Canadian ELDS – Clock is Ticking to Get on Board

Both Canada and the U.S. require Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) for almost all trucks that transport the $Trillions of goods within Canada and across our shared border. The U.S. mandate began in December 2019 so Canadian cross-border truckers had a head start in ELD adoption vs. some Canada-only operators. Canada imposed its initial phase of the ELD requirement in June 2021, with its final phase coming up on January 1, 2023, when full enforcement begins.

Still deciding which ELD solution is right for you? There’s still time and resources to make that decision easier. Let’s talk about the mandate, why it’s important, and how we can help you get started if you need some help choosing. If you have already selected and deployed your ELD solution for Canada, we’ve got some valuable tips regarding cross-border ELD compliance and the cost/benefits for your ELD solution.

Let’s discuss a few high-level topics to help make the transition to ELD implementation and deployment easier.


Canadian ELD Mandate in a Nutshell

The Canadian ELD requirements do not come with new regulations for driver hours of service (HOS); however, they do automate the capture of records of duty status (RODS) and eliminate the hassle and time spent dealing with paper logbooks (I think we’re all ready for a more efficient process).

The ELD objectives are simple:

  1. Enforce HOS in a consistent, verifiable way, something that paper logbooks fell short on
  2. Make the roads safer by reducing driver fatigue
  3. Enhance the driver’s work-life balance by ensuring HOS compliance is free from pressure to drive unsafe hours without sufficient rest

Beginning January 1, 2023, Canada will fully enforce its ELD mandate. Trucks will be required to have a certified ELD device connected to the engine that automatically captures operating parameters along with approximate location information in a form that can be immediately shown/provided to any compliance officer when requested. (There are some categories of trucks that are excluded and the means of “showing” HOS to officers varies. This link is a useful source of those details.)


ELDs a Threat?  – Move on, Chicken Little is in the Rear View Mirror

When ELDs were initially proposed, there were concerns within the transportation communities regarding the potential threat it presented: privacy concerns, the potential for loss of income, or ELD costs would bankrupt truckers. Fortunately, both Canadian and American truck drivers can see from years of experience with ELD deployment in the U.S. that the “fears of the unknown” have been laid to rest.

Demonstrated benefits include:

  • Driver surveys confirm that ELD automated HOS records are way better than the hassle of paper logbooks
  • Automated means to show Record of Duty Service saves inspection time
  • Drivers and fleet managers save considerable administrative time dealing with HOS
  • Good ELD records support higher CSA scores which can improve business opportunities
  • Competition among ELD providers has led to a range of cost-effective solutions


Cross-Border ELD Requirements and why they Matter

On January 1, 2023, all trucks operating in the U.S. and Canada must utilize an ELD that complies with both countries’ requirements. 

The U.S. and Canadian requirements are nearly the same, but there are some differences to be aware of:

  • Canadian ELDs must be certified by a third party (review the list here).
  • U.S. ELDs are self-certified by the manufacturer; however, certified devices are required (review the list here).

When choosing your ELD solution a few things to verify will make your selection easier:

  • Is the device certified for use where you drive?
  • Does the provider allow seamless operation when crossing the border?
  • If you have an ELD for your U.S. transportation needs, verify that the device and its software version are certified in Canada.
  • Can your ELD tablet support two-way messaging, document storage, or equipment malfunction alerts?
  • Are over-the-air updates supported by your ELD device (as regulations can and do change)?
  • Do you need your ELD application to support tax reporting or driver inspections?


Act Soon, but Think Long-Term

While ELDS have already replaced the standard paper logbook with an easy-to-use, automated platform; the technology offers substantial opportunities for far greater benefits. Like having a smartphone, you could just use it to make calls and share text messages, but you’d be missing out on the advanced technology within the phone. The same is true for your ELD solution.

ELDs have many of the same capabilities as smartphones, making them “Internet of Things” or IoT platforms for your truck. Capabilities like high-speed wireless data connections, GPS location, data storage, security features, imaging and cameras, and more can be leveraged in telematics solutions to save fuel, optimize route management, and enhance dispatch/driver communications when your ELD is integrated into a telematics and fleet management system.

(We’ll discuss this more in an upcoming blog.)


Conclusion: ELDs are your Friend

ELDs may be new to you and your operations, but they are now a mature technology with proven benefits that make a trucker’s life better. As you adopt ELDs to your own driving experience or manage it for a fleet, take the time to understand the value you expect, train users to make adoption go smoothly, and keep your eyes open to opportunities to use your investment in ELDs to make your business even more efficient and profitable.

Explore our solutions or contact us today to learn more about how Pedigree Technologies can help you stay compliant as Canada’s ELD mandate goes into full effect January 2023.



John Elsner New CEO of Pedigree Technologies

Pedigree Technologies names seasoned business executive John Elsner as the new CEO

Fargo, ND – September 14, 2022Pedigree Technologies, a premier provider of technology solutions in the telematics and IoT space for North America announces today the appointment of John Elsner as its new CEO. Wade Wilson, who has been acting as Chief Executive Officer for the past eight years will be stepping down from his role to pursue other opportunities.

As Pedigree embarks on a plan to invest, augment resource and grow its Fargo, ND headquartered business, its Board of Governors has appointed Elsner to lead this new and exciting initiative.

Elsner joined Pedigree in January 2021 after a long career and key leadership positions with CalAmp, a Pedigree supplier, and leading manufacturer of telematics and IoT devices.  With prior roles at both hardware and software companies, he brings over 20 years of executive sales and product management experience that is critical to the organization’s future success.  His vast industry knowledge and experience is in line with the principles of Pedigree focusing on both technology and the end-user.


About Pedigree Technologies

Pedigree Technologies is challenging the status quo. Traditional solutions overlook the complex operating environments of Heartland industries such as transportation, oil & gas, and heavy equipment. These enterprises require a 360-degree view into all service and supply chain assets, not just fleets. Using telematics as a foundation, Pedigree integrates and layers smart technologies to offer a more expansive view into assets, inventory, and business-critical systems. The power of Pedigree is to connect the unconnected, all through a single pane of glass. 

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Announcing Two New Tracking Tags from Pedigree Technologies

Pedigree Technologies is Offering Two New Tracking Tags Increasing Visibility into Companies’ Assets at a Fraction of the Cost

FARGO, N.D.Sept. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Pedigree Technologies announces the addition of two new Tracking Tags to its OneView platform. By attaching to outdoor tools, equipment, and remote assets, these Bluetooth® tags offer customers increased visibility at a fraction of the cost of GPS devices. The tracking tags will connect and sync with truck and trailer GPS devices, Pedigree applications on handsets and tablets, Pedigree’s Cab-Mate ELD, and yard-based receivers.

Businesses can only make money if they deploy their equipment and tools efficiently. Pedigree’s Tracking Tags are one tool thBluetooth Tag Diagramat solves the dilemma of “Where’s my stuff”. These tags are far less expensive than GPS trackers, so monitoring your lower-valued assets becomes affordable. Bluetooth tags are small, weatherproof, long battery-life devices that are quickly installed on most anything including tools, ladders, light equipment, bins, and iron attachments.

Using Bluetooth wireless signals, the tags repeatedly transmit messages with an asset’s unique identifier. These signals are picked up and displayed on the OneView platform along with other vehicle- and asset-based GPS devices that are being monitored. The OneView platform can also display common industrial tool tags from leading manufacturers.

The Tags are purpose-built for the harsh environments found in the industries Pedigree serves: transportation, construction, oil and gas, and heavy equipment. The PT TAG 20 and PT TAG 5 each have a signal range of up to 200 meters. Both models are designed for a long-life of consistent operation with batteries that last 20 and 5 years, respectively. Installation of these small, compact devices is quick and simple.

Pedigree Technologies is challenging the telematics status quo. Traditional solutions overlook the complex operating environments of Heartland industries such as transportation, oil & gas, and heavy equipment. These enterprises require a 360-degree view into all service and supply chain assets, not just fleets.  Using telematics as a foundation, we integrate and layer smart technologies to offer a more expansive view into assets, inventory, and business-critical systems. The power of Pedigree is to connect the unconnected, all through a single pane of glass.

Key solutions include ELDs, asset tracking, fleet management, maintenance, dispatching, IoT sensors, and more. Pedigree provides 24x7x365 domestic customer service and employs more than 90 professionals across the country. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Fargo, North Dakota. For more information about Pedigree Technologies visit or to learn more about Bluetooth Tags read, “Where’s My Stuff?” – Listen to Your Bluetooth® Tags. For more information about this release or Pedigree Technologies, please contact Deidra Schwindt at