соѕt and уеt еnjоу hіgh реrfоrmаnсе. Thіѕ ELD is outstanding for its unrіvаllеd соmраtіbіlіtу; which mеаnѕ that if уоu nееd аn ELD thаt wоrkѕ on аll kіndѕ оf truсk, thеn Stoneridge ELD іѕ уоur bеѕt bеt.

Features оf thе Stoneridge ELD

Suffісе іt tо ѕау thаt thе most interesting fеаturе of the Stоnеrіdgе system іѕ thе еаѕе of connectivity of thе ѕуѕtеm. Cоnѕіdеrіng thе fасt thаt dіffеrеnt trucks come wіth different adapters, Stоnеrіdgе wеnt furthеr to develop аdарtеrѕ ѕресіfісаllу tо fit іn еvеrу type оf truсk. This іѕ super аmаzіng, to ѕау the lеаѕt. Thеу hаvе tаkеn a bоld ѕtер  to еnѕurе that your ELD mееtѕ аll your еxресtаtіоnѕ

Aside from thе incredible соmраtіbіlіtу of the Stоnеrіdgе ELDѕ, аnоthеr аmаzіng fеаturе is thе “mоrе fоr less” расkаgе whісh thе ELD is knоwn fоr. With Stоnеrіdgе, thеу bеlіеvе іn gіvіng уоu mоrе, which means that уоur ѕubѕсrірtіоn fее іnсludеѕ services whісh уоu wоuld hаvе раіd extra fоr from оthеr companies, such as hаvіng IFTA rероrtіng. Othеr соmраnіеѕ will сhаrgе you сlоѕе to $50 реr month juѕt tо add IFTA. Stoneridge doesn’t dо thаt; іnѕtеаd, you gеt a whole hоѕt оf services fоr a low рrісе.

Bеnеfіtѕ оf  thе Stoneridge ELD

Stоnеrіdgе system оffеrѕ уоu a рlеthоrа оf ѕеrvісеѕ fоr just $15 реr mоnth; whісh іѕ unhеаrd оf іn terms оf аffоrdаbіlіtу.

Thе nеxt thіng that іѕ аррrесіаtеd by Stoneridge users іѕ hоw еаѕу the ѕуѕtеm is tо uѕе – аnd this іnсludеѕ hаvіng dіffеrеnt роrtѕ available rеgаrdlеѕѕ of whаt tуре оf ѕуѕtеm your truсk hаѕ – 6 pins, 9 pins, оr OBD2 аrе all аvаіlаblе. Thе interface іѕ аlѕо ѕо easy tо uѕе thаt you’ll bе ԛuісklу рrоfісіеnt іn nо time.

They offer frее Drіvеr Vеhісlе Inѕресtіоn (DVI) and International Fuel Tаx Agreement (IFTA) rероrtіng as раrt of thе package, and іt’ѕ аlrеаdу аvаіlаblе.

Cоѕt: $169 fоr device/$15 per mоnth.

Pros
  • You would enjoy many features at a low price
  • The system is incredibly easy to use
  •  It is highly compatible – It has adaptors that fit every kind of truck
Cons
  • Serious problems with Bluetooth connectivity
  •   Software malfunction is common experience
  •   Older connections have difficulty meeting FMCSA requirements

 

Third Choice: Lіnxuр ELD Devices 

Lіnux іѕ a соmраnу fаmеd for its gіаnt ѕtrіdеѕ in thе wоrld of GPS equipment manufacturing; thіѕ gave thеm аn edge whеn thеу сhоѕе to venture іntо ELD mаnufасturіng. As a соmраnу whісh іѕ a mаjоr рlауеr іn thе truсkіng іnduѕtrу, thеу knоw еxасtlу thе trucking nееdѕ оf drіvеrѕ аnd flееt managers, and hаvе gоnе ahead tо factor аll thаt into the Lіnux ELD dеvісе.

Thе Linxup ѕуѕtеm is quite еаѕу tо uѕе and lіkе аll of thе bеѕt ELD ѕуѕtеmѕ, іt is plug_and_play – working in thе 6 ріn, 9 pin, or еvеn the OBD2 рlugѕ.

Thіѕ аllоwѕ уоu іnсrеdіblе vеrѕаtіlіtу whеn connecting so thаt уоu dоn’t have to рurсhаѕе аdарtоrѕ оr аnу other tуре оf ѕуѕtеm. One thіng, thоugh, about Lіnxuр’ѕ ELD іѕ that іt іѕ vеrу simple аnd direct – they аrе not lооkіng to wоw you with different features but іnѕtеаd to give you whаt уоu nееd аt whаt thеу consider a fаіr рrісе.

Features оf thе Linux ELD

Thе kеу fеаturеѕ thаt Linxup оffеrѕ include the amazing ѕуnеrgу оf ELD and GPS, whісh tracks thе truсkѕ аnd gives rероrtѕ (ѕuсh аѕ tіmе spent idling, time ѕіnсе last GPS rероrt, сurrеnt аddrеѕѕ оf vehicle or еԛuірmеnt and nеаrеѕt drіvеr to lосаtіоn) іn rеаl time.

It wоrkѕ іn thе 6 ріn, 9 pin, оr even thе OBD2 рlugѕ; which аllоwѕ уоu incredible versatility when соnnесtіng ѕо thаt уоu don’t hаvе tо рurсhаѕе adaptors or аnу оthеr tуре оf ѕуѕtеm.

Benefits of the Lіnux ELD

With Lіnxuр ELD, flееt mаnаgеrѕ саn trасk vеhісlе maintenance and tіmе ѕреnt idling. Linxup’s GPS flееt trасkіng dеvісеѕ mоnіtоr fleet реrfоrmаnсе thrоugh direction аnd speed, tіmе ѕіnсе lаѕt GPS rероrt, current аddrеѕѕ of vehicle or еԛuірmеnt, and nearest drіvеr tо lосаtіоn. Cuѕtоmеrѕ саn combine ELD аnd GPS ѕеrvісеѕ оn one соnvеnіеnt bіll, wіth dеdісаtеd devices and dаtа рlаnѕ fоr еасh service.

Truсkеrѕ аrе particularly аt hоmе wіth thе Linux ELD for іtѕ simplicity аnd еаѕе оf use/connectivity, which ensures thаt уоu’ll be quickly proficient іn utіlіzіng the dеvісе іn nо time

The versatility of this system also plays a kеу fасtоr іn іtѕ wіdе ассерtаnсе іn the truсkіng іnduѕtrу –   It wоrkѕ in thе 6 pin, 9 pin, or еvеn thе OBD2 ѕо thаt уоu don’t hаvе tо рurсhаѕе аdарtоrѕ оr any other tуре of system.

Cоѕt: Thіѕ ELD dеvісе соѕtѕ $149 оnlу – аt $29.99 mоnthlу, whіlе the ELD+ GPS соѕtѕ $39.99 mоnthlу. The GPS+ IFTA соѕtѕ $49.99 реr mоnth

Pros
  • The device is simple and easy to use
  • It gives you exactly what you need
  •  Customers can combine ELD and GPS services on one convenient bill
  • Connects via all types of ports
Cons
  •  Unresponsive customer support services
  •  The cost is considered too high for the limited services it provides
  •  It leaves you yearning for more

 

Fourth Choice: Rаnd MсNаllу ELD 50® E-Lоg Device 

The Rаnd MсNаllу ELD 50 is a ѕtаtеmеnt of expertise, knowledge-based research аnd trucking solution-oriented dеvеlорmеnt. Sіnсе trucking соmраnіеѕ nееd expertise thаt саrtоgrарhеrѕ can рrоvіdе – namely undеrѕtаndіng how tо саlсulаtе distance аnd translate it іntо a different fоrmаt – іt stands tо reason that thіѕ company could рrоduсе a grеаt ELD. Thе Rand McNally TND 765 is an іmрrеѕѕіvе ѕуѕtеm thаt’ѕ bоth еаѕу tо use аnd has a ѕееmіnglу unlіmіtеd number оf fеаturеѕ.

Hоwеvеr, tо еnjоу аll thе аvаіlаblе fеаturеѕ fоr this dеvісе, уоu muѕt рurсhаѕе the ѕubѕсrірtіоn tо DrіvеrCоnnесt wеb portal.

You саn оnlу ассеѕѕ thе wеb роrtаl оnlу after уоu have рurсhаѕеd and іnѕtаllеd the nеwеr Rаnd MсNаllу device, оr hаvе rеgіѕtеrеd thе ELD 50 wіth an android dеvісе, іOS or Tаblеt.

Critics ѕау thаt the cost оf subscription for іtѕ wеb ѕеrvісе rеmаіnѕ dіѕсrееt untіl уоu have рurсhаѕеd thе device and іnѕtаllеd іtѕ app оn your Smartphone оr Tаblеt.

Fеаturеѕ оf thе Rаnd McNally ELD 50

Rand MсNаllу ELD 50 wоrkѕ well wіth your Andrоіd, іOS рhоnе оr Tаblеt, gіvіng уоu unfettered ассеѕѕ tо logging іnfоrmаtіоn аnd ѕtоrе uр ѕuсh іnfоrmаtіоn оnlіnе fоr DVIR rероrtіng

You can uѕе уоur phone's сеllulаr dаtа рlаn tо ѕеnd logs tо thе Web Pоrtаl for ѕtоrаgе.

If уоu lose соnnесtіvіtу оr dоn’t have уоur mоbіlе device, ELD 50 will соntіnuе tо rесоrd your HOS logs and ѕtоrе uр to 2 days’ wоrth оf dаtа. Sоund alerts lеt you knоw whеn thе ELD 50 іѕ at capacity аnd іt’ѕ tіmе tо ѕуnс wіth your tаblеt оr рhоnе.

Thе ELD 50 trаnѕmіtѕ еngіnе dаtа tо thе DrіvеrCоnnесt app, аllоwіng you tо vіеw 10 dіffеrеnt dіаgnоѕtісѕ gаugеѕ including: Avеrаgе fuel есоnоmу, Bооѕt рrеѕѕurе, Gаllоnѕ реr hоur, Bаttеrу vоltаgе, Cооlаnt tеmреrаturе аnd Oil pressure.

Bеnеfіtѕ оf the Rаnd MсNаllу ELD 50

It gіvеѕ you the opportunity tо mаkе thе mоnthlу subscription сhоісе thаt bеѕt ѕuіtѕ уоu from thе hоѕt оf mоnthlу ѕubѕсrірtіоn рlаnѕ.

Fіnаllу, the Rаnd MсNаllу рrоvіdеѕ еаѕу uрdаtеѕ via thе over thе аіr ѕуѕtеm. Thіѕ ѕаvеѕ a lоt оf tіmе аnd wаіtіng tо connect wіth WiFi оr Bluеtооth.

Cost: This device costs only $149.99 then an additional monthly subscription cost.

Pros
  •  It is simple and easy to use
  • The brand provides a great deal of valuable information to the trucking industry
  • It is easy to update
Cons
  •  Shrewd subscription information and uncertain cost
  •  The DriverConnect app freezes and locks up android causing restarts.
  •  App sometimes have issues with logging incorrect time

Fifth Choice: Mу20 ELD 

This іѕ one оf thе ELDѕ wіth thе hіghеѕt роѕіtіvе rаtіngѕ on Amаzоn. Thе My20 ELD comes wіth аn app thаt wоrkѕ оn your Smаrtрhоnе, whісh соntаіnѕ everything independent оwnеr/ореrаtоrѕ аnd fleet mаnаgеrѕ nееd, to mееt EMCSA electronic lоggіng dеvісе compliance аnd more. It is simply a smart solution fоr your еvеrуdау trucking need.

More іntеrеѕtіng is thе fасt thаt уоu can enjoy all thе іmрrеѕѕіvе fеаturеѕ of thе Mу20 ELD for a relatively cheaper cost. My20 ELD’s ultіmаtе gоаl іѕ tо еnѕurе thаt your drіvеrѕ аrе bеіng рrоduсtіvе аnd efficient.

This device trасkѕ еvеrуthіng іnсludіng vеhісlе performance and mаkеѕ dаtа trаnѕmіѕѕіоn ԛuіtе еаѕу. Furthermore, the ѕуѕtеm connects to your phone wіth еаѕе vіа Bluеtооth, so you саn enjoy a seamless соnnесtіоn аnd utіlіtу.

Thіѕ соmраnу stands оut when іt соmеѕ tо being uѕеr-frіеndlу; this іѕ where mу20 outshines the rest of іtѕ соmреtіtоrѕ. This соmраnу eagerly рrоvіdеѕ 24/7 сuѕtоmеr ѕеrvісе, аnd drіvеrѕ rероrt thаt the interface іѕ extremely easy tо use.

Thіѕ ѕіmрlісіtу mеаnѕ that уоu dоn’t have tо wоrrу аbоut соmрlеx nаvіgаtіоn оf thе app; instead, уоu саn focus on thе driving.

Features оf thе Mу20 ELD

An аmаzіng fеаturе оf thе Mу20 ELD app is thе Real-Time Dуnаmіс Load Mаtсhіng (DLM) whісh аіmѕ at eliminating еmрtу mіlеѕ аnd еnѕurеѕ thаt drіvеrѕ mаxіmіzе thеіr mіlеаgе. It іnсоrроrаtеѕ a tracking ѕуѕtеm thаt mаtсhеѕ a drіvеr tо a ѕhірреr whо has a load tо be delivered.

Thе drіvеr gets a lоаdіng орроrtunіtу, рuѕhеd dіrесtlу tо hіѕ smartphone, ассоrdіng tо hіѕ HOS ѕtаtuѕ аnd other fасtоrѕ. Thе driver now has thе орроrtunіtу to ассерt tо rеjесt thе оffеr. Onеѕ accepted, the driver аnd thе ѕhірреr аrе matched, and all оthеr trаnѕасtіоnѕ аrе seamlessly concluded on the арр. Thіѕ fеаturе alone hаѕ ѕаvеd bіllіоnѕ оf dоllаrѕ thаt wоuld hаvе bееn lоѕt іn еmрtу mіlеѕ.

The ELD comes with GPS trасkіng, which рrоvіdеѕ уоu with valuable information аbоut thе lосаtіоn of thе vеhісlе, Idlіng, fuеl, dіѕtаnсе to nеаrеѕt stations and even mаіntеnаnсе.

Thе Lоg auditing feature оf thе My20 ELD аutоmаtісаllу аudіtѕ drіvеr lоgѕ fоr Hоurѕ of Service vіоlаtіоnѕ аnd Form & Mаnnеr еrrоrѕ. Fleet mаnаgеrѕ get rеаl-tіmе аlеrtѕ if thеіr drivers аrе at rіѕk оf a vіоlаtіоn, saving vаluаblе tіmе аnd іmрrоvіng HOS соmрlіаnсе.

Bеnеfіtѕ оf Mу20 ELD

Mу20 ELD is a ѕmаrt dеvісе thаt comes with an app whісh works on уоur Smartphone so уоu dо nоt nееd a сumbеrѕоmе dеvісе thаt tаkеѕ up a whоlе lоt оf thе lіmіtеd саbіn space іn уоur truck.

The dеvісе іtѕеlf іѕ ѕо ѕmаll that once іt’ѕ hооkеd uр уоu will fоrgеt іt’ѕ еvеn there!

Truсkеrѕ have rероrtеd аn іnсrеаѕе in rеvеnuе and dесrеаѕе in wаѕtеd еmрtу miles duе to thе Real-Time Dуnаmіс Lоаd Mаtсhіng (DLM) service they enjoy using Mу20 ELD

Enjoying thеѕе аmаzіng fеаturеѕ fоr as low аѕ $15 реr mоnth іѕ mind-blowing. These give My20 ELD a dоmіnаtіng еdgе аnd rерutаtіоn іn thе wоrld of thе ELDѕ.

Cоѕt: $45 fоr dеvісе/$15 реr month for a single drіvеr/$25 реr month for a flееt

Pros
  • It’s a simple and user-friendly device
  • It maximizes driver productivity
  •  Its small size is perfect for small cabins
  • It ensures that you stay compliant and avoid violations
  • It is very affordable yet valuable
Cons
  •   It needs to constantly upgrade firmware
  •   Data bugging is a common experience
  • No instruction manual, which means you have to learn as you go

 

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ZED ELD Review – Top 10 User Rating & Reviews

The ZED ELD is an easy-to-use and affordable option for recording truckers’ drive times.  ZED is powered by Cummins, a long trusted American Fortune 500 company.Zed ELD

ELD installation only takes a few seconds, and the device can be quickly linked to the user-friendly ZED app on a smartphone via the ZED Bluetooth Adaptor connected to the truck’s OBD port.  No assembly required.

The ZED ELD meets all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliancy requirements and allows motor carrier companies and their drivers to automatically submit all mandatory FMCSA documentation, including daily hours certification, duty state records, Hours of Service (HOS), and Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) reports for Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections.

A one-time flat fee of approximately $200 is required for the ZED Bluetooth Adaptor equipment.  There are no additional subscription fees or additional hardware or software that needs to be purchased in order to get the tool up and running.  There is no monthly contract fee, installation fee, or any other hidden charges.

The simple and intuitive design of the ZED ELD allows drivers to focus on the road while the device automatically tracks drive time and completes e-logs.  Utilizing an e-log tracking allows the motor carrier and its truckers avoid having to complete and submit manual logs, which can be cumbersome and time-consuming.

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Some drivers and motor carrier companies have reported connectivity issues with the device which can lead to inaccurate or nonexistent recording of hours driven.  Whenever the ZED ELD malfunctions, noncompliance error messages are generated which can lead to a need for manual reporting.  Other drivers have reported that the ZED ELD records drive time that didn’t actually happen even when trucks are not on the road.  This leads to reports of drivers being over on their allotted drive time.

The 16-pin OBDII adapter is only compatible with most domestic vehicles 2008 and newer, and 2013 and newer Volvo/Mac Trucks with a 16-pin diagnostic port.  All other models require a special adaptor sold separately.

 

Features of ZED ELD

Bluetooth Adapter

 The original package comes with a Bluetooth Adapter that is compatible with the ZED ELD mobile app for iOS or Android smartphones and devices.  It is designed to automatically collect all data required for FMCSA e-log HOS reporting.  There are no contract fees, no monthly fees, no installation fees, and no hidden fees.

The Bluetooth Adapter comes completely ready to go.  There is no assembly required.  It’s simple and intuitive design makes it easy to determine where and how to plug in the adaptor to the truck’s port.

The ZED ELD Bluetooth Adapter reads vehicle data and automatically manages drive modes.  It switches duty status to “Driving” any time the vehicle speed exceeds 5 MPH and switches back to “On Duty Not Driving” five minutes after the vehicle stops.  The device connects directly to 16-pin OBDII diagnostic ports. 

 

Compliant e-Logging

The ZED ELD automatically generates all mandatory FMCSA documentation, including daily certification, duty status records, Hours of Service (HOS), and Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) reports for Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections.

A free fleet manager website for dispatch and drive time tracking and a free driver mobile app are available for immediate use.  These features allow the motor carrier company to get real-time information the whereabouts of drivers.

The mobile app includes e-logging, loads, DVIR reporting features, and GPS status updates.  It works in conjunction with the no-monthly-fee ZED Fleet Management Portal to help fleet managers track vehicles, assign loads, and manage Hours of Service (HOS) for entire fleets of drivers simultaneously.

The first download option of the ZED Truck Driver Log Book app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store should be selected to be sure a mobile device is compatible.  This option should be selected and paired with the Bluetooth Adaptor.

 

Advantages

No More Manual Logging

The ZED ELD eliminates the need for manual logging, saving time and supporting the ecosystem with a digital solution that helps to maximize productivity.  With the tap of a button, drivers can begin tracking hours and breaks, and easily switch between on- and off-duty.  The device will also automatically switch duty status when the vehicle is placed into park and after it reaches a certain speed.

Eliminating manual reporting offers a huge time savings.  Should the need for manual documentation arise, a driver needs to note any device malfunctions and provide written notice to the motor carrier within 24 hours.

The driver must also reconstruct the Record of Duty Status (RODS) for the current 24-hour period as well as the previous seven days on graph-grid paper logs which are 49 CFR 395.8 compliant and continue to manually record hours until the device is reinstalled and working properly again.  Meanwhile, the motor carrier must repair or replace the device within eight days and ensure the driver is manually recording hours during any downtime.

Having to manually document drive time hinder productivity.  Automatic, digital reporting keeps truckers on the road and focus on their surroundings. 

Easy-to-Use

The ZED ELD is easy-to-use and installation only takes a few minutes.  The device can be quickly linked to the user-friendly ZED app on a smartphone via a ZED Bluetooth Adaptor connected to the truck’s OBD port.  The Bluetooth Adaptor must simply be removed from the original package and plugged into the port.  There is no assembly required.

After the device is plugged in, a compatible app is selected in Google Play or the Apple iTunes store, downloaded, and activated.  Once set up is complete, the driver is ready to get on the road.  It’s that simple.

 

Industry Compliant

The ZED ELD meets all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliancy requirements and allows motor carrier companies and their drivers to automatically submit all mandatory FMCSA documentation, including daily hours certification, duty state records,

Hours of Service (HOS), and Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) reports for Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections.  This takes the guesswork out of ensuring that companies and their fleets are in compliance with the latest federally mandated standards.

 

Affordable

A one-time flat fee of approximately $200 is required for the ZED Bluetooth Adaptor equipment.  There are no additional subscription fees or additional hardware or software that needs to be purchased in order to get the tool up and running.  There is no monthly contract fee, installation fee, or any other hidden charges.  Optional fees include extension and adaptor cables and service protection plans that are sold separately.  Two- or four-year protection plans are available.

 

Disadvantages

Spotty Connectivity

Some drivers and motor carrier companies have reported connectivity issues with the device which can lead to inaccurate or nonexistent recording of hours driven.  The ZED ELD doesn’t record mileage at times and the Bluetooth connection can be spotty particularly depending on the vehicle’s location. 

Error Messages

Whenever the ZED ELD malfunctions, noncompliance error messages are generated which can lead to a need for manual reporting.  The customer service is reportedly hard to get in touch with, as well, and largely automated.  So, it can be difficult to troubleshoot issues in real-time and get back on the road quickly.  Drivers must also pull off the road and initiate the federally mandated manual reporting process which can be time-consuming and cumbersome.  Truckers should have hardcopy tracking sheets readily available for use in case of an emergency.

Inaccurate e-Logging

 Drivers have also reported the ZED ELD device records drive time that didn’t actually happen even when trucks are not on the road.  This leads to reports of drivers being over on their allotted drive time.  If drivers are over their allotted drive time this can wreak havoc on a company’s tracking and payroll systems.

Sometimes the device malfunctions and switches drivers intermittingly to on- and off-duty status, particularly in extended periods of stop and go traffic.  Switching between statuses initiates a newly generated e-log, so the final report can appear to be much lengthier than needed.  The GPS positioning can also be thrown off at times depending on the location of the vehicle.  Therefore, it may look like the driver is in an entirely different location.

Limited Adapter Compatibility

The 16-pin OBDII adapter is only compatible with most domestic vehicles 2008 and newer, and 2013 and newer Volvo/Mac Trucks with a16-pin diagnostic port.  All other models require a special adaptor sold separately.

Costs

Purchase Price

A one-time flat free of approximately $200 is required for the ZED Bluetooth Adaptor equipment.  There are no additional subscription fees or additional hardware or software that needs to be purchased in order to get up and running.  There is no monthly contract, installation fee, or any other hidden fees. 

 Optional Costs

 Extension cables and optional protection plans are available and sold separately.  Occasionally, a special adaptor cable will be needed in order for the device to be compatible with the truck’s equipment.  This also much be purchased separately.

Installation of ZED ELD

 Connecting the Device

 Simply remove the ZED Bluetooth Adaptor from the packaging and connect the device to the truck’s OBD port, locking into place.  This connects directly to 16-pin OBDII diagnostic ports.  The 16-pin OBDII adapter is compatible with most domestic vehicles 2008 and newer, and 2013 and newer Volvo/Mac Trucks with a 16-pin diagnostic port.  Extension cables are also available and are sold separately at zed-eld.com.

 The device comes ready to go with no assembly required.  It is easily plugged in once removed from its original package.  Once in the port, it is ready to be paired with the ZED ELD app.

 

Downloading the App

It is important to have an updated and fully charged smartphone ready to go.  Should the device be out-of-date or have limited battery life, the app may not install correctly, or installation may be delayed.  A driver should find the ZED ELD app from the Apple iTunes or Google Play app store on any smartphone,

read the term of service carefully, hit accept, and fill in the required information in order to create an account.  The driver’s contact information and a unique password will be needed.

Note, the site will also ask for the Department of Transportation (DOT) number of the motor carrier company the driver works for and either the trucker’s commercial drivers’ license number or personal drivers’ license number, depending on what has been required by the company. 

Once everything is set up, a verification code will be sent to the driver’s email account.  This should be retrieved and entered into the account to finalize the steps and begin using electronically tracking.

The smartphone’s location and notification settings are important in order to remain in compliance.  These should be fully enabled in the settings menu with “always allow” selected prior to using the device.  This way, the app will be able to accurate track the position of the vehicle and promptly alert the driver whenever there is an important notification.

After an account is established for the app, e-logging can begin.  A driver will simply input the log-in credentials.

To ensure the app is used as it should be, a driver should navigate the site and its features prior to setting out on the road.  Checking to ensure the device picks up the correct location of the vehicle and is properly switching duty status is critical.

Understanding how the app will begin to log hours and periodically checking in to ensure it is functioning properly will limit the need to back track at some point down the line and manually relog any digitally captured data that is inaccurate.

 

Conclusion

The ZED ELD is an easy-to-use and affordable option for recording drive time.  The installation only takes a few minutes, and the device can be quickly linked to the ZED app via a ZED Bluetooth Adaptor connected to a truck’s OBD port.  The Bluetooth Adaptors needs only to be removed from its original packaging and plugged into the port and it is ready to be synced with the compatible smartphone app.

The ZED ELD meets all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliancy requirements and allows motor carriers to complete all mandatory FMCSA documentation, including daily hours certification, duty state records, Hours of Service (HOS), and Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) reports for Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections.  This allows a motor carrier and its fleets of drivers to rest easy knowing that they are properly completing all federally mandated reporting standards.

A one-time flat free of approximately $200 is required for the ZED Bluetooth Adaptor equipment.  There are no additional subscription fees or additional hardware or software that needs to be purchased in order to get up and running.  There is no monthly contract, installation fee, or any other hidden fees.

Optional fees include an extension cable, additional adaptor cables, and a service protection plan, which are all sold separately.  Not all models will require a special adaptor or extension cord for use.

The simple and intuitive design of the ZED ELD allows truckers to focus on the road while the device automatically tracks drive time and completes e-logs.

This eliminates time-consuming paper and pencil tracking that takes time away from driving.  ELD tracking allows drivers to make safety their top priority as they stay focused and aware of their surroundings with very limited device interaction.

Some drivers and motor carrier companies have reported connectivity issues with the ZED ELD device which can lead to inaccurate or nonexistent recording of hours driven.  The ZED ELD doesn’t record mileage at times and the Bluetooth connection can be spotty depending on the driver’s location.

Whenever the ZED ELD malfunctions, noncompliance error messages are generated which can lead to a need for manual reporting. 

Because a driver must take the time to report the issue and must manually relog any inaccurate hours while continuing to track any additional hours driven while the device is malfunctioning, this can be time-consuming and costly.  The customer service is reportedly hard to get in touch with, as well, and largely automated.  So, it can be difficult to troubleshoot issues in real-time.

Other drivers have reported that the ZED ELD documents drive time that didn’t actually happen even when trucks are not on the road.  This leads to reports of drivers being over on their allotted drive time, which can especially troublesome to a company’s record-keeping efforts.

The device can also malfunction and switch drivers intermittingly to on- and off-duty status particularly in extended periods of stop and go traffic.  The GPS positioning is thrown off at times, so it indicates a trucker is traveling in a different location than what is actually being driven.

The 16-pin OBDII adapter is only compatible with most domestic vehicles 2008 and newer, and 2013 and newer Volvo/Mac Trucks with a 16-pin diagnostic port.  All other models require a special adaptor that is sold separately at zed-eld.com.

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Overall, the ZED ELD device is an affordable alternative to traditional time tracking that allows a company to keep its fleets operable while meeting budget and productivity requirements.  It is an innovative digital solution that many have found to be well-worth the investment.

Keep Truckin ELD – Keep Trucking ELD Device Review

The KeepTruckin ELD is the becoming the most popular ELD on the market. This ELD is both great for the driver and the fleet manager. It has an amazingly simple user interface allowing the driver can quickly and effortlessly log their hours, read messages from the dispatcher/other drivers, and DOT vehicle inspection logs.

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If you’re a manager of a fleet of vehicles, then KeepTruckin has some of the most advanced features at your fingertips, allowing you to manage all of your vehicles effortlessly. The fleet manager has quick access to an online dashboard allowing them to view the whole fleet’s data and organize all the data available.

It also gives them enough granularity to view statistics for each driver, vehicle, and area. Here we will go through some of the features that are available with the KeepTruckin ELD system. After going over some of the best features, and talking about the disadvantages we will review the pricing for each package, installation, and cover some frequently asked questions about their products.

Both of KeepTruckin’s packages are fully ELD complaint in both the USA and Canada.

 

Benefits of Keep Truckin ELD

KeepTruckin includes all the standard features you can expect to get with an ELD. It already has all of the features that are required in FMCSA’s current mandates and in future mandates. Below we will list the more advanced features which we think makes the KeepTruckin ELD stand out for similarly priced competitors.

  • IFTA Fuel Tax Reporting
  • Driver Scorecards
  • Vehicle Utilization
  • Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Smart Dashcam
  • Vehicle Inspections

 

The IFTA fuel tax reporting is a huge time saving feature for any fleet that is going to be driving across several states. Recording and tracking mileage for each jurisdiction along with knowing all the fuel purchases can be hours of work. The IFTA fuel tax reporting automation takes out all the trouble of making these calculates and automates it all for you.

KeepTruckin will automatically track the mileage for each jurisdiction, allow drivers to upload gas receipts directly from the app, and will generate ready-to-file reports that will have no clerical errors.

With a fleet of more than one driver it can be difficult, if not impossible, to monitor every driver’s behavior on the road and ensure they are driving responsible and safely. The KeepTruckin ELD monitors the driver’s driving style and flags any points of excessive acceleration, hard braking, hard cornering, and speeding.

These factors create a driver’s scorecard, assigning a numerical value to each driver creating an easily rankable system. Each category that goes into a driver’s scorecard starts out as being weighted equally,

but KeepTruckin allows you to adjust the weighting of each factor so you can adjust a driver’s scorecard to reflect what you feel is most important to driving safely.

As a fleet manager one of the biggest ways to maximize your profits is to increase the utilization of each vehicle. If you have a vehicle that is spending a lot of time idling where it could be spend transporting goods, than there is a way to maximize your profits by increasing your utilization.

KeepTruckin can use it’s ELD to monitor when a vehicle is idling. KeepTruckin combines this idle tracking with who the driver is, and where the idling occurs. All this data is then sent to their dashboard showing you who are the greatest offenders, and where idling occurs the most.

Having all this data at your fingertips and using KeepTruckin’s reporting and organization methods, makes it very simple to see trends in idle time and come to the quickest solution on how to increase vehicle utilization. Sorting by driver also allows you to know which drivers are the greatest offenders so you can coach and mentor drivers about proper idling.

Since the KeepTruckin ELD connects directly into the vehicles computer, it has all the information available instantly. If the vehicle shows a fault code, the ELD will instantly notice and send a flag and notification to the fleet manager.

This allows the fleet manager to remotely monitor all the vehicles in their fleet and to schedule maintenance when required. KeepTruckin will also log every fault a vehicle sends, which makes it very easy to catch important issues faster and see where repeating issues occur.

All of this is done automatically so you do not need to have the drivers worry about any of the fault codes, or rely on them to remember which codes occurred during each trip.

Not all of KeepTruckin’s benefits are designed for the fleet manager. There are plenty of other features that are designed to make the drivers’ lives a lot easier and allows them to focus on their driving without an extra thought on compliance codes, reports, or anything else.

Since there is always the case of an accident on the road, having a dashcam can be a critical piece of equipment in determining fault and examining the accident. Having real time video of a driver can be used to accurately rate how safe a driver is, and this video can be provided to insurance companies to help lower insurance costs.

As any driver or fleet manager knows, having accurate vehicle inspection forms are extremely important to increase efficiency and reduce the risk of violations.

KeepTruckin will create custom inspection forms taking all the headache out of routine inspections. These inspections forms are created for each vehicle and for anywhere the vehicle operates. The fleet manager can setup custom alerts for specific vehicle defects, whether for a specific vehicle or for the entire fleet.

For the drivers, a vehicles inspection history can be viewed for any vehicle before they start driving. The inspection checklist in the app is fast and thorough. There is a prebuilt checklist to indicate severity and can have added photos to clarify any misunderstanding.

All of these features, are designed to be very simple and intuitive for anyone to use. The drivers no longer have to worry about keeping up with their inspections for each vehicle, worrying about fault codes, or keeping track of their fuel receipts.

KeepTruckin designed their app to make all of this effortless and simple for any driver. Your fleet manager(s) will also enjoy all of the included features in these packages. All of these features are designed to allow the manager to not have to spend their time creating reports, and making sure each vehicle is complaint.

Now the manager can ensure the drivers and vehicles are being used in the most optimized manner. They are given advanced reports on inspections, idling time, and drivers’ scorecards. All of these statistics are automatically calculated saving the manager from doing the monotonous calculations and maintenance of outdated spreadsheets.

Disadvantages

  • Pricing is not as favorable towards smaller fleets
    • The pricing is shown as monthly but is billed annually. This can be a higher upfront cost than some smaller fleets would want to pay upfront.
  • Unable to track short haul range exception
    • KeepTruckin doesn’t allow for real time tracking which misses this exception
  • Dispatch can only edit logs after the day is complete
    • This puts more pressure on the drivers to correct any mistakes made
  • Lacks multilingual capabilities
    • Only offered in English
  • Currently not as many advanced features as more expensive competitors
    • There are more advanced ELD systems out there that offer a wider range of features but at a much higher cost

With these disadvantages we think the KeepTruckin system is still a great option. They are continuously working on new features that will be added to optimize every possible route and driver or vehicle usage. They also offer 24/7 customer service so you don’t have to worry about misunderstanding something and getting reports wrong and receiving fines for failing compliance.

Pricing

KeepTruckin offers three different options, each of which are billed annually but given as monthly values. The first pricing option is free but offers the least amount of features and does not offer ELD compliance. This pricing point only offers vehicle inspections, electronic logs and messaging.

This option should only be considered if you currently have another ELD systems that is lacking these specific features.

The next package KeepTruckin offers is listed as $20 a month. This system is fully ELD compliant and includes some of the standard features you would expect: such as, GPS tracking, alerts, vehicle inspections and electronic logs.  

This package does not include any of the more advanced features to generate reports and to help optimize your fleet’s time.

The third and final package KeepTruckin offers is their plus package which includes every service they offer. This package will generate all the reports you will need, and will allow the fleet manager to monitor every vehicle and driver to find any areas in need of increasing efficiency.

We would recommend this option for any owner of all but the smallest fleet. With the plus package you get access to all the great features KeepTruckin offers, which we think will pay for itself in increased efficiency and utilization.

Installation

KeepTruckin’s ELD is very simple and fast to install. When one of the ELD complaint packages is purchased, along with the ELD itself you will receive various connection cables to easily attach the device to each vehicles computer. The device plugs directly into the computer through a port that is easily accessible in the dashboard.

The connections provided cover almost every type of port. Once the device is installed, each driver will have to download a free app, which is available on both the Apple App Store and on Google Play. These apps allow the drivers to create an account and sync all of their data with the fleet managers’ dashboard.

The app allows drivers to message each other, and the fleet manager(s). It also allows them to pull up their vehicles inspection reports, log hours, and more. All of this is made incredibly straight forward so the driver doesn’t have to waste any valuable time on pesky record keeping.

To view all the information coming from each vehicle the fleet manager is given access to an online dashboard. This dashboard allows them to monitor everything that is happening with the fleet. The features available will vary based on what package is purchased.

By making the dashboard an online tool, this saves the fleet manger the hassle of downloading and installing an application, and tying the manager down to a specific workstation.


FAQ’s

Can you get the AOBRD system so you can change stuff like the compliance mode threshold from 5mph to 15mph?

If the ELD is installed pre-mandate cutoff date, then it is easy to switch to AOBRD compliance mode threshold from 5mph to 15mph. If it is installed after the mandate than it is already preconfigured for this, but all settings are up to your discretion to change.

Will this ELD be compatible with my older model of vehicle?

Yes this system should be compatible with any vehicle that can support an electronic logging device. Only thing you might have to do, is contact KeepTruckin to get a custom connection wire that does not come standard in the box.

How does the Smart Dashcam work?

When the KeepTruckin ELD detects a critical event, 10 seconds of HD video before and after are sent to the KeepTruckin Dashboard for your review.

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Is Smart Dashcam compatible with my KeepTruckin ELD?

Smart Dashcam is only compatible with the new Cellular ELD (LBB3ca). When you purchase Smart Dashcam, we will upgrade your ELD device, at no cost.

How does KeepTruckin track hard braking, hard cornering, and hard acceleration events?

The KeepTruckin ELD has a vast array of sensors to arrive at the most accurate possible measurement of hazardous driving events. The ELD includes accelerometers, gyroscopes, GPS, speed sensors, and other connections to the vehicle's onboard systems.

How long does the vehicle need to idle before for an idling event is recognized?

When a vehicle is stationary with the engine running for over 10 seconds we track an idling event.

What data is available on idling events?

KeepTruckin tracks start time, duration, location, and fuel consumed.

Electronic Logging Devices Reviews – Complete List of 10 Best Elogs [Reviewed]

ELD stands for Electronic Logging Device. It is DOT-certified electronic hardware that is attached to the vehicle’s engine to record driving hours. In the past, ELDs have been referred to as AOBRDs (Automatic On-board Recorders) or EOBRs (Electronic On-board Recorders).

Every ELD has a screen on which the driver can monitor their current status, and it also enables them to print hour logs when required. When connected to a fleet management software, ELDs can transmit real-time driving logs to a back office staff.

Only DOT-certified ELDs are used to record HOS. The latest ELD Mandate was announced on October 30th, 2015 and it stipulated specific requirements for any ELD hardware. The ELD Mandate requires that all commercial vehicles must have an ELD fitted to replace the paper log book system.

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Electronic Logging Devices Reviews

Device NameBest FeaturePrice
1.DriveELDCompact and durable $297
2.Zed ELDAffordable monthly service plan$1,620
3.Garmin eLog compliant ELDNo subscription fees$249.95
4.VDO RoadLogVery easy to install$249
5. BigRoad’s DashLink ELDUser-friendly$480/year
6. Konexial My20Drastically cuts fuel costs$130
7. Blue Tree SystemsThe most open-end solution on the market$995
8. Peoplenet EldConnects all devices to a single Wi-Fi hotspot$575
9. SamsaraPremium customer service$1,287
10. TeletracNo monthly fee$200

 

Our Top Pick: DriveELD Review

Drive ELD is the easiest to use and most reliable ELD solution currently available on the market. Therefore, we rank it number one on our list of most efficient ELDs this summer. Built with professional drivers in mind, also meets all FMCSA requirements for the ELD mandate.

Getting Started

Every driver needs a smartphone or a tablet so as to start using DriveELD. A computer such as a laptop cannot be used to run the DriveELD mobile app. Also, your mobile device must be an Android running OS 5.0 or higher, or an Apple running iOS 9.0 or later. Your mobile device must also support a connection to the internet (cellular data plan is required) and Bluetooth 4.0 or later.

Key Features

The device is as sturdy as it is compact and can be set up in a matter of minutes. Once the setup is complete, you need to sync it via Bluetooth. This done, you can now rest assured that your Hours of Service (HOS) logging is fully compliant with the FMCSA ELD mandate.

 The App

DriveELD provides a slick, modern, user-friendly app for drivers to record their activity. The app is free for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Drivers are also able to take photos of paperwork, accident damage, or anything they consider worth capturing, and send in the images through the app.

The app is capable of recording real-time information on the device, and it securely stores data by means of cloud based storage. It communicates with other mobile devices without interfering with your cellular connectivity.

Monthly Fees

DriveELD is the easiest to use ELD solution and it costs only $99 a year, per truck. You needn’t worry about hidden fees, neither is there any long-term commitment. The company even offers a 30-day money back guarantee, so you can test their solution risk-free and see if it fits your needs.

Pros
  •  Affordable price
  •  User-friendly
  • Full compliance with the ELD Mandate
Cons
  • Connectivity issues

 

Our Second Choice: Zed ELD

Get fully compliant with the FMCSA mandate with ZED. This ELD solution fills in all mandatory FMCSA documentation, including daily certification, duty status records, Hours of Service, and DVIR reports for DOT inspections to keep you covered. Zed ELD

Installation

You can install ZED in just a few minutes with zero initial training. All you need to do is connect the ZED app to the ZED Bluetooth Adapter that is connected to your truck’s OBD port. This ELD’s user-friendly and intuitive design allows drivers to fully focus on the road while ZED is constantly tracking their Hours of Service and completing their e-logs for them.

The dashboard enables the fleet manager or dispatcher to see the location and status of their drivers. GPS locations are updated every fifteen minutes.

Getting started

To get started with ZED, you just need to pay a one-time cost of only $200 for a ZED Bluetooth Adapter for each truck, and then you’re good to go. There’s no contract, no monthly subscription plans, no installation fee, and no hidden charges.

In order to get started using the ZED ELD adapter two separate events must take place. However, it does not matter in what order they are completed. First, a driver or owner operator must install the ZED app from the iOS or Google play store and create an account. Then, the driver must be added to a company fleet through the Fleet Management Portal or FMP site (fmp.zed-eld.com).

Adding drivers

Drivers can be added in two ways, depending on whether the driver is already registered with the company or not. If the driver is not registered with any other fleet for the company, all you need to do in order to add a new driver is enter CDL# and State of the driver.

If the driver is already registered with other fleet or fleets of the company, you can add him by using the ‘Add Existing’ option. Managers can choose to allow Personal Conveyance, Yard Moves, and ELD Exemption for drivers to meet the requirements.

Pros
  •  No installation fee
  • Easy to install
  • No monthly fees
Cons
  •  Issues with customer support

Our 3rd Pick: Garmin eLog Compliant ELD Review

Garmin eLog is the easy route to ELD compliance. It boasts simple setup, with one-time purchase and no subscription fees. Right out of the box, this device supports 9-pin J1939 and 6-pin J1708 diagnostic ports to fit nearly any semi-truck model. Garmin ELD

The hours of service (HOS) are recorded in compliance with FMCSA and ELD mandates. The device also stores ELD records securely on your compatible mobile device, accessible for inspection via the device’s USB port, or via the FMCSA web services through Bluetooth.

Getting Started

Drivers should download the free Garmin eLog app to their GPS and Bluetooth®-enabled smartphone to complete the ELD compliance solution. Please note that some Garmin dēzl™ navigators have the app pre-installed and do not require a smartphone to complete the solution.

The Garmin eLog compliant FMCSA-registered electronic logging device is your straightforward solution to guarantee that your HOS recording complies with FMCSA ELD mandates. All you have to do is purchase it, install it and drive. You never need to worry about subscription fees or ongoing costs.

Simple Setup

This ELD is incredibly simple to set up. You just plug in the Garmin eLog device, download the free Garmin eLog™ app, and you’re ready to go. Please note that Garmin eLog is not compatible with vehicles using the OBD2 protocol (SAE J1979). Volvo Trucks with a Volvo engine which have a 16-pin J1962 configuration will require a 16-pin to 9-pin adapter cable, which is sold separately.

Compatibility

Garmin eLog™ functions with a number of Garmin dēzl GPS truck navigators that are sold separately such as, for example dēzl 580, dēzl 780, and dēzlCam 785. Thus, you can easily view duty status and HOS information right on the navigator’s display. Some dēzl navigators need a smartphone or a tablet in order to show remaining hours on the dēzl display.

With Garmin eLog you can rest assured that your HOS recording fully complies with the FMCSA and ELD mandates.

Pros
  • Compatible with almost all Garmin dēzl GPS truck navigators
  • Provides secure HOS storage
  •  Easy setup
Cons
  • Connectivity issues have been reported

 

Our 4th Choice: VDO RoadLog

The VDO RoadLog provides ELD functionality without data connection or monthly costs. Continental also offers the VDO RoadLog Plus, which boasts the same ELD capabilities, plus a cellular data connection to support GPS tracking and communication with the back office. 

Jam-packed With Features At $0/Mo

VDO RoadLog™ ELD from Continental is one of the few FMCSA recognized ELDs that can be yours with no monthly fees. It is capable of transfering log data by wireless, USB transfer, or an instant paper log from the built-in thermal printer. RoadLog ELD works with Continental’s compliance, reporting and fleet management tool called VDO RoadLog™ Office.

Payment Options

RoadLog users can choose to space out the cost of their RoadLog system out over 36 months with the FlexPay program. After 36 months, the ELD becomes all yours.

RoadLog ELD provides automatic recording for IRP, IFTA miles-per-state, and electronic logbook compliance for US, Canada, Alaska, and Oilfield regulations. Drivers can record pre- and post-trip inspections (DVIR) onscreen and the reports then become part of the log.

Functionality

On-duty, Driving, Sleeper Berth, and Off-Duty status are tracked automatically, based on vehicle movement, and automatic warnings are issued when the driver is approaching HOS limits.

Data-recording capabilities include driver log, vehicle events, vehicle tracking, trailer assignments, shipment documents, total odometer, refueling, vehicle speed, and idling analysis. The VDO RoadLog™ Office online tool helps automate compliance reporting and record keeping, and it provides the ability to map vehicle’s travel.

Security

Data access is protected by password, RoadLog USB Keys, and a digital signature. These security features guarantee the authenticity and integrity of all stored data. No info is shared except data required by FMCSA compliance regulations.

100% Compliance

Continental guarantees that RoadLog provides 100% ELD mandate compliance, and the company offers free software updates to maintain compliance as FMCSA regulations change. RoadLog ELD is FMCSA registered and has passed the FMCSA data transfer test.

Pros
  • Unbeatable price
  •  Easily manageable logs
  •  Excellent security features
  •  User-friendly
Cons
  • No training materials to support the device

Our 5th Choice: DashLink ELD By BigRoad

BigRoad is a very common stand-alone app for drivers who prefer to keep logs on their smartphone. More recently, they have added some ELD hardware that enables the app to connect to the truck’s engine data. This system really shines as a simple, user-friendly and affordable option. There are not many extras, but it does the job when it comes to providing easy-to-use log compliance at a competitive price. 

Annoying Access Fees

While drivers pay nothing to install the app, all fleet owners pay access fee in the amount of $15 per driver per month for access. Surprisingly, there is also a $15per month charge for office users who may need to access the system.

Data Plans

Of course, you also need an Apple or Android mobile device with a suitable data plan. Drivers could be asked to provide their own, but if your company is providing such, you can probably get a free device with a service contract and a basic data plan for something like $15/mo. To sum up, you are looking at a total of $40 per month, plus the cost any mounting hardware you pay upfront.

Developed with simplicity in mind

The app is developed with simplicity in mind, but at the same time it does provide a few helpful extra features, such as a google map that shows driver’s location and traffic.

The driver can easily view their upcoming recap hours, and can also email, fax, or print their logs from the device. There is only a very basic inspection form that enables a driver to certify that an inspection has been carried out and comment on any defects.

Friendly Support

Sales reps and support staff are friendly and well trained on the product and HOS regulations. In a nutshell, you get a good experience for a great price.

Back office extras

To back office users BigRoad provides GPS tracking, simple messaging, and a nice snapshot of current HOS compliance. There are also a few reports that show things like miles per state for IFTA reporting. Lacking are many of the more advanced management features like MPG and engine fault codes, idling reports, DVIR tracking and alerts, Macros and Workflow, and official out-of-the-box TMS integrations.

Pros
  • Developed with simplicity in mind
  •  Friendly sales and support staff
  •  Fast installation
Cons
  • Not many ROI possibilities

 

Our 6th Choice: Konexial My20

The Konexial My20 ELD-ready is designed to conform to specific technical specifications and serve as a "one-stop shop" for customers who need to meet the ELD mandate requirements.

Full compliance

When it comes to compliance and readiness for the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, being able to find what's needed in one place can take much of the stress out. Konexial My20 is designed with freedom from stress in mind.

Price

The My20 ELD by Konexial is the lowest cost ELD on the market and the top rated ELD on Amazon. No additional hardware is needed except for your Apple or Android smartphone and the free My20 app which is downloadable from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Customer Support

Konexial’s highly-professional customer support team is available to guide drivers through set up and daily use. With Konexial’s premium customer care, you can rest assured that no question will remain unanswered.

User Friendly

To get started, just install the My20 ELD in your diagnostic port, download the app and link your smartphone to the app via Bluetooth. The My20 ELD has a standard 9-pin (J1939) ECM connector, as well as adapters for OBD-II or 6-PIN ECM port connections.

 

No Empty Miles

GoLoad Dynamic Load Matching opportunities flow to drivers and dispatchers, helping earn more by reducing empty miles.

Pros
  • Increases driving efficiency
  • Easy to use
  • Top customer support
Cons
  • Bluetooth issues have been reported.

 

Our Seventh Pick: Blue Tree Systems ELD

Blue Tree Systems has been in the telematics industry for almost two decades. Their target customers are large fleets and their ELD solution has been developed with reefer monitoring in mind.Blue Tree Systems ELD

Features & Tools

Blue Tree still offer some interesting features that might make them worth the price tag for certain fleets. First, the unit can be installed completely behind the dashboard, making it more covert and difficult to tamper.

Most of the standard features a driver would expect are also present: logs, DVIRs, messaging, navigation, engine codes, IFTA, etc. The app feels fairly modern and easy to understand.

Given this ELD’s relatively high price, it is surprising why drivers cannot yet email or fax their logs from the tablet. Also, Daily recap hours for the upcoming week are not easily visible.

The Android app allows the system to be used on a personal smartphone or tablet, but it does not support HOS recording for now. Blue Tree’s new fleet management software for back office users is still in development.

Because the system runs on Garmin and TomTom, drivers are provides with integrated, truck-specific navigation. The app also boasts some interesting tools like HOS coaching. It is designed to help drivers plan their day and get the most out of their driving time. Blue Tree has existing integrations with a lot of major software companies like TMW and McLeod among others.

 

High total price

Considering the work-in-progress feeling that the software creates, the price tag may be a tough pill for many fleet managers to swallow. At nearly $1000, the up-front hardware cost is among the priciest on the market. This price is for BT500 hardware and the Garmin option.

Going with TomTom is even more expensive. There is a service subscription fee of $40 per month. If you sign a five-year contract, the hardware and the service will cost you about $60 per month. Some larger fleet budgets may accept this option, but many smaller customers will likely be driven away.

Pros
  • Tamper resistant
  •  Special features for reefer fleets
  •  HOS coaching
  •  Garmin/TomTom compatible
Cons
  • Many features still in development
  • Relatively high price

 

Our Eight Pick: ConnectedFleet By PeopleNet

PeopleNet provides fleet mobility technology for North America’s land transportation industry that allows greater levels of safety, compliance, cost reduction and customer service. 

Leading ELD provider

PeopleNet is a top provider of fleet mobility technology. Its ConnectedFleet Platform is the first platform to provide a comprehensive fleet mobility solution that integrates pure SaaS and mobile technologies with real-time predictive analytics.

ConnectedFleet Platform

Through PeopleNet’s ConnectedFleet Platform, fleets are now able to subscribe to specific data based on their specific needs, and receive it as it is published in almost real-time.

The new PeopleNet ConnectedFleet Platform is the next generation in fleet mobility. It provides radically new options and extras unseen before. The platform allows faster integration of new data from a large number of truck sensors and solutions that respond faster to customer needs for improved safety, enhanced efficiency in logistics, and reduced environmental impact.

Mobile Gateway

The PeopleNet Mobile Gateway™ system is a smart vehicle-bridging unit that is available factory-fit or installed after the purchase of the platform. It serves as a hub that provides connectivity to a variety of devices such as in-cab displays, mobile devices and wearables.

It operates on high-speed networks and works as a wireless access point within the vehicle. The Mobile Gateway connects through PeopleNet’s managed network to a cloud-based infrastructure using high-speed data networks and WiFi.

Software

PeopleNet Mobile Software is available for Android operating systems. The release of this software supports growing demand for company-owned, personally enabled (COPE) devices.

The software gives fleet managers greater access to a number of commercial-grade mobile devices, connected to individual trucks, with the framework to support and allow some personal adjustment. For example, drivers can select the PeopleNet ConnectedTablet option or one of many PeopleNet-certified off-the-shelf devices, depending on their specific needs.

Pros
  • Connects all devices to a single Wi-Fi hotspot
  •  High-speed modem for stable Internet connection
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Satellite communication add-on
Cons
  •  Quite pricy
  •  Does not run on iOS

 

Our 9th Choice: J. J. Keller Eld

If you’ve been interested in E-Logs, but have also been concerned about the cost to implement, now you can the time to take a closer look. Put J. J. Keller’s regulatory compliance expertise to work for you. jjkeller

Functions

You get the J. J. Keller® Encompass® online fleet management system to perform audits and generate reports from driver ELogs. The system can also be accessed by fleet management at any time, while its self-guided set-up makes installation smooth and easy.

Once you set up your driver roster, you can choose the Hours of Service rule set that each driver will follow, so as to minimize DOT violations risk.

Price

  1. J. Keller’s offer for new ELD customers: $249 per ELD, $50 per adapter, plus a monthly Encompass online fleet management system service fee, starting at $10.95 per driver.

If drivers use their own smartphones, then you pay only $199 for the Elog box up front and $25.50 per month, which is only $1,117 per device for three years. On the more expensive side you could use the official J.J. Keller tablet and add Co-Pilot Navigation, for which you’ll pay $548 up front and $59/mo. This gives a quite substantial 3-year cost of $3,032.

Pros
  • Excellent customer support
  • Affordable pricing
  •  Improve compliance
Cons
  • Hardware issues reported

Our last choice: Teletrac ELD

This ELD solution sits at the bottom of our list, and for a good reason. We are firmly convinced that every ELD deserves its spot on the market, however controversial its reviews may be. With Teletrac, however, we were disappointed to find out that very few users on the Internet had said a good word or two about it. 

Affordable Price

Teletrac’s most appealing feature is its pricing structure. They charge a fixed monthly amount per unit, with no up-front costs. This is very convenient for fleets trying to avoid shelling out a large amount of initial cash, or seeking extra financing. For them, Teletrac’s pay-as-you go model seems to be a great solution.

Display Issues

Most users unanimously agree that Teletrac’s hardware is somehow hastily made, which makes it prone for frequent malfunctions. This is especially true of the display devices, and the wiring harnesses that connect them.

Baffling Interface

Many drivers have complained that initial training is difficult, because the system does not seem to make much instinctive sense to them. Again, we are firmly convinced that Teletrac’s engineers are working tirelessly to make things better but, for now, drivers’ find it quite challenging to get used to this ELD’s interface. Their back-office tool called Fleet Director is a little better, but there is much to be desired with regard to its design.

Inefficient Customer Support

As far as customer support is concerned, this isn’t one of Teletrac’s strong points either. Support was close to non-existent. Turnover among Tier 1 tech support staff seems quite high, and their training is not sufficient against the background of frequent hardware failures and software bugs.

There’s Hope

We believe Teletrac is working to improve, and we would love to re-evaluate their product later. The price scheme is certainly appealing. If cost is your top priority, they can serve the purpose of keeping you compliant without breaking the bank.

Pros
  • No monthly feels
  •  Low initial costs
Cons
  • Hardware issues
  • Inefficient customer support
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Our Final Say

Thanks for reading our review of the most efficient ELD devices this summer. We hope that it has helped you to make an informed choice as regards the purchase of an ELD fully compliant with the FMCSA mandate. Make sure to read our future reviews to keep up with the latest updates in the sector.

ELogs For Owner Operators – Best ELogs Devices Reviewed

The ELD mandate has gone live as it was scheduled and now it is time to take some action.  Many owner operators are asking which elogs are the best elogs for owner operators ? This mandate requires you to change your fleet’s paper logging system used to track hours of operation with an electronic device that will help commercial truckers automatically keep track of their HOS (hours of service) and RODS (Record of Duty Status) when plugging into a vehicle’s engine.

ELogs For Owner Operators

Getting an ELD that will last for several years is an important decision. However, to make your transition from paper to electronic smooth and effortless, we’ve gone and sorted through dozens of electronic logging devices to select the top five we believe will benefit your business.

 

 

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Best Elogs Devices For Owner Operators Comparison

 

Device NameBest FeaturePrice
KeepTruckin ELDIFTA fuel tax reporting



EROAD EhuboTimesheet Report
Omnitracs IVGTamper-resistant
Coretex 360 Driver management
ELD ChromeTwo-Way Messaging

Things TO CONSIDER

There are hundreds of factors to consider before purchasing an e log for your fleet. Below are a few things owner-operators should consider when making their choice. 

1. Ease of Use

Look for an ELD that is easy to learn and use if you want a solution that allows you to effortlessly and quickly create clean and compliant electronic logs, and pull inspection reports for DOT officers. Using an ELD provider that makes a DOT enforcement's job more accessible will help you get through inspection quickly and back on the road faster.

2. ELD Costs

Finding an ELD solution that fits your budget is essential. Prices may vary depending on the component and gadgets included. However, many ELD Manufacturers now offers reasonably priced packages since the mandate took effect.

3. Monthly Service Plan

Almost all ELD suppliers will undoubtedly bill a monthly cost. The monthly service fee usually includes IFTA reporting, ELog monitoring, Geo Positioning, data allowances, and DVIR reporting. It is crucial to pay attention to this because this month-to-month solution generally adds more cost when compared to the up-front price.

4. Installation Fee

You may need to take the device and your truck to an authorized service center at least for the first installation so that you don't have any trouble with the warranty and to ensure the installation meets specification. Some installer will charge, so it best to be aware of that and take the precaution by asking the manufacturers in advance if this fee will apply.

5. Research the Provider

Check out online consumer reviews to read what previous users think of their product so you can get a good understanding of the experience you'll have with that provider. Well-established companies often have better long-term online reputations.

6. ELD Features

Common ELD features frequently consist of general GPS tracking, Idle Time tracking, messaging, Real-time GPS tracking, essential back workplace coverage, Driver Scorecards, Driver Scorecards as well as HOS logs.  Add-on features for an additional fee could consist of trucker navigating, in-cab video clip training, dashboard video cameras, tire pressure tracking, and much more. You need to know which features you need and the ones you don't need because providers have its own exclusive features that make them unique.

7. Technical Support

Excellent technical support is required for any innovation item. It's essential to comprehend that the ELD support is not only for trucker drivers only; fleet managers will also require support. It's crucial that you can be confident that the provider you selected gives you stability support as soon as you need to reach out to a trained representative quickly. You can find a provider that offers a free trial period and test their support service before you make a decision.

FMCSA Certified ELD Provider

Remember that the ELD you choose needs to comply with the necessary ELD FMCSA requirements. However, if the ELD you have decided to pick is non-compliant, then you are at risk to be penalized, but you have eight days to change the non-compliant device before being ruled out of compliance. E logs for owner

Some trucking companies never verify if the ELD provider is certified when trying to get the cheapest and simplest ELD devices that they can find on the market to keep them compliant with the FMCSA mandate. Make sure your ELD will meet all of the FMCSA technical specifications. Take some time to check this list of registered ELDs if you want to verify if the provider or the ELD model you intended to buy is on FMCSA's list of registered ELDs.

What Are The Differences Between Dedicated ELD and BYOD ELD?

We notice that there are two basic types of ELD available when researching ELD for owner trucking company. The first one is known as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) while the second is called Dedicated ELD.

BYOD ELD

This type of ELD requires the driver to download an app to monitor HOS, which could be convenient for truckers to carry their ELD wherever they go. If you want to choose this type of ELD, then consider the following:

  • Drivers might forget their cell phone, and they will not be able to log the data.
  • Companies will have to pay a monthly fee for each driver, instead of per truck.
  • You will not be getting updated information if the driver's phone runs out of battery.
  • Drivers are at risk of hefty fines because they are likely to be distracted from the road while interacting with their phone.
  • You need to make sure that the BYOD devices work well for you depending on your industry.

 

Dedicated ELD

The Dedicated ELD remains installed in the truck. Trucking companies end up paying less fee in the end than the BYOD type. If you choose this type of ELD, then consider the following:

  • Some Dedicated ELD may lack added extra features beyond logging even though they are easy to install and efficient. We recommend asking what features might be relevant to your company before you purchase.
  • This type usually has a lockout feature that prevents driver's interaction while the vehicle is moving, which will help to avoid any fines
  • Companies will have to pay a monthly fee for each truck, instead of per driver.

Our Top 5 picks

Finding the right ELD devices compliance solution for you and your business can be tricky. The range of model types, features, prices, subscription packages and installation requirements can make a choice overwhelming. Below are our top picks for your business:

1.      KeepTruckin ELD

Best features

  • Geofencing
  • GPS tracking
  • Idle time tracking
  • Tampering alerts
  • Driver safety scorecards

KeepTruckin ELD is among the leading device in the market. This device is a pleasure to use. It's very intuitive and straightforward and has some convenient features that many other systems have missed.E logs for owner

Advanced features

The reason for using KeepTruckin cellular ELD is to allow fleet admins get; driver performance, IFTA, fault codes fuel consumption, and GPS information in real time. The ELD device uses GPS satellite time to prevent the users from manipulating their drive time. KeepTruckin also provides a way to be ELD complaint without breaking the bank.

Compliance with mandate

KeepTruckin designed their system from the beginning to meet mandate requirement, and they are self-certified devices on the FMCSA's list of dubious quality and compliance.

Price and Services

This BYOD type of ELD is considered being a very user-friendly device at an affordable price starting at just $20/month, which includes logs, DVIR, messaging, and some essential fleet management tools.  Adding IFTA reporting and some advanced features bring the cost up to $30/month.

Top-notch technology

The device will consider your vehicle to be in motion when moving at more than 5MPH. The car is stationary when at 0MPH. KeepTruckin automatically recorded your driving time if you have your mobile device connected to the ELD and have selected vehicle in the KeepTruckin Electronic Logbook App.

This device can also record all unidentified driving incidence when the driver has forgotten to connect his mobile device to the ELD. It will later transmit the recorded driving time to the KeepTruckin servers once the driver connects his phone.

Customer Service

KeepTruckin enjoys a unique position as a simple and affordable device that can compete with the capabilities of the larger, pricier vendors. Their customer support team is always available 24/7 hours to resolve your issues very fast. KeepTruckin is an attractive option, most especially for fleets that are looking for low cost and easy installation process.

Pros
  • It allows dispatch to view logs
  • The app is straightforward to use
  • Affordable and it does not have an upfront cost
Cons
  • The dispatch can only edit logs
  • Smaller fleets have to pay upfront

 

2. EROAD Ehubo

 

Best features

  •  Two-way messaging
  • 100% compliant ELD
  • Automatic over-the-air updates
  • Hours of Service recordkeeping

EROAD is one of the most durable, dependable, and accurate ELDs in the market. The EROAD Ehubo is a dedicated all-in-one device with a single cable that plugs into the vehicle's diagnostic port. Flexible geofences can be set up to observe activity at essential locations.  Eroad

Compliance with mandate

EROAD is 100% ELD mandate compliant and is self-certified on the FMCSA's list.  This device has gone through a different kind of independent testing. EROAD also submitted their product for independent verification by PIT Group to ensure that the product is fully compliant with the ELD mandate, which provides their customers with more assurance.

Pricing

The information it captures is highly accurate, in addition to the systems intuitive nature.  EROAD is available for around $35 per month with no up-front cost.

Features

 EROAD's ELD features a driver friendly display and transfer capabilities for reducing administrative time and facilitating roadside enforcement. Fleet managers and drivers can easily monitor hours of service records with summaries and reports of on-duty status.

The device also provides fleet managers the ability to review and edit logs that drivers can accept on the in-vehicle display. EROAD is a top-notch ELD, and it will only continue to become more appealing as additional features are added.

Customer service

Ehubo customer support it rated very highly. Customers can get help via email, phone, or even by using the chat feature built right into the EROAD back office software.

Pros
  • Durable and easy to use
  • Truckers can make log corrections
  • PIT Group verified as fully mandate compliant
Cons
  • Loss of privacy
  • Paper logs are much cheaper

 

 

3. Omnitracs IVG

Best features

  •  Two-way messaging
  • DVIR, IFTA
  • Engine Info
  • Document Scanning

Omnitracs IVG is an industry leading all-in, full package ELD compliant solution. The fact that Omnitracs seems to view IVG is the reason most fleets take a serious look. This device is a much simpler and quicker install. Omnitracs IVG

Advance features

Users will recognize more advanced capabilities features such as n-cab scanning, dash cams, tire pressure monitoring, and much more that are available with this IVG.

Drivers can link their own smartphone to the IVG via Bluetooth or WiFi, allowing them to receive and send dispatch messages, capture document images or signatures remotely from their phone, and update trip progress.

Pricing

Omnitracs IVG is cheaper than the upper-level MCPs and with almost the same advanced features available but a little more costly than the MCP50 base unit. Monthly pricing on the IVG is at around $30 for a basic plan. The up-front cost for this device is approximately $750 to $800.

Compliance with mandate

The Intelligent Vehicle Gateway (IVG) is registered with the FMCSA on their self-certification list, ensuring that fleet customer with current Omnitracs solutions will be compliant with the ELD Mandate. This device tracks Hours of Service (HOS), a vital component of the ELD Mandate designed to improve safety on the road.

Top-notch technology

Installing this device require you to remove some dash panel to connect the device cable to the diagnostic port behind the dash and to attach a back-plate for the screen mount. All the standard features you'd expect from an industry leading ELD are available: logs, messaging, DVIR, navigation, engine diagnostics, and much more.

Pros
  • Truckers can make log corrections,
  • Easy Installation in 30 minutes or less
  • Flexible options for network connection
Cons
  • A few valuable features are still pending
  • Higher up-front cost than the older MCP50

 

4. Coretex 360 ELD

Best features

  • Easy integration
  • Advanced geofencing
  • Configurable workflows
  • Business process automation

 

Coretex 360 ELD is arguably one of the user-friendliest ELD solutions on the market. This device incorporates an easy to use dashboard and a full suite of ELD compliance reports for easy management and tracking of compliance obligations.  coretex driver

Pricing

The initial cost for the device and service is $200, and the ongoing lease or service fees per truck are $42 per month and higher. With Coretex 360, you will have the ability to manage all costs in a bid to maximize profits proactively.

Advance features

This device includes an interactive graph and multi-edit feature for easy log editing. It's also built around Coretex Drive that offers turn-by-turn trucking navigation to single-pane-of-glass access, messaging, jobs, checklists, DVIRs, real-time driver feedback, fatigue information, IFTA data collection, tracking, vehicle service management, replay and a choice of custom applications. The combination of Coretex DRIVE and Coretex 360 makes this ELD device one the most cost-effective and powerful integrated solution on the market.

Compliance with mandate

The FMCSA-registered Coretex Drive ELD as a built tablet-based in-cab system that links vehicles to dispatchers and drivers. Working in harmony with Coretex 360, Drive gives drivers the information they need to do their jobs efficiently and safely.

Pros
  • Reduce operational cost
  • Increase asset utilization
  • Improve management of incidents
Cons
  • It has a higher up-front
  • Small firms are at a disadvantage

 

5. ELD Chrome

Best Features

  • Engine diagnostics
  • Strong Resilient Design
  • Electronic Driver Logs (FMCSA-Certified)
  • Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting (DVIR) eld chrome

Pedigree Technologies is proud to present ELD Chrome as the most reliable, intuitive, and compliant ELD solution available to transportation companies. The unique features and the full mandate compliance make this device worth considering.

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Advance features

Pedigree's ELD Chrome solution offer features that you won't find anywhere else. This device was designed for actionable information and consistent real-time visibility with reliable connectivity for both the fleet manager and the driver.

It manages logs efficiently, and drivers can tap on their grid to change existing log entries. The system also has plenty of other fleet management capabilities. Typical features like IFTA tracking, safety alerts, engine diagnostics, and DVIR are all available.

Pricing

Monthly fees are as low as $25/month depending on expanded applications and quantity pricing. Pedigree Technologies Cab-Mate One runs as low as $499 each when purchasing 100 or more units.

Top-notch technology

ELD Chrome supports a wide range of HoS (hours of service) rule sets including US, Canadian, and state-specific rules. When moving into a new jurisdiction, the unit can automatically prompt the driver to change rule set.

The OneView platform also come in handy for mixed fleets using a combination of several different e-log systems and is the only system we've seen so far that use FMCSA standard log file format to import log information from other systems easily.

 Customer service

ELD Chrome has an interactive training program, which is accessible from the Cab-Mate tablet for safety manager. Customers gave excellent feedback on the company's willingness to customize the system to the needs of their users and their customer service support.

Pros
  • A wide range of extra features
  • Unique Hours of Service tools
  • Strong dedication to customer service
Cons
  • It a little pricey
  • Drivers cannot edit the log

 

In conclusion

 

There are plenty of different ELD devices on the market, but the ones we've reviewed above are FMCSA Certified and will meet your company's needs. These devices will not only satisfying the present technological demands but will sufficiently sustain the current organization requirements. We hope our post on The Best will be helpful when choosing the right service for your trucking business. We hope this post will be beneficial when selecting the best ELD for your trucking business.

Big Road ELD Review – DashLink DL-200 ELD Ratings Guide

Have you installed any ELD devices in your company‘s vehicles? If not, you are missing a lot. However, you do not need to worry because we are about to reveal one of the most affordable and easy to use ELD devices for truck owners and drivers. Have you ever heard about BigRoad ELD?  In order to use this device, you need to download BigRoad DashLink mobile app which enables you to access data from the truck’s engine.

BigRoad DashLink mobile App is a very common stand-alone app which enables drivers to keep logs on their phones. The mobile app is free to download but you have to pay some monthly charges to access the data.

Just like other BYOD options, this App works perfectly with Android and Apple tablets or phones. It enables you to record the driver’s duty status such as availability, vehicle drive time and also helps to prevent HOS violations.

BigRoad ELD Review



The BigRoad ELD does not allow 3G connectivity but is sends information via Bluetooth. It is very popular among truck drivers. Below is a comprehensive BigRoad ELD review.bidroad ELD

Features

User friendly

One of the best things about BigRoad mobile App is that it is very easy to use. It features a display of HOS remaining time and as a driver, you can easily edit your own logs as required. You will also find that it comes with additional features such as Google map which shows location and traffic. The problem is that it does not have navigation unless you download a separate App specifically for that.

Messages

This App allows two ways messaging between the home office and the driver.  It also allows you to communicate with other company drivers through texts. You can also start a new chat through the message screen. Additionally, you can easily check the upcoming recap hours.

Apart from that, you can fax, print or email your logs from your device. There is also an inspection form which allows the driver to certify when an inspection was done. Besides that, it allows you to comment in case there are any defects.

Easy inspection

Those using BigRoad App do not have any problems during inspection because they have different tools at their disposal. The driver can produce the logs from the gadget through fax, email or print. After this, the driver will just sign on the inspection form to show that an inspection was done and then comment in case there are any deficiencies.

ELD Card

You should have a digital copy or a printed copy of this card. The card will guide you on how to use your DashLink and also what to do in case there is a problem. Apart from that, it shows you how to do a roadside inspection using DashLink. You can download your copy from the producer’s website or request to be sent a laminated card.

If you are not sure of how to install your DashLink DL-200 ELD and link it to the BigRoad mobile App, you can just download a guide from the official website. It is not a must that you should have a printed copy of this guide in your vehicle. However, you can save it in your mobile phone for easier access when required.

The best thing is that you can change your logs according to your needs.

The web App

The web App and the dashboard may look outdated but the user experience is very good. Just like the BigRoad E-log mobile App, the web dashboard is very easy to use. It comes with the most important functions for dispatchers and fleet managers.

The dashboard provides dispatchers, fleet owners and managers with real time GPS tracking and location for all vehicles which are equipped with BigRoad ELD.

Moreover, the web App allows dispatchers to send and receive messages from every fleet driver using BigRoad E-log App.

 Additional features

Another interesting feature is the report which shows the miles per state for IFTA reporting purposes. However, it lacks some important features such as downtime reports, miles per gallon, DVIR alerts, engine diagnostic fault codes can only be found in other expensive Apps.

Installation

The best thing about the BigRoad ELD is that it is a plug and play E-logging device. You can install it in less than fifteen minutes. The device is a small black box which is connected to a trucks’ JBUS diagnostic port through an adapter. It comes with connection cables depending on the model of the vehicle. The most common connection cables are 6-pin and 9-pin plug.

Connectivity

It uses Bluetooth instead of 3G wireless connectivity to send information to the BigRoad E-Log App. It does not use a different hardware and that is why it is referred to as Bring Your Own Device [BYOD]. You can easily download the Electronic App which transfers the engine data back to the ELD using any Android or Apple device. This provides a lot of flexibility and options to the fleet owners or managers.

Advantages Of BigRoad DashLink ELD Device 

 

1. Easy to use

This App is very easy to use since it provides basic functions  which makes it easy to view HOS time remaining display, you can view recap hours, and the E-logs can be edited by the driver.

It also features a large button at the top left of the screen which enables drivers to set their current status. This is one of the most preferred features among users. However, you should note that the App’s non-core features are not very strong and are not important. The map display provides night view, traffic and satellite imagery.

Additionally, it features two-direction messaging which allows drivers to communicate through texts with other company drivers or dispatchers. As a driver, you can start a new chat or upload documents and send them via email. You can also check your current location and then email the file just from the message screen.

 

2. Stand-Alone App

BigRoad is a well-known stand-alone App which keeps logs on phones. Recently, this company has added ELD hardware which enables the App to connect to the information in the truck engine.

The system is affordable, easy to use and simple. It does not have many functions and this makes it to be very friendly to the user.

You will also realize that there are no upfront charges unless you decide to install some mounting hardware which you can use to connect the device to the dash. You just need either Android or Apple mobile devices which has a data plan.

You can request the drivers to use their own mobile devices or get a free device with service contract and a basic data plan that costs about $15 per month but you must confirm whether the company will provide the device. This is what makes BigRoad to be among the most reliable and affordable options you can find today.

 

3. Advanced Technology

You will find that the BigRoad E-log App has a very high rating of 4.5 which makes it among the most popular electronic logbooks for truck drivers.

One of the best things about this App is that it works perfectly with Android and IOS devices. You can also download it for free from Apple’s App Store or from Google Play Store. Many e-log Apps have a rating of 4 stars which means it has a higher rating than most of its competitors.

One of the reasons which have contributed to the high ratings is that is easier to use as compared to others. It is also easy to learn and that is why it has thousands of downloads.

Apart from using it as a stand-alone App, you can also use it with BigRoad DashLink ELD, which sends data from the engine, and back to the App. If you are a truck manager or you own small fleets, this device will be of great help when switching to E-logs.

4. It is a pioneer in the industry

BigRoad was among the first electronic logbook Apps that were launched in the App store in 2012.  It is a favourite to many truck owners. The best thing about this App is that you can easily download it for free. However, you have to pay a certain amount if you want to access the data irrespective of whether you are a dispatcher or a truck driver.

It connects to a diagnostic port in a truck which sends the data back to the BigRoad App automatically. Despite the monthly charges, DashLink ELD and the BigRoad E-log App provide solutions to truck drives and managers at a convenient price.

 

Disadvantages of BigRoad DashLink ELD Device

 

1.It is not possible to sign different devices

You can only sign in into the App on a single device at a time. If not, it will not be easy for the device to connect. For example, when you have signed into Bigroad on your tablet and phone, the device will try to connect to the two devices. Due to this, it will not be able to connect to any of the two devices.

2.Ensure our phone is plugged in

Always ensure that your phone is plugged in when using DashLink ELD. This is because the Bluetooth connectivity is very strong when your phone is fully charged. The device may not be effective if the phone is not connected.

Low battery reduces the Bluetooth connectivity and in case that happens, the device cannot function as expected. This is the primary reason why it is advisable to keep your phone connected when you are driving or using the DashLink.

 

Costs

To access BigRoad, there is a monthly cost of $15 per office user or driver. However, this amount is not for the App itself since the App is free. However, you should note that this does not mean that it is a complete logging device. If you want to enjoy the full access and functionality, you have to pay $10 per truck every month.

This means the total cost per month is $25 per truck plus the cost of the mounting device though you only pay for it once. This is a good monthly price per truck as long as you do not require a lot of people to access the data since the access cost is per person.


Overview

BigRoad ELD is the best for anyone who is looking for a simple, affordable and easy to use ELD device. It takes just some few minutes to install which makes it ideal for short term leased vehicles and Owner Operator Fleets. Another thing that is worth noting is that the sales staff and the support team are very helpful.

The device provides a friendly user experience at an affordable price. It also provides users with GPS tracking, simple messaging and an impressive snapshot of the present HOS compliance. Apart from that, it provides reports which shows the miles per state for IFTA reporting.

However, it lacks some advanced features such as DVIR tracking alerts, official out-of-the box TMS integration, idling reports and MPG and engine fault codes, Workflow/Macros among other advanced features.

Another thing you need to know is that you can leave the device in the truck even in harsh weather conditions since it has been designed to last for a long time.

The company has spent a lot of time to test this device and no problems have been reported though it might be a bit slow in very cold climates.

 

Bigroad ELD Review

Bigroad eld tracking device is the most superior GPS enable system one can’t do without. Their device innovating department has introduced new trending for other player in the industry to emulate and follow.  Their system most dynamic market needs driven has revolutionize the whole tracking industry. The system programs are design with user friendly feature in mind. The system is so simple to operate at all level of education.

The device has also focuses on all the government requirement, vehicles regulation and standard setups features. Bigroad eld device product has an exemplary compliance performance track record achieved over the years. Their tool to achieving this state of art superior feature is as a result of their creative building smart application that encompasses data recording, maintenance and other important managerial functions.

Bigroad device collect and store data on both the device and the online clouds. This information stored at ELD device encompasses organization files. The files are so organized will all the necessary data needed for algorithm computation of variables parameters required by all the stakeholders. The ELD system has recommendable feature of data storage in both online and offline capabilities. Client only require their encryption key to access their data in all form.

Clients don’t have to worry about their data safety in data store in the clouds because; the html at bigroad is so complex even to professional malicious hackers.

The protection efficiency has been extended to cover also the client html terminal from black hart hackers. This entire wonderful security feature introduced has not change html speed. Clients are still able to brows just like before. The automated system encompasses timely response as well.

For instance, whenever clients losses their encryptions keys. They normally panic and most think that they have been hacked, they then require their password reset at plink of an eye. That made bigroad team of expert to mainly focus on their system increased capacity handling at recommendable speed.

The planet has revolved from analogy to digital data storage and communication. The old paper filling forms are not only obsolete but also irrelevant in this century. This has been facilitated by the digital capacity to be manipulated with ease; the obsolete method is now a time and brain power consuming.

To this end, bigroad device compute all their clients computations needs in real time. Every manager who has their device install have their work load cut by a significant margin. The extra time saved as a result has made them improve their overall performance. This is so as most of the time they find themselves doing research on ways to innovate their product, resulting in company performance, revenue collection and profit margin efficiency.

Bigroad eld stores data in their device in a manner that’s easy exported to other application for further analysis. Therefore the arrangement of parameter array becomes very essential. Their data innovative arrangement complies of GPS navigation codes, time, date, vehicle number and speed among other variables.

Features of bigroad eld

Bigroad device encompasses all very important features, as most of us are not familiar with computer programing tools, their superior power and its interaction protocols. As a result, the ELD has interface that’s easily understandable, to any one regardless of their academic education back ground and computer programming languages skills. 

Their device most noticeable feature is the collection and processing of federal regulation data. Their device is GPS enable with light speed capacity. The system comes with DVIR, logs and other useful features.

Fleet owner can now break even within their first year of operation in fleet because; their asset is now accountable for any penny it gathers regardless of the driver royalty to the organization values. Money laundering elimination by ELD features has also reduced users’ liabilities to their profit returns.

The drivers are now being monitored in real time with the management laptop app. This has also made staffs to be responsible and negligent is now a thing of the past. You can be astonished with the service level you get, once your drivers realise that their performance is being stream in regardless of their willingness to cooperate.

This feature has attracted the attention of insurance companies all over the globe. Now client of Bigroad can negotiate with insurance service providers for reduction of their annually premium   obligation, as they have reduce their operation risk.

ELD has no specific fleet to be mounted onto; the device once purchased can be mounted on any vehicle. The most important feature that outweighs other in this tracking industry, the managers at Bigroad device have functionality, both for company usage as well as for federal regulation usage.

Bigroad feature are outstanding, a rear bride to come across anywhere in the market. Their ELD innovative feature are all copy right protected, the use of paper logs ELDs and customer phase by phase implementation, is one of kind only found at bigroad, clients experience safety record, regulation compliance and other features withstand the test of time for the past decade.

The accumulation of all this feature has resulted in public acceptance of fleet with ELD and dislike fleet with no this extra protection tools. And fleet owners, management as well as drivers have come to realise that Bigroad ELD is a reliable device.

Advantages of Bigroad eld 

Bigroad device has reengineered how fleets are operated in this century. The previous manual data collecting, keeping and analysing has change for better, easily automatable at clients’ specification with minimal skill learning to affect the analysis needed.

One is now able to get these services at a fraction of cost. Following the reduction of components cost while ensuring service standard haven’t been compromised at any stage of innovative designing and building. The ELD clients are DOT among other features secured for decades to come.

The bigroad systems are smartphone, tablets and laptop configured. These facilitate the ELD device sharing of data with display devices and their installed applications.

The installed application on the display devices like laptops with windows 7, 8 or even 10 operating systems has catalysed data analysis capability, computation of charts, manipulation of statistical technics all to help the management improve their performance.

With ELD, vehicle theft is now a thing of the Stone Age period. The list of Bigroad device pros is actually endless and once you purchase their devices you will be forever grateful to this page Intel.

Disadvantages of bigroad eld   

As the say goes, customers are always right, although sometimes they might over expect from products. For instance, some clients have complained of ELD telematics and device inability to send e-mails. Interestingly they all have smartphone for that.

Cost of bigroad eld

Bigroad Company has a well tailor package for any client’s needs, from the free service to premiums once. Depending on your favourable plan, the entire features are standardized and there is no breach of quality base on money send to bigroad. Because of high cost of innovating, building and maintaining this sophisticated model.

The free service is only limited to a specific time duration per individual client. Then on expire of this period, the demo account will be automatically disable for clients to purchase their units model with feature they need. On the same, this demo account act like training opportunity to clients with on prior ELD device usage.

With as little as $19, you have a wonderful plan for protecting you fleet. This price doesn’t include purchase of display devices like smartphones, laptops or tablet. And to be on a safe side it’s recommended you purchase only Bigroad recommended display device.

Some competitors in our home town can be so aggressive and computer programming skills literate. With you and your drivers using unsecured smartphones terminals, your data will be an easy prey to your competitor black hart algorithm.

In the process, your competitor will always be ahead of you in every step, that’s why it’s recommended to only buy Bigroad devices including data displayers. Please note, in situation where you have more than one fleet. The cost of all the devices will be sold to you at company discount. And you will save thousands of dollars collectively.

Some organization have very tight routine, they then have very small free individual time to study ELD device on their own. In that case, Bigroad can train your staff on the device functional/ usability at fraction of market training value. Once you have all the required tools, which are ELD, smartphone and laptop under cover. You need to set some small amount to be paid monthly for service rendered per fleet and cell phone data charges.

On the some note, these prices are the only charges you will incur from the day of installation to infinity. And it’s the case because you will be covering your internet connection and maintains you display device on your own. Therefore in the event you opt to be provided with internet connection and display device be Bigroad Company, you will add some small prices for each services.

On your monthly invoice, you will see an addition of roughly $3 per additional drivers exceeding the number of your fleets declared. Also the federal information recording and retrieving come with a price tag of almost $3 monthly. And your drivers GPS usage per month totals $10 only.

Assuming you are a first time ELD use, all this price list may seems not to end and may tent to force you to opt to be ELD unsecured. We’ll all of your cost can be reduced beyond your imagination, firstly using your drivers smartphone for their access to ELD device data. Secondly have a one driver one car rule if possible. Thirdly cover your own internet cost.

To further simplify your initial cost and subsequent monthly charges. Bigroad has summed your cost in three following years, after installation of the device, royal clients’ can use this to budget their cost in this period. After an upfront fee of $199 for device related E-logs box, and a $25 per month, the total sum of $ 1,117 per fleet per a single driver is required.

While the most secured and sophisticated to hack Bigroad device come with small fee on top, this is mainly used by clients who take the current hacking capacity seriously and once their system withstand a hacking attempt.

Their value of money is achieved, hackers have no timetable to malicious infect your system hence its prudent to be on alert all year round.  With upfront of $548 and $59 per end month, Bigroad three years plan will sum to $3,032.

Installation and Connecting Bigroad ELD

Bigroad devices installation is the easiest installation you will ever encounter in the digital fraternity. All clients’ needs to do, just clicks on hyperlinks already provided. It sounds easy right? To simplify your installation further, the company packaging of your purchased device ensure you have a one stop shop experience.

This entails shipping the device with any equipment that you will need for smooth installation and operation.  That why the company normally contact the clients to find out if they should include tablets and a laptop in their clients orders.

The material one should expect a pone delivery includes ELD device, education materials including video clips, relevant cable and display equipment’s, if requested in advance prior to shipping. A pone receiving your shipped cargo, it’s a pone you to install your device to your car. It’s not a crime to consult an electrician near you, although this is real no necessary with ELD device installation. Take the cables on the shipped package and follow the instruction send vie the instructive material.

Once you have connected the cable pot 6 and 9 to their respective plug in pot. You will notice you device coming live. This means you have successfully installed your ELD system. Mount this equipment any position of your choice on your cab. In the event the system doesn’t stream data and go live, it’s recommended you contact Bigroad for further assistance.  And don’t start to try fixing the device on your own once you are certain you haven’t missed any important instruction.

At this stage, your device stream data can be access by any window enabled phone. The most suitable are the windows phone 5 and above. This phone must also have internet settings as we have discussed before and explain their function in ELD enabler. The good news with ELD device is that they don’t need specific internet services, even Wi-Fi connection is more than enough.

New bigroad clients are recommended to contact bigroad for assistance, determining if their current mobile devices usability is compatible with the bigroad platforms. This process is to ensure if clients have already devices that are compatible, then they wouldn’t have to buy other display equipment that is unnecessary. In the case your drivers are using an obsolete device then you have no any other choice but to upgrade this equipment’s.

The final stage in our installation procedure is to link your laptop to bigroad hyperlink address and open the site. Then follow the steps as instructed with the bigroad artificial intelligent system. This process will end before you notice it. The material that you will be instructed to download are all screened and verified to be virus free. And clients are advised not to cancel the process before downloads is finished.

You will be contacted with all encryption protocols by Bigroad customer care shortly afterwards. Ensure your team understand the importance of protecting this information at all times.

Q & A Session

In the Q & A Session you will get some useful Intel about their new equipment. And customer care links and contacts, if your inquiry has not been provided with any information, reach out to customer care. These inquiries are as follows.

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What data do ELD automatically recorded?  

The bigroad eld records all the parameters we have just discussed before in this product review.  This data are; vehicle mobility status, time, GPS location, date, fleet and driver’s performance in real time among other parameters. All the input from user is stored for future reference as well.  Regulation requirement are among the stored information on the device online clouds stored data.

How does the ELD discover driving/non-driving status?

The driving statuses are noticed by Bigroad device as soon as the changes happen. The on-board GPS navigation tracks any movement in excess of 5mm and informs the ELD to make the changes as and when it happens. This data are then accessed by fleet owner and make it easy to estimate the day revenue collection. The whole time in movement multiple by standard rate depending on our countries volatility figure means you can budgets on our fleet business for foreseeable future.

Can I edit an ELD record?

Bigroad device ELD has the best interface. The data can be edited at a time depending on organization requirements. New clients to ELD devices should know this power of editing content not only depend on user encryption key authentication, but also there are data that are off limits to editing like government required data.

Final Verdict

BigRoad ELD is one of the most affordable options but it allows only one person to access the data per month. It is very easy to use but if your company needs a fully featured telematics, this one might not be the best. You can find better options out there but most of them are a bit expensive.

You should also ensure that your phone is plugged in when using the app since Bluetooth works well when the phone is fully charged. Many people like it because it works well even in harsh climates unlike others.

Additionally, no initial costs required. You also need some few minutes to install which makes it suitable for short-term leased vehicles and Owner Operator fleets.

 

 

 

Verizon Electronic Logging Device – Verizon ELD Rating & Reviews

Many Fleet managers are using Verizon eld Devices in their Trucks.  There are many benefits for using verizon eld device in your truck. However, there are some drawbacks such as long term contract. Read our complete verizon eld device buyer’s guide.         

 Benefits of Verizon Electronic Logging Device

There are many verizon eld benefits for fleets. These devices can maximize productivity, streamline operations, reduce operational cost, and increase profits when appropriately used. Verizon eld can help a driver run e-logs in a much more compliant fashion.

By using technology tied to the vehicle and following regulations, drivers can reduce three of the top five finable areas: not having logs, or out-of-date logs; driving hours over their daily allowance; and errors.

Logbook can give drivers peace of mind when driving up to an inspection and can get them in and out quickly, and without the potential risk of a fine.

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This will help reduce violation costs, saving money. If you're not sure whether the price of eld will be justified or not, here we highlight some fantastic benefits of verizon eld.

  1. Vehicle health: This feature diagnose the vehicle when there are issues and maintenance reminders.
  2. GPS tracking device: Records location and engine usage information for compliance reporting.
  3. Document scanning: Some Verizon eld features portable scanner, giving the driver the ability to scan paperwork to the office right from his vehicle.
  4. Performance reporting: Monitor driver idle time, detention at customer locations, out-of-route miles, and more. This feature is designed to help make your fleet more efficient.
  5. Safety alerts: Get an automatic notification on speeding, sharp acceleration, hard braking, lane departure, etc.
  6. Navigation: Gives the driver a GPS navigation tool designed for truck routing or other appropriate restrictions.
  7. Electronic logs: Verizon eld records a driver's duty status and help back office staffs monitor logs for violations and unlogged time.
  8. IFTA: GPS data gathered by eld can often be used to generate IFTA fuel tax reports.
  9. Two-way messaging: This feature allows the driver and office staff to send messages back and forth through the system.
  10. Tire Pressure monitoring: Verizon eld can be integrated with the tire so you can see the status of your fleet's tires in real time.
  11. Android or Apple (iOS): Drivers can access the compliance software they need using a single device. Phone or tablet, theirs or yours, it's powerful DOT compliance software in the palm of your hand. The verizon eld Rule accommodates the use of smartphones and other wireless devices as other eld does. Verizon embraces this approach today by utilizing smart phones and tablets for driver interaction with hardware installed in the vehicle.
  12. DVIR: DVIR technology is smart enough to make sure drivers are taking the time to do a thorough inspection. Using smart detection software, it makes sure drivers have physically checked the vehicle, taking enough time to do a full inspection. This device-based solution avoids the problems associated with inspection point systems that rely on stickers exposed to the weather or harsh driving conditions. DVIR compliance forms can be signed, stored and customized to include additional maintenance information for specific assets.            

Verizon ELD Features

There are many reasons for that. Electronic Logging Device (ELD) is an electronic hardware that is attached to a commercial motor vehicle engine to record driving hours. The driving hours of commercial drivers (truck and bus drivers) are regulated by a set of rules known as the hours of service (HOS).

eld monitors a vehicle’s engine to capture data on whether the engine is running, whether the vehicle is moving, miles that were driven, and the duration of engine operation. All the data that the eld gathers has helped trucking companies grow at a much faster pace.

However, if you're planning to buy an eld Device for your truck, we hope this guide will help you find all the necessary information you need.

The Verizon eld is packed with powerful features that simplify fleet management. Identifying these features is a big part of selecting the right eld to purchase.

Fuel cost savings

Verizon eld tracks the amount of time each driver spends idling. You can quickly identify drivers that idle long or too frequently using this information. Tracking excessive idling save you thousands of dollars every month and reducing fuel wastage.

Increased safety

This eld device also provides safety-monitoring tools with lack of driver fatigue, GPS tracking, fault-code monitoring, efficient route management, and timely identification of lousy driving behaviors before they turn into accidents.

Improvement in CSA scores

This device makes sure that drivers are not driving more than they should. With verizon e-logs, other HOS violations such as outdated log violations, Form & Manner violations, and falsification of logs are entirely eradicated.

Lower insurance premiums

ELD increase fleet safety and fleets with verizon eld get better insurance premiums rate than fleet without eld. Besides, the risk of a stolen or hijacked vehicle is far less since the eld comes with GPS tracking features.

Location tracking

Verizon eld allows fleet managers to monitor vehicles through GPS tracking. Fleet managers do not need to call the driver each time they want to get an update since they can easily track the vehicle location.

Installing and Connecting Verizon Electronic Logging Device

Installation of The Device

Installing the verizon eld in the truck with the engine off.

  • Find the truck diagnostic port. Its position depends on the truck make and model. It could be found under the dash, above the footrest, in the fuse box, near the handbrake or the clutch pedal handbrake.
  • Connect the cable to the truck diagnostic port.
  • Line up the collar tabs with the matching slot on the diagnostic port to ensure secure connection (for 6-Pin or 9-Pin connectors only).

Your verizon eld is now correctly installed in your truck.

  • Find an excellent location inside your truck to place the eld module and mobile device.
  • You can mount the eld module anywhere on top or underneath the dash for easy access while driving with minimal distraction.
  • Turn the ignition on, and the eld module is ready to connect to your tablet or mobile device.

Connecting

  • Lunch the app store on your phone and download REVEAL ELD Logbook App (Verizon only).
  • Click on the app icon to open the app on your phone or tablet.
  • Your Bluetooth will turn on automatically.
  • Allow the App to access the device.
  • Tap pair new device.
  • Enable GPS if asked.
  • Select "REVEAL ELD Logbook" from the list of Bluetooth device available on your device's Bluetooth Settings menu.
  • When prompted, enter "1234" as the device PIN and hit "Ok."
  • Tap on Pair and Connect.
  • Once connected, the indicator lights will flash solid red. After some seconds, the left-side indicator light will turn green, indicating a successful GPS connection.

Pros of Verizon ELD

  • Eld increase efficiency and save drivers precious time because they no longer need to enter data into paper logs.
  • Lower crash rates and reduce trucks downtime which translates into more money for companies and drivers.
  • The eld will accurately eliminate the need for disputes over hours used between management and drivers.
  • Eld allows fleets to plan their loads and deliveries better thereby increasing dispatch efficiency.
  • Eld device sync with GPS systems, giving the fleet manager the ability to track how fast drivers are moving, how long they are behind the wheel, and when they are stopped.

Cons of  Verizon ELD

  • Eld require large amounts of capital to install.
  • The GPS technology that eld uses could seem invasive to truck drivers.
  • The new regulation will make it difficult for small firms to afford the new device.
  • Drivers are opposed to being micromanaged and having their every movement tracked electronically.
  • Fleet managers, professional drivers, dispatchers, and enforcement personnel will all require training to know how to use the new technology.

 Verizon ELD Questions


The electronic logging device mandate has generated a lot of questions, with the government continuing to clarify the regulation. We've endeavored to find answers to common questions that arise.

Can ELD App be on a smart-phone or other wireless device?

Yes. Eld App can be on a smart-phone or other wireless device if the device meet the eld rules and technical specifications, which includes being able to access data from ELD module.

What data do ELD automatically recorded?

An eld automatically records the following information at specific intervals: time, date, location information, vehicle miles, engine hours and identification information for the driver, authenticated user, and motor carrier.

How does the ELD discover driving/non-driving status?

An eld automatically switches to driving mode once the vehicle is moving at a speed threshold of 5 mph but once the speed falls to 0 mph and stays at 0 mph for three consecutive seconds, the eld switch to non-driving mode.

How is location data recorded?

The eld must record location data at 60-minute intervals when the vehicle is in motion, and when the driver shuts down the engine; it changes duty status and indicates personal use.

Can I edit an ELD record?

Yes. Both the authorized staff and the driver can make few edits to an eld record to add missing information or correct any mistakes, but all edits must include a note to explain the reason for the edit.

What type of training will my drivers need?

Your driver will be the one utilizing the system, so training them should be the most crucial area of focus. Drivers need to know more than just how to operate the device. The more training the companies can give the driver, the easier the roadside inspection process will be.

What documents do the drivers need to carry along with them?

The driver is required to have an eld user manual, an instruction sheet for reporting possible eld malfunctions, an instruction sheet for transferring HOS data and supply log sheets paper as a backup.

Blue Ink Eld Reviews & Tech ELD Rating

Are you a new independent driver or small fleet owner? Does the ELD mandate seem complicated and difficult to follow? Or are you someone looking to change your current ELD?

Then we have some information you might be interested in reading through. In this article we will go over the Blue Ink BIT ELD, and explain why it is a great option for any individual driver or small fleet owner.

The Blue Ink BIT ELD is a fully FMCSA complaint ELD in both the USA and Canada. It also includes the ability to put in exemptions for oilfields and yard moves.

Then if you are a fleet manager and want a few extra features, the premium package offered contains additional features that help you manage your fleet.

The main features include: IFTA Reports, Maintenance Schedules, and Fleet Visibility. These features make the Blue Ink ELD an excellent choice for smaller fleets who don’t need all the features available with the more expensive ELD options.

In the rest of this review we will go in depth about the BIT ELD so you can have all the information you will need to help with your decision on which ELD is the best fit for you.

We will examine all the different features Blue Ink has to offer, go over some of the drawbacks, dive deeper into the different payment methods, installation, and finally go over some frequently asked questions.

Blue Ink ELD Features

  • BIT ELD App
  • com (Web Dashboard)
  • IFTA Fuel Tax Reporting
  • Maintenance Schedules
  • Fleet Visibility


The mobile phone app and the web dashboard are free services that you can use, and will hook up to the ELD when it is purchased. The app is the driver’s best friend. It allows the driver to easily change their status form on and off duty to accurately track their Hours of Service (HOS). Then it’s a simple click to certify the logs for the day. It also shows a simple dashboard showing available hours left for driving, shift and cycle times for any cycle rule you have.

Includes cycle times for property carrying vehicles, passenger carrying vehicles for anywhere in the US, Canada, or oilfields. Another equally important feature is the digital vehicle inspection reports. This system allows the drivers to help flag issues as soon as they occur and can get their trucks serviced immediately.

These features will allow you to reduce downtime and keep truck utilization at a maximum.

Additional Blue Ink Tech ELD Features Overview

The BlueInkTech web portal is what every fleet manager needs to track the large steam of data about their drivers, trucks, and deliveries. Each driver will have a profile available on the portal, this profile allows the fleet manager to track exemptions, and CDL renewals.

The portal also tracks each driver’s HOS, so the fleet manager can quickly see how many hours of driving each driver has left. This accurate hours tracking will allow you to optimize the delivery logistics to fully utilize each driver’s remaining hours. The web portal also shows each driver’s logs.

The fleet manager can then read through each log to inspect for any errors and push suggestions if they spot a possible error. They can also immediately see if a violation occurs and see the details of how the violation occurred so they can coach the driver about how to prevent any future events from happening.

Disadvantages

The biggest disadvantage of the BIT ELD is the lack of other features. Even though all the features the BIT ELD offers are impressive, there are other ELDs out there that offer plenty of more advanced features to help you optimize each vehicles utilization. The BIT ELD does make up for the lack of features by keeping their price significantly lower than their competitors.

Every other competitor charges high monthly or annual premiums that end up costing significantly more than the upfront cost of the BIT ELD. Most of the features the BIT ELD is lacking are only fully utilized for larger fleets.

Smaller fleets could certainly use these features but generally the added cost of the advanced features outweighs the return on investment form increased utilization. This is why we are recommending the BIT ELD to individual drivers or small fleet managers.

Pricing

When purchasing the BIT ELD there are a few different pricing options to consider. The first and simplest pricing option is the upfront cost of the ELD. They charge a flat rate of $295 dollars. This one-time cost purchased the device for the vehicle and by downloading the free app each driver and vehicle is now fully ELD complaint.

It’s as simple as that. No need to worry about any recurring expenses afterwards, the upfront cost of this ELD makes it extremely cost efficient. The only other thing to consider is since the device interacts with the driver’s smart phone you will need to make sure the phone is new enough and can have access to cellular data.

There are also no hidden expenses after purchasing the ELD, like buying the proper connections cables, etc. Most vehicle diagnostic ports use a 6 or 9 pin connection, and when purchasing the ELD you just choose which connection is right for you.

If you have an OBD-II connection or would like an adapter splitter then these cables can be purchased at an extra cost of $40. The splitter cable would allow you to keep the ELD plugged in while still allowing a mechanic to plug in a diagnostic monitor to view any fault codes and interact with the vehicles on-board computer.

IFTA FUEL TAX FEATURE ON BLUE INK ELD

The IFTA fuel tax reporting is a huge time saving feature for any fleet that is going to be driving across several states. Recording and tracking mileage for each jurisdiction along with knowing all the fuel purchases can be hours of work.

This features uses the ELD to automatically log the miles from the odometer and organizes the mileage by each state or jurisdiction. The IFTA fuel tax reporting automation takes out all the trouble of making these calculates and automates it all for you. Just combine with uploaded fuel receipts from the driver and let the dashboard do the rest for you.

This breaks down all the quarterly fuel purchases and shows detailed reports for each vehicle and for each state that vehicle was in. There is also no magic behind in how these calculations are done, you can easily see the details to each driver’s route, and visually verify how Blue Ink calculates the IFTA data.

By allowing Blue Ink to do the calculations for the reports negates the chances of a clerical error occurring when filing.

 

The three services we listed earlier, IFTA Fuel Tax Recording, Maintenance Schedules and Fleet Visibility, are available as premium services. Blue Ink offers three different packages that are billed quarterly. The first package is their basic package that includes one premium service, and costs $10 a month billed quarterly per vehicle.

The pro package is their second tier package, this includes two premium services for the price of $15 a month, charged quarterly per vehicle. The third and final tier of premium package is their enterprise package.

This package costs $20 a month, again billed quarterly per vehicle, but this package includes all three premium services offered by the Blue Ink BIT ELD.

Since each of these packages are billed quarterly, if you sign up for one of these services in the middle of the quarter the cost is pro-rated based on the  number of days you’ll actually get to use the service. This pro-ration only applied to the Maintenance Schedules and Fleet Visibility.

The IFTA Fuel Tax recording is still billed as the full amount, this is because all of the IFTA data is always logged whether you’re paying for the service or not. Once the service is paid for, for the quarter than you will see all the data dating back to the start of the current quarter.

Depending on your fleets’ size, one or more of these features could be a large enough time saver to outweigh the cost of Blue Ink’s premium services. We also liked how Blue Ink offers three different options for purchasing their premium packaged allowing you to mix and match which services are most important to you.

Blue Ink ELD Maintenance Schedule

Since the ELD is monitoring the mileage and engine operating hours, it allows you to easily schedule oil and filter changes in advance. This lets you optimize when this preventive maintenance occurs so you don’t have to waste any time on performing these vehicle critical tasks.

Since all of this data appears on the dashboard, the fleet manager has a detailed, easy to read, view of each vehicles’ maintenance schedule. The dashboard allows you to customize any maintenance task to your own conditions. If you’d prefer to schedule maintenance by mileage, engine operating hours, days, or months, then the Blue Ink dashboard allows you this full customized solution.

The dashboard is also color coded by past due, future, and current maintenance schedules so it’s very quick for the manager to see which vehicles are in desperate need of servicing. Or if a vehicle has upcoming maintenance then you can more easily order parts ahead of time to avoid going over due on maintenance or cause unexpected downtime.

The final feature we will talk about is the fleet visibility. This simple tool shows the exact location of each vehicle and driver along with where each driver is along their routes. It not only shows the location of each vehicle, but also shows where the traffic is so you can reroute drivers ahead of time to cut down on loss of time by having your drivers sit in traffic.

This service also keeps data on historic routes, so you can see where drivers are routinely waiting and cut out historical bottle necks. It also allows you verify each driver’s route to ensure they are taking the most efficient path

Installation

Blue Ink’s BIT ELD is very simple and fast to install. When the ELD is purchased you will receive the appropriate connection cable you purchased to easily attach the device to each vehicles computer. The device plugs directly into the computer through a port that is easily accessible in the vehicles’ dashboard.

Once the device is installed, each driver will have to download a free app, which is available on both the Apple App Store and on Google Play. These apps allow the drivers to create an account and sync all of their data with the fleet managers’ dashboard.

The app allows them to pull up their vehicles inspection reports, log hours, and more. All of this is made incredibly straight forward so the driver doesn’t have to waste any valuable time on pesky record keeping.

To view all the information coming from each vehicle the fleet manager is given access to an online dashboard. This dashboard allows them to monitor everything that is happening with the fleet.

The features available will vary based on what package is purchased. By making the dashboard an online tool, this saves the fleet manger the hassle of downloading and installing an application, and tying the manager down to a specific workstation.

Blue  Ink ELD Buyers Guide

First off, what is an ELD? An Electronic Logging Device (ELD) automatically collects a driver’s hours of service to ensure they are complying with all the federally mandated safety standards. This electronic standard was put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

To comply with this mandate, drivers are required to have an ELD connected to their vehicle’s diagnostic port to assist in electronically logging their hours. These electronic devices ensure accurate miles and hours are logged by reading engine shaft rotations, and counting all hours after the vehicle is moving more than five miles per hour.

What makes the Blue Ink BIT ELD stand above the rest? There are no monthly or annual fees. You read that right, just a onetime payment of $295 dollars and the device is yours along with all the other electronic services. The reason we recommend the BIT ELD for small fleet’s or individual drivers is for this low cost.

You pay one upfront fee and when you have the device for a few years, it pays itself off rather quickly. The setup of this device is also incredibly simple and fast to do.

You plug it in to your vehicle’s diagnostic port, with one of the many options of cables Blue Ink offers, then just download the free app and connect to the device through your phone’s Bluetooth connection and that’s it. The fleet manager then can login to the free web portal to view their fleet’s statistics and location data, on their easy to use interface.

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Blue INK FAQ’s

Will this work for team driver?

Yes, The BIT ELD app will allow 2 drivers to keep logs simultaneously.

Is there an oilfield line 5 option available?

The app will allow you to use the oilfield exemption when you are on site.

Does it offer a personal convenience line for off duty driving?

Yes and yard moves.

Is this device the only thing you have to buy basically plug-and-play?

Yes, but you will also need a smartphone or tablet (Apple or Android) with Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS and our free app. If your vehicle does not have a round diagnostics port then you may need an adapter.

Do I own or lease the ELD?

When you buy the BIT ELD you own the ELD. There are no ongoing monthly costs to use the BIT ELD to record your HOS logs or for access to BIT Customer Support.

Will this help me with DVIRs?

Yes. Drivers can submit their DVIRs through the BIT ELD app, and those reports will be available on the Blue Ink Tech web portal for six months.

I'm the BIT account administrator. Can I edit my drivers' logs if I see an error?

You cannot directly make changes to your drivers' logs, but you can make suggested edits to their logs on the web portal. The suggested changes will show on the driver's BIT ELD app home screen for them to accept or reject before certifying their logs.

Why can’t I change my “Drive” time to “Off Duty”?

The FMCSA mandates that Driving events recorded by the ELD when the vehicle was in motion cannot be changed to a non-motion status such as “Off Duty” or “Sleeper Berth”. You can only change drive time to another in-motion status such as “Personal Conveyance” or “Yard Move”.

What if the inspector wants a copy of my logs?

You can send your logs to the DOT email or web server. On the “Roadside Inspection” screen tap the green gear icon in the bottom-left corner to bring up a menu of options. Tap “Send Records to DOT Web Server” or “Email Records to DOT”.

The officer should give you a routing number to enter in the comment field so they can easily find the file. Your logs will be sent in the comma-separated-variable format required by the FMCSA.

Electronic Logging Devices For Sale – Ratings & Reviews

The latest regulations oblige drivers to install electronic logging devices in their trucks. Due to that fact, you can see plenty of electronic logging devices for sale. The large number of eld devices makes it hard to pick the right one for your needs.

There are many features and options available, which is why we did the footwork for you and reviewed some of the best ELD devices on the market. Keep reading to discover what we learned and find the favorite that will ensure you become compliant with ELD mandate!

Device NameBest FeaturePrice
KeepTruckin ELDAll-in-one system for fleet management$149.99 Plus
Rand McNally ELD 50Reliable performance and accurate location tracker$179.95
Garmin eLog compliant ELDNo subscription fees$249.95
Omnitracs IVGHands-free interface that utilizes your voice$40 A Month
EROAD EhuboHighly accurate and free of bugs
$527.65

Keep Truckin ELD Buyers Guide

Features of Keep Truckin ELD

The reason why we are suggesting this as the best electronic logging device on the market is the extensive set of features it offers. The crucial thing is that this product will keep you ELD compliant at all times.

That means you will pass DOT audits without any issues and prevent HOS violations even before they happen.

KeepTruckin ELD offers GPS tracking with location history, which means that you can see where vehicles are at the moment and where they have been in the past.

It also offers modifiable vehicle inspections, as well as diagnostic alerts that will make it easier to maintain your trucks.

Thanks to the IFTA feature, you won’t have to bother with the administration of collecting state miles, while vehicle utilization might save you some money on fuel costs.

If you worry about the safety of your fleet, the installed smart dashcam offers a video solution that will protect your drivers and vehicles. Other features include a simple messaging system to communicate with the drivers, as well as the scorecards you can use to analyze their performance. The Bluetooth connection is available, but it is far from perfect.


Costs of Keep Truckin ELD

If you want to test the product, you can get a demo of electronic logs, vehicle inspections, and messaging for free. The starter package is priced at $20 per month, but it includes GPS tracking, ELD compliance, and alerts.

If you truly want to experience the power of the KeepTruckin ELD, you should apply for a Plus packet. It costs $30 per month and it comes with everything we mentioned so far plus IFTA fuel tax reporting, vehicle diagnostics, idle time tracking, and driver scorecards.

Keep in mind that you pay on a yearly basis, which means that the app will cost $240 or $360 per year depending on the package. Large companies may be eligible for discounts, but the system is not fair to small companies as they are required to pay in advance.

Pros
  • Easy to use for drivers
  • Secures ELD compliance at all times
  • The IFTA feature makes the administration part simple
  • Vehicle diagnostics and inspection features
  • A camera protects your fleet
Cons
  • There is a free version, but all the good features require payment
  • Might be too expensive for small companies
  • Bluetooth connection is far from perfect

My20 ELD

Features

In its essence, an electronic logging device was designed to help track drivers on the road. However, it is still nice to see when an app is designed with a driver in mind and My20 ELD by Konexial falls into that category.electronic logging for sale

The installation and usage are both simple as they only require connecting the smartphone to the hardware in your truck via Bluetooth. From that point on, all tracking is done automatically by the device. That means the driver doesn’t have to use the phone while driving, which contributes to their safety.

When it comes to features, My20 ELD has everything you might expect from this type of device. It will make you ELD compliant and it offers log auditing, fuel information, and messaging system, as well as maps and GPS tracking. Although it doesn’t come with an instruction manual, the product has an intuitive interface and even a driver that is not technically proficient should have any problems with using the system.

When it works perfectly, My20 ELD is an extremely valuable device. However, it seems that Konexial is still working on optimizing the firmware as the unit might have some functioning bugs. Although it doesn’t happen often, a couple of users mentioned that their device logged the wrong activity. For example, it might track idling even though the driver is on duty. Fortunately, the company is releasing occasional upgrades that stabilize the software and fix various issues.

Costs

There is only one pricing plan for My20 ELD, but the good news is that it is quite affordable. The company decided to charge only $15 per month, which makes the device suitable even for small businesses. You should pay the costs every three months and there are no hidden hardware charges involved.

Pros
  • Plenty of useful features
  • Suitable even for drivers that are not tech savvy
  • No need to use the phone while driving since everything is tracked automatically
  • Affordable price and no hidden hardware charges
Cons
  • In rare occasions, it might record wrong activities
  • No instructions provided
  • Only one pricing plan

Omnitracs IVG

Features

Did you know that IVG stands for Intelligent Vehicle Gateway? Omnitracs has been in the trucking industry for almost three decades and they have been making ELDs for more than 15 years, which is why we expected a top-class product and we are glad they delivered.

This solution guarantees that you will comply with the latest regulations. The installation process shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes and, once you are ready to go, you will enjoy 99% of the uptime of the system.

Omnitracs IVG is driver-friendly and aims to keep drivers happy so that they stay loyal to your company. This ELD system improved efficiency and enables maximized revenue for the driver while securing reduced costs for the business. Thanks to this device, you will boost CSA scores and compliance, as well as enhance customer service.

The interface is intuitive and the navigation through the menus is simple, but there is no tutorial, which means some trial and error will be necessary. You can also utilize the hands-free voice interface that additionally contributes to safety and productivity. Just connect the phone via Bluetooth and enjoy the magic. Unfortunately, the device has occasional bugs, which we didn’t expect for the price. If anything, the staff of Omnitracs is working on new versions as we speak.

Costs

The good news is that you can try Omnitracs IVG through a fully clickable demo. To become eligible, you will need to register through their official website. The problem occurs once you want to purchase the hardware as it has an extremely high upfront cost. You need to pay $799 for the equipment plus $30 per month to use the ELD system.

Pros
    • 99% system uptime guaranteed
    • Hands-free interface for increased safety
    • Simple installation process
    • Uses both Bluetooth and cable to connect to your phone
Cons
      • No instructions provided imply that there need to be some trial and error in learning
      • The extremely high price tag
      • It becomes buggy occasionally

Rand Mcnally ELD 50

Features

If you are an experienced driver, you are surely familiar with the Rand Mcnally brand as they have been on the market for decades. They are now trying to keep track with modern products, but the truth is that there is room for improvement when it comes to their ELD 50 system. Do not get us wrong as this device can be reliable, but it also comes with a portion of flaws.

The installation process is simple as long as you have the required hardware equipment. Upon installing the app, you can perform transitions and updates over the air which saves some time you otherwise spend on connectivity.

There doesn’t seem to be any problem with performance except an occasional bug or two when rebooting the system. The interface, however, is the problem as the manufacturer tries to pack plenty of information on a single screen, but finding your way through menus can be confusing.

Pros
      • A reputable brand that has been on the market for decades
      • Simple to install and allows updates and transitions “over the air”
      • Reliable performance and accurate location tracker
Cons
      • Avoid rebooting as it may lead to buggy performance
      • The interface could be more modern

Costs

The price of the electronic logging device itself in the Rand Mcnally online store is set at $150. However, you will need a tablet and a GPS tracker and it is advisable to use the one provided by the company. In that case, the upfront cost might go over $500, while the monthly fee is set at $30.

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EROAD Ehubo

Features

We like to see that a manufacturer is dedicated to making a great product and it seems that EROAD has done just that with EHubo. The amount of features packed in a single system is impressive, but let’s focus on ELD compliance first. The company hired another firm to test their products before releasing and confirm that everything is working as expected, which is why this software is completely bug-free.

The manufacturer guarantees total compliance with both ELD and tax demands, which is why the software is also equipped with IFTA. The drivers will appreciate that the system considers their safety a top priority and packs an over-speed dashboard, virtual speed camera, vehicle inspection forms, and even max speed alert.

When it comes to fleet management, location tracking works flawlessly, and you also have a messaging system, fuel management, and usage report when the vehicles are off the highway. The size of the product is compact, but that also means the screen is relatively small, which can cause issues for some users. There should be no issues with the system, but in case you have a problem, keep in mind that the support outside business hours is far from ideal.

Costs

As with most of other companies, EROAD also offers a free demo of its system on request. If you decide to purchase the hardware, the good news is that there is no upfront cost. However, the expected monthly fee is around $45, although it can vary depending on your plan.

Pros
      • Total compliance with ELD and tax
      • Plenty of useful fleet management features
      • Highly accurate and virtually free of any bugs
Cons
      • Relatively small screen
      • Don’t expect much from customer support outside business hours

What You Should Consider When Purchasing ELD Devices

First of all, let’s clarify that you need an electronic logging device if you want to comply with the latest regulations. In fact, the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) passed a mandate that requires all drivers to have this system installed in their trucks.

Do not think that smartphones can serve as ELDs because they are not connected to the engine and the information provided might not be accurate enough.

Here is what you should consider when purchasing ELD units:

    • Total compliance – try to browse the website of the ELD and find information that the manufacturer guarantees compliance with the mandate. Most companies updated their software to comply with the regulations, but you should still check to confirm
    • Constant updates – there is no perfect software, but you can get close to perfection with continuous updates. You want a product from a company that constantly works on improving their software
    • Reliable customer support – if anything goes wrong, you will need the help of a professional to resolve the issue, which is why customer support should be available 24/7
    • Your budget – the truth is ELD units can be expensive and the prices may significantly vary. You want to find a unit that fits the budget but still provides the most bang for the buck

Final Note

At the end of the day, the best electronic logging device depends on your desires. You want a system to have accurate location tracking and activity logging.

There are also additional features that you can look for, such as driver’s scorecards or vehicle inspections and diagnostics.

If the price is not an issue, we are sure that you can find a perfect ELD unit that will fit your needs!