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HCSS, Construction Software Developer, Offers New Electronic Logging Device to Meet FMCSA Trucking Regulations

Construction Software Developer HCSS Offers New Electronic Logging Device to Meet FMCSA Trucking Regulations

Solution includes an easy-to-use driver app and telematics that integrates with other HCSS software

Construction software developer, HCSS, announces the release of its new electronic logging solution to help construction companies meet the December 2017 deadline to become Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliant. This mandate requires drivers who currently use Hours of Service (HOS) paper logbooks to switch to electronic logging with approved electronic logging devices (ELDs) by December 18, 2017.

Featuring fast and reliable software connectivity, HCSS eLogs electronically tracks a driver’s HOS and automates driving events based on vehicle movements, which is a requirement for compliance. HCSS eLogs includes a driver app for smartphones or tablets and a website where managers can review Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs), driver statuses, shift and cycle time, previous violations, and daily driver logs and comments.

The construction industry is currently being flooded with electronic logging solutions. With the HCSS’s in-depth knowledge of contractor needs, the new eLogs program offers features not available with other providers, such as:

  • Free integration with HCSS Telematics, a solution that tracks a company’s fleet location and performance as well as helping to prevent loss and theft. HCSS Telematics interfaces with the HCSS suite of products to help drive operational processes.
  • Easy connectivity using BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) that allows for drivers to remain in the application to connect rather than shuffling through settings.
  • A faster connection and shorter wait time for drivers using software connection compared to common internet/cellular connectivity used by other providers.
  • Availability on any Android device, with or without cellular or internet connection, allowing your driver to log at any time. The driver simply syncs his logs again when he can connect.
  • Status change based on vehicle motion and gear, eliminating tedious recording in the app for drivers.

HCSS eLogs provides an intuitive, simple-to-use interface that allows drivers to easily enter data, quickly fill out pre- and post-trip DVIRs, and identify and self-report violations without hassle. Managers receive logs in a timely manner and have access to all driver information in one simple location for easy tracking and reporting, reducing double entry and ensuring accuracy.

The app helps companies to avoid violations and lowers HOS compliance scores by warning drivers about upcoming shift or cycle limits before they occur.

HCSS eLogs easily installs through a simple plug-in device for the truck and a mobile app for the driver’s phone or tablet that connects instantly. Drivers aren’t required to scroll through phone settings or wait for a Bluetooth pairing. The new app also avoids the need to manually connect with the device for drivers who switch between multiple trucks.

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About HCSS

With a suite of software products that includes construction estimating, field entry, dispatching, equipment maintenance, telematics, fuel management and safety, HCSS provides the construction industry with innovative software solutions and fully-managed, Cloud hosting options that help construction companies work faster, smarter and more efficiently. Since 1986, HCSS products have delivered value for more than 45,000 construction professionals, including 24 of the Top 25 ENR Contractors. HCSS delivers world-class customer service with professional implementation, and 24/7 instant support, 365 days a year.

U.S. Department of Transportation Urges Drivers to Stay Alert While Driving Near Nation’s Highway Work Zones

UnknownThe U.S. Department of Transportation today kicked off National Work Zone Awareness Week as construction season approaches. Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau joined state and federal officials at the Washington Boulevard Bridge over Columbia Pike in Arlington, Va., to urge drivers to stay alert when driving near highway workers. They were joined by workers and families affected by work zone crashes.

This year’s theme, “Expect the Unexpected,” emphasizes the need for drivers to constantly be prepared for changes such as reduced speed limits; narrowed, shifted or closed lanes; and people who may be working on or near the road.  In 2013, the most recent year for which data are available, there were 579 fatalities in work zones, a small decrease from 617 fatalities the previous year.

“As the temperatures climb, thousands of highway workers nationwide are heading back to work to improve America’s roads,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “To keep them safe, we owe them our full attention when driving through work zones, so please avoid distractions like cellphones and obey posted speed limits.”

National Work Zone Awareness Week, sponsored by federal, state and local transportation officials at the beginning of construction season each spring, raises awareness of safety measures taken on roads all over the country. Typically, work zone crashes occur when drivers fail to obey posted speed limits, fail to adapt to changing road conditions, or use cellphones while driving.

FHWA works with state and local transportation officials to promote improvements in work zone planning and design, increased law enforcement near work zones, enhanced worker training and heightened awareness among drivers. Since 2005, FHWA has awarded nearly $33 million in grants to promote work zone safety training and the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.

In 2013, speed was a factor in 23 percent of fatal work zone crashes. Two out of three victims in work zone crashes in 2013 were drivers and passengers of vehicles.

During the ceremony, Nadeau paid tribute to the 132 Virginia Department of Transportation employees who died in highway work zones since 1928.

“When driving through work zones, be respectful of highway workers and their workplace by slowing down,” said Deputy Administrator Nadeau. “Following the rules of the roadway makes it easier to expect the unexpected.”

Like the FHWA, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) works with other USDOT agencies to reduce work zone crashes through grants to states and research on driver behavior. FMCSA has made work zone safety a national priority in its commercial vehicle safety plans, and partners with the International Association of Chiefs of Police in its “Drive to Save Lives” campaign to encourage all law enforcement to stop trucks and buses when they are seen operating unsafely.

“In 2013, large trucks and buses were involved in 186 work zone crashes that resulted in fatalities,” said FMCSA Chief Counsel Scott Darling. “Tragedies like these can be avoided by paying attention, slowing down, carefully obeying signs and the direction of flagmen, maintaining a safe distance between vehicles, avoiding distractions and always keeping safety the number one priority.”

For more information on this year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week, visit http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/outreach/wz_awareness.htm