A new Hours of Service (HOS) application available this summer for Qualcomm's OmniTRACS mobile communications system complies with DOT regulations governing the use of electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) to document HOS compliance, according to Norman Ellis, vp & gm of the company's transportation & logistics wireless business. Information from the HOS system can be delivered to a fleet dispatch system via a web interface or it can be viewed online with a web browser.
Ellis pointed out the automated record-keeping system offers numerous avenues to cost savings, including eliminating the manual creation and processing of paper logs; mitigating driver violations and fines associated with non-compliance, and improving dispatching decisions. He also noted that since the HOS application runs on the OmniTRACS platform, the up-front investment and driver training needed to deploy it are minimized.
Other features of the new application include:
Automatic driving time detection using vehicle sensor data to minimizes driver interaction and data entry
Web interface for review of driver status, availability and reports
Automatic HOS reports for driver management and safety audits to eliminate expense of paper logs
Near-real-time notification to drivers and dispatch of impending or actual violations
Support hotline available for roadside inspections 24/7.
Cost for adding the HOS application to the OmniTRACS system will be $5 to $10 per month per tractor, according to Ellis.