John Elsner, CEO at Pedigree Technologies, is an experienced telematics and IoT executive with more than 25 years in the industry. He leads Pedigree’s efforts to find and integrate solutions that align with the needs of the heartland industries Pedigree serves -- trucking, heavy equipment, agriculture, and oil and gas.

Simple Bluetooth Technology Solving TPMS Complexity

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Complexity

Tire Pressure Can Have a Significant Impact on the Financial Health and Safety of Your Fleet

Properly inflated tires are essential for vehicle safety. Monitoring tire pressure allows fleet managers to ensure that all tires are within the recommended pressure range. Underinflated tires can lead to reduced traction, longer stopping distances, and an increased risk of skidding or hydroplaning. Overinflated tires, on the other hand, can result in reduced stability, uneven tire wear, and potential blowouts. By monitoring tire pressure, fleet managers can proactively address any deviations, minimizing the risk of accidents and promoting safer driving conditions.

Tire inflation problems are all too common. The CVSA reports that tire related violations accounted for 18.5% of all out of service violations found during its 2022 International Roadcheck. The NACFE cites one study that claims over 50% of heavy commercial vehicles tires are not inflated within 5 psi of target pressure.

Take a look at these other eye-popping stats:

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Is a Tire Pressure Monitoring System the Answer?

A TPMS (Tire Pressure Management System) solution is designed to address the challenges above by ensuring proper tire inflation to avoid costly violations and potentially save thousands of dollars in fuel costs each year. A TPMS also has the ability to inform drivers of inflation issues before tires blow out or exhibit other safety issues, which can help to prevent accidents and reduce downtime.

New Bluetooth Technology Changing the TPMS Game

New technology is addressing the TPMS installation complexity and costs. With the introduction of Bluetooth valve stem sensors, a technical installation is replaced by a simple setup routine:

  • Screw on the sensors
  • Pair with the tire

Better yet, there is no separate and expensive receiver to install in the cab. Instead, tire pressure alerts and values, for both trucks and trailers, are sent simultaneously to the cloud and ELD tablet.

When integrated with ELD, the tablet will display real-time tire pressure for each tire and will alert drivers if the pressure exceeds a certain limit. The driver can use the TPMS data to identify and address serious tire problems before they happen.

By providing real-time monitoring of tire pressure and temperature, TPMS is an essential tool for heavy duty truck operators who want to ensure the safety, performance, and efficiency of their fleet. With the arrival of new Bluetooth based TPMS technology, implementation is simplified, and costs are reduced bringing about an even faster payback on this investment.

Are you ready to learn more about how TPMS can help your fleet operations? Reach out to our knowledgeable sales team for more information.

Revolutionizing Trucking Safety with Dash Cams

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How Fleet Dash Cameras Are Transforming the Industry

The trucking industry is no stranger to safety concerns, as the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks make them particularly susceptible to accidents on the road. However, with the emergence of advanced technology, such as dash cams, the industry is rapidly transforming to become safer for both drivers and other motorists. As a result, dash cams are quickly becoming a staple in the trucking industry, providing valuable benefits such as improving driver behavior, reducing accident rates, and protecting against fraudulent claims. Let’s explore the many benefits of dash cams and why they are becoming an essential tool for trucking companies around the world.

checkmark Driver safety: Truck dash cams can improve driver safety by providing a clear view of the road and surroundings. Increasing visibility can help drivers avoid accidents, identify potential hazards, and improve their driving habits.
checkmark Preventing accidents: Reviewing accident footage with drivers can help prevent future incidents by providing a record of driver behavior and identifying areas for improvement. Dash cams can also provide evidence in case of accidents or incidents, helping companies to determine fault and reduce liability.
checkmark Compliance with regulations: Dash Cams can help companies comply with various regulations, such as safety and environmental regulations. For example, dash cams can help monitor compliance with hours of service regulations, which limit the number of hours a driver can be on the road.
checkmark Improving efficiency:  Dash cams can help improve the efficiency of the trucking industry by providing real-time information about traffic and road conditions. Real-time data of upcoming conditions can help drivers to optimize their routes and reduce fuel consumption.
checkmark Training and coaching: Companies can use dual dash camera footage to provide training and coaching to drivers, helping them to become safer and more efficient. The valuable feedback dual dash cams provide to drivers can help them improve their skills and performance.

Dash cams are becoming increasingly important in the trucking industry due to their ability to improve driver safety, prevent accidents, comply with regulations, improve efficiency, and provide training and coaching. As technology advances, dash cams are likely to become even more important in the trucking industry. Do you currently have a dash cam solution in your fleet?

Interested in learning more about our dash cams and how they can be a valuable asset to your fleet operations? Connect with us to learn how Pedigree Technologies can support you and your fleet safety.

Upcoming CVSA Roadcheck 2023 to Focus on ABS and Cargo Securement

Helpful Tips on Brake Safety and Cargo Securement to Help Prepare You for CVSA Roadcheck

The CVSA Roadcheck is an annual three-day event conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in which law enforcement agencies across North America conduct intensive inspections of commercial vehicles, including trucks and buses, to promote safety in the commercial motor vehicle industry.

This year the roadcheck is scheduled to take place from May 16-18 and will focus on ABS braking systems and cargo securement. Last year brake systems accounted for 25%, and cargo securement accounted for 11%, of out-of-service violations.

Want to pass your inspections? Here are some tips to keep your fleet in safe working order.


By performing a pre-trip inspection, drivers can visually inspect the brake system for pressure loss from air leaks and chafed air hoses. The driver should also listen for any unusual sounds when applying the brakes.

A trained technician can inspect the brake components visually to look for signs of wear or damage. Inspection can include checking the brake pads or shoes, drums or rotors, calipers or wheel cylinders, brake lines, and other components.

Electronic Monitoring:
Many modern heavy-duty trucks come equipped with electronic brake monitoring systems, which can provide real-time data on the condition of the brakes. New after-market solutions using Bluetooth sensors that tie into ELD tablets, warn drivers of brake, tire, and hub line pressure issues before they become more serious and costly to repair.

Cargo Securement

Use the Right Equipment:
Use appropriate tie-downs, straps, chains, and other equipment that meet or exceed the weight and size requirements of the transported cargo. See FMCSA guidelines.

Distribute Weight Evenly:
Ensure that the weight of the cargo is evenly distributed and centered over the axles to maintain stability and prevent shifting during transit.

Secure Heavy Items First:
Secure heavy items first and then work towards lighter items. This can help ensure that the heavy items are secure and not shifting during transit.

Know the Regulations:
Understand the federal, state, and local regulations regarding cargo securement. For permitted loads, ensure your driver has access to the correct permits via paper or a digital library.

Use Blocking and Bracing:
Use blocking and bracing materials to prevent cargo from shifting or tipping during transit. Materials such as wood blocks or dunnage can be used to fill gaps and provide additional support.

Check Frequently:
Inspections are required (FMCSA §392.9) within the first 50 miles after loading and then every 150 miles, 3 hours, or at a duty change, whichever comes first.

Check Before You Go:
Check all tie-downs, straps, chains, anchor points, and other equipment for wear, damage, and proper tension before starting a trip.

Secure Cargo from All Sides:
Use multiple tie-downs and straps to secure cargo from all sides, including the front, back, and sides of the cargo.

Roadcheck helps the CVSA to identify safety trends and areas for improvement in the industry. The data collected during the event is used to develop safety programs and initiatives to address safety concerns and reduce the number of crashes involving commercial vehicles. To be further prepared for this event, you can find detailed brake and cargo securement safety guides from CSVA.

Contact Pedigree Technologies to learn more about our fleet safety and management solutions today!