Transport data integration: second-generation smart tachograph and the eCMR

03 Jul 2024
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Road freight transport is undergoing major changes in terms of digitalization, especially with regard to the second-generation smart tachograph and the eCMR or electronic consignment note.

Both technologies are set to improve efficiency and transparency in transport operations and, moreover, regulations require their use in the short and medium term.

Although they have different regulations and at first glance may seem to be parallel technological solutions, the fact is that the interoperability between the new tachograph system and the eCMR system brings significant benefits for the transport and logistics sector.

Second generation smart tachograph (G2V2)

Before detailing these benefits or competitive advantages, let’s recall the regulations surrounding the second-generation smart tachograph (G2V2) and its key dates.

Currently, the legislative framework concerning the tachograph is regulated by Regulation (EC) 165/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 February 2014 on tachographs in road transport.

However, the European Union’ s (EU) Mobility Package includes Regulation (EU) 1054/2020, which amends Article 3.4 of Regulation (EU) 165/2014, where the deadlines for the implementation of the second generation smart tachograph version are set:

  • August 21, 2023. Entry into force of the requirement for all newly registered commercial vehicles to have G2V2 installed.
  • December 31, 2024. By this date, all commercial vehicles operating internationally and having an analog or non-intelligent digital tachograph installed prior to June 15, 2019, must install the second version of the intelligent tachograph.
  • August 21, 2025. Deadline for all commercial vehicles operating internationally with first-generation intelligent tachographs to install the second version.
  • July 1, 2026. Mandatory for vehicles between 2.5 and 3.5 tons of MMA for international transport.

In the post “eCMR in Spain, regulation and time horizons” we analyzed the regulations and deadlines for the electronic transport document.

Features of the second generation smart tachograph

The main objectives of the second-generation intelligent tachographs are to increase road safety, improve drivers’ working conditions and protect fair competition. To this end, it has a series of technological advances that bring significant improvements:

Increased localization accuracy

The second-generation smart tachographs include an enhanced GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) module, which provides more accurate and reliable vehicle location. This allows for more accurate tracking of the route and driving and resting times, as well as automatic recording of border crossings.

Automatic records

The tachograph automatically records the vehicle’s location at the beginning and end of the working day, as well as every three hours of accumulated driving time.


The ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) interface – mandatory in this new version – makes the new tachograph compatible with intelligent transport systems, facilitating integration with other devices and fleet management systems.

This allows for more efficient and real-time data exchange between the vehicle and the infrastructure. In addition, if the regulations change in the future, it will simply be necessary to upgrade the software without having to change the hardware.

Improved fleet management

The ITS interface allows fleet managers to access accurate and up-to-date data on driving and resting times, helping to optimize planning and operational management. In addition, it has increased driver card memory from 28 to 56 days, providing greater visibility for fleet management.

Inspections on the move

DSRC (Dedicated Short-Range Communication) technology allows authorities to perform roadside checks more efficiently, as they can access tachograph information without stopping the vehicle, remotely, and with access to more data than in previous versions. This streamlines inspection processes and reduces downtime for drivers.

Improved data security

The second generation tachograph uses advanced encryption methods to protect recorded data and prevent tampering. This includes securing the communication between the tachograph and other devices. With enhanced security measures, the risk of fraud and manipulation of tachograph data is significantly reduced.

Improved user interface

The tachograph interface has been improved to be more intuitive and user-friendly for drivers. The system can provide alerts and notifications to help drivers comply with legal requirements, such as mandatory rest times.

Remote updates

Second-generation tachographs allow remote software upgrades, facilitating the implementation of improvements and new functionalities without the need for manual intervention.

Automatic data download

Companies must download driver card data at least every 28 days and tachograph data at least every 90 days and must retain the data for at least one year. With this new version, this process is automated.

The automatic data download is facilitated by a secure remote connection, which allows the competent authorities and transport companies to access the tachograph data without the need for direct manual intervention. This reduces the administrative burden and helps ensure compliance with transport regulations.

Compatibility of the second generation smart tachograph and eCMR

Another of the main benefits of the second-generation intelligent tachograph that we have not mentioned in the previous section is the compatibility with the eCMR solution and other modules such as fleet management, route optimization or slot management.

One of FIELDEAS Track and Trace ‘s main competitive advantages is its ability to integrate with any other technological solution that serves as a data source. In the case of the tachograph, the SeamLess eCMR system can absorb the information from the tachograph solution and can use the data to fill in the information required for in-transit verification, for route and fleet optimization, and for optimized loading and unloading dock management, among other things.

Implications between the second generation smart tachograph and the eCMR

  • Data integration. The eCMR digitizes shipment documentation, allowing for smoother integration with fleet management systems and intelligent tachographs. This facilitates real-time information exchange between different actors in the supply chain.
  • Paper reduction. Integrating the two solutions drives the goal of reducing paper in the transport process, resulting in a reduction of errors and, in turn, improving operational efficiency.
  • Route and fleet optimization. With real-time information from the eCMR and accurate data recorded by the second-generation intelligent tachograph on driving times and breaks, it is easier to optimize routes and fleets. In addition, the historical data can be used to identify patterns, improve vehicle utilization, plan preventive maintenance, etc.
  • Reduction of waiting times. The availability of accurate data and real-time information allows greater coordination for slot management, resulting in a significant reduction of waiting times.
  • Avoid penalties. The second-generation intelligent tachograph sends automatic notifications to drivers to comply with driving and resting times. This, together with the fact that the eCMR integrates all operational data, facilitates in-transit verifications and avoids penalties.
  • Data security. The integration of both systems allows for greater transparency and traceability of operations, making fraud and manipulation of data related to driving times and shipment documentation more difficult.

In summary, the joint implementation of the second-generation intelligent tachograph and eCMR brings a number of benefits ranging from improved operational efficiency and cost reduction to regulatory compliance and fraud prevention. Interoperability between these technologies allows for more integrated and effective management of transport operations.


Aid for the modernization of the road sector

The management of electronic control documents and the second generation intelligent tachograph system are the first two categories of eligible actions of the aid for the digitalization of the transport sector, known as Cheque Moderniza.

Moreover, as has been repeatedly stated by the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, these two items have been the most demanded, highlighting the installation of the tachograph, which demonstrates the strategic value of both technologies for the sector.

eCMR solution integrated with the second-generation smart tachograph

FIELDEAS is one of the Modernization Solution Providers adhered to the aid program of the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, which gives confidence and regulatory guarantee to its eCMR solution.

Thus, the FIELDEAS Track and Trace SeamLess eCMR enables integration with the second-generation intelligent tachograph system, in line with its commitment toflexibility, visibility, efficiency and sustainability.

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