ORBCOMM, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, says its Pro-400 fleet management device recently was independently verified by the PIT Group as fully compliant with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate issued by the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
FPInnovation’s Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) Group is a leading provider of technology testing and validation services for the transportation industry, ORBCOMM said.
“We are pleased to work with the PIT Group experts and leverage their comprehensive knowledge of the trucking industry and ELD regulations to ensure that our Pro-400 fleet management solution is 100% ELD compliant,” said Craig Malone, ORBCOMM’s executive vice president of product development. “The PIT Group’s third-party ELD verification is a unique differentiator for ORBCOMM, which sets us above other providers with self-certified ELDs.
“We want to ensure our customers have confidence that they are deploying certified ELD devices in the field that will deliver a strong ROI and the highest level of performance for the long term.”
The company’s Pro-400 now is part of an “elite group” of fleet management solutions in the United States to receive third-party ELD certification, which required passing 314 technical points of thorough, unbiased testing by the PIT Group. ORBCOMM said the certification benefits its customers by providing peace of mind that their Pro-400 deployments meet FMCSA’s ELD standards well in advance of the ELD mandate deadline, which requires drivers and carriers to replace all Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs) with registered ELD devices by Dec 16.
The ELD mandate also creates a safer work environment for drivers and makes it easier and faster to accurately track, manage and share Hours of Service (HOS) records, the company maintained.
“PIT Group continues to provide independent testing services to ELD providers in the US to ensure that fleets do not carry the burden of choice when it comes to selecting compliant ELDs,” said Jan Michaelsen, leader of PIT Group. “ORBCOMM, like our other clients, has relied on independent verification, providing its clients with the comfort of knowing that their choice of technology is fully compliant with FMCSA requirements.
“PIT Group is preparing for the Canadian ELD certification process, and will apply its experience and lessons learned from working with US providers to the Canadian process.”
ORBCOMM expects its Pro-400 solution also will be compliant and third-party certified with Canada’s ELD standards, which were released in June by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.
For more information about the upcoming transition from AOBRDs to ELDs and how truck fleets can migrate easily with minimal disruption, click here for ORBCOMM’s free, on-demand webinar with the Truckload Carriers Association, Smooth Your Ride from AOBRDs to ELDs.