Moving Beyond ELD: How Mobile Tech is Changing Commercial Commerce

By keith bateman on June 21, 2018
Tags: Data Collection, Productivity

Complete Coverage from Curb to Client

Last year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued new Electronic Logging Device requirements that forced thousands of businesses to install new technology in all of their work vehicles.

In short, this ruling required the implementation of FMCSA certified ELD devices for all commercial drivers who were previously required to prepare hours-of-service (HOS) records of duty status (RODS).

The good part? This ruling mandated that companies rethink their procedures and implement time-saving technologies inside their work vehicles.

The bad part? Almost all of the tech implementation started and ended within 5 feet of the driver's seat. Most companies focused on simply installing ELD compliant equipment for their work vehicles, and didn’t bother evaluating the rest of the operational processes.

Evolving Beyond ELD

With the Government’s ELD ruling, we were presented with yet another clear sign that the paper-based processes of the past are quickly becoming eliminated from mainstream commerce. And the reason that ELD technology was mandated is essentially the same as why companies deploy GoCanvas – the ability to capture and review accurate records in real-time is essential for productivity.

With a platform like GoCanvas, you are able to extend the benefits of mobile technology beyond the truck.

Unlike a typical ELD system which is built and designed to do a single process, within a single vehicle, the GoCanvas platform is customized around all your daily business workflows and personnel. The platform features a no-code, drag-and-drop App Builder that allows you to create dynamic data collection processes in just minutes.

Powerful features include:

  • Database Importer
  • Time & GPS Stamp
  • Automated Calculations
  • Photo & Signature Capture
  • Dispatch & Workflow Manager
  • Open-Access API

These are just a few of the 20+ unique features that you can implement as part of your GoCanvas mobile forms. Each of these features was designed specifically to improve data accuracy, eliminate re-entry, and improve the productivity of your field technicians.

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Where to Get Started

Just like implementing new ELD technology, creating and customizing new mobile forms from scratch can seem like a big project to undertake. And while 76% of GoCanvas subscribers complete the creation of their first mobile form in less than a day, it’s always nice to know you have options on how you get started going paperless!

The first option is the GoCanvas Application Store. This is essentially a digital library of 25,000 pre-built mobile forms that cross every use case and industry.

Looking to streamline your invoice process? We got it. Need a timesheet? Right here!

The Application Store is perfect for finding a base template that you can then customize and make your own, no matter what process it is.  Examples of mobile form templates include:

  • Service Tickets
  • Vehicle/Equipment Inspections
  • Work Order
  • T&M Sheet
  • Inventory Report

These templates, along with thousands of others, can put you on the right track to streamlining all your front-end data collection processes in a matter of days.GoCanvas SUYF

But if that option doesn’t sound right, then our Send Us Your Form program is perfect!

All you do is simply upload a digital copy ( .jpg, .png, PDF)  of the form you wish for us to convert into a mobile form, and we’ll take care of the rest! This is by far the fastest and easiest way to get started, and your first form upload is absolutely free!

If you’re ready to get started for free, click here!