To meet the electronic logging device mandate (ELD), trucking fleets are looking for the best and easiest solution to outfit their vehicles and ensure compliance. Truckers can’t afford to be sidelined with complicated installations, losing loads while waiting for their electronic logging devices to be installed.

For small fleets and owner/operators looking for the easy option, a hardware-plus-software bundle like the Samsung and Magellan ELD package, that pairs a Samsung tablet with Magellan’s powerful navigation and ELD applications, is an affordable, turnkey solution.

For truckers using an Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRD) that will be grandfathered in for two years, the Samsung and Magellan bundle is an upgrade to an electronic logging device that also incorporates useful features for navigation and fleet telematics.

This solution provides everything needed to quickly install the ELD and get the truck back in service. It includes the Samsung Galaxy tablet, the dongle to connect to the device to the truck’s engine management computer, the mount and power supply and Magellan’s software. The purchase price also includes a subscription for access to Magellan’s navigation and Hours of Service solutions.

Fleets can choose This ELD bundle is available with cellular connectivity from the top four wireless providers. The solution has also been certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as meeting the requirements for an ELD.

Easy Installation

Installing an ELD for your small fleet is simple, according to Mark Perini, Magellan’s vice president of fleet solutions. Solo drivers could accomplish it on their own, but it’s probably best left to a fleet maintenance provider or a reseller to ensure the installation can stand up to the rigors of life on the highway.

Installation begins with inserting the Bluetooth dongle into the truck’s J-Bus Port OBD-II Port to gather data from the truck’s engine management computer. The location of the port varies by make and model of the truck, but it’s usually under the dash or another easily accessible spot.

Without any need for wires connecting the device, the dongle collects engine data to show when the truck is moving or idling and transmits that to the mobile device.

A quick-release RAM mount cradle with a keyed lock offers a secure fit with easy access to the mounted tablet. Depending on the truck’s layout and driver preferences, the mount can be placed on the floor or on the dash. Placing the mount may be the most technically demanding step because it must be securely placed in a location that doesn’t obscure the driver’s vision or access to any truck controls.

The mount’s power supply must be hardwired with the included fused power line to the truck’s electrical system to ensure it is always charged to record the truck’s movements. This hardware includes connectivity and charging in one set up, so there are no extra wires to deal with in the cab for a clean, simple installation.

The next step is powering on the mobile device and going through the setup procedure. New users will have to register for a Magellan HOS account and log into the Hours of Service application as a driver. Of course, read the owner’s manual and follow tutorials to ensure the device is accurately capturing hours of service. For a single truck, that’s all that’s necessary.

In addition to truck navigation and maps, the Magellan solution has added features such as driver safety warnings including speed limit, mile markers, speed cameras and school zones. The tablet can also be used to complete driver vehicle inspection records, and additional apps can add a variety of functions to the device.

Comprehensive Service

For fleets with multiple trucks, the management portal gives managers the ability to monitor drivers’ hours of service status and communicate with drivers as necessary. Dispatchers can see a driver’s status and send alerts and make trip assignments accordingly. Fleets can manage multiple drivers per truck to ensure flexibility in assigning drivers and loads.

For further driver management, the system also allows fleet managers to remove and add drivers to the system as they change companies. If a driver leaves, they can easily assign the license to whatever remains of the subscription to a new hire, making the technology transition seamless.

The software will store required hours of service data, in increments of both eight days and six months, helping drivers adhere to compliance standards. When there’s no cellular service, the mobile device can store the hours of service record and upload it when there’s a good connection. Since the data is stored on the driver’s phone and also backed up in the cloud, it is maintained even if a driver loses or breaks a phone.

For small fleets that want to go beyond basic ELD compliance and tap into the power of telematics and navigation, the Samsung and Magellan bundle presents a robust package from trusted companies in mobile devices and navigation.

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