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Hutch Systems ELD 2020 Review

Hutch Systems ELD 2020 Review

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TruckX ELD Review

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Teletrac Navman DIRECTOR® ELD Review

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Switchboard ELD

Switchboard ELD

Up Front Cost Monthly Cost 3-year Total Cost $ $ $ *For engine module. Customers can use their own smartphone/tablet, or purchase an optional $250 ...

Konexial My20

Konexial My20

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Transflo ELD T7

Transflo ELD T7

Up Front Cost Monthly Cost 3-year Total Cost $ $ $ Monthly subscription cost of $25 for Standard ELD plan or $31 for Fleet Telematics plan ...



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VDO RoadLog

VDO RoadLog

NOTICE! VDO RoadLog is being SHUT DOWN effective May 1st, 2020 If you are a VDO RoadLog customer looking for a new ELD, we recommend you take a look at EROAD. They have a ...

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  1. Reply
    ELD Ratings May 16, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Tilden, currently Switchboard only works on Android, not iOS. But they have plans to support iOS in the future.

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    ELD Ratings December 15, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Thanks for the comments everyone. It’s worth pointing out, that while kicking into Driving quickly is very annoying, that’s not really the fault of the ELD provider. The ELD mandate requires that the units switch into Driving status at 5mph. That’s very restrictive, but unfortunately all the ELD companies have to go by that same rule. They are also not allowed to automatically switch you back to Off Duty when you stop the truck again.

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    ELD Ratings May 24, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Unfortunately now that the ELD mandate is in effect, all compliant ELDs are required to go into driving mode at 5mph. So the days of adjusting that setting are done, unless you’re still on a grandfathered AOBRD (which are going away in December).

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    ELD Ratings April 13, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Hi Susan,
    The unit uses GPS to determine your location, so GPS satellites are used for that. Your logs and other information are sent back to home office using a cellular data connection. If you happen to be somewhere that you get no cellular coverage, everything still works normally on the ELD. The information gets stored up, and it will get sent to the back office system once you have coverage again. This is the way 99% of ELD systems out there work, so it’s pretty standard.

    Hope that helps. Contact us (or EROAD) if you have any other questions.

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    ELD Ratings March 20, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Hi Lillian, you can send them a message using the contact form on this page, or go to their website:

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    ELD Ratings February 28, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Hi John,
    The EROAD folks could probably tell you for sure, but I believe it has to do with the size of the fleet. Smaller fleets are asked to pay a certain amount up front, but pay a lower monthly cost. Larger fleets are given the option of paying a somewhat higher monthly cost but without the up-front cost. That’s our understanding, but if you’re looking into this you’d want to ask EROAD that question to get the details. Thanks for the input!

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    ELD Ratings January 8, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Kendyl,
    You may want to contact EROAD support directly and ask them that question, but I believe you can log in on the EROAD website to view logs further back than the current 8 days that are stored on the device.

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    ELD Ratings January 2, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Randy,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 10mph would be great, but unfortunately the ELD Mandate requires that these units only allow up to 5mph before switching to Driving status. So unfortunately Blue Ink can’t do much about that one.

    Thanks again, and happy new year!

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    ELD Ratings December 18, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Hi Shannon,
    I believe you can change a setting to switch it between 15 minute increments or 1 minute increments. If you know how to log in on the website (, you can then go to Admin > Company and change the “Log Increment” setting from 15 Minutes to 1 Minute. Hope that helps, but contact KeepTruckin support if that doesn’t do the trick for you.

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    ELD Ratings November 29, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Samsara is a self-certified ELD on the FMCSA’s list. If you have questions about their features I’d recommend contacting their sales folks to get those answers and see a demo.

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    ELD Ratings November 29, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Hi Richard,
    We’ve not heard any reports of problems with the IVG on Peterbilt 579’s, but if you want to double check I would contact Omnitracs directly. No issues that I’m aware of though.

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    ELD Ratings November 28, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Hi Bryan,
    Thanks for writing. That’s more of a process and compliance question, and it’s a tough one. Ultimately, how you handle those kind of situations is up to you and your carrier. But those kind of things do happen, and you don’t really have much choice but to move on and find a safe place to stop as soon as you can. Of course you can try to avoid that situation by careful planning, but we all know that the best laid plans sometimes don’t work out the way we expected. So if you get stuck somewhere that you can’t stay and you’re out of hours, the best you can do is find a safe place as soon as possible and try to avoid the situation next time.


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    ELD Ratings November 28, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Yes BIT ELD is on the FMCSA’s registry of ELDs. It’s worth pointing out though that FMCSA does not approve or disapprove of any devices. They allow a self-certification process where any ELD vendor can add themselves to the list. FMCSA does not actually test the devices at this time. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions, or contact the folks at Blue Ink.

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    ELD Ratings November 22, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Hi Zoran,
    Your understanding of the AOBRD vs ELD requirements sounds correct. You may want to contact Samsara directly to ask them about running their device under AOBRD vs ELD rules. Feel free to contact us as well if you have other questions.


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    ELD Ratings November 21, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Thomas,
    That’s a good question. I would suggesting giving Stoneridge a call to ask them that directly.

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    ELD Ratings November 21, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Hi Jimmy,
    I’d recommend contacting Omnitracs support directly to ask for some training or tutorials. Here’s their support website with their phone number:
    Omnitracs Support

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    ELD Ratings November 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Mickey,
    Yes it does. All mandate compliant ELDs are required to have those two features. However, it is up to the carrier whether or not to enable them.

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    ELD Ratings November 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Mickey,
    Yes it does. All mandate compliant ELDs are required to have those two features. However, it is up to the carrier whether or not to enable them.

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    ELD Ratings November 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Brent,
    Good question. A lot of ELD providers (Samsara included) have a basic ELD only plan that just does logs and not much else. However, most of those do still have some basic tracking feature included with that. But they are still very affordable, and in your situation you’d have no need to even use the tracking piece.

    If you’re looking for something that really has no tracking feature whatsoever you might consider VDO RoadLog. Their most basic unit doesn’t even have a cellular connection. It just prints off small paper logs within the truck.

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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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    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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    ELD Ratings November 11, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Hi Boris, thanks for the comment. To our knowledge, KeepTruckin still let’s you choose between running in AOBRD mode and ELD mode. Check out this article:

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    ELD Ratings November 2, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Our estimated costs here are in USD. You’d want to contact KeepTruckin directly to get an official quote from them for your business. Thanks!

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    ELD Ratings November 1, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Hi Gilda, IVG comes with its own mounted display device.

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    ELD Ratings October 24, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Bert, when you order the IVG Masterpack it does include mounting hardware. That’s their normal package that comes with the unit and all accessories. You can also order the mounting hardware separately if needed.

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    ELD Ratings October 11, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Jerry,
    Zonar is self-certified on the FMCSA registry. They have actually released a newer product called “Zonar Connect” that replaces the Zonar 2020 above. We have not yet had the opportunity to review the new device, but if you contact Zonar directly I’m sure they’ll be able to answer your questions about IFTA and IRP features. Thanks, have a good one.

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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:

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    ELD Ratings September 24, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Hi Jim,
    Most ELD systems have a monthly fee to cover access to the online system where your log information is stored long term (as in logs older than the 8 days that are stored on the ELD itself). These systems also usually have other fleet management tools beyond just logs, so the monthly service cost covers access to that as well. And, with a dedicated all-in-one system like Omnitracs IVG, the monthly cost also includes a data plan.

    There are some options on the market that don’t have monthly fees. But these are going to be BYOD systems, meaning you’ll need to use your own smartphone or tablet with it’s own data plan.

    Which route you go depends on your needs and what you want to get out of the system beyond just logs. If you ever want to talk more about that, drop us a line any time:

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    ELD Ratings September 6, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Hi Jim,
    Thanks for sharing your experience. Glad to hear XRS is working out well for you. The $55 up front is a one-time activation fee, but you’re right that XRS often waives this fee. The $55 per month includes an estimate of $10-15/mo for a data plan on your phone or tablet. We include this cost for all BYOD systems, to make it a better apples-to-apples comparison between BYOD and Dedicated systems that include their own data plan. You can read more about how we estimate total cost on the About Us page.

    Thanks again for the feedback on XRS

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    ELD Ratings August 4, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Hi Steve,
    Yes it does. You can read about this under point #4 of KeepTruckin’s announcement here:

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    ELD Ratings April 17, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Hi Mr. Kirmeier,
    Thanks for the feedback, and sorry to hear you’re having trouble with your company’s personal conveyance policy. Just so you know, the XRS system actually does allow your company to set different Personal Conveyance limits for different trucks. Your company may not be willing to do this as a matter of policy, but XRS does support it if they choose to do so. They could accomplish this by creating a sub-Organization for owner operator trucks within the XRS admin system. This owner Organization could then be given a longer Personal Conveyance limit. If they need help doing this, I’m sure Omnitracs support can assist them, or they’re welcome to contact us for help as well:

    Best of luck, thanks for writing

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    ELD Ratings April 10, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Hi Rich, thanks for clarifying. The 8/2 split rule is certainly complicated, and its a source of confusion for lots of people. Thanks for the updated info!

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    ELD Ratings February 12, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Joe, thanks for sharing your experience on here. That’s a good question about the WiFi. Their tech support could probably tell you for sure, but I believe the WiFi you’re seeing is only used by the Blue Tree tablet itself to communicate with the device that reads your engine data. So you probably won’t be able to use its WiFi with your personal phone/tablet/laptop, unfortunately.

    If you ever have other questions about ELDs, give us a shout:

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    ELD Ratings January 27, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Hi Mr. Lewis,
    Yeah XRS and many of the other bring-your-own-device ELDs are very easy to hook up yourself. You can essentially just plug the XRS device into your truck’s diagnostic port and set it on your dash and you’re done. You’ll also want to find some way to mount your Sprint phone/tablet so you can see it while you’re driving. If you have any other questions feel free to contact us:

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    ELD Ratings December 22, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Hi Ted, thanks for your input. Glad to hear you’ve had a good experience with JJ Keller. They’re a good company with lots of experience in this industry.

    If you read the body of the review, you can get a bit more info about how we arrived at those pricing numbers. For one thing, when we price a BYOD solution, we include the typical $10-15/month cost of a cellular data plan. Not all fleets will be responsible for this cost, as they may ask their drivers to use their own personal device. But we include it for the sake of a fair apples-to-apples comparison. You can read more about how we estimate ELD costs here:

    Thanks again for sharing your experience. Any other thoughts you have about the ELog product, we’d love to hear them.

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    ELD Ratings November 23, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Hi Ron, that’s good to hear. Drop us a line sometime if you would, we’d love to hear more about your recent experience with the product.

    Thanks for your comments!

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