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Cummins Develops ZED Connect To Facilitate ELD Compliance

According to a June 27 report in Equipment World, Cummins now offers a new electronic logging device (ELD) called ZED that works on a smartphone. The hardware connects to the vehicle’s OBD port and it communicates via Bluetooth. According to the developer, the technology has been designed from the point-of-view of both fleet managers and owner/operators.

New Company Formed

Cummins formed a separate software company called ZED Connect to develop and promote the mandate-compliant ELD. It did this in part because its new ELD will work with all engine manufacturers. In addition, fleets can use the fleet management portal to track equipment in real-time and to access repair records.

Plug-and-play Functionality

The plug-and-play system tracks hours of service (HOS) while also offering commercial routing and visual inspection reporting. HOS tracking via ELD must begin by December 18 of this year. ZED only requires downloading of the app along with a one-time purchase of the adapter.

According to the company, multiple levels of security ensure secure communication with both iOS and Android devices.

Fleet Management Features

The CEO of ZED Connect, Skip Kinford, touts the value the new open system should eventually bring to fleets, OEMs and technology service providers in the trucking industry.

Through ZED Connect, Cummins has brought low-cost ELD compliance to the marketplace.

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