Author: Vitaliy Dadalyan

12 Apr by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Gabriel releases interactive Point of Purchase displays

Gabriel announced its new educational interactive Point of Purchase displays, which invite consumers to learn about ride control.

“The display simulates realistic traveling characteristics encountered by shocks in everyday use,” the company noted. “It is designed to provide customers understandable and useful information on shock absorbers and struts and their important role in automotive comfort and safety.”

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BlackBerry, Modagrafics introduce BlackBerry Radar IoT Asset Tracking System

Modagrafics leverages the Blackberry Radar IoT Asset Tracking System to offer new services to fleet owners.

Discussing issues facing fleet management and how present and future technologies can solve them were the main points behind a seminar conducted by BlackBerry and fleet services graphics provider Modagrafics on April 6. The event was held at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL, not far from Modagrafics' corporate headquarters.

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12 Apr by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

BlackBerry, Modagrafics introduce Radar IoT Asset Tracking System

Modagrafics leverages the Blackberry Radar IoT Asset Tracking System to offer new services to fleet owners.

Discussing issues facing fleet management and how present and future technologies can solve them were the main points behind a seminar conducted by BlackBerry and fleet services graphics provider Modagrafics on April 6. The event was held at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL, not far from Modagrafics' corporate headquarters.

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11 Apr by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Ping! 3 Things You Need to Know About ELDs and Fuel Taxes

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A popular selling point for electronic logging devices is that you can use the electronic records for fuel tax reporting through the International Fuel Tax Agreement (usually just called IFTA) and International Registration Plan (IRP) reporting.

Although this use was not what the ELD mandate was intended for, it can be a helpful tool — but make sure your ELD vendor fully understands IFTA/IRP requirements and the limitations of using GPS data on distance-based tax returns. The record-keeping requirements for hours of service and for IFTA/IRP are vastly different.

Here's what you should know (that your ELD sales rep may not):

1. Auditors want raw data

By itself, an ELD can't calculate distance. Its GPS can only record where a device is based on latitude, longitude, date, and time (some systems also gather an odometer reading). You need software to make the distance calculation.

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This hardware-software combo is reliable but not perfect. Devices can malfunction. There are places like cities and canyons where signals degrade. And when it comes to software, there is no standard algorithm to turn GPS data into points on a map. One program might put your truck on a side road while another shows it on the highway.

This is why auditors don't accept distance summaries generated by routing or fleet management software as proof of distance traveled. They want raw GPS “pings” so they can verify for themselves whether your distance reports are correct. Fleets should ask their ELD providers how they will go about providing the raw data you'll need for an audit.

2. You'll need five-plus years of pings

In an audit, how easy is it to get access to all that data?

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