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Countdown To The ELD Mandate

June 2, 2017 - by PinPoint

In 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a decision mandating the use of electronic logging devices (ELD’s). The deadline for compliance with their ELD mandate is now fast approaching – by December of 2017, all carriers that operate within or travel through the United States must switch their paper logs for ELD’s. These ELD’s must be registered with the FMCSA, meeting the technical specifications they’ve laid out, and they must be certified by a manufacturer.

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So, what is an ELD? And how does this mandate affect you?

 

The device itself attaches to a commercial motor vehicle, synchronizes with the engine, automatically records a driver’s hours of service (HoS), and simplifies the driver vehicle inspection report (DVIR) process, while also collecting important information such as location, engine hours, vehicle movement, and miles driven. By providing “snapshots” of the vehicle’s movements and location throughout the day, ELD’s can facilitate considerably more accurate recording of any driver activity.

 

Beyond fleet compliance with FMCSA regulations, ELD’s offer many advantages to motor carriers.  ELD’s allow for increased levels of productivity and efficiency for fleet owners, as well as improving driver safety. Using an ELD saves time and money by simplifying the records of duty process, and increasing the efficiency of vehicle inspections, which significantly reduces the amount of time drivers spend doing paperwork. The DVIR process also is made easier by automating reports, making them easier to submit and access. This allows for more drive time, more clerical time for office staff, and a reduction in paper costs, as paper log books are no longer necessary. The increased HoS compliance that comes from the automatic recording of duty status will be able to prevent fatigued drivers from getting behind the wheel, and the engine fault reporting will allow for better vehicle maintenance.

 

With the ELD deadline fast approaching, the FMCSA is currently working on the development of the Electronic Records of Duty Status (EROD) software system. This system will ultimately be the one through which all ELD records will be submitted from companies to the FMCSA. Until this software is fully prepared to receive logs, no solution can boast full compliance with regulations, as they have not been exposed to the crucial reporting process of the ELD mandate.

 

PinPoint offers Geotab Drive Solution; a mobile app that tracks Hours of Service (HoS), Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting (DVIR), and driver identification. The app syncs data between a Geotab GO device and a tablet to provide functions such as automatic duty status changes, violation alerts, and complete end-to-end workflow inspection. It is estimated that the FMCSA’s EROD solution will be ready for use this summer, and you can expect GeoTab’s Drive Solution to develop the requirements to communicate with the EROD application as soon as the necessary information is released by the FMCSA.

 

PinPoint has extensive experience with the rollout of the ELD process. Check out what our client,  TM3 Inc. has to say about their experience with PinPoint’s ELD solution:

 

In late 2015, TM3 Inc. reviewed their deployment process for day to day routing of maintenance crews. By reviewing their metrics and working together with their Telematics provider, they planned for the implementation of a three phased project for Electronic Logging Devices, Custom Aerial Inspection application for Bucket Trucks, as well as an integrated Route Planning and scheduling application. “As we measured our administrative and labour cost of processing logs and routes, we knew that paper administration was extremely costly to our overall operation”, said Terry Moore, VP of TM3 Inc. “We engaged with PinPoint GPS Solutions and created a plan to expand our current telematics solution adding their Electronic Log solution on tablet devices in our Heavy Duty Trucks. We expanded in Phase II and III of our Upgrade to add 2 additional applications to minimize paper; customized Aerial Inspection, and real-time routing. These tools allowed us to minimize our inspection times significantly, and gain some huge time savings on our routing processes, as well as making it easier to monitor compliance”. TM3 continues to utilize key features from the PinPoint Solution to manage Engine Fault notifications. Driver Behavior reporting and maintenance on a day to day basis.

Contact Us to find out more about how we can help you receive all the benefits that ELD has to offer.

American Trucking Association Conference

October 4, 2016 - by PinPoint

Elog presentations and discussions at American Trucking Associations 2016 Annual Conference in Las Vegas

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PinPoint with Geotab at American Trucking Association Conference in Las Vegas 2016

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PinPoint with SkyBitz at the American Trucking Association Conference in Las Vegas 2016

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Telematics – Five Essential Secrets to Painless Deployment

September 29, 2016 - by PinPoint

ECAO Article

PinPoint Sponsorship At ECAO Industry Conference

September 22, 2016 - by PinPoint

On September 22nd, 2016 ECA Ontario tweeted, ‘Thanks to @Pinpoint_GPS for being a sponsor of our @ECAOntario Industry Conference bags. Be sure to visit our product expo!’

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Road Safety Tips from ORBA to Ensure Construction Zone Safety

July 27, 2016 - by PinPoint

  • Adhere to posted speed limits and other signage on the road.
  • Speed limits change in construction zones for a reason. Make sure you follow posted signage and exercise caution in construction zones.
  • Avoid distractions while driving.
  • Only use your cell phone when parked, pre-set climate control and plan your route with a GPS before departing. Eliminating distractions will help you stay focused on the road.
  •  Plan ahead to avoid delays.
  • Give yourself extra time for your commute. Know where construction zones and other delays are beforehand so they’re not unexpected and cause a delay.
  • Treat construction zones as if they were your own workplace.

 

Construction zones are road builders’ workplace. Show respect for the workers by treating it as if it were your own workplace.

 

ORBA Launches Site Unseen Campaign

- by PinPoint

A new survey released by the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) found that 28% of drivers admit that they are not always focused on the road while driving. This can lead to speeding, weaving or failing to notice road signage, putting both drivers and road workers at risk.

To educate drivers about the safety risks associated with ignoring road rules in construction zones, ORBA has launched an educational campaign. Site Unseen is a video series that imagines what would happen if the types of behaviours drivers display in construction zones were instead conducted by road workers in other professional settings.

The message from ORBA is simple: construction zones are workplaces and should be treated with respect and consideration for their workers. The Site Unseen videos will run throughout the summer. The campaign is supported by ORBA, the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Labour and the Ontario Provincial Police.

Pinpoint’s Support to Fort McMurray

May 19, 2016 - by PinPoint

As the Canadian Red Cross continues its response to the devastation left by the massive wildfires in the Fort McMurray area, the employees at Pinpoint GPS Solutions have come together to donate to the cause.

To show support for our customers and all those affected by the fire in Fort McMurray, the company has matched every dollar donated by its employees. This donation, combined with the matching federal funds, should help our friends in a time of need.

Pinpoint salutes the The Canadian Red Cross’ amazing work as they provide accommodations, food, water and supplies to evacuees.

All of us at Pinpoint GPS Solutions wish the Fort McMurry people well and a safe return home.

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Geotab Connect Conference in Vegas | CTIA

September 11, 2015 - by PinPoint

This is the largest conference in the wireless industry and attracts a global audience interested in M2M connected devices. Over the past year, Geotab has been busy expanding its global footprint and now also has staff in Europe and Latin America as well as partners actively selling in South East Asia, Australia, Japan, and Africa. The conference emphasized the potential, flexibility and longevity of the Geotab device. Geotab’s vast network will have the ability to provide a solution to any problem.

Congratulations SkyBitz

May 14, 2015 - by PinPoint

SkyBitz Trailer tracking units wins 2015 IoT Evolution Product of The Year!
Another reason we chose to add SkyBitz to our product lineup, we only choose the best of the best to help serve our customers.

Read More on the SkyBitz website.

U.S. XPRESS ENTERPRISES SELECTS SKYBITZ TO TRACK NORTH AMERICAN FLEET

March 16, 2015 - by PinPoint

HERNDON, Va. – March 9, 2015 – U.S. Xpress Enterprises, the nation’s second largest privately-owned truckload carrier providing transportation services across North America, has chosen industry leading asset management technology solutions from SkyBitz®. U.S. Xpress is deploying SkyBitz’s tracking technology across its fleet of new dry van trailers, as well as existing trailers, this year. U.S. Xpress selected the subscription-based enterprise solution, SkyBitz as a Service, providing consultative technology service, expert onboarding support and immediate implementation with no upfront capital expense.

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PinPoint GPS at WWETT Show 2015

February 24, 2015 - by PinPoint

We are participating at WWETT Show 2015!

Please join us the world’s largest annual trade show for environmental service professionals.
The show attracts some 12,000 environmental service professionals and exhibitor personnel from 51 countries.









WWETT Show 2015 Show Info: February 23 – 26, 2015
Indiana Convention Center
100 South Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46225 U.S.A.

Show Hours:
– Monday, February 23: Education Day – 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No Exhibits.
– Tuesday, February 24: Education 8 a.m. to Noon. Exhibits 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
– Wednesday, February 25: Education 8 a.m. to Noon. Exhibits 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
– Thursday, February 26: Exhibits 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

* Times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

PinPoint GPS at Truck World 2014

April 25, 2014 - by PinPoint

We are excited to share that we participated in Truck World 2014.



During the event, our General Manager – Vince Arone, had a chance to meet with Hayle Wickenheiser. As a keynote speaker she shared her inspirational story on winning gold medal at 2014 Winter Olympics.

Pinpoint’s 4th Year Participation at CMPX 2014

March 20, 2014 - by PinPoint

An entire Metro Convention Center filled with thousands of products for heating, air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing, piping, refrigeration and emerging technologies, you’ll see Pinpoint GPS booth among the ones to look out for. This year we kicked off CMPX with new, bright tradeshow booth display.

Three full days filled with learning sessions, fleet tracking demonstrations and give away. Our Sales experts are there to answer all your questions and to demonstrate the latest Geotab’s GO fleet management system.

It’s not too late yet… visit us until Friday at 4pm at Booth 241.


Looking forward to see you soon!


Don’t Miss Pinpoint GPS at CMPX 2014

March 14, 2014 - by PinPoint

CMPX Tradeshow 2014


Please join us on March 19-21, 2014 at CMPX – The Biggest Mechanical & Plumbing tradeshow in Ontario. We are excited to meet and show you the latest plug-and-play technology in the GPS industry.

Tradeshow Details
Booth 221 (in-front of the Van giveaway)
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front St. W., Toronto Ontario
Wednesday, March 19 10am-6pm
Thursday, March 20 10am-6pm
Friday, March 21 10am-4pm


Come and see us for live demonstration, $100 fuel card raffle draw, and a chance to speak with our top-notch GPS experts!

Press Release: PinPoint GPS Solutions to Participate at the Biggest Mechanical & Plumbing Show in Toronto, CMPX 2014 with Geotab Technology


We look forward to seeing you

PinPoint Now at the Mobile World Congress

February 28, 2014 - by PinPoint

Brian Barry at MWC, where every vendor has a connected car, truck and van application. Innovations and ideas are showcased at the event with the help of new technologies. M2M is one of the key messages of the show. How to create efficiency and drive productivity through applications like WyzeConnect that connect your back office system to field operations.

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PinPoint at the Geotab Connect 2014 Conference!

February 21, 2014 - by PinPoint


Last Wednesday PinPoint’s senior management flew down to Florida to the Geotab Connect 2014 conference for three days. The conference emphasized the potential, flexibility and longevity of the Geotab device. Geotab’s vast network will have the ability to provide a solution to any problem. The even showed off brilliant fireworks and finished on a lovely Valentine’s Friday.



Christmas is in the Air: Red bows, Gift Boxes and Wines!

December 16, 2013 - by PinPoint

We are happy to share the enthusiasm and Christmas spirit inside the four walls of PinPoint Office. We will also be sending out donation initiative for Sick Kids in lieu of opened Christmas and forwarded emails.


On behalf of PinPoint Staff, we would like to greet you

Happy Holidays! May the warmth of hearth and home fill your hearts with joy this holiday season


Feel free to have a glimpse of it…



We are ready for Health and Safety Show in Alberta

October 21, 2013 - by PinPoint

Our staff, Bob Farrell and Peter Paige, are all set and ready to go for the first day of HSCSA Tradeshow in Booth 906,  BMO Centre Alberta.

 

Don’t forget to stop by and ask questions about our GPS tracking system and its benefits. 

 

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Peter Paige - Alberta Tradeshow

PinPoint GPS at Health and Safety Conference in Alberta

October 18, 2013 - by PinPoint

We would like to invite you in Health and Safety Conference in Alberta on October 21 and 22.

 

Please find us in booth 906 at BMO Cente Alberta. Bob Farrell and Peter Paige will be there to answers all your question regarding GPS Fleet Tracking system.

 

You can also find more information here on our latest press release!

 

We look forward to seeing you on Monday at 11:30 AM. Don’t forget, Booth 906!

PinPoint GPS Fleet Tracking Journal: High Fuel Cost

October 10, 2013 - by PinPoint

PinPoint Journal By Peter Paige

Case Study : Site Supervisors

Industry: Construction

 

Problem: High fuel cost with some supervisors, and lack of accountability to management and subordinates. Fuel by 2 of the supervisors was over double the other 2 with same work load.

 
Pinpoint Installed four Go6 units in The 4 supervisors truck, they were not told initially that the units were in the vehicles. Benchmarked for one week to see what would happen  two supervisors had excessive idle time compounded by multiple return trips to the materials supplier in the same day, and excessive breaks ie Tim Hortons. Two other supervisors had more than necessary idle time but nothing like the first two. They too had multiple trips to the materials supplier.

 

Ops manager had meeting with all four supervisors after the 1st week to tell them they had these units in their trucks . Reviewed the data with each Site Supervisor, especially the idling and excessive trips to the supplier. One supervisor was warned about the amount of time spent at Fast Food places. All supervisors were asked why the multiple trips, why are they not planning their day better ie list of materials from supplier, so as to stop wasting time and fuel as their job is to be on site.

 

All Supervisors reminded to turn vehicles off when not required to be running .
Ops manager initiated a bi weekly review of data with Supervisors and then moved to monthly

 

Results: Able to reduce amount of trips to suppliers from multiple trips per day per site to less than a trip per day , by planning out the materials for the week, after initial week , they were able to reduce idle time by 12% in the 1st month of August . Site Supervisors spend the majority of time on site .
Ops manager is happy with the results and is implementing the data from the Geotab product into one on one reviews

PinPoint GPS Fleet Tracking Journal: Integration to Dispatch

August 19, 2013 - by PinPoint

PINPOINT JOURNAL BY Nicole Winstanley

CASE STUDY: Integration to Dispatch

INDUSTRY: HVAC

Problem: This organization currently had a Fleet tracking solution, but had decided it wanted to revamp it’s IT systems and integrate GPS into a new dispatch system. PinPoints GO6 Plug and Play GPS Tracking provides an open integration interface and allowed the customer to connect the two systems with basic integration expertise.

 

  • PinPoint GPS devices were installed in 20 fleet vehicles
  • Minute by minute location was available to dispatch and service managers, and the two systems worked in unison
  • Client was able to quickly assess driver locations,  assign technicians, and provide customers with more accurate information
  • Reporting of driver activities was simplified so that managers could easily identify and make the necessary adjustments

 

Result: The Customer was happy that the new GPS system provided an enhanced feature set, and integrated seamlessly into their new Dispatch System.

 


About The Author: Nicole Winstanley

Nicole is a BBA graduate from St. Francis Xavier University.  She spent 13 years in the Telecommunications Industry in both Alberta and Ontario, working for national and multinational companies such as Bell Canada and Ericsson.  She joined PinPoint 3 years ago in the role of Manager, Customer Satisfaction and Retention.

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