Author: Russ Salo

Full enforcement of the ELD mandate in the U.S. has been in effect since April 1st, 2018, so if you or members of your fleet drive through the United States and haven’t been stopped yet, you should prepare for your first stop with the following information to ensure your drivers are aware of what is expected during the inspection to get them back on the road swiftly.

When a commercial vehicle driver is stopped for a roadside inspection they are required to present their record of duty status for the 7 days prior to the inspection. Geotab Cloud ELD (Geotab Drive) offers three methods to present driving logs to Department of Transportation enforcement officers. These methods are through web services (preferred method of FMCSA), by email, or through the display option presenting the logs off a tablet or phone.

Although your drivers should be trained on how to use the Geotab ELD device prior to hitting the roads, it is also important to know it is mandatory at all times to have instructions on how to use Geotab Drive in the cab for the driver and officer to reference. If in doubt on what the process is, or what is needed during a roadside inspection, drivers can also reference the new workflow called Inspection Mode as part of the Geotab 1802 software/firmware. Inspection Mode will also display a new warning to officers when they attempt to leave Inspection Mode telling them to return the device to the driver. This warning is to help prevent officers from looking at other places within the app that they shouldn’t be on.

Inspection Mode Screenshot

Display Warning when leaving Inspection Mode

Heatmap showing successful Geotab ELD data transfers in the first 90 days of 2018

For additional information on roadside inspections you can watch the video webinars below with Officer Kimberly Hill, Motor Carrier Inspector, Indiana State Police

ELD and Roadside Inspections Part 1 [Video]

ELD and Roadside Inspections Part 2 [Video]

Significant technological advancements have been made in many industries over the last few years, and the construction industry is no exception. Between the modernized processes and equipment becoming more and more technologically advanced, it is no wonder construction companies big and small are looking for the best ways to protect their equipment and keep their projects moving forward and on schedule. For many, the answer can be found in GPS tracking for their vehicles and equipment, allowing for near real-time insight into equipment location, state of operation, and engine diagnostics.

The four main reasons the construction industry should consider GPS tracking for their vehicles and equipment:

– Productivity

– Efficient Use of Equipment

– Proper Maintenance

– Theft

Any setback in a construction project can add up in lost profit very quickly, which is why company owners and project managers do all they can to keep the job site running as efficiently as possible to keep the project on schedule. GPS tracking can help with efficiency and productivity by providing important data showing when vehicles or equipment are being used, how they’re being operated, if there are any mechanical issues which suggest maintenance is required to prevent a breakdown which is a hugely costly setback for any project. Data availability depends on the type of equipment, however, some data which has been collected from some heavy construction equipment previously includes: total amount of fuel used, total amount of fuel used while idling, trip fuel used, engine coolant temperature, engine hours and fault codes. The benefit of having these pieces of data at your fingertips is obvious and a large reason why GPS tracking in the construction industry is on the rise.

Arguably the most important reason for choosing to implement GPS tracking in a construction vehicle and equipment fleet is theft. Security on construction sites is a major concern as equipment is left on the job site day after day, often not guarded overnight, usually in fairly or extremely remote locations, making the various machinery and equipment easy targets for thieves. The problem of theft from construction sites has gotten so bad that the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say in the province of Ontario alone $15 million to $20 million of construction equipment is lost each year. The problem gets worse in the United States with the Insurance Crime Bureau and National Equipment Register reporting $300 million to $1 billion in construction and heavy equipment being stolen each year.

The safety and security of workers and equipment on construction sites is no laughing matter, and with the cost of setbacks very clear, any in the industry who have not yet implemented GPS tracking into their vehicles and equipment are risking a lot. If you’re interested in learning more about how GPS to GO can help your construction company with GPS tracking, contact us today!

We at GPS to Go are confident in saying it would be a challenge to find a fleet manager who doesn’t want to know where their vehicles are to ensure the business is being run as efficiently as possible. For instance, if a fleet vehicle breaks down on a roadside, a fleet manager will absolutely want to know the exact location of their vehicle to get a service vehicle there as soon as possible to limit the impact on business. What if we told you that rather than just being able to quickly locate a broken down vehicle’s location, you could actually predict and often prevent mechanical issues which could leave a vehicle out of service? That is the power of engine diagnostics and a large factor in why so many companies choose the Geotab telematics solution. So what can engine diagnostics tell you about your fleet vehicles?

While a non-diagnostic GPS tracking device will tell you the basic GPS location, speed and acceleration of a vehicle and allow for geofence monitoring, an on-board diagnostic (OBD) connected telematics device such as the one offered by Geotab, will give a much wider range of data from the vehicle and engine including the following (if supported by vehicle):

– Actual odometer reading from the engine
– Actual engine hours reading from the engine
– Whether the check engine light is on
– Fault code data for engine faults
– RPM
– Fuel level
– Total fuel used and total fuel used when idling
– Seat belt use
– Coolant temperature
– Ignition detect
– True idling

Having access to this valuable information about your vehicles not only gives peace of mind, but it also allows you to reduce fleet fuel costs by tracking fuel use and finding efficiencies to reduce idling time and unnecessary driving, and gives you the information needed to often detect and respond to any vehicle or driver issues early, before they lead to costly downtime or potential safety issues.

If you’d like to discuss how GPS to Go and the telematics solution from Geotab can help your fleet, contact us today or complete our quote request form and get started with our trial offer!

Geotab has a million reasons (and more!) to celebrate their great start to 2018 with their announcement on February 23rd, sharing that the award-winning leader in telematics technology has officially hit and surpassed one million subscribers. This success positions Geotab as the first telematics company to achieve one million connected vehicles built on a single, open platform and as one of the fastest growing providers of telematics globally. Since launching their subscriber-based solution in 2006, Geotab has seen an average of 116% annual subscriber growth over the last 10 years.

Geotab CEO, Neil Cawse, shared more on the company success when he shared, “together we have grown to support over 21,000 businesses, 300,000 users, and 1,000,000 vehicles around the world by focusing on sustainability, scalability, reliability and security.” So what has allowed Geotab to reach such a level of success with many competitors in their industry? Geotab’s key industry differentiator plays a large role. Being an open platform, Geotab creates an environment where businesses can benefit from the integration of Geotab data into any system regardless of business size or operational needs. GPS to Go is proud to stand behind the Geotab products which are “contributing to a smarter, more connected world that leverages data to improve city operations and sustainability and create safer communities for all.”

Geotab Quick Facts

  • Geotab GO devices are used in 137 countries
  • Geotab-connected vehicles drove 20+ billion km in 2017
  • Customers drive 562.13 million km per week on average (that’s equal to 3.5 trips to the sun)
  • If all the vehicles in the Geotab database were lined up end-to-end, they would reach from Las Vegas to Toronto and back, or from Moscow to Madrid and back
  • More than 2 billion raw data points are collected each day
  • Geotab supports green fleets. Reported reduction of CO2 emissions by 13,000 metric tonnes
  • On weekdays, Geotab-connected vehicles drive an average of over 2 million hours (plus another 1.5+ million hours on weekends)

If you want to experience the benefits of choosing Geotab for your fleet, contact us today.

 

 

Great news for National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) members! Geotab has been awarded a four-year contract by the NJPA for the procurement of Fleet Management and Related Technology Solutions. The contract establishes Geotab as an awarded vendor and offers streamlined purchasing for the over 50,000 NJPA members across the United States with competitive volume pricing. On the topic of the NJPA contract, Geotab’s Strategic Market Development Manager, Jean Pilon-Bignell, said “through this NJPA awarded contract, all local and state government fleets gain access to premium quality secure telematics solutions without having to engage in a lengthy and costly bidding process.”

Geotab’s platform security is designed for end-to-end protection of data, and sets Geotab apart as a leading global provider of innovative telematics technology. Through the over 2 billion points of data collected each day, Geotab provides critical intelligence to enable new and innovative smart-city and state applications to help government agencies improve regional operations surrounding transportation efficiency, citizen safety and environmental sustainability.

If you qualify to purchase the Geotab telematics solution through the NJPA contract, we encourage you to contact us to get started experiencing the benefits Geotab can offer you.