Who says hours of service (HOS) has to be difficult

Published on November 26, 2013 in Productivity by Geotab

Trucking companies are using apps for better productivity and compliance. Read about Geotab Drive, the mobile app for hours-of-service (HOS) and DVIR.

In today's society, everyone seems to have a smartphone or tablet device. In fact, a study of cell phone activities by the Pew Research Center shows that over 90 percent of American adults own a cell phone, and that these devices are used for much more than just making phone calls (i). In addition to this, companies are developing apps to better capitalize on the ubiquity of mobile devices.

As people continue to demand more from their technology – both in and out of the workplace, it is important for telematics providers to meet the needs of their customers and end-users. Geotab Drive – a recently developed app, which can be downloaded on Google’s PlayStore, has a multitude of features - including hours-of-service (HOS). This app is intended to comply with the DOT regulation needs of trucking companies, specifically in the USA.

I’d like to highlight three important features of this solution:

1. Compatibility Geotab Drive is compatible with Android devices running Android 4.1 or higher, preferably with a 7-inch screen and capacitive touch screen, and must have a built-in cellular modem (3G or LTE) and GP.

2. Flexibility Even if your dedicated HOS tablet were to stop working for whatever reason, the solution to the problem is as simple as pulling out another Android device with the required specs and loading the Geotab Drive app on it. As long as you have a valid data connection, you can always login to sync with the server and instantly gain access to all your HOS and DVIR logs. You don’t need to rely on just one device, which makes it really easy to switch between devices.

3. Compliancy Geotab certifies that the design of the solution has been sufficiently tested to meet the requirements of § 395.15 of 49 CFR Part 395 under the conditions it will be used, as set forth in the “Geotab Drive System Operation Guide.”

To learn more about Geotab’s HOS compliance solution, visit: https://www.geotab.com/fleet-management-solutions/compliance/

For updated information on Geotab Drive, read this blog post:

Preview of Geotab Drive 4.0: DVIR Workflow & ELD Updates


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