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The Psychology of Driving

Why do accidents occur? Reckless driving? Unforeseen circumstances? Unfamiliar territory? Whatever the reason, the open road reflects life by placing us in situations where we are forced to act and react in particular ways. Our past experiences and upbringing not only shape our worldview, perceptions, biases, and emotional tendencies, but ultimately, our driving habits as well. This is the psychology of driving.

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Geotab Policies and Procedures

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Policies are important in a workplace as it helps reinforce and clarify the standards expected of employees and help employers manage staff more effectively as it defines what is acceptable and unacceptable in the workplace.

Processes provide a blueprint for the business, stating who’s responsible for each step and how and when they should complete it.

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Geotab Universal Harness

Geotab Universal Harness

The Geotab universal harness is a multi-connector kit including a T-harness and twelve different mounting adapters for use in most light-duty and medium-duty vehicles.

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Ten Ways to Cut Fuel Costs

When it comes to fuel spending, there are several things that can be done to help cut your fuel costs and save money. The main two areas that it comes down to is either improving the fuel economy of already existing vehicles or acquiring new vehicles with better mpg. While upgrading a whole fleet isn’t always possible, it is important to consider fuel with every new vehicle purchase cycle.

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MyGeotab Flexibility Using Satellite Imagery

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On a daily basis, there are ground activities on open-cast mines from new roads and new site office locations to mountains blasted away. The maps on the internet are not updated as regularly as the daily changes are occurring on the ground. The MyGeotab application allows clients to supply the latest satellite images of their open-cast mine sites and plantation areas.

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1 M Connected Vehicles: Insight and BI

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Your driver, Tim, hops into the company vehicle at 8:30 am and ends his shift at 4:30 pm. During his shift, the vehicle generated data raging from ignition, seatbelt usage, speedometer, gear change, brake, fuel level, fuel fill up, engine warnings, location, vehicle diagnostics, RPM, accident log & other rich & accurate vehicle data. Now multiply that by over a million vehicles driving across the globe, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, that’s a lot of information! GEOTAB collects about 1 billion records a day, this allows Geotab to derive knowledge and insight for clients and the telematics industry.

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MyGeotab Autocam AC-300 Integration

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Geotab Africa has partnered with Trojan Telematics in conjunction with Autocam, providing a seamless camera integration solution within the MyGeotab platform.

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Geotab Africa has partnered with Advanced FST to Minimize Fire Risk In Mining

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Geotab Africa has partnered with Advanced Fire Suppression Technologies to create a new and exciting solution to one of the most threatening risks in the mining and construction industry, fire. Advanced Fire Suppression Technologies is the market leader in fire fighting equipment. With 17 years of firefighting experience, Advanced Fire Suppression Technologies is an authorized distributor of the global premium brands from Tyco Fire Protection Products.

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The 3 Simple Steps to Making a Smart Technology Investment

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When considering a technology investment for your business, it’s important to analyze the potential benefits of the project. Two types of benefits should be considered in the decision-making process: tangible and intangible benefits. In this article, we provide some information to help you make the right technology decision.

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Geotab Celebrates 1 Million Subscribers

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In just over 15 years, Geotab Inc. has grown from a small, family business to a global leader in solutions for fleet management and vehicle tracking. Now, the company has hit another milestone. Geotab has reached one million subscribers worldwide.

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Engine Diagnostics or GPS Only Tracking: Which is Better?

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Diagnostic or nondiagnostic GPS tracking. Which one is better? You may have heard about the benefits of each. This post sets the record straight on why you need true engine diagnostics.

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Choosing Correct Telematics Harnesses

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Most (if not all) vehicles today, provide a wealth of data via the diagnostic port. This can aid in effective fleet management, especially if you have the means to read this data live.

Maximize the richness of telematics data by effortlessly tapping into the vehicle’s data bus, and simultaneously optimizing installation time, by choosing the right harness for your GO device.

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What Is Telematics?

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TELEMATICS is a method of monitoring an asset (car, truck, heavy equipment, or even ship) by using GPS and onboard diagnostics to record movements on a computerized map. Learn the answer to “What is telematics?” and read how it’s used in this blog post.

 

What Is Telematics? Technical Overview

Imagine a highly intelligent computer in your vehicle that is able to report on nearly every detail — from speed and idling, to fuel use, low tire pressure, and more. This information can mean saving on maintenance costs by better monitoring vehicles or improving fuel efficiency by learning more about driving habits. All of this describes the universe of telematics, also known as GPS fleet tracking.

To track assets, information from the vehicle is recorded via a small, telematics device — also called a black box —  that plugs into the OBD II or CAN-BUS port. A SIM card and modem in the device enables communication on the cellular network.

There are several key components of a telematics device:

  • GPS receiver
  • Engine interface
  • Input/output interface (expander port)
  • SIM card
  • Accelerometer
  • Buzzer

In addition to the hardware, the algorithm used for GPS logging is another critical factor because it impacts the quality and accuracy of the data. Read more about curve logging here.

See AlsoTelematics Glossary: 60+ Terms to Know

How Telematics Works

Data collected by the telematics device, like the GPS position and speed of the vehicle, and the g-force measured by the built-in accelerometer, are sent in a packaged format to a data center. The data then gets decoded.

A vast amount of data can be collected via the telematics device and other connected hardware or sensors, such as position, speed, trip distance/time, idling, harsh braking and driving, seat belt, fuel consumption, vehicle faults, battery voltage, and other engine data.

In the case of Geotab, this information is stored in the cloud and brought into a fleet management software system, accessible from a desktop computer or a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. Using the software, users are able to view and export reports and gain business intelligence such as the top 10 drivers with the highest number of speeding incidents or vehicles that are due for scheduled maintenance.

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Telematics data is sent from the vehicle to a fleet management software portal.

Open Platform Telematics

As technology has evolved, telematics has moved from a closed system to open platform. An open platform telematics system is capable of integrating with other types of hardware accessories, software, and mobile apps to provide added insight into business operations.

The variety of applications for telematics includes integrations with dispatching and mobile forms, to driver cameras, salt and sand spreader trackers, weather alerts, and electronic logging (ELDs) for recording Hours of Service in trucking. See the infographic below for an overview of how businesses use telematics.

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The growing number of use applications has led to the increased adoption of commercial telematics as reported by Market Research Reports Search Engine, which values the global commercial telematics market at over $14 billion (2016).

The Origins of Telematics

The term “telematics” comes from a blend of telecommunication and informatics sciences. These two sciences formally merged back in the 1960s, when the U.S. Department of Defense developed GPS systems to track U.S. asset movements and improve communication on the battlefield. Telematics consists of three interdependent breakthroughs of modern technology from this research and development: Internet, GPS, and machine-to-machine communication (M2M).

Combining telecommunications and information processing, telematics was later used to refer to automation in vehicles. Wireless safety communications, GPS navigation, integrated hands-free cell phones, and automatic driving assistance systems are all components covered by vehicle telematics.

The Benefits of Telematics

Any type of small business to large corporation, nonprofit organization and government agency operating vehicles or other assets can benefit from telematics.

Industries using telematics and fleet tracking technology (sample list):

  • Courier and delivery companies
  • Field sales and other services such as HVAC, plumbing, etc.
  • Towing companies
  • Trucking and transportation logistics
  • Construction businesses
  • Food and beverage companies
  • Transit fleets, such as motor coach, public transit, taxi, and paratransit
  • Oil, gas, and mining industries
  • Utilities
  • Police and emergency organizations,
  • Other public agencies
  • Landscaping businesses
  • Waste management fleets

Learn more about these specific applications for telematics on our fleet management solutions page.

Telematics in Fleet Management

Telematics has become a crucial technology for fleet management. Telematics supports these five core areas:

  1. Productivity and improved customer service by using real-time GPS tracking, trip reporting, and dispatching and routing tools (read a productivity success story here)
  2. Safety with the availability of in-vehicle driver coaching, risk and driver behavior reporting, accident notifications and reconstruction, and the ability to locate a stolen vehicle (read a safety success story here)
  3. Optimization of vehicle maintenance with predictive maintenance abilities and remote diagnostics, and optimization of fuel management by tracking idling and other fuel-guzzling habits (read an optimization success story here)
  4. Compliance with solutions for electronic logging and Hours of Service, IFTA reporting, and vehicle inspections (read a compliance success story here)
  5. Integration of other software systems such as onboard camera technology or CRM software (read an optimization success story here)

Insurance telematics is also gaining in popularity, in which the safety data is shared with a fleet’s insurance company with the goal of lowering premiums, if they can prove safe driving habits. Essentially, telematics can help insurance companies better pinpoint levels of risk. (While not all insurance agencies are offering this telematics-based insurance, it’s worth discussing with your provider if you’re not self-insured.)

Also gaining in popularity is the ability to increase vehicle security by integrating identification sensors into vehicles. This allows fleets to authenticate a driver’s identity before they can start the vehicle.

The Future of Telematics and Fleet Tracking

The future of telematics is likely to achieve the unimaginable. Whether driving your personal vehicle or managing a fleet, constant communication with nearby vehicles is already achievable through telematics.

Exciting areas of innovation related to telematics include:

GPS tracking systems will continue to become better integrated with other operational systems and will continue to improve while M2M technology expands. The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), making technology possible for smart homes and smart communities, are great examples of the rapid evolution happening in this space.

Author: Craig Michael, RMA Production Assistant – Geotab Inc

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How to Automate Reports on MyGeotab

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Automating reports are an easy way to stay aware of crucial fleet data, while taking away the need to monitor your database on a constant basis. By automating reports you can have data automatically provided to you daily, weekly or monthly and can control how much or how little detail you receive.

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Server Migration

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In order to increase our security levels, the Geotab servers have been moved to Canada (MYGEOTAB.COM). Geotab takes a rigorous approach to data security by following the principle of continuous improvement. To protect our customers and partners, Geotab is constantly reviewing, improving and validating our security mechanisms and processes so our systems remain resilient to intrusion and disaster. Geotab collaborates with leading stakeholders to advance security across the industry. As we grow, more industries, fleets and customers will benefit from Geotab’s uncompromising stance on data security. 

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MyGeotab Grouping

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MyGeotab is a web-based fleet management software that is available to all Geotab customers, see all your vehicle and driver information in one place and use it to make quicker, better-informed decisions for your business. Certain MyGeotab users have specific roles to perform within their company. Grouping is a way of distinguishing between users, within different departments, in a specific company.

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Road Safety During the Festive Season

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With the busy holiday season upon us, we all need to become mindful of the elevated driving risks during December. The holidays are when roadway risks are at their highest, and attentiveness to driving can be compromised. Factors such as people driving under the influence and a growing number of distractions from the holiday bustle can all impact how much attention we put on our driving habits.

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Geotab GO Talk Device

IOX – Input / output expanders plugs directly into the GO device and are used to extend the GO device to such an extent in which Geotab helps find solutions for you to grow your fleet as the fleet grows.

GO TALK is a driver awareness tool that transforms the way driver coaching happens behind the wheel by providing real-time verbal feedback to the driver, increasing safety and minimizing risk.

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The Geotab Culture

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Geotab is filled with diversity. The company has plenty of different cultures within, from local to international employees.

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4 Ways MyGeotab Improves Driving

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MyGeotab together with technology makes driving much easier. Here’s four ways to simplify your time on the road.