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Telematics Glossary

The telematics industry is growing at an incredible rate and more and more fleet managers and media outlets are talking about the products and services available. In order to keep the conversation moving, we’ve created this resource to help make the industry easier to understand. There are many different terms and acronyms used in the telematics industry. This glossary is a collection of the most commonly used terms and acronyms and what they mean. We will continually update this page as new terms are coined or become more relevant.

Frequently Used Telematics Terms

  • What is DVIR?
    A Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (or DVIR) allows drivers to complete and submit daily vehicle inspections via an in-vehicle tablet. They replace paper inspection reports while retaining compliance.
     
  • What is CSA?
    Improving highway safety can take more than one form — improving vehicle safety in crashes, installing collision barriers — but prevention is always better than mitigation. Based on that idea, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration introduced the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative.
     
  • What is DOT compliance?
    DOT compliance refers to meeting the standards established in each of several DOT areas of oversight. Violation of any one of them can lead to serious consequences, and commercial motor carriers are regularly monitored to ensure they remain in compliance.
     
  • What is GPS fleet tracking?
    Today’s satellite global positioning system, or GPS, is the basis for a technology popular with commercial motor vehicle operators in asset management — which can include vehicles, equipment and personnel.
     
  • What is HOS?
    Hours of service (HOS) is a term referring to the number of hours that a commercial motor vehicle driver may work per day, or week, or other period as mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
     
  • What is Telematics?
    Telematics, in its broad definition, refers to remote communications (telos is a classical word meaning long distance) and informatics, a combined term based on information and automatic or automated.
     

 

  • What is IFTA?
    The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) is an arrangement among U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Taxes are paid on motor fuels, and IFTA allows commercial motor carriers to register in one state and have these tax assessments paid out to all participating areas according to their fair share.
     
  • What is Geofencing?
    Geofencing is a technological advancement in GPS fleet management that can be applied in different ways, for varying purposes. As a basic definition, geofencing is simply the capability to use signals from a device to pinpoint that device’s location (known as geolocation or geotracking) and draw a digital boundary to encircle the area, the fencing part of the word.
     
  • What is an ELD?
    An electronic logging device is a tablet computer carried in the truck cab. It records data regarding the operation of the vehicle, as well as driver activity including driver hours of service (HOS) and record of duty status (RODS).
     
  • What is the ELD mandate?
    The ELD mandate, or ELD Final Rule, is a U.S. federal government regulation specifying that operators of commercial motor vehicles covered by this law will be required to use electronic logging devices, or ELDs.
     
  • What is FMCSA?
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is a division of the United States Department of Transportation, and commercial motor carriers are required to comply with FMCSA regulations as part of a broader DOT compliance obligation.