TruckerLink from PACCAR Parts is an aftermarket telematics and fleet management service. Said to be easy to use and affordable, it allows dispatchers and maintenance staff to view truck location, driver logs, fuel consumption reports, vehicle diagnostic data, inspection results and more.
It uses proprietary ‘remote carrier switching’ technology that “seamlessly switches” the service’s cellular connection between GSM and CDMA networks. It’s said to be the market’s only fleet-management system that can switch between differing cellular networks, which should bring more reliable, affordable connectivity.
TruckerLink has three components:
TruckerLink Fleet is a secure website where data transmitted from trucks is monitored. Accessible from any computer, the secure, password-protected site reports the operational status of all networked trucks fleet-wide in real-time. There’s no need to purchase specialized hardware. Customers pay a fixed price each month, meaning no invoicing surprises.
The TruckerLink ‘advanced mobile gateway’ is installed on trucks, communicating GPS location and diagnostics data in real time over cellular networks. It plugs into a truck’s J1939 electronic databus.
TruckerLink Driver is a collection of applications that make it quick and easy for drivers to log their hours of service and complete vehicle-inspection reports when using a Windows laptop or notebook.
The system has been road-tested by fleets of all sizes in North America, the company says, and it’s aimed at small and mid-size companies that previously may have found a high-end telematics service too expensive.