MetaSource: Transition from paper to EOBRs economically challenging

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Updated Sep 17, 2010

In addition to the safety aspects of Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, some firms may be forced to implement electronic onboard recorders as a result of their new safety and compliance scores, but others may elect to be ahead of the curve in implementing this technology. More importantly, requiring EOBRs for more trucking firms is gaining momentum, but whenever a solution includes a huge capital investment at the forefront, it can become economically challenging.

On the back end of the EOBR technology is a driver log audit module that accepts the data feeds from the EOBRs. In order to allow firms to transition to the electronic driver log, it is important to partner with a firm that can capture the data from a paper/scanned driver log and feed the same compliance/audit module that the data from the EOBRs are routed to. MetaSource says it can help with this transition by feeding the data from the paper logs to an audit system geared to accept data from EOBRs, allowing companies to roll out EOBRs instead of requiring an overnight switch.

As the transition from paper driver logs to electronic driver logs begins, there still will be a significant requirement to process the paper logs in the short term as the transition to EOBRs takes place. More importantly, the number of ways to scan these paper logs is growing – including truckstop, terminal and in-cab scanning solutions. This can present a problem with the software that attempts to automatically capture the hours of service on the grid, since many different image formats, sizes and quality of images now are flowing into the audits.

MetaSource says it has created a process that uses both optical character recognition (OCR) software and data entry to make sure all logs are captured and processed – regardless of size, shape or quality, virtually eliminating rejects. For more information, call 215-788-8885.