Zonar introduces the 2020 telematics tablet

Calls it the “next frontier of mobile transportation technology”


Zonar, the leading provider of electronic fleet inspection systems revealed its 2020 telematics tablet as “the newest product to revolutionize the transportation industry.”

This tablet “is the first portable device to provide electronic inspection, hours-of-service, instant driver feedback, fuel efficiency, two-way messaging and advanced commercial navigation in an open platform that allows fleets to integrate other systems and customize its use,” said Mike McQuade, Zonar’s chief technology officer.

“The all-new 2020 provides fleet managers and drivers with the most powerful tool on the market to successfully enhance fleet efficiency and performance,” he noted.

Drivers can improve productivity with advanced vehicle operation applications and an easy to navigate touch screen. Data captured with the 2020 is instantly available to fleet managers for powerful reporting and process improvements.

“This product is the most important advancement for Zonar since the invention of the patented, Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report (EVIR),” said McQuade. “From vehicle inspections to driver behavior, the 2020 is an all-in-one device that captures information throughout various aspects of fleet operations to provide managers with true fleet visibility and drivers with a versatile productivity tool.”



Unique to the 2020 is the ability to ensure inspection compliance and streamline repairs with the patented EVIR system, according to McQuade.

Drivers use the 2020’s built-in RFID reader to scan tags placed at each vehicle inspection point. Drivers identify component conditions using the onscreen QWERTY keyboard and can send pictures of defects with the completed report.

All inspection information is available to fleet and maintenance managers through Zonar’s web-based Ground Traffic Control application.

While EVIR helps with inspection compliance, Zonar’s ZLogs helps ensure hours-of-service compliance, he said. Available through 2020 and new to Ground Traffic Control, “ZLogs is an hours-of-service application which works to ensure drivers are operating within the limits of safety,” he said. “Drivers can easily view available hours, update duty status, and electronically submit service records through the 2020 tablet.”

Specifically designed with the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) in mind, the 2020 hours-of-service application meets the U.S. DOT standards in 49 CFR Part 395.15.

The 2020 also provides two-way messaging to further enhance fleet productivity and improve communication, noted McQuade. The two-way messaging feature includes in-boxes, message templates, and a grouping function for sending messages to specific groups of vehicles.

Received addresses from two-way messaging can be tapped and opened up in the 2020 navigation program for accurate turn-by-turn directions.

With CoPilot Truck navigation developed by ALK Technologies on the 2020, “drivers can make timely shipments and reach their destination quickly,” he added. “An onboard solution featuring over-the-air (OTA) capabilities, CoPilot Truck allows drivers to calculate optimal truck-specific routes based on their vehicle profile dimensions, routing parameters and load-specific information (including hazmat categories), without the need for off-board computations.

Up-to-date, street-level maps of the United States and Canada, enhanced with PC MILER truck-specific attributes, are stored directly on-board the 2020 for constant, reliable access. Color-coded traffic alerts indicate areas where drivers should expect moderate or severe delays.

Drivers can also easily locate the nearest fuel station or lodging with over 7 million points of interest stored onboard the 2020.

The navigation dashboard displays an hours-of-service clock and miles per gallon reading.

Other notable 2020 features include a 16GB NAND Flash storage memory, 7-inch widescreen resistive-touch display, SD/MMC card slot, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, video recording capability, in-cab training, Bluetooth and built-in flashlight.

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