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The FMCSA Mandate Requiring ELDs Has Gone Into Effect

Posted by Clay Kraby on Dec 10, 2015 10:17:43 AM



The FMCSA Mandate which requires electronic logging devices (ELDs) by drivers currently required to prepare HOS records of duty status (RODS) has launched.


From the FMCSA Website:

The Electronic Logging Devices and Hours-of-Service Supporting Documents Rule (ELD Rule) is intended to make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data.

The rule applies to most carriers and drivers who are required to maintain RODS.

The ELD Rule:

  • Specifies who is covered by the rule and the rule’s exceptions.
  • Includes a phased implementation timeline to give carriers and drivers time to comply.
  • Simplifies the requirements for retaining supporting documents to verify time.
  • Includes procedural changes to address driver harassment by a motor carrier.
  • Prohibits ELDs from certain operations in order to limit driver harassment by a motor carrier.
  • Provides for ELDs to be certified and then listed on an FMCSA website:
  • Includes technical specifications to ensure ELDs are standardized and compliant.
  • Includes provisions to help prevent data tampering and harassment of drivers.
  • Creates standard data displays and data transfer processes, making it easier to demonstrate compliance and faster to share RODS with safety officials.


Carriers and Drivers who are subject to the rule must install and use ELDs by the appropriate deadline:

  • Carriers and drivers who are using paper logs or logging software must transition to ELDS no later than two years post publication.
  • Carriers and drivers who use AOBRDS prior to the compliance date must transition to ELDS no later than four years post publication.

Enforcement Partners must understand enforcement and compliance procedures during each implementation phase, and which regulatory guidance applies to each phase.

ELD Manufacturers must conform to ELD technical specifications, register with the FMCSA, and certify their ELDs for listing on the FMCSA website.


The ELD rule is being implemented in several phases:

The Effective Date is the date 60 days after the rule’s publication in the Federal Register.

The Compliance Date is two years from the publication date.

Phase 1:  Awareness and Transition Phase: The two-year period following publication of the ELD rule.

During this time, carriers and drivers subject to the rule should prepare to comply, and may voluntarily use ELDs.

Carriers and drivers subject to the rule can use any of the following for records of duty status (RODS):

  • Paper logs
  • Logging software
  • AOBRDS (Automatic On Board Recording Devices)
  • ELDs that are registered and listed on the FMCSA website

Phase 2:  Phased-In Compliance Phase:  The two-year period from the Compliance Date to the Full Compliance Phase (four years following ELD rule publication).

Carriers and drivers subject to the rule can only use:

  • AOBRDS that were installed before the rule’s compliance date (two years from the date of publication).
  • Certified ELDs listed on the FMCSA website following rule publication.

Phase 3:  Full Compliance Phase: Four years after publication all drivers and carriers subject to the rule must use certified ELDs that comply with requirements of the ELD regulations.


A comprehensive ELD section of the website will be launched by 2:00 PM EST on Thursday, December 10. Please check back then to learn more about ELDs and visit the Final Rule Documentation in the meantime for further details on the rule.

We also encourage you to sign up for the ELD newsletter and email distribution list to make sure you stay informed.

See more at:

Read the Final Ruling

Interview with Alex Warner

Posted by Clay Kraby on Jan 6, 2015 10:00:23 AM



Recently, Pedigree Technologies founder Alex Warner joined James Hahn II of Tribe Rocket to discuss the role of technology in the oil and gas industry.

Alex's interview can be heard starting around the 11:00 mark.

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Tire Pressure Monitoring Solution Added to OneView

Posted by Tiffany Bailey on Aug 15, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Our team has been hard at work building the next solution to be added to the OneView platform. The new OneView tire pressure monitoring solution combines the powerful Doran 360™ tire pressure monitoring system with the OneView platform. This integration allows you to view tire pressure readings remotely, which enables a dispatcher to ensure their fleet’s tires are properly inflated. This can help prolong the life of the tires and improve fuel economy.

Did you know that fuel efficiency improves by as much as 3.3 percent when tires are properly inflated, according to the U.S. Department of Energy? For a company managing a fleet of 20 semis, this equates to 13,530 gallons or about $50,000 annually in saved fuel. Additionally, having appropriate air pressure in tires can help reduce maintenance costs from blowouts and re-treading tires.

Let’s take a closer look at the tire pressure monitoring solution.


The tire pressure monitoring system provides customers with deeper visibility into their operations. Tires are one of the top expenses for equipment/trucks and operating with underinflated tires will decrease tire life at the very least and usually leads to downtime.

“Adopting Doran tire pressure monitoring systems has proven to reduce tire-related repair and maintenance expenses for a number of fleets around the country,” said Jim Samocki, General Manager for Doran Manufacturing. “The capability to have remote visibility to tires with low pressure allows fleets to proactively address those tires, which helps to improve tread life, improve casing quality and minimize roadside repair calls from catastrophic tire failures.”

To see the OneView platform in action, click here.

Tags: fleet management system, mobile resource management, OneView, tire pressure monitoring, doran manufacturing, doran 360

5 Tips for Reducing Fuel Costs with Fleet Management Software

Posted by Tiffany Bailey on Aug 13, 2014 8:56:00 AM

It's no surprise that diesel fuel is the largest operating expense for a trucking company. In fact, a commercial truck can easily consume more than $70,000 of diesel fuel each year. To keep fuel waste at a minimum, check out these 5 tips for reducing fuel costs with fleet management software.


Combining small changes with fleet management software can help your business start using less fuel and put more money in your bottom line. To see how you can start saving on fuel costs, get a customized web demo today!

Tags: fleet management, fleet tracking, fleet management software, fleet tracking software, fleet tracking system

4 Fleet Management Solution Must-Haves

Posted by Tiffany Bailey on Jul 31, 2014 9:35:00 AM

Are you shopping around for a fleet management solution? You’re not alone! If you’re not quite sure which features should be at the top of your must-have list, Software Advice is here to help.

Software Advice, a company that pairs buyers with fleet management solutions developed by their vendor partners, recently released their 2014 Fleet Maintenance Management Software BuyerView report, which includes insight from 385 prospective buyers of fleet maintenance management systems.

In this post, we’ll boil down four of the report’s findings and take a look at whether the Pedigree Technologies OneView platform meets the needs of the survey’s respondents. 

Must-Have #1 – Streamline processes and eliminate manual methods

Taylor Short of Software Advice said, “The most surprising piece of research we found was that a large majority of fleet managers still use manual methods for their operations, but it’s beginning to change as managers recognize the multitude of comprehensive systems [that are available] today.”

Buyers’ Current Fleet Maintenance Management Methods


As illustrated above, 60 percent of those looking to purchase a fleet management solution said they currently use manual methods (such as paper files and spreadsheets) to keep track of their fleets. The OneView fleet management solution allows you to eliminate paperwork and manual processes, which results in saved time and money. For example, General Equipment and Supplies saves 50 hours per week by eliminating manual methods and using automated IFTA reports. Click here to see how they did it.

Must-Have #2 – Improve efficiency through data, speed and insight

The report also uncovered the top ways buyers want fleet management software to improve efficiency of business processes.

Top Ways Fleet Managers Want to Improve Efficiency with Software


Pedigree Technologies OneView allows you to utilize engine diagnostics information, schedule preventative maintenance for your fleet, get email or text message alerts when maintenance is due on assets, and get organized by having data in one system that generates powerful reports that can be automatically delivered to your email inbox. Click here to learn more about the OneView fleet maintenance solution.

Additionally, the report includes the respondents’ top reasons they were looking to purchase software.

Reasons for Software Purchases


Must-Have #3 – Maintenance, Tracking and Work Orders

According to the report, maintenance, asset tracking and work order capabilities were most commonly requested by fleet management system buyers. Short added, “We can see that the fragmentation of features throughout the fleet management software market has left a lot of managers without useful functions like work order management, strong reports or maintenance alerts.” However, Pedigree Technologies OneView supports all of these top-requested features.

With Pedigree Technologies, you can choose from our solutions and create a custom OneView platform that meets your business needs. OneView is a centralized operations command center that lets you track and manage multiple types of assets. Our open and scalable system is built to meet your business needs now and in the future. Plus, with OneView, you can easily add on solutions like our electronic logbooks or equipment management whenever your business is ready. Click here to learn more about OneView solutions.

Must-Have #4 – Cloud-Based Capabilities.

Many respondents indicated they want to have access to their fleet management system outside of the office. They said they were looking for a system with features like web portals, mobile integration and GPS tracking. Short said, “Like many other software markets, fleet managers are increasingly seeking Web-based features like mobile access and GPS tracking, which are extremely convenient tools for fleet management.” With OneView, users have access to important data from anywhere they have an Internet connection and GPS capabilities allow fleet managers to know the location of their high-value assets in the field.


Note: Pedigree Technologies is not affiliated with Software Advice.

Interested in learning how OneView can help streamline your business processes? Click here to schedule your web demo today.

Tags: fleet management system, equipment maintenance, fleet management software, fleet tracking software, GPS fleet tracking, GPS fleet management software, software advice

6 Benefits of Electronic Logbooks

Posted by Tiffany Bailey on Jul 18, 2014 10:47:00 AM

Are you wondering if an ELD solution is right for you? Ask yourself these questions…

  • Does your company need to improve its safety scores?
  • Are you struggling with drivers violating HOS (hours-of-service) regulations?
  • Do you want to save your company time and money?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, electronic logs may be the right solution for your business.


The Pedigree Technologies OneView solution was created with you in mind, working towards the ultimate goal of making your business more efficient and profitable. Put all the data in the palm of your hand and try an ELD solution for your business today.

Tags: electronic driver logs, electronic log books, eLogs, HOS, OneView, Electronic Logging Device

6 Ways to Reduce Fleet Costs

Posted by Tiffany Bailey on Jul 15, 2014 4:07:00 PM

If you own or operate a fleet of vehicles, then you know what you are up against — rising fuel costs, strict compliance regulations and driver retention can keep your costs rising and profits low. Reducing your fleet costs is not any easy task, but there are new tools and systems that can help. Many fleets are leveraging asset tracking systems to save money and boost productivity. Depending on size, their savings are anywhere from tens-to-hundreds of thousands of dollars each year! Keep reading to find out how they’re doing it.


No matter what size fleet you operate, there are multiple ways your company can cut costs and increase efficiencies.

How are you reducing costs of operating your fleet? Post your fleet cost saving story below.

Tags: fleet management system, fleet management, fleet tracking, FMCSA, fleet management software, fleet tracking software, fleet tracking system

5 Links We Like

Posted by Tiffany Bailey on Jul 11, 2014 8:41:00 AM

At Pedigree Technologies, we keep one ear to the ground. We’re always listening for interesting stories about mobile resource management, technology, telematics, transportation and logistics, and oil and gas. We find some pretty notable content and news throughout any given week and we like to pass some of those nuggets on to you through our Links We Like posts.


Christian Science Monitor breakfast with Secretary Foxx

U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx participated in the Christian Science Monitor breakfast on July 1, 2014. He discussed several topics, including funding, oil and gas, and transportation safety. Although you won’t be able to get any of the eggs and sausage served at the breakfast, click here to view the conversation.

Texas and North Dakota would rank number 5 globally as an oil nation

Did you know that two of the fifty states—Texas and North Dakota—together produce more oil than Canada? Well, they do! In fact, the American Enterprise Institute announced this week that if Texas and North Dakota were a nation, they would rank fifth among the world’s largest oil producers. At 3.865 barrels per day, they would rank just behind China (4.2 million bpd) and just ahead of Canada (3.5 bpd). click here to read the story.

OneView Mobile Fluid Monitoring solution featured by Heavy Duty Trucking

We love reading Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and we were super honored that they featured our new mobile fluid tracking solution on the Product News section on their website last week. Read the feature story here.

Trucker is being sued over a blown out tire

According to an article by Truckers Report, a Western Express driver’s tire hit a curb and blew out. A nearby pedestrian is now suing the driver for $75,000. The pedestrian is claiming that the explosion startled him, knocked him unconscious and permanently damaged his hearing. Read the story here

Best Driving Songs

Do you need a few new tunes to add to your driving playlist? Update your mix by adding some of the songs from this list of the top 10 driving songs or check out this list of the 20 best and 15 worst driving songs. 

Don't forget to leave a comment with your favorite driving song.

Tags: Pedigree Technologies, technology, links we like, transportation

OneView Implementation Process Walkthrough

Posted by Tiffany Bailey on Jul 8, 2014 8:41:00 AM

It can be overwhelming thinking about getting a new asset tracking solution set up and integrated into your business processes. Here at Pedigree Technologies, our implementation managers work hard to ensure the OneView setup process is painless for you. To learn more about how easy our implementation process is for you, check out the graphic below.


Now that you know how easy it is for your business to implement the OneView platform into your processes, reach out to us if you want to schedule a demo and learn more about what the system can do for you.


Tags: fleet tracking, asset tracking, OneView, implementation process

5 Favorite Pedigree Technologies Blog Posts

Posted by Tiffany Bailey on Jul 1, 2014 10:02:00 AM

We were taking a look through our blog post archive earlier this week and people were getting pretty nostalgic around the office. So, in honor of nostalgia, we’re taking a look back at our five most popular Pedigree Technologies blog posts.
Whether the posts are new to you, or whether they’re familiar, we hope you’ll join us for this trip down memory lane.

favorite-blog-posts-1Corrective vs. Preventative Equipment Maintenance

In this post, we explained the difference between corrective maintenance and preventative maintenance. We also explained that researchers identify that preventative maintenance is the best and most cost efficient way to maintain equipment.

favorite-blog-posts-26 Benefits of Electronic Logbooks

In this post, we focused on ELDs—presenting six benefits that were identified by Pedigree Technologies and our customers. For example, ELDs can help drivers breeze through inspections, increase safety scores, and reduce paperwork.

favorite-blog-posts-34 Benefits of Going Electronic for FMCSA & Hours of Service Reporting

In this post, we explained how the OneView POV solution streamlines drivers’ processes and eliminates messy paperwork. We also presented four benefits of using a tablet-based solution for managing electronic driver logs while staying in compliance with FMCSA regulations.

favorite-blog-posts-4What is an Electronic Logging Device?

This post explained how drivers are using ELDs and it presented a few reasons why drivers like using the OneView ELD solution. For example, we told you that with paper logs, many drivers round up in 15-minute increments, which can lead to 5-10 hours of lost driving time each week. In this post, we also presented several benefits of ELDs and we gave you an ELD buyer’s guide.

favorite-blog-posts-55 Tips for Reducing Fuel Costs with Fleet Management Software

In this post, we focused on your bottom line and fuel costs. We took a look at several ways that a fleet management solution could help cut down on wasted fuel by helping decrease out of route miles and idling. We also presented a few easy tips for cutting down on fuel costs. For example, did you know that if your fleet’s tires are underinflated, it can result in as much as a 3.3 percent drop in fuel efficiency? For a fleet of 20 trucks, that can result in 13,530 gallons or about $50,000 annually in lost fuel!

Now that we’ve taken a look at a few of your favorite blog posts, leave a comment if there’s a new topic that you want to see on the blog. Or, click here to schedule a OneView demo and learn how a mobile resource management solution can benefit your business.

Tags: electronic log books, fleet management system, fleet management, HOS, OneView, hours of service, fleet management software