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The ELD Mandate and HOS Compliance: What Fleet Operators Need to Know

  • July 14, 2022
  • Bill Westerman
  • Reading Time: 4 minutes

The ELD mandate has been part of the regulatory landscape since 2019, yet it’s still generating questions and confusion. For fleet operators, misunderstanding the mandate or failing to comply can be an expensive mistake. Enforcement is steadily increasing — the DOT performed more than 12,000 audits in 2021 — and ELD violation fines range from $1,000 to …

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Rising material costs and supply chain disruptions are cutting the profitability of large construction companies. Winning in this environment means finding new ways to improve efficiency and get the most from every asset. Heavy equipment OEMs and dealers are in a unique position to help their customers lower the hourly operating cost of their equipment …

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Yard Management: Improve Visibility and Efficiency with Smart Trailer Technology

  • June 13, 2022
  • Bill Westerman
  • Reading Time: 4 minutes

Over-stressed transportation budgets have transportation and logistics executives scrutinizing the effectiveness of their operations, with a laser focus on yard management. Yard inefficiencies account for 8% to 10% of annual transportation costs according to Adelante SCM analyst Adrian Gonzalez. Hunting for the right trailer in the yard, sending a trailer to the wrong dock door …

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5 Elements of a Telematics System that Protect your Fleet and Supply Chain Data

  • May 31, 2022
  • Basudeb Chatterjee
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
HUD Padlock Icon Cyber Security, Digital Data Network Protection, Future Technology Digital Data Network Connection Background Concept. 3d rendering

A single data breach can bring a shipper or carrier to its knees. In 2021 a business fell victim to a ransomware attack every 11 seconds, and the average cost of those attacks was more than $4.5 million. The need for end-to-end cybersecurity, particularly as organizations increase their reliance on telematics, is critical to protect …

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Why a Trailer TPMS Is Critical to Your Bottom Line

  • May 23, 2022
  • Bill Westerman
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
Big freight truck on the open highway heading to their destinations to make the deliveries

Skyrocketing fuel prices and mounting pressures from the supply chain crisis are assaulting carrier profitability. Winning in this environment means fighting to squeeze more miles out of every drop of fuel and finding other ways to counter rising costs. Now more than ever, trucking companies need data from a state-of-the-art tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) …

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Prevent Cargo Theft with End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility

  • May 10, 2022
  • Yasaman Kazemi
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
Stock photo from a driver of a vehicles point of view at sunset on a highway with passing cars and trucks.

Cargo theft is a $30 billion problem shippers and carriers can’t afford to ignore. In 2021, 1,285 cargo theft incidents resulted in the loss of $157 million in cargo according to CargoNet. That number does not include lost sales or the cost of load recovery efforts, increased insurance premiums or product recalls that may be …

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4G LTE Migration Is the Moment to Embrace New Telematics Cloud Technology

  • April 25, 2022
  • Bryan Rogerson
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
The 4G migration lets telematics service providers and fleets do more with every telematics device when they leverage subscription telematics cloud services from CalAmp.

The 3G sunset is underway. AT&T is decommissioning its 3G network, Sprint and T-Mobile are shutting theirs down by summer, and Verizon’s 3G network is going dark at the end of 2022. For telematics service providers (TSPs) and enterprise fleets, the 3G sunset means migrating to the next-generation telematics technology, either by switching to 4G …

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Reduce Truck Idling to Cut Fleet Fuel Costs

  • April 13, 2022
  • Long Dinh
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
Hundreds of Cars, Semi-Trucks,,and trailers lined up for miles on a remote secondary highway waiting for the ferry. A tedious 3 miles and 12 hours later we got on a ferry. The actual line was 30 miles long.

With fuel prices what they are today, fleet managers need to conserve every gallon of diesel in order to protect the bottom line. This reality lends new urgency to combatting truck idling. Managers who reduce idling with the help of truck telematics cut their fleet fuel costs while also reducing emissions, another critical goal. According …

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Using DTC Codes to Improve Fleet Maintenance and Repair

  • April 04, 2022
  • Kim Haneke
  • Reading Time: 4 minutes
A broken semi truck with the hood open

Fleet maintenance is especially challenging when check engine lights are not promptly reported. Continuing to drive a vehicle that has an engine problem can lead to much more expensive repairs, not to mention dangerous breakdowns. That’s where remote access to diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) comes into play. With a robust fleet management system, when an …

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Green Your School Bus Fleet Using CalAmp’s Fleet Management Software

  • March 17, 2022
  • Bill Westerman
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
A school bus traveling down a highway.  Photographed with a tilt-shift lens.

Electric school buses are the way of the future, and for good reason. Today’s diesel school buses generate more than 5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. And students who inhale school bus exhaust fumes on their daily journeys may suffer lung damage as well as cognitive effects that lead to lower test scores. …

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