To properly calculate and present hours of service according to its regulations, an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) is used in the US and Canada. This requires integral synchronization by interfacing with the commercial vehicle Engine Control Unit (ECU); in turn, this automatically captures engine power status, vehicle motion status, miles driven, and engine hours.
Most ELD applications require an ECU data collection device (Fleet Tracking Device) in order to obtain the information they need from the vehicle CANBUS to facilitate the hours of service application.
What is required from the Fleet Tracking Device?
- Provide the necessary data required from the ECU – engine power status, vehicle motion status, milesdriven, and engine hours.
- Large database of vehicle types and models for CANBUS parameter integration.
- The device should be able to connect with the ELD directly, either through a physical interface, wired or wireless connection.
Since the HOS application, ELD and Fleet Tracking Device are usually an integral part of a full Fleet Management solution, choosing the right fleet device is critical as it relates to the entire system compliance, capabilities, performance and durability.
Cellocator, with its Cello-CANiQ product line for Intelligent Fleet Management, receives the necessary and essential information to facilitate a full ELD application of HOS, as well as advanced features that support the special features and functionalities of a comprehensive Fleet Management solution.
The BT Extender serves as a Bluetooth interface, supporting the wireless communication channels between the Cello-CANiQ and ELD device. The Cello-CANiQ, together with the BT Extender, provides the right access to the ELD device and sends the relevant information to fulfill the regulatory requirements.