WATERLOO, ON AND AUBURN HILLS, MI | NOVEMBER 6, 2014
Commercial truckers are always on the move. Their latest move is to new technologies that help fleet owner/operators and their drivers save both time and money by automating, organizing and tracking crucial data, such as hours of service (HOS).
Project partners BigRoad, a leading provider of fleet applications for trucking and motorcoach, and NexLink Communications , an industry leader in the distribution of high quality wireless devices, are teaming up to bring the trucking industry into the growing parade of industries that are essentially being reinvented by improved data management. The BigRoad/NexLink “Open Truck Alliance” will help truckers significantly improve compliance by eliminating the errors and fines that come from manual, paper-based data entry.
“New FMCSA guidance has opened the door to expanded mobile technology use in the trucking industry, allowing drivers to more efficiently meet strict HOS requirements, lay the groundwork for Electronic Logging Device legislative compliance,” says Terry Frey, co-founder and COO of BigRoad. “Until now, the challenge with adding new technologies has been the confusing, fragmented buying process where hardware, software, carrier service, mountings and other support services all required separate agreements. BigRoad and NexLink are out to change that with a one-stop-shop that coordinates everything a fleet owner/operator needs.”
Frey estimates that a 10-truck fleet can save $30,000 a year by implementing the BigRoad/NexLink solution, by avoiding costly HOS audit fees and fines, and by eliminating the need for faxes. Technology provided by the Open Truck Alliance also helps fleets gain efficiencies and make more informed decisions through better data management.
“Fleet operators clearly see the advantages that the BigRoad app provides. Now, they can look to NexLink for affordable end-to-end packages inclusive of hardware (phones and/or tablets), software, customizable rate plans, insurance, accessories such as brackets and mounting, and mobile device tracking,” says Jeff Messano, NexLink president. “No more guesswork. No more confusion and running around. Customers need only to place one phone call and they’ll be set up and ready to roll.”
The Open Truck Alliance provides the following services:
- Effortless and error-free electronic driver logs
- Real-time tracking of HOS availability, location and traffic
- Streamlined vehicle inspection reports
- Roadside inspection risk dashboard
- Document management and instant messaging
- State-by-state mileage reporting linked to GPS
NexLink, as part of its one-stop-shop, adds:
- Hardware:A range of new and pre-owned devices from both premium and lower cost manufacturers (phones and tablets)
- Software provisioning:Lock-downs, upgrades, proprietary software loading
- Rate plans:Customizable rate plans offered through all major carriers
- Services:Insurance, leasing options, repair and replacement
- Accessories:Mountings, cases, brackets
- Mobile device management(MDM)
Nexlink Communications is the industry leader in the distribution of high quality wireless devices, personal electronics and accessories with a wide portfolio of products ranging from OEM, ODM, and fully remanufactured in the United States. Our channels of distribution encompass Regional Carriers, MVNOs, Dealer Agents, Enterprise/M2M and insurance providers. The company offers an array of turnkey business solutions designed to help partners increase sales, profitability, and efficiencies. Nexlink combines quality products with outstanding customer service, always delivering confidence to its customers. For more details visit www.nextlinkcommunications.com/transportation.
BigRoad provides innovative and easy to use solutions that simplify safety and compliance for thousands ofdrivers and fleets across North America. BigRoad’s ELD-ready DashLink is the most reliable and affordablesolution available to ensure ELD mandate compliance. With over 350,000 downloads, the BigRoad MobileApp is the #1 electronic logging app for drivers on Android and iOS. For fleets, the BigRoad Web App helpsmaximize operational efficiency with real-time visibility and risk notifications. Over 30,000 fleets have chosenBigRoad as their compliance partner. For more information on how BigRoad can help you get on the path tocompliance, visit bigroad.com or call1-888-305-8777.