ELD implementation differs from integration

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21 Nov 2017

 

Implementing and integrating are two topics that can sometimes get clumped into meaning the same thing. While they are similar in some ways they are in fact two wholly separate processes, especially in regards to electronic logging devices ELD in commercial vehicles. Knowing the difference can save some frustration when deploying your fleet with ELDs.

Merriam-Webster defines the word “implement” as the act of carrying something out effectively. “Integrate” is defined as making something a part of a separate body or system. Both deal with the creation of a new entity, with implementation creating something in a void and implementation building a new item or system from something that already exists.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Dec. 18 mandate for the enforceable use of ELDs is less than one month away. For carriers that are not yet fully compliant with the regulation, the distinction between the two topics grows more important by the day.

Outsourcing integration aims to achieve compliance

After an ELD system is initially implemented, carriers may discover that they feature only the technology required to keep them compliant but inherently lack functionalities that allow carriers to maximize their operating potential.

Commercial Carrier Journal reported that carriers have begun seeking the help of third party companies to better manage their compliance processes and increase their overall productivity. New technology-based services are being offered that can be integrated with current ELD systems to simplify operations and things like data recording and auditing.

One example included a company offering a service that could compare hours of service logbook entries with events like fuel stops and GPS data to determine whether a driver logged sufficient hours. Another service offered by many companies providing integration tools is a web portal that allows customers to manage data and view their compliance status.

Companies of all types are not only offering their services to boost ELD compliance and driver management but also partnering with other businesses to achieve these goals. Fleet services company Omnitracs just recently announced a partnership with tech juggernaut Samsung to provide a hardware and software combination intended for integration with carrier ELD systems.

“With the trucking industry racing to be compliant with ELD standards by end of year, Samsung technology is helping fleet and trucking companies achieve their goals, and do so with a solution that keeps driver satisfaction and ease-of-use top-of-mind,” said Ted Brodheim, vice president of vertical business and B2B mobile division at Samsung Electronics America, in the official Omnitracs statement. “Today’s transportation and trucking companies increasingly rely on mobile devices for navigational, analytical and recreational functions, and we are excited to collaborate with Omnitracs to deliver on next-generation mobility with telematics capabilities.”

ELD implementation creates the system but integrating new technology or functions within it is what can make the system a powerhouse of compliance and productivity for carriers. There are seemingly endless options for what is possible through the successful integration of outside technology.

Lee Trans can provide carriers with expert oversight in ensuring their ELD integration or implementation techniques result in full compliance by the arrival of the mandate’s deadline.