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I recently took a closer look at these systems for a straightforward rundown of their technological attributes and functions.
Saucon Technologies brings plenty of options to the group transportation industry. It has been in business for 20 years — longer than any similar company. It offers a customizable option for its clients that allows each company to choose its display preferences and report types.
With Saucon’s asset monitoring feature, each vehicle will update automatically every two minutes, but can be set to update as often as every second. The asset monitoring feature provides various types of information such as: Driver sign on and sign off, unassigned movement, idle start and stop, speeding events, hard stop, and GPS data.
Saucon monitors your drivers for you, giving you a “driver performance report” with detailed information including: Run time, miles traveled, idle time score, GPS speeding score, posted speeding score, hard stop score, HOS violations score, and an overall score. This report also includes a line graph with a year’s worth of data. In this report, you can alter the dates to a more specific range, or even a more specific employee group.
Another way Saucon aids in tracking your fleet is by providing a report for all you need. It works alongside the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to ensure you stay updated with all the regulations. Saucon provides reports that help monitor your drivers’ use or personal conveyance and adverse conditions so you can ensure your drivers stay within the mandated regulations set. They also provide reports such as driver signature, which enables you to make sure your drivers are signing their logs daily. Other reports include: Driver approval report, driver edits, driver violations, driver HOS hours, bulk driver report, and many more. These reports provide information such as when a driver manually edits his log, has approved an administrative edit, and entered his hours of service. You can pull a full PDF file providing a detailed report for the driver’s previous day driven. Saucon can issue an alert any time a driver reaches maximum hours of service; drives above a posted speed limit; stops hard; idles excessively; or any other risky behaviors.
This alert can be sent immediately or once daily, but the customer sets the parameters. The alerts can be sent to multiple employees. For example, if a driver is approaching his work hours for the day, a company can set an email alert for all dispatchers. This will keep the company ahead of the game, and the dispatcher can begin formulating a plan to arrange an alternate driver if needed.
Saucon Technologies is not only a leading system for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs); it also provides onboard video monitoring as well. One attribute that sets Saucon apart from other companies is the number of cameras it offers for one vehicle. It can handle up to 14 cameras on one bus. Cameras dramatically increase your range of view, allowing the company to protect not only their assets and drivers, but the customers as well. Saucon also provides a two-camera system in SUVs and sedans. Real time video monitoring can be a huge aid if your vehicle is involved in an incident or accident out of state. The ability to know what happens when you are unable to be with your driver can help paint a more accurate picture for your company.
Automatic alerts/notifications can also be set up to record systematically with ones previously set. For example, a video clip can be recorded for a speeding alert, a hard stop, and even excessive idling.
Saucon has announced it will be unveiling a new super HD camera system at the LCT-NLA East Show, Nov. 4-6. Make sure to stop by their booth.
Another feature Samsara offers is the ability for clients to live track their trips. This lessens inbound calls to dispatch and allows the passengers to know when the driver will arrive to the pick-up or drop-off location. Additionally, Samsara went above and beyond just live tracking. This company developed the capability to not only view the real time locations to the second as the vehicle moves, but display it on a satellite map.
Like Saucon Technologies, Samsara offers onboard video to its customers. It uses two different styles of cameras, the CM22 and the CM12. The CM22 is a dual facing HD dash camera, and the CM12 is a front facing HD dash camera. Both cameras offer similar features including automatic uploads of incidents to the Samsara cloud storage. There’s also on-demand video of previous drive time for 24 hours on the CM12 and 40 hours on the CM22.
Another important function is the ability to monitor fuel usage and efficiency, and maintenance records. Samsara provides reports and analytics for most engine data, driver behavior, compliance, safety, dispatch, and routing. Being able to monitor these reports not only helps save time and money, but can be used as tools in training and retraining.
Overall, both companies provide user friendly products and offer excellent training products for their clients. You should thoroughly research the needs of your operation when picking the best ELD.
Tom Holden is the GM/operations manager of Rose Chauffeured Transportation in Charlotte, N.C. He can be reached at [email protected]
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