Concrete Products

NOV 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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www.concreteproducts.com November 2017 • 11 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS ELD MANDATE WHAT ELD SOLUTION MAKES THE MOST SENSE? The FMCSA will be working with technology providers to ensure their solutions are, indeed, ELD compliant. The ELD certification requires a rigorous application and verification process to ensure that products adhere to agency standards. Due to reliability and ease of use, a fleet management system is the most common type of solution available today. These are often installed in the cab of a truck, and feature a display plus onboard computer that provide critical HOS information to the driver, including number of hours driven, on-duty hours recorded and remaining available hours. Typically rugged, stationary hardware, a fleet management system is not reliant on a driver's mobile device for communica- tion. However, data will often be transmitted wirelessly to the back office, allowing fleet and safety managers and dispatchers to review HOS information in near-real time. Per the ELD mandate, the device must also be fixed, mounted and within arm's reach of the driver while the vehicle is in operation. When the vehicle is not in operation, mobile solutions also give drivers flexibility and allow for extended productivity. Drivers using a smartphone or tablet outside of the cab can perform walk-around vehicle inspec- tions, complete proof of delivery forms, or stay connected with family and friends. When it comes to selecting the right ELD technology, there is no "one size fits all" solution. Each fleet requires a unique solution to achieve the largest return on investment. For example, there is a growing demand for company-owned, personally enabled (COPE) devices. This approach gives drivers mobility, while also allowing corporate control of devices in the key areas of security, safety, cost and support measures. Another strategy a fleet manager might consider is "bring your own device," using computer-assisted logs or low-cost telematics. For other fleets that use company assets and drivers, an industrial-grade mobile platform using company-owned devices might offer the most return, as it eliminates certain risks associated with having drivers provide their own devices. Change is difficult for any organization. Often, it takes mandates from industry regulators to initiate change that should have positive effects on both driver safety and the organization's bottom line. Fleets that have already implemented automatic on-board recording devices have experienced overall reduction of overhead costs through decreased insurance premiums, fuel savings and other operational costs while improving customer service and driver efficiency—all of which add up to a better business. John Rice is vice president for Trimble Construction Logistics, which provides technology solutions designed specif- ically for the construction materials industry. He has more than 10 years of experience working with aggregate and ready mixed concrete compa- nies to increase productivity through technology, and can be contacted at john_rice@trimble.com.

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