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Electrics, electronics and e-commerce transforming the aftermarket

January 29, 2019 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The repair and upkeep of Canada’s Class 6-8 trucks and trailers is no small matter. Analysts at MacKay and Company say the business is worth $4 billion a year and growing. And it’s being radically transformed before our eyes.

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SmartDrive, Geotab hub combines video and telematics

October 31, 2018 by John Smith

SmartDrive and Geotab are collaborating in a system that will now combine video-based safety and transportation data and telematics – all through a single on-board data collection hub. Described as “one box that powers it all”, the system offers third-party […]

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FleetCam update offers easy video access

August 7, 2018 by John Smith

Forward Thinking Systems’ FleetCam 2.0 supports up to four camera angles per vehicle, with recent updates including improved livestreaming and historical video downloads so users don’t need to pull vehicles off the road to access footage. Video is streamed and […]

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Proof of Pick-up: Video telematics don’t miss a thing

July 27, 2018 by elizabeth

FONTANA, Calif. – Whether you’re a residential solid waste collector or you service businesses needing private pickup, you know it’s a call you’re going to get: the complaint that the trash was missed.

More than just a minor annoyance, dealing with the problem can be a hit to the bottom line with extra runs, lost productivity, or even discounts to make customers happy. And then there’s always that lingering question – was the pickup really missed, or did the customer miss putting the trash out?

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Will in-cab cameras survive privacy challenges?

July 17, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Canada has a lot of workplace privacy legislation on the books, some of which can be applied to driver-facing cameras. Some jurisdictions seem favorably disposed to the video monitoring of operators (drivers) in safety-sensitive positions, while others suggest cameras might be OK, as long as no other reasonable mechanism exists to achieve the same results.

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Smile? On-board cameras can offer in-cab insights

July 17, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — While dashboard cameras provide hours of entertainment on YouTube, they can serve a vital safety role as well. After all, one of your drivers could be featured in a YouTube video. The key is to be proactive. .

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CrashBoxx reconstructs collisions

June 1, 2018 by John Smith

CrashBoxx accident reconstruction capabilities will now be embedded in all compatible CalAmp telematics devices. When a collision occurs, an automatic push notification is sent in real time to CalAmp Telematics Service Provider (TSP) administrators, providing information about the relative location, […]

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Video: Fuel for thought, and action

April 25, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Some of the most important factors behind spec’ing decisions are those that promise better fuel economy. A panel of experts at the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit (CFMS) discussed how claims should be weighed, and steps that will deliver a return on investments.

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Will the future include one SIM to rule them all?

April 18, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The future of connected trucks lies in integration and reducing the number of entry points into a truck, according to industry experts.

Speaking on a morning panel about data and “the internet of trucks” at the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit, Ric Bedard of Cetaris said some of his projects involved more than 400 connection and integration points because each technology manufacturer has its own proprietary system.

That disjointed technology leads to problems ranging from a flood of data that is almost unusable, to introducing more access points for potential cybersecurity attacks.

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Fleet Complete’s video Vision

April 5, 2018 by John Smith

Fleet Complete Vision is combining telematics technology and mobile video in an offering that fully integrates with the Fleet Complete platform.

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Truck-Lite’s Road Ready gets SmartBridge

March 8, 2018 by John Smith

Truck-Lite has added a new SmartBridge Integrator (SBI) to its Road Ready trailer telematics system, integrating with existing trailer devices. “The new SmartBridge functionality effectively creates the second generation of the system by integrating existing trailer devices with the Road […]

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PetersonPulse making trailers smarter

March 5, 2018 by John Smith

Peterson is tapping into trailer data with the new PetersonPulse intelligent trailer system, combining CAN-Bus technology and telematics capabilities. In addition to tracking the real-time status of things like lights, ABS brakes, tire pressure monitoring systems, and cargo temperature, the […]

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Seeva system helps to clear windshields

March 4, 2018 by John Smith

Seeva Technologies has developed a windshield washer heating system that can provide better windshield cleaning, de-icing, and defrosting. The small tubular system uses waste heat generated by the engine to heat the windshield washer fluid to up to 140 F. […]

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Trucking faces greatest change since deregulation: Greer

February 26, 2018 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ray Greer, the chief executive officer of Omnitracs, believes the trucking industry is undergoing its greatest period of change since deregulation.

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Trailer tracking for mixed fleets

February 21, 2018 by John Smith

Spireon is building on its FleetLocate product line with a modular trailer tracking solution for mixed fleets. FL Flex can be configured with options including door, cargo, temperature, and other trailer sensors, as well as solar panels, offering actionable real-time […]