Verizon Connect has launched a new Digital Tachograph solution that enables operators to download digital tachograph files and driver activity from anywhere, helping to ensure European tachograph regulation compliance while saving time and improving processes.
The solution monitors and analyses important driver activities such as driving times, breaks and rest times from the vehicle’s digital tachograph and turns it into actionable data within Verizon Connect’s fleet management platform, Reveal.
Key features of Verizon Connect Digital Tachograph include a Driver Status tool that enables operators to see driver location and status on the Reveal live map and schedule jobs with drivers that are within designated driver safety limits.
The Remote Download feature enables users to schedule and automate driver and vehicle file downloads to promote compliance with EU regulations.
And Reveal’s tracking unit connects to a vehicle’s tachograph and transfers driver card data, along with vehicle and engine data, directly to the Reveal online platform in near-real time.
The launch of the solution follows a recent Verizon Connect survey that found one in every four drivers fails to take appropriate rest breaks, breaching driver guidelines around rest and fatigue. The survey also reported that fleet managers had significant difficulty ensuring drivers complete the appropriate rest periods and obtain relevant, accurate tachograph data from their vehicles. The majority viewed tachograph compliance as disruptive and time-consuming, with fleet managers on average spending more than three hours per week correcting and following up on driver tachograph mistakes.
“One of the biggest challenges for fleet managers is helping drivers understand their tacho status so customers aren’t losing time and money by pulling drivers off the road to manually download tachograph files from trucks,” said Derek Bryan, EMEA vice president, Verizon Connect. “Digital Tacho Live View provides the visibility necessary to access driver data quickly and easily, helping managers make quick and informed decisions, produce more accurate plans and receive advanced warning of infringements.”