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What is an Electronic Logging Device?

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail, Technology


/// Guest post by contributor Joe Ceravalo, DAS Companies, Inc.

Although electronic logging devices (ELDs) will not be mandated until late 2015/early 2016, now is the time for travel plazas and truckstops to learn about this technology sure to have a big impact on our industry. 

Here are the high points that every travel plaza and truckstop operator and their front-of-house staff should know.

What is an ELD?

  • A box that hooks into your vehicle’s diagnostic system
  • Electronically tracks Hours of Service (HOS) as well as other diagnostic items

Why are ELDs important?

  • Federal government is finalizing regulations that will mandate the use of ELDs as a replacement for paper log books
  • ELDs will become mandatory in late 2015 or early 2016

What benefits do ELDs provide to the driver?

  • Makes you compliant with government regulations regarding electronic log books and hours of service
  • Improved driver productivity and operational efficiencies, reducing paper work
  • Reduces manual entry errors
  • Enhanced service plans offer GPS tracking, two way messaging, alerts, and driver and vehicle scorecards
  • Spend less tome at roadside inspections

What is required to make the ELD functional?

  • Requires a monthly service plan. Basic annual plans start at $19.95 per month
  • GPS unit is required

How does the ELD work?

  • Unit is connected to the vehicle’s ECM system through the diagnostic plug. It is then paired to the GPS unit through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
  • User activates the unit and selects a monthly service plan
  • Information is transmitted to the data storage site, where it is maintained and stored
  • Driver has access to the information through a web portal via computer or GPS unit




{Guest Post} Guest post provided by NATSO Chairman's Circle member DAS Companies, Inc. DAS Companies, Inc. is a full service marketing and global supply chain portfolio company based in Palmyra, PA.  Privately-held, DAS Companies, Inc., designs, imports, and distributes automotive accessories, travel merchandise, and mobile electronics that add safety, convenience, comfort and leisure to on-the-go consumers, through a series of channel partnerships including Travel Centers, Heavy Duty Trucking Centers, and Electronics & Specialty Retailers. 

The opinions and advice given by guest post contributors are not necessarily those of NATSO Inc. The posts should not be considered legal advice. Qualified professionals should be sought regarding advice and questions specific to your circumstances.

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About the Author

Joe Ceravalo

Joe Ceravalo

Joe Ceravalo direct the Category Management and Inventory Management Team at DAS.  He is responsible for seeking, researching, developing, and purchasing new products and technology platforms within DAS for all channels of business including the travel center industry.

Ceravalo has been with DAS for four years.  Prior experience includes 20 plus years in retail working specifically in the consumer electronics industry with RadioShack, CompUSA, and Circuit City.  Past experience includes directing teams within product development, purchasing, marketing, supply chain management, strategic alliance management, and operations.