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Assignable Events Unassigned Driving Events and Unknown Driver Events sent from the mobile to the host for assignment by the host user.
Carrier The company for which a driver is working or carrying a load for.
CSV Comma Separated Values. Files with the .csv file extension can be opened by any text editor and opened or imported by most spreadsheet software.
Diagnostic Alert An alert generated on the mobile that indicates that there was an issue with data timing, GPS positioning, or with the vehicle or its connection to the mobile. See Malfunctions and Sensor Alerts for more details and troubleshooting.
DOT US Department of Transportation. This agency regulates truck drivers in the US.
Duty Cycle A 7 or 8-day period (for Canada it is a 7 or 14 day period) before requiring a significant rest period.
EDU The Enhanced Display Unit which includes a keyboard used by truck drivers to send and receive messages.
ELD Electronic Logging Device. Terminology used by the FMCSA related to a mandate to make in-cab logging devices and data files uniform across device vendors. For more information, see https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/electronic-logging-devices
ELD-exempt A driver that is not required to adhere to the requirements of the FMCSA mandate.
FMCSA Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). A separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) whose primary mission is to develop and enforce regulations that reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.
HTML Hyper Text Markup Language
Hours to be Gained This is the hours the driver gains on their duty cycle clock at the next Start of Day (usually midnight). The 7/8 day period is rolling, therefore drivers get back the On-Duty/Driving hours as each day rolls forward. Drivers cannot be On-Duty for more than 60/70 hours in a 7/8 day period.
HOS Omnitracs' Hours of Service application
HOURS Go, Driver Hours Assist The HOURSGo application, compatible with Omnitracs IVG and MCP units, allows drivers to access to their US and Canadian rule logs at any time and from any mobile device, fulfilling the ELD mandate requirement. Drivers log in with the same ID and password as they use to log in to the MCP or IVG, and the company name is show at the bottom of the HOS (Driver) tab after you enable clock in/clock out. Reports generated by this application do not replace the FMCSA eRODS generated in the IVG or MCP units. This application is only intended as a companion to view near real-time status outside of the cab.
Intrastate (rules) Intrastate rules are Hours of Service regulations that apply only to vehicles operating entirely within the boundaries of the named state. Currently, the states whose state rules can be applied in HOS are CA, FL, and TX.
IVG Omnitracs, LLC Intelligent Vehicle Gateway.
Last reset This the date and time when a drivers duty status cycle was reset. If the driver is running under a 24-hour reset clock, the last reset date/time indicates when the driver's 24-hour successive Off-Duty period is complete. If the driver is running on a 34-hour reset, the last reset date/time indicates when the driver's 34-hour successive Off-Duty period is complete.
Macro A text form that a driver fills in in order to send a specific set of data to the NOC.
Malfunction Alert An alert generated on the mobile that indicates that there was an issue with data timing, GPS positioning, or with the vehicle or its connection to the mobile. See Malfunctions and Sensor Alerts for more details and troubleshooting.
MCP Mobile Computing Platform. The portfolio of products which include MCP100, MCP110, MCP200 are also known as "MCP."
MIPR Mobile-Initiated Position Report - the automatically generated position as reported by the in-cab device on a schedule you define.
MOT Ministry of Transportation. This agency regulates truck drivers in Canada.
NOC Network Operations Center - The Omnitracs, LLC communication network that collects and conveys information between your office and your vehicles.
Odometer Jump Gaps in odometer readings (between 10-500 miles) where no driving was recorded.
Off Duty Well, Off-Well See Wait-Oil Well
Oil Field Exemption HOS Administrators can setup up drivers (with vehicles constructed to service oil fields) to take two oil field exemptions: (1) 24 hour reset of their duty cycle (period of 7or 8 consecutive days) The duty cycle ends with the beginning of any Off-Duty period of 24+ successive hours; (2) Drivers can set wait time at a natural gas/oil well site to not count in their daily 14hr On-Duty limit. Can only be setup for drivers running USA Federal rule set and TX (Texas Intrastate) rule set.
Oil-Well, Oil-Well Site See Wait-Oil Well
OTA Over The Air
Passenger Rule Exception The mobile unit tracks any Off-Duty time drivers take while a passenger (inactive driver) in a moving vehicle. With this information, the mobile unit provides drivers alerts and warnings to help them follow the On Duty Definition rule as defined by FMCSA. A passenger rule exception is created when the driver has violated the rule.
PDF Portable document format (PDF). Files with the .pdf file extension can be viewed and printed by PDF reader applications such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Personal conveyance (Previously known as off duty driving) A status the driver can use for times when the driver uses the vehicle for personal transportation. This time can be limited and the driver will receive a notification on the in-cab device when they reach the personal conveyance threshold. The driver is NOT removed from the personal conveyance duty status at that time.
POI Point of Interest. A point of reference for location, usually defined as "City, State/Province" with state or province being abbreviated.
Sensor Alert An alert generated on the mobile that indicates that there was an issue with data timing, GPS positioning, or with the vehicle or its connection to the mobile. See Malfunctions and Sensor Alerts for more details and troubleshooting.
Unassigned vehicle activity Driving duty status events sent from the mobile to the host when there is no known driver logged into the vehicle. Host users can assign drivers and co-drivers to Unassigned Driving Events which updates the driver logs. Updated logs are sent to the mobile for the driver to review and approve.
Unknown Driver Events Duty status events and notes sent from the mobile to the host during login authentication when the driver login ultimately fails. Host users can assign drivers and co-drivers to Unknown Driver Events which updates the driver logs. Updated logs are sent automatically back to the mobile for the driver to approve.
Wait-Oil Well (WOW, W, Off Duty Well, SB-OW, OFF-OW) This is the duration of time that a driver has marked with the Waiting at Oil Well exemption. This exemption, used by drivers who service oil wells, removes the time a driver is waiting at a natural gas/oil well site from their daily 14hr On-Duty limit. This exemption can only be applied to Sleeper Berth and Off-Duty statuses.
XLS Excel Spreadsheet. Files with the .xls file extension can be opened by Microsoft Excel.
XML Extensible Markup Language. Files with the .xml file extension can be opened by a broad variety of applications.
Yard Move Moving a vehicle in a trailer or vehicle yard. This special condition of the "On Duty" status can be made available to drivers. Be aware that for the driver to select yard move, the following critera must be met:
  • The driver must be active
  • The unit must be on USA rules
  • The ignition must be on

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