NHVR approves Agnostic Device Application for Q by Quallogi. It's a breakthrough for the increased uptake of EWDs in Australia.
Back in November 2020, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) announced to the transport industry that approved Electronic Work Diaries (EWD) could be officially used on Australian roads benefitting up to 190,000 heavy truck drivers.
Despite this new breakthrough, uptake was relatively low in the following 12 months due to the restriction of devices that drivers could use to run an approved EWD application. Rather than being locked into buying one of the handful of allowed devices, many opted to stay with the paper National Work Diary, particularly the Owner Drivers and smaller Subcontractors.
After Q by Quallogi, became an approved EWD platform in May 2021, they quickly became the first EWD technology provider to offer an Approved Version for Apple device users. Unfortunately it could not offer the market wide reaching device support due to the limitation in the approval process from NHVR for Android and Apple devices. That has changed!
Q by Quallogi can now offer the massive Android and Apple user base what they all want, an EWD that can work on the devices they own, dropping entry costs for EWD users by thousands of dollars compared with proprietary hardware solutions offered by other suppliers.
Quallogi estimates that more than 65% of Australia’s 180,000+ drivers are small, 1-3 truck fleets and this research found that many drivers simply couldn’t justify “going digital” if it meant that they’d have to purchase new mobile device hardware, while also having to pay for the EWD subscription costs.
Under Quallogi's vision "to democratise digital uptake for the whole Transport industry", Quallogi started working closely with NHVR to remove the requirement for only specific devices to be allowed to work with our approved EWD. The team at NHVR responded and made considerable efforts through late 2021 and into 2022 to achieve a Nationwide agreement, which is when the 'Device Agnostic' approval became reality.
Quallogi are now proud to announce that, together with NHVR, we have been working to provide fleet managers, individual owner drivers or casual agency drivers with the opportunity to use their own devices through our “device agnostic” approval.
Under this approval Quallogi has full autonomy and rights to validate the devices that Q can be approved on. Basically this means that if it’s available on Google Play or on the Apple Stores, it will likely be approved to manage fatigue using an EWD on Australian roads.
Courtney Smith (CEO, Quallogi) states, “This approval represents a huge win for truck drivers and operators throughout Australia and reduces a significant barrier towards gaining mass adoption for EWD. We’re projecting 5-10X growth in uptake of EWDs in the next 2-3 years as we cross the early adopter stage of EWD usage. We are super excited to see Q evolve to the amazing product it has become, priced extremely competitively and designed for the needs of industry, no matter your fleet size. I personally can't wait to announce a few industry firsts coming over the next 6 months. I believe it's time for the whole Transport industry to flourish in this new digital expansion age!"