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TomTom and M2M DataSmart help lorry drivers meet ELD mandate

Steve Rogerson
March 30, 2017

Navigation company TomTom is working with wireless data service provider M2M DataSmart to improve the data logging experience for lorry drivers.
The Dutch company’s Bridge ELD kit includes an in-lorry toolbox with mount and power cable, a vehicle-specific connector, and a subscription to the Hours of Service app from California-based M2M DataSmart.
The Bridge is a rugged navigation device built for professional drivers that seamlessly links business applications with TomTom maps, traffic and navigation software. The kit will provide an out-of–the-box way to help meet the ELD electronic logging device mandate in the USA and Canada.
“The transportation industry is changing rapidly,” said Jocelyn Vigreux, president of TomTom in North America. “As a company that embraces movement and change, we are constantly innovating to meet our customers’ needs. The TomTom Bridge is built for life on the road. A large number of truckers are already using our device worldwide and the kit will help them work smarter and move faster.”
The Bridge has a customisable interface and uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor to power its 18cm screen. In addition to wireless connectivity, it includes the integration of applications and direct connection to TomTom Bridge’s hardware features such as near-field communications, an integrated camera, flash, Bluetooth, a loud speaker for vehicle use, and a custom charging cradle that can be mounted in any vehicle.
M2M DataSmart has a dedicated focus on the lorry market and brings the Hours of Service and vehicle inspection application.
“This kit helps drivers feel confident in complying with the ELD mandate,” said Michael Switzer, president of M2M DataSmart. “Because the TomTom Bridge incorporates wireless connectivity, reports can be seen in real time by the maintenance department and the fleet manager.”
The ELD kit will be available from M2M DataSmart in April across North America.