Author: Russ Salo

Vision Zero is a road safety initiative founded by the Swedish government in 1997, which has been successfully implemented throughout Europe, and is now spreading throughout the United States.

To become a Vision Zero city, a municipality must meet four minimum standards, consisting of:

  1. Setting the clear goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and sever injuries.
  2. Having the mayor publicly and officially commit to Vision Zero.
  3. Putting a Vision Zero plan or strategy in place, having the commitment to do so within a clear time frame.
  4. Engaging key city departments, including police, transportation, and public health.

At its foundation, Vision Zero starts with an ethical belief in the right of everyone to be able to safely move throughout their communities – and aims to involve all the stakeholders in a city’s transportation system, including fleet and safety personnel to reduce and ultimately eliminate the risks inherent in the way traffic is traditionally managed.

New York City (NYC) has had its Vision Zero goals set high with its aim to become the “world’s safest big city.” Despite this hefty goal of theirs, the Big Apple has already seen significant improvements since their introduction of the program in 2014. In NYC’s Vision Zero Year Four update, the city reported a 28 percent reduction in traffic fatalities and 45 percent decrease in pedestrian fatalities. For a city with an epidemic of traffic fatalities and injuries, seeing about 250 traffic-related deaths and 4,000 non-fatal serious injuries each year or one traffic fatality or injury every two hours, the reductions noted above signal that NYCs Vision Zero action plan is working.

How does Vision Zero differ from any other safety program?

Vision Zero starts with the premise that traffic deaths are preventable, but that human beings will make mistakes and crashes will occur. This leads to developing traffic systems to lessen the severity of crashes instead of a focus on perfecting human behaviour. Vision Zero uses a multidisciplinary approach and techniques, including technology and a reliance on data driven approaches, to achieve the goal of zero traffic fatalities or severe injuries.

What role does Geotab play in New York City’s Vision Zero Program?

Using Geotab’s technology and platform, the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) developed an operations and incident management system, Fleet Office Real-Time Tracking (FORT). FORT allows the DCAS to monitor real-time locations and alerts from city fleet vehicles and tie many of the city’s safety initiatives, such as collision tracking, safe driving, and emergency management, into one easy-to-use system.

New York City’s effective use of the Geotab technology and platform means the streets of NYC are becoming safer for bicyclists, pedestrians, and commercial and private vehicles, and will continue to do so as Geotab’s ever-evolving software and platform allow for more safety features and initiatives to be added to NYCs Vision Zero Program.

If you’re interested in incorporating Geotab’s technology and platform into your city’s Vision Zero Program and making your city streets safer for all, contact GPS to GO today!

With the environment in such a delicate state, it’s more important than ever to make the effort to protect what’s left that can be saved. The State of California is taking the state of the environment seriously and has introduced green initiatives to promote a reliable, environmentally responsible and cost-effective fleet.

After a rigorous three-year process with contributions from many state and local agencies and departments, the State of California’s Sustainability Roadmap identified that a centralized telematics program was needed to help fleets reduce fossil fuel usage, improve vehicle utilization and reduce operating costs.

Why was Geotab chosen to be awarded the Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA)?

After evaluating the many options in the telematics industry, it was determined that Geotab’s telematics solution is unique to the industry in that it equips fleets with the ability to do more with their data today and into the future. As Jean Pilon-Bignell, Associate Vice President of Government and Smart Cities at Geotab explained, “Geotab is uniquely positioned to offer California state and local agencies an open telematics platform that can be used to help improve efficiency, intelligently electrify their fleets, reduce GHG emissions, optimize winter operations, streamline regulatory reporting and compliance and much more.”

Helping Geotab stand out from the competition in the telematics industry is their accomplishment of becoming the first telematics company to receive FIPS 140-2 validation for their cryptographic library. This validation is administered by the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP), which is jointly operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) of Canada. The validation is the benchmark for cryptographic modules protecting sensitive information in computer and telecommunications systems for U.S. Government, Canadian Government, and Military use.

If you’re part of a county, municipal or state fleet in California and are ready to add Geotab’s telematics solution into your fleet management strategy, contact GPS to GO today!

The right telematics solution can help fleets of all sizes, but small fleets in particular can see the benefits of telematics magnified – if done right. This post will provide tips for small fleets to help them maximize the benefits they can experience with the Geotab telematics solution GPS to Go proudly offers to our clients.

So when is a fleet considered small? While there is no formal size threshold for what determines when a fleet is considered small, medium or large, for the purpose of this post a small fleet will refer to fleets with 25 vehicles or less. So why can fleets of this size have the benefits of using a telematics solution magnified?

While companies with larger fleets often have designated fleet managers whose sole job it is to manage and optimize fleet operations, companies with smaller fleets often delegate this task to a member of their team whose primary job is in a related department such as accounting or operations but often is not solely focused on fleet management and optimization. So what does this mean?

This means that companies with smaller fleets without a designated fleet manager are likely losing out on many opportunities to find efficiencies and areas for cost savings. A robust telematics solution, like the Geotab devices and platform GPS to Go offers and stands behind, can take care of much of the guesswork that goes along with fleet management to allow these multi-tasking employees to run an efficient fleet, cut down on costs, and still have time for their other responsibilities.

Now, let’s get to the tips to get you saving money in no time!

Tip #1 – Customizing the Platform Dashboard
The dashboard of your telematics platform should be a highlight reel of the most important metrics and reports to your fleet. Much like the front page of a newspaper, your dashboard should be customized with the biggest, most important information for at-a-glance access. Dashboard customization helps reduce visual clutter and lets you focus on the things that matter most to your fleet – a must for part-time fleet managers.

Tip #2 – Simplify Fuel Tracking with Emailed Reports
Being one of the largest expenses for any sized fleet, fuel usage and fuel waste are two major areas all fleets want to monitor as closely and accurately as possible to keep business costs down and prevent fraudulent use of fuel cards. Geotab makes it easy to track and compare fuel consumption across vehicles, allowing fleet managers to find and investigate outliers, and track down and correct any inefficiency. Fuel-related inefficiencies might include maintenance issues, excessive idling and/or bad driving habits. Having important reports emailed, rather than waiting for fleet managers to seek out the information, keeps fuel trend reports and fill-up reports at top of mind and allows greater opportunity for fleet managers to better monitor monthly usage rates and prevent against fraud.

Tip #3 – Optimizing Your Routes
Efficiency is the art of getting the most from the least, and this is the ultimate goal of fleets of all sizes. Thanks to Geotab’s fleet management software, fleet managers can track missed and completed stops, idling time, stop duration, and planned arrival time vs. actual arrival time. This means fleet managers have the information needed to compare routes and test changes to help drivers find the most efficient ways to carry out their duties.

Tip #4 – Catch Risky Behaviour before It Costs You
One of the downsides of having a small fleet is that losing even a single vehicle can result in a big hit to overall company productivity. By using telematics, fleet managers in charge of smaller fleets can monitor risky behaviour, such as speeding, harsh braking, harsh cornering and coach drivers in an effort to prevent collisions or damage to fleet vehicles which would take them out of daily operations while being repaired or replaced – both being very costly scenarios.

While GPS to Go is happy to help fleets of all sizes with their telematics needs, if you find yourself with a small fleet and part-time fleet manager or have added fleet management duties to an employee in a separate department’s existing workload, we’d love to speak with you about incorporating Geotab’s telematics solution into your business to find the efficiencies and cost saving opportunities which may be being missed. Contact us today to get started!

Electrifying your fleet can be a beneficial decision both in terms of the cost savings your business can experience as well as the environmental impact – or lack thereof that comes with EVs. While you may be thinking of incorporating EVs in your fleet, it’s important to do your research to ensure you’re fully aware of how best to get the most out of your investment. Below are a few of the common mistakes fleets make when adding EVs to their business so you can learn from the mistakes of others.

Picking the Wrong
Model of EV

Once left with minimal choice in the EV market, the options
have grown significantly over the last few years and will continue to grow
going forward. With so much choice, it’s more important than ever to research
each EV option available to ensure you choose the right model for your needs to
optimize the benefits and savings that can come along with incorporating EVs in
your fleet. Some important factors to consider when researching EVs for your
fleet are: comfort of drivers and passengers, vehicle range required, charging
options, and the cost versus benefits.

A commonly overlooked factor to consider when choosing an EV
is the “real world” driving conditions the vehicles will face in your fleet.
While the manufacturer will have stated ranges for city and highway driving,
environmental conditions such as steep topography or drastic temperatures will
impact your range and usage. For example, an EV running at high speeds with the
air conditioner or heat going can see over 20% reduction in range.

Not Taking Advantage
of Available Incentives

Since many levels of government have been keen to offer
incentive programs such as tax credits for purchasing EVs since EVs hit the
market, it literally pays to be in the know on what is available to you if you
are looking to purchase or lease an EV. If you’re in the market for an EV, be
sure to research potential incentives at the city, state/province and federal
levels to maximize potential benefits. It’s also worth noting that incentives
are not only seen during the purchase process, and often continue long after
the new car smell wears off.

These further incentives which you may have access to,
include: HOV lane access with single passengers in an EV, grants to install
charging stations, discounts on charging plug-ins from utility providers,
package deals on solar panel installation, and waived sales tax and emissions
inspections. The incentives listed are not meant to be an exhaustive list of
guaranteed incentives as incentives change regularly; you are encouraged to
thoroughly research any possible incentives prior to purchasing an EV.

Getting Zapped for
Poor Charge Management

The idea of an EV is great, but unless you’re smart about
how you use and charge that EV you won’t see the true potential savings and EV
can offer. To begin, it’s important to understand the three systems of
charging.

The first system of charging is uncontrolled charging. Uncontrolled charging consists of starting
to charge the battery as soon as you plug the vehicle in. This method ignores
peak demand and limits your potential savings.

The second system of charging is scheduled charging. This method sees EV owners setting a charging schedule
according to utility pricing to delay the start of charging until the rates are
lowered in the day. This method of charging can save over 20% if done
optimally.

The final system of charging is smart charging. The smartest of the charging systems, this method
delays and reduces charging depending on the demand at the moment. Fleet
operators using this charging method may save over 60% off charging costs
compared to the uncontrolled charging method.

While having the right charging system in place is important
the charging stations used are equally important. There are various types and
levels of EV charging stations so it’s important for anyone considering an EV
to research the options available to find the best fit for their prospective EV
models and their charging needs.

Driving Blind Without
Tapping into Performance Data

EVs have the potential to save fleets a great deal of money,
but only if they are used optimally. While simply running an EV may result in
cost savings, tapping into the performance data of your EVs through telematics
can assist you in getting the most from your investment. EV telematics offers
real-time answers to any questions that arise during electric vehicle use. This
can include daily reports, individual trip details, charging support, and
driver feedback. You will get the most efficient usage of your EV by
understanding every aspect of your EVs performance – EV telematics provides
this important insight.

Missing Your PR
Opportunity

Replacing gas or diesel run fleet vehicles with EVs offers
more than just a money-saving proposition for fleet owners; it’s also an
environmental benefit to your community. EVs reduce local emissions and noise
levels, and this positive community change offers the opportunity to connect with
your community on a deeper level, however many fleets with EVs aren’t taking
advantage of this. Using this PR moment could be something as simple as adding
a “100% zero emissions” sticker on a pure EV vehicle, or adding the information
to your website or newsletter.

While the idea to go electric may sound like a good idea,
and often is for most fleets, there is research that should be done prior to
electrifying your fleet to ensure you get the most out of your investment. If
you’re beginning the research process of finding the right EVs for your fleet,
consider visiting the Geotab Marketplace and taking advantage of the EV
Suitability solution.

If you’ve already gone electric and are looking
to tap into the gold mine of information your vehicle holds, contact GPS to GO
for your EV telematics needs.

Global tech market advisory firm ABI Research recently completed their Commercial Telematics competitive assessment and ranked Geotab the top Commercial Telematics vendor after Geotab scored highest in the overall categories of implementation and innovation and had the highest scores for four of the twelve ranking criteria.

“We ranked Geotab number one in global commercial telematics solutions, as evidenced by the fastest industry climb in organic subscriptions over the last five years and a differentiated marketplace of leading partners. Geotab has a unique leadership position including electric and hybrid analytics via their FleetCarma acquisition. Security expertise is apparent as they are the first to receive FIPS 140-2 validation for their cryptographic library and as the first SaaS telematics platform to receive a GSA sponsorship for FedRAMP certification”
– Susan Beadslee: Principal Analyst, Dominique Bonte: Vice President Vertical/End Markets, ABI Research

The assessment ranked 12 major vendors in the commercial telematics industry – Geotab, Arvento, G7, Gurtam, Masternaut, MiX Telematics, Omnitracs, Teletrac Navman, TomTom Telematics, Trimble, Verizon and Zonar. Each vendor selected for the assessment was analyzed based on a combination of prognostics & analytics, monitoring, open platforms, features, tech development, UI/UX, market share, geo coverage, vertical segments, partnerships, financial strength, and solution options. To qualify as a commercial telematics solutions vendor, companies needed to have at least 400,000 active subscribers specifically within the commercial vehicle market.

Geotab more than fits the bill when it comes to active subscribers. The company has seen 44% growth from 940,000 net active subscribers to 1.363 million, including many large fleet customers. Geotab expects to grow another 35% to 40% in 2019. As for partnerships, Geotab was awarded the world’s largest telematics contract (for 217,000 vehicles) from GSA Fleet, a division of the General Services Administration (GSA) that provides centralized procurement for U.S. federal agencies.

The huge success Geotab has experienced already and their continuing growth makes them one of the fastest-growing global telematics companies in the world. Not only does the company have active Geotab GO devices in 119 countries worldwide, supply multiple Fortune 500 companies, government entities, and North America’s largest fleets, the company has also doubled it number of employees and continues to grow significantly year over year.

If you’re looking for a reputable telematics company, look no further than Geotab. Contact our team at GPS to GO today to learn how the Geotab products and services we proudly offer our clients will save your business time and money!

For more on ABI Research’s Commercial Telematics Vendor Ranking for Geotab, click here.