Remote Download Of Digital Tachographs

Introduction

Downloading tachograph data presents two challenges, the scheduling of regular digicard and tachograph downloads plus the labour intensive nature of the process. The task becomes exaggerated when depots are dotted around the country and drivers spend time away from base.

Telematics companies, GPRS and the internet have made a major impact in the transport industry by enabling real-time analysis on fuel economy, driving technique and engine monitoring providing tangible economic savings. So it was just a question of time before remote tachograph downloading became part of their portfolio.

Quite simply, you can schedule when tachographs and digicards are to be automatically downloaded and specify where the files are to be stored which typically will be the location your tachograph analysis software, such as Pitstop, accesses.

Budgeting 30 minutes per tachograph say and 1-2 minutes per digicard, remote downloading even for a modest fleet size offers amazing savings both financially and in man hours. Coupled with guaranteed compliance of the regulations, this is definitely the way forward.

As a footnote, regular digicard downloading can be used to assist the operator in the planning of drivers' hours using Pitstop's management planner feature.

Tachograph Downloading In Practice

Each vehicle is installed with a remote download device connected to the digital tachograph. It manages the authentication of the Company Card and the download process of the tachograph and driver digicards. Depending on which system is installed, the device transmits the data either directly or indirectly (via an on-board telematics box) over the internet to the chosen location. From here you can perform your analysis and management planning with Pitstop.

The Company Card is usually kept at your office permanently inserted into a computer that can communicate via the internet. In theory it can be inserted in the vehicle or with a third party's computer.

Then its a simple matter of setting up the download schedule and data destination for automatic downloading to take place. It's as easy as that!

What Do I Need?
  • A smartcard reader connected to an office based computer with internet access enabling authentication of the Company Card
  • The remote download device, one per vehicle
  • The correct digital tachograph - for the VDO its 1.3 and later, for Stoneridge its Rev 7.0 onwards
  • The vehicle must have a connection to the internet via GPRS, WLAN or WiFi

Return on investment is excellent so if you are considering remote tachograph downloading or telematics reporting in general, please contact us for further information and let us make your life a whole lot easier.

 
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