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Blue Ink BIT ELD

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ELD compliance with no monthly fee

The BIT ELD offers simple mandate compliance with a big perk: no contract and no monthly fees.

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PROS:
  • NO ongoing monthly cost
  • Simple, easy to use driver app
  • Very easy to install

CONS:
  • Light on extra features (for now)


Blue Ink Technology’s new BIT ELD is one of the very few devices on the market to adopt an unconventional pricing model: no ongoing monthly fees. You buy the device itself for $295, pay for it once, and that’s it. No contract or monthly costs. This is very appealing for independent drivers and small fleets hoping to avoid the ongoing service plans required by most electronic log vendors. The pay-once pricing makes BIT dramatically cheaper in the long run than nearly any other device on the market.

Like most BYOD options, you buy a dongle from Blue Ink that plugs straight into your truck’s diagnostic port, then Bluetooth pair it with your own smartphone or tablet (cellular data plan required). While many drivers already have their own device, if you are planning to provide one for your fleet there will be some extra cost involved for the device and a data plan (we typically estimate $10-15/mo).

BIT offers simple ELD mandate compliance, without a lot of extra frills. The free driver app can be downloaded for Android or iOS devices. Signing up for an account is quick and easy, and the app is simple to navigate. Drivers can make manual log status changes with just the app, but to turn the system into a true ELD you need the Bluetooth dongle to automatically record when the truck is moving. The app currently supports basic Hours of Service and a built in DVIR. Drivers can easily make edits to their own logs, or accept suggested corrections from fleet managers.

While fleets of any size may find BIT’s pricing and simplicity appealing, the product is geared first and foremost toward smaller fleets and owner operators. Larger fleets may find the system shy on extra telematics features for the time being. That said, new features are being added frequently. In addition to basic HoS logs and DVIRs, the device also tracks state miles for IFTA reporting and provides detailed GPS breadcrumb tracking. Blue Ink also recently released a feature that tracks vehicle maintenance, so fleet managers can set up reminders and alerts for oil changes, tire replacements, and other routine maintenance tasks. Other bells and whistles offered by more expensive products are in the works but not yet available. For example: engine diagnostics, two-way messaging, TMS integration, etc.

While the BIT ELD may not be loaded with extra features (yet), what it does have, it does well. Logs are easy for both the driver and home office staff. Fleet managers are given one of the best tools for making suggested log corrections that we’ve seen. They can literally just drag the grid lines around to make proposed changes (which the driver must of course approve before they become official). The special Personal Conveyance and Yard Moves status types are handled in a sensible, easy to read way. The app even helps team drivers by offering a simple way to transfer activity from your log to your partner’s log if something got recorded on the wrong person by mistake.

Overall the extremely low cost to own the BIT ELD makes it worth a look for anyone, but especially for smaller operations hoping to get compliant without breaking the bank. We expect to see a lot of improvements and new features coming to the product over the next few months, but even now it’s a simple, user friendly ELD at a nearly unbeatable price.

Check out more info on the Blue Ink Technology website:
https://www.blueinktech.com/

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Specification

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Type: BYOD (Bring your own device)

OS: Android and iOS

Features

DVIR

Drivers can make log corrections

Price per unit

Up-front cost: 295

Monthly cost: 0

3-year Total Cost: 295

General

Complies with latest ELD Mandate standards: Yes

Transmits logs to DOT via: Web (Email / Web Services)

Vendor: Blue Ink Technology

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    Jeff S July 13, 2017 at 7:58 pm
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    It is about time that someone made a device that doesn’t break the bank

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    Chris July 18, 2017 at 7:05 am
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    Been using the app for a month now and it is very easy to use. Bought the Bluetooth dongle a week ago . Will install it later this week. I do not agree with the FMCSA mandate but if I want to stay in business will have to eventually buy ELD. BIT is inexpensive and easy to use.

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    Sharee September 7, 2017 at 4:58 pm
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    Ill say this much. When you call them an actual person picks up the phone and knows what they are talking about.

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    Mike Rowe September 8, 2017 at 7:02 pm
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    Ive tried 3 other elds and all of them either lost connection or messed up my dash. this is the only eld that didn’t loose the connection or mess anything up.

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      Kelvin September 26, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      What other ELDs have you tried Mike?

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    Dwayne October 4, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    What do you do if dot wants a copy of your logs?

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      ELD Ratings October 5, 2017 at 12:46 am

      Hi Dwayne,
      The ELD Mandate specifies several methods of sending your logs to a DOT officer. ELDs can choose to support one of two options: Telematics or Local. If the device supports the Telematics option, then it can send logs to an officer over the web or by email. This is the option that Blue Ink supports. The other option is Local, meaning logs can be given to an officer via USB or Bluetooth.

      If any of those electronic methods are not working for some reason, the mandate specifies that as a backup you can always just show your log grid to the officer on your display screen.

      Hope that helps. Contact us if you have any other questions:
      http://eldratings.com/contact/

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    Charles October 14, 2017 at 2:16 pm
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    Good product easy to use.

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    Ann Hundley October 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm
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    I am preparing to purchase equipment and for the ELD. After speaking to several companies we have decided to go with Blue Ink. We are a small company that doesn’t need all the extra bells and whistles. Such as Real Time tracking of the truck, IFTA Reporting, etc. Be careful choosing a company that confuses you and uses scare tactics to get you to buy their product. Sometimes less is more!! Give blue ink a call. They will explain everything in layman’s terms. I had a guy that is from a family of small trucking companies. He use to drive himself and explains everything very well to the average guy. His number is 304-840-0142 ext. 106. I got a lot of insight that was very helpful in making the final decision on going with Blue Ink. There is a One Time fee and no monthly charges and you are totally compliant with the rules and regulations. Like I said sometimes Less is More!! But they do offer the extra bells a whistles if you want them.

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    Pete Voskamp November 13, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Will we ba able to print off copy of log example print it off in my truck

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      ELD Ratings November 13, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Hi Pete,
      Most ELDs don’t support physically printing your logs. The mandate requires several electronic methods of transmitting logs to an officer, and as a backup it also requires that you be able to show your logs on the ELD display screen. There’s no requirement to be able to print them off on paper. There are a few ELDs that can do that, but they’re pretty rare. However, many ELDs do support the ability to email logs as a PDF attachment. So you could email them to yourself and print them from your computer if you wanted a paper copy.

      Hope that helps

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    Anonymous November 14, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Are the logs stored somewhere online ?
    for the past 6 months

    Or just on the device ?

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      ELD Ratings November 14, 2017 at 8:11 am

      Hi, good question. Like with most ELDs your log information would be stored online on Blue Ink’s servers. So you could access your logs from anywhere by logging in to their website.

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    Leann McKee November 14, 2017 at 7:33 pm
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    Device always logs out while driving and is often wrong about whether the truck is moving or not. Does not seem to have set up road side inspection yet. It’s there but no place to enter an email address, or a site to upload. Handing it to an officer will require you to explain the program navigation so he can find the records.
    I doubt it’s compliant.

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