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GPS to Go is pleased to share with our clients the exciting news that we are now able to better serve clients with electric vehicles (EV) in their fleets following Geotab’s acquisition of FleetCarma – a forerunner in the electric vehicle industry, providing technology that has been crucial to the adoption and operation of electric vehicles for over 10 years. What does this mean for fleets with electric vehicles? GPS to Go is now better equipped to provide your electric fleets with reliable telematics solutions to help meet your changing business and fleet needs – while also helping the environment!

If you have electric vehicles as part of your fleet, contact us today to learn about how you can unlock advanced electric vehicle stats from your vehicle(s), curtail EV charging, reduce peak-load based on real-time vehicle state-of-charge, and more!

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.

On December 18th, 2017, the day the U.S. mandated for all truckers to track Hours of Service with the use of an Electronic Logging Device (ELD), Canadian Transport Minister, Marc Garneau announced a similar plan for truckers in Canada.

Siting research showing an “ELD mandate would have a direct and immediate impact on curbing behaviours strongly linked with higher crash rates such as driving over limits of service, which leads to fatigue”, Garneau stated the Canadian mandate would be expected to mirror the one now in place in the U.S. and consist of a two-year rollout plan, but added, “if we can do it quicker than that, that would be even better”.

The reasoning given for the two countries’ mandates being mirrored was, “there are almost 30,000 trucks a day that travel between Canada and the United States. It helps if we have the same rules on both sides of the border”.

Although truckers in the U.S. also had what could be seen as sufficient lead time to implement ELDs into their trucks, whether single-truck owner-operators to fleets with hundreds of vehicles, many chose to hold out until the eleventh hour to see if any actions by various advocates would reverse the decision or delay the deadline. The deadline was not delayed and the decision went ahead leaving many panicking to meet the requirements before roadside enforcement of the ruling begins in a few short months.

Our best advice to any Canadian trucker or fleet owner who does not already have a GPS fleet tracking and ELD system implemented into their truck or trucks, is to start now so it not only gives drivers and fleet managers time to learn the new technology, you can also get a head start on experiencing the advantages making the change can offer your business.

What are some advantages of using GPS fleet tracking and ELDs?

  • Improved Productivity
    • Less downtime and overtime
    • Reach more customers in a day
    • More efficient fuel use
    • Prevent unscheduled stops, detours, or off-hours use
  • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Receive reminders for regular maintenance & check-ups
    • Alerts for engine lights & diagnostics
    • Alerts to you and drivers for poor driving (speeding, idling)
    • Be notified of off-hours use, and find stolen vehicles
  • Safer Driving
    • Improved company image on the road
    • Save on fuel costs by eliminating aggressive driving
    • Reduced chance of accidents
  • Better Customer Service
    • Faster routes and response times
    • More accurate ETA’s for customers
    • Proof of service reports
  • Reduce Costs
    • Enjoy less downtime and fuel costs
    • Reduced risk of accidents and vehicle wear & tear
    • Accurate time sheets and less need for overtime hours
    • Potential to lower insurance rates for safer drivers
  • Insightful & Useful Reports
    • Make sound business decisions based on real data
    • Better manage and allocate resources
    • Reduce routing time, costs and fleet miles
    • Learn from over 30 standard reports or customize your own

Get started today with our $50 Trial Offer here!

 

Every fleet manager dreads having a vehicle down for any amount of time as it quickly takes a toll on productivity and profits. Whether a vehicle is out of gas, has a flat tire or a dead battery, the goal of every fleet manager is to have the situation dealt with as soon as possible to get that vehicle back on the road to keep business going without too severe of a disruption. Businesses have many options for roadside services to help deal with vehicle breakdowns or other situations when vehicles are out on the roads, but we’d like to share why we believe you should strongly consider using Geotab’s Roadside Assistance.

 

Geotab Roadside (available in the U.S. and Canada) is a simple solution for dispatching roadside assistance to fleet vehicles experiencing a breakdown or another type of roadside issue. Powered by Rapitow, Geotab Roadside has a roadside assistance network of more than 45,000 service providers. When a roadside assistance request is sent, it is sent to the closest service provider ensuring a fast response. Services are provided 24/7 and 365 days a year.

Using Geotab Roadside allows you to track the service time on the app with accurate GPS data, and watch the service vehicle drive to your location. This gives the driver assurance on how soon someone will be there and also allows your fleet dispatchers to update customers or receiving areas that the driver will be late, if needed.

Fleets often pay too much for roadside assistance programs, only receiving a slight discount from what a consumer would pay for services. Geotab Roadside, on the other hands, is offered free of charge for Light-Duty vehicles located in the U.S. and Canada, with a fleet-wide* subscription to the Geotab ProPlus plan.

The following services are complimentary for Light-Duty vehicles:

  • Towing for up to 25 miles (40 kilometers)
  • Flat tire change
  • Battery boost
  • Fuel delivery
  • Winching
  • Lockout service

(*Standard rates apply for servicing Medium-Duty and Heavy-Duty vehicles, and for Light-Duty vehicle services exceeding the complimentary services listed)

For more information, or to get started with Geotab Roadside to help you minimize the downtime of your fleet, contact us today.