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We don’t have great news this Monday morning regarding the FMCSA Compass Portal as it appears to have taken a step backwards over the weekend where  we saw intermittent behavior and were forced to stop gathering your daily  inspection, violation and crash data. Today on Monday Dec 5th, problems continue such that when we log into Compass Portal we receive the following message (you will see similar behavior although problems are changing constantly):

“The USDOT #nnnnnn you entered could not be found, Please check the entered information”

This occurs for all DOT’s. Just this morning the FMCSA posted the following message:

The MCMIS system is down and will remain down possibly all day December 5th 2016.

Note that Vigillo’s servers have remained online and accessible during all of these problems and unless you have the Vigillo Daily Update feature you will see no problems as your data is updated monthly and Vigillo already has all of that data as shown in your scorecards.

If you have the Daily Update feature then you will be using the Vigillo Data Updater (VDU) program. We disabled VDU last night (Sunday Dec 4th) because of Compass Portal problems and we will automatically turn it back on when the FMCSA becomes available again.

This month’s SMS Monthly update is later in the month on the “Week of December 12th” so hopefully these problems will be addressed by then.

We will keep you updated throughout the day and we will automatically turn your Daily Update data back on once it becomes available again from the FMCSA.



Vigillo and J.J. Keller partner for risk analysis, driver training

[This article originally appeared on the Commercially Carrier Journal website November 23rd, 2016]

by Aaron Huff, CCJ

Managing driver safety and compliance can be a high-risk, time consuming process.

Staying on top of the data stream can be difficult with onboard computers and telematics systems pushing email alerts for every critical safety event – speeding, harsh braking, hours-of-service violations, and more.

A growing number of fleets also use video event recorders to capture additional data and risk observations.

Consumed by data, managers may not have enough time to remediate the risk that surfaces in their data by holding coaching and training sessions with drivers.

Vigillo has been providing CSA scorecards and data mining products in the transportation industry for more than nine years.

Vigillo has been providing CSA scorecards and data mining products in the transportation industry for more than nine years.

In the aftermath of an accident, plaintiff attorneys will likely seek punitive damages by proving that management knew — or should have known — of risks but failed to act in a timely manner.

For these reasons and others, technology providers see a demand for automated risk management systems.

Automated response

Recently, Vigillo and J.J. Keller & Associates joined forces to create an automated system to analyze and remediate risk.

Vigillo’s big data analytical platform, called Athena, captures fleet CSA violations from roadside inspections as well as real-time critical event and hours-of-service data from telematics systems. Fleets use the platform to identify areas of risk and deficiencies.

J.J. Keller has a library of online driver training courses. The companies have been working to map J.J. Keller’s training courses, by topic, to the specific areas of deficiency that Vigillo identifies for its fleet customers based on their CSA and telematics data, among other data sources.

If a driver has a speeding event, for instance, Vigillo automatically assigns the driver an online training course from J.J. Keller on speeding. Similarly, a driver with an hours-of-service violation, a bad pre-trip inspection, or other risky or non-compliant behavior would be assigned the appropriate training modules.

Vigillo will send drivers online training assignments from J.J. Keller when its analysis of fleet CSA and telematics data indicates an area of risk.

Vigillo will send drivers online training assignments from J.J. Keller when its analysis of fleet CSA and telematics data indicates an area of risk.

When the training is assigned to a driver, the driver automatically receives an e-mail with a link to take the online module. J.J. Keller updates Vigillo’s database with the status of the training and the results.

Steve Bryan, chief executive of Vigillo, says the system is designed to not overwhelm drivers with training videos. Training assignments could be prioritized based on a hierarchy of risk factors, for example.

Overall, the system will work like a “doctor-patient relationship,” he explains. Vigillo will diagnose the problem and assign the appropriate J.J. Keller training module for the prescription.

The doctor-patient relationship doesn’t end with a training prescription. Vigillo will continue to monitor the fleet’s CSA and telematics data and schedule check-up visits, so to speak, to determine if the prescription is working, he says.

Assuming the prescription works, a fleet should see a steady decrease in violations and crash risk.

Likewise, J.J. Keller will use the ongoing analysis to find areas where new and more customized training courses can address risk factors, says Brian Kubiak, director of marketing for J.J. Keller training.

Vigillo will begin pilot testing the new system next month, Bryan says, and will offer it to fleet customers for a flat fee, per driver, and require an annual contractual agreement.

Directed training

Instructional Technologies, Inc. (ITI), developer of Pro-Tread online driver training courses, has been working with telematics providers and its fleet customers to automatically assign Pro-Tread training courses based on critical safety events.

As an example, Dr. Jim Voorhees, chief executive of ITI, mentioned the possibility of automatically assigning training to events captured by Telogis Coach, an optional app

The Telogis Coach app is an automated tool for driver performance reporting.

The Telogis Coach app is an automated tool for driver performance reporting.

for the Telogis cloud-based fleet management platform.

Fleets use Telogis Coach to give drivers real-time feedback and alerts for safety and performance. Once Telogis Coach catches an exception, like a driver speeding or hard braking, a Pro-Tread training module could automatically be assigned to the driver to complete, he says.

Gorilla Safety offers a mobile fleet management system that comes complete with electronic logs, driver vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs), document management, accident reporting and more features.

The company says the system will include a scorecard feature for drivers and managers by the end of this year. The scorecard will give drivers instant alerts and a summary view of their safety and compliance performance. This in-cab mobile app will help fleets fix problems in real time rather than waiting for a reactive response from management, says Tommy Johnson, co-founder of Gorilla Safety.

Gorilla Safety

Gorilla Safety’s fleet management system is available for iOS and Android devices

Gorilla Safety is developing an automated write up process for when drivers operate outside safety and compliance parameters. An instant notification would be sent to the fleet manager, who then would choose one of three possible responses to streamline the process.“If you give some type of alert or notification in the cab that changes behavior,” he says. “That is the way we are all wired. It is aggravating to hear a beep, and you will be conscious of that.”

The manager could press option #1 to write up the driver, option #2 to ignore it and type in notes to explain why, and option #3 to train the driver. Currently, the training would be a text or Word document explaining the company policy to the driver, says Mark Walton, co-founder of Gorilla Safety.

“We want to make a manger’s life as easy as possible,” he says.

About Vigillo

Founded in 2007 by a team of talented statisticians and nimble software engineers, Vigillo specializes in translating copious and complex data into simple, accurate, and usable CSA analytics and interactive dashboards. Operating with the philosophy “if you can measure it, you can manage it,” Vigillo leads the industry in visionary data-based solutions for fleet safety and business compliance in commercial transportation.  For more information on Portland, Oregon-based Vigillo, visit