Smartdownload: Automatic Remote Download

Smartdownload is the new way of collecting Driver Card and Vehicle Unit data from digital tachographs for analysis and reporting using Smartanalysis.

It enables operators to download driver card files and vehicle unit data automatically to a set schedule, safeguarding compliance, cutting costs and minimising time spent managing the whole process.

Smartdownload takes away the headaches associated with managing and controlling the time-consuming process for downloading digital tachograph data. This is a problem for fleets of all sizes but especially  when drivers, vehicles and depots are spread around the country.

Smartdownload eliminates the need for depot based download devices and has enabled existing clients  to save 26 man-hours, per vehicle, per year downloading data by using it.

Smartdownload kits are available in our shop. 

Using automatic remote download

A Remote Download Device (digiDL or DLD) needs to be installed in each vehicle. A Smartcard reader connected to an internet-ready PC is also required in the depot or office for authenticating the company card.

A GPRS Data SIM is fitted into each Remote Download Device. GPRS enables tachograph data to be transferred to Smartanalysis whilst the vehicle is used in your normal day-to-day operations outside of the depot.

Remote Download Devices also support WLAN. However, they will need to be configured for your network and will only work within your depot WLAN coverage area. Please contact us if you are interested in this option.

Once the download schedule has been set up for your data everything happens automatically in the background. The Remote Download Device can be installed by Descartes or by your own fitters.

Please note that the digiDL Remote Download Device can only be fitted to a VDO Tachograph 1.3 or 1.4 with a Secondary CAN-Bus. There are a number of VDO Tachographs 1.3 and 1.4 that do not have the required Secondary CAN-Bus. You can find a list of models that are affected here.

If in doubt please contact the support team on 0044 (0)1249 463355 or email

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