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Kyle Mesa

Texas Boll Weevil Case Study

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Texas Bool Weevil Eradication Foundation (TBWEF) incorporates TeMeDa and ESRI to monitor asset location, sprayer engagement and chemical coverage in the battle against the boll weevil.

Led by Western Data Systems, an authorized distributor of TeMeDa products and services, the TBWEF uses TeMeDa technology to gain insight into its eradication fleet and equipment.

The Boll Weevil Eradication Program, sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is one of the world’s most successful implementations of an integrated pest management program. Cotton farmers have been able to reduce their use of pesticides by anywhere between 40% and 100% and increase their yield by 10% since the program began. The first full implementation began in Virginia and South Carolina in 1978 and spread west. By the early 90’s Texas Cotton Producers, Incorporated working with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and drafted a Boll Weevil Eradication plan for the State of Texas.

TeMeDa App 2.7.0

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Driver Safety:

TeMeDa’s new 2.7.0 release is all about Driver Safety and Driver Behavior.  TeMeDa now offers insights into how your assets are being used by operators and drivers.  Ensure your Drivers Operators are working with optimal efficiency and in a safe manner.  To help with this, we’ve created 2 new reports in the TeMeDa App: Driver Safety Summary and Driver Safety Detail. To schedule enabling Driver Safety features for your account, contact us at 855-289-7821.

There are 4 metrics in Driver Safety reports that are calculated for you:

  • Driver Safety Score: Driver Safety Events per 100 Miles Driven.
  • Speeding Event: Set by you when you run a Driver Safety report. Defaults to 75 mph but can be changed from report to report.
  • Harsh Braking: Harsh braking is when the difference in speed is of 11 mph per second. A drop from 60 mph to 48 mph in 1 second will trigger a Harsh Braking event. This can be reconfigured to be a different value by contacting TeMeDa.
  • Harsh Acceleration: Harsh Acceleration is when the difference in speed of 9 mph per second. A change from 10 mph to 20 mph in 1 second will trigger a Harsh Acceleration event. This can be reconfigured to be a different value by contacting TeMeDa.

Driver Safety Summary Report

The Driver Safety Summary Report will show your Fleet Safety Scorecard for your entire fleet along with the scores of each driver. You can adjust the top speed threshold for speeding events, and the report will total harsh accelerations, braking, and harsh maneuver events. Driver Scores are calculated as the # of Safety Events per 100 miles driven. The Report also shows Max Speed, Total Miles, and Driver Safety Risk Level per Fleet and Driver.

Driver Safety Detail Report

The Driver Safety Detail Report will show the driver safety event details and scores of each driver. You can adjust the top speed threshold for speeding events, and the report will total harsh accelerations, braking, and harsh maneuver events.

Asset Detail Page Updates

The Asset Detail page now allows you to assign a Vehicle Class to an Asset to aid in planning, maintenance and compliance.

To schedule enabling Driver Safety features for your account, contact us at 855-289-7821.

How can TeMeDa help you meet your Hours of Service and Electronic Logging Device requirements?

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Hours of Service (HoS) was introduced by the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1938 with the intent of reducing accidents caused by commercial vehicles due to driver fatigue by limiting the number of hours an operator is allowed to drive on a daily and weekly basis. Compliance with these regulations has been managed for years on paper; however, these paper logs are cumbersome, often lack complete data, and are not always completely accurate.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the successor to the Interstate Commerce Commission, announced the latest iteration of HoS, the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, on December 16, 2015.  This new regulation dictates that most commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) must be equipped with either an Automated On-Board Recorder Device (AOBRD) or an ELD solution by the end of 2017 and all CMVs will need to be fully compliant with the ELD mandate by the end of 2019.  AOBRD and ELD solutions utilize electronic hardware and software to interface with the vehicle data bus to pull: VIN, Speed, Engine Hours, Engine RPM, and Odometer that is combined with vehicle inspection and driver duty status data to create automated Driver Daily Logs (DDLs).  These automated DDLs are then displayed on mobile devices and are intended to enhance the accuracy of the HoS information associated with each vehicle’s driver.

The deadlines associated with this mandate are:

  • December 16, 2015 – FMCSA publishes in final ELD Rule
  • December 18, 2017 – Use of “Paper” Logs must switch to either an AOBRD or ELD solution
  • December 16, 2019 – Drivers using AOBRD solutions must switch to an ELD solution

The ELD mandate automates the data collection and reporting mandated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) authorities.  All paper logs as a primary source must be replaced by an electronic solution on or before December 18th, 2017.

TeMeDa offers both an AOBRD and an ELD solution for HoS that includes certified hardware and a web compliant application for mobile display devices (smartphone or tablet) that creates the automated Driver Daily Logs (DDLs).  For our current customers we will be able to expand their current product solution to include AOBRD on most trucks that have already been installed.  For new installations Temeda is offering both AOBRD and ELD solutions.

TeMeDa App 2.6.0

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Temeda App 2.6.0 allows administrators the ability to add, edit and delete Drivers and to assign these Drivers to your Assets. This feature is useful for customers that want a simple way to view the status of their Assets along with the Driver or operator assigned to the vehicle. Drivers can be assigned to one or more Assets according to a predefined schedule.

Driver List

Driver Detail, Info Tab

Driver Detail, Assign Tab

Driver Name Locations

SmartWitness Camera Offering

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Fully integrated into the TeMeDa App.

TeMeDa now includes a full integration with SmartWitness vehicle based video cameras with the ability to view real time video and/or still images from remote assets.  Customers can access and view HD video footage, and still images, of video events/incidents triggered automatically by Shock, Harsh Acceleration, Harsh Breaking, Harsh Maneuver and a Panic Button.  Remote assets, especially fleet vehicles, expose companies to a large degree of liability and incorporating HD video and still image evidence in case of an accident or complaint can have a substantial impact on un-warranted claims and insurance premiums.

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TeMeDa App 2.5.1

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Map Cluster Toggle

TeMeDa App version 2.5.1 now allows you to toggle Map Clusters on and off. This feature is useful for customers that want to see all of their assets on the map all the time, even if they are within close proximity. For example, customers that have the Temeda App open on a TV monitor or large display screen will be able to see each asset regardless of zoom level or asset proximity. Map Clusters are toggled on by default. Use the gear icon to toggle Asset Names and Clusters on the map.

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TeMeDa App 2.5.0

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TeMeDa App 2.5.0 is Coming Soon!

Mobile Friendly, Phase 1

TeMeDa App version 2.5.0 provides an enhanced Mobile Friendly user experience designed specifically for in-the-field accessing the TeMeDa App while using a smart phone. The Mobile Friendly version is designed to be responsive and intuitive from any device, adapting the App you know already to the screen size limitations on a smart phone.

The new Mobile Friendly version of the TeMeDa App creates an entirely different user experience for both Android and Apple IOS smart phones. We have simplified the process of finding your Assets and showing them on the Map, viewing Asset Details, Alerts and Service Reminders, and viewing/logging Maintenance. You also have the ability to switch back and forth to the responsive Desktop version or the new Mobile Friendly version of the TeMeDa App.

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Driver Safety Alerts

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Utilizing TeMeDa’s robust Alert features, you can create Driver Safety Alerts to notify you or a designated employee via Email and/or SMS text. These Alerts will fit the exact needs of your company to manage and track Driver Safety for Mobiles you have deployed.

Our Driver Safety Alert options measure speed, aggressive driving (fast starts, sudden starts, high speed lane switching) and provides real time feedback. Here are the Alert names that are used for Driver Safety:

  • Harsh Braking Alert
  • Harsh Acceleration Alert
  • Harsh Maneuver Alert
  • Erratic Driving Alert

Our base configuration for Driver Safety Alerts is set with a value of 9 mph/s defining Harsh Acceleration and 11 mph/s defining Harsh Barking. These values are very hard on the vehicle and driver so we don’t recommend testing the Alerts once they are set up. If you need different values please contact us and we’ll work with you to find and set the values you need.

  • SmartWitness Camera Alerts – Alerts can also be triggered when a Video Event Data Recorder (VEDR) camera senses a Shock, Harsh Acceleration, Harsh Braking, Harsh Maneuver, and/or Panic Button event for one or more assets. Alerts can send notifications via Email and/or SMS text message.

If you’d like to set up Driver Safety Alerts for your company, please contact TeMeDa customer support today by emailing us at customer.support@temeda.com.

TeMeDa App 2.4.0

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TeMeDa App 2.4.0 is launching soon!

Diagnostic Trouble Codes

Temeda App 2.4.0 detects engine failures and displays the Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC) and diagnostic information for both OBDII (Check Engine light in passenger vehicles) and SAE J1939 (medium to heavy duty vehicles and construction equipment). New DTC features include DTC Alerts, DTC Reporting, and a Maintenance DTC page. Each of the new features include Trouble Code lookup messages for over 7,500 standard fault codes.

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