An ongoing PeopleNet ELD outage was caused by a disconnect between its GPS and server clocks, a problem triggered by the 2020 calendar year, a former Trimble Transportation executive told Freightwaves.
The two clocks do not sync, putting the devices into a continuous reboot, said the former executive, who contacted FreightWaves via LinkedIn but declined to be identified on the record.
PeopleNet is a Trimble company.
Users reported a higher-than-usual number of outages, along with sluggish log-in times and other system malfunctions.
"They'll log in and it [the ELD] just thought and thought and just wants to think the whole time," Tom Kuehl, owner of Kuehl Transport in Heron Lake, Minnesota, told FreightWaves.
The Trimble executive said he texted that article to several Trimble employees.
"They told me it's a 2020 issue and the GPS clock and server clock were not syncing," ultimately killing the device, he said.
According to the former employees, it is taking 30 minutes for each device to download the fix over the air once the driver disconnects the GPS antenna.
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