One of KeepTruckin’s central design principles is flexibility — one platform that supports all types of fleets. That is why we are excited to announce the launch of the KeepTruckin ELD with Cellular — the most powerful telematics device in the industry, now with an integrated cellular connection.
The Difference Between a Cell-Enabled ELD and Cellular Up/Down Connection
Some ELD vendors require a cell connection for the ELD to send information to the driver’s phone or tablet; this is called a cellular up/down connection.
KeepTruckin has explained the risks with a cellular up/down connection before. In areas with bad cellular connections, the Hours-of-Service data would not be logged on the driver’s mobile device, therefore, rendering them noncompliant with outdated information.
The KeepTruckin cell-enabled ELD uses a cellular connection to transmit telematics information from the ELD directly back to the fleet manager web dashboard. It is beneficial because fleet admins will have continuous data collected from each vehicle.
The connection between the ELD and the driver’s phone or tablet is via a Bluetooth or USB, not a cellular connection.
It’s important to understand this crucial difference.
By using a Bluetooth or USB connection, KeepTruckin has ensured a bulletproof connection and no risk of being non-compliant. Even if drivers are operating in an area with spotty or no cellular coverage, engine-connected ELDs would still relay the data to drivers’ mobile devices.
This is something that ELDs — which rely on cellular networks to relay the data — just cannot do.
Continuously Collect Vehicle Information
Perfect for Mixed Fleets
If you’re one of the many fleets that have some drivers who need to comply with the ELD mandate, and some who do not, the KeepTruckin ELD with Cellular can greatly simplify your operations.
Drivers who have to keep a log simply connect their mobile devices to ELDs via Bluetooth or USB to record their logs in the KeepTruckin App.
On the other hand, drivers who do not have to keep a log don’t have to connect their mobile device to the ELD — they just get in the vehicle and drive.
The KeepTruckin ELD with Cellular continuously tracks vehicle location and other telematics data and sends it to the KeepTruckin Dashboard via the cellular connection inside the ELD. You know where your vehicles are and how they are performing, no matter who is driving the vehicle.
- Continuous Vehicle Tracking — You can track vehicles without your driver having to connect their mobile device to the ELD.
- Tamper Detection — If the ELD is disconnected from the diagnostic port, you’ll receive an immediate alert (coming soon).
- WiFi Hotspot — Your driver can connect their mobile device to the ELD’s WiFi hotspot to transmit logs, send messages, upload documents and much more (coming soon).
Cellular connectivity is the latest development in our mission to build the leading fleet management platform for the modern fleet. To see it in action, request a demo of KeepTruckin today.