What is the Best Cradle for Your Smartphone-based ELD?

What is ELD?


A new mandate requires commercial trucks operating on US highways and roads to use an ELD (Electronic Logging Device).


ELD replaces the traditional pen and paper way of logging data. Commercial drivers now use ELD to digitally prepare hours-of-service (HOS) and records of duty status (RODS), meaning no more paperwork! Management of data is within real time as well. With the ELD mandate, presenting data during roadside inspections are made easier via two options: telematics and local transfer.


What information are required to be recorded on an electronic logging device?

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location Information
  • Engine Hours
  • Vehicle Miles
  • Identification Information for the Driver, Authenticated User, Vehicle and Motor Carrier


To comply with the ELD mandate, fleet managers can opt to have hardware installed in a vehicle or use handheld devices. FMCSA allows an electronic logging device to be on a smartphone and other wireless devices. When choosing a handheld device, you’ll be needing a ruggedized-enterprise device that has durability and can withstand harsh environmental conditions. Panasonic, Motorola, and Samsung offer some mobile device options for ELD such as the Zebra TC56, Panasonic Toughbook FZ-L1/FZ-T1, and Samsung Tab Active.


What is the best mounting solution for your smartphone based ELD?

These enterprise-grade devices need premium protection that could further secure your device from high temperatures and vibrations. Drivers and fleets depend on highly reliable equipment. By recognizing this enterprise need, Strike Group strives to respond to the needs of various industries by providing a long-term solution and investment for drivers and fleets with its powerful line of cradles.


From top left: Panasonic Toughbook FZ-L1 Strike Alpha Cradle, Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2, Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1 Strike Alpha Cradle, Motorola TC56 Strike Alpha Cradle


Using Bluetooth and cellular data for syncing data draining your battery fast? All Strike Alpha Cradles are equipped with a built-in fast charger to ensure that your device can run on full load without having to worry about battery drain. Gain as fast as 3 amps of charging power when you have your cradle professionally installed and 2.4 amps with the DIY version.


Enterprise-grade devices experience tough working environments and can easily be damaged by vibrations and dropping. Strike Alpha Cradles are engineered with high durability and are fully capable of withstanding up to 25g in crash standards – perfect for challenging environments!


Connecting and syncing data with fleet base might also be difficult when you lose data connection at low-signal areas. Strike Alpha Cradles are intelligently designed with an internal passive antenna that can boost your signal reception once connected to an external antenna. Additionally, with the Strike Alpha cradle drivers can also easily slide in and take out their device for roadside inspections or other purposes.


Mount your enterprise device with Strike Alpha Cradles designed to fit the needs of your fleet. View the wide range of Strike Alpha cradles here!


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About Strike Group


Strike Group is Australia’s leading provider and manufacturer of innovative car technologies. Strike integrates innovative design and seamless engineering in all its products. The company now exports to 72 countries having appointed key partners in the American and European market.