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You might already know about some of the spectacular benefits that integrating GPS tracking into your company’s fleet can provide. And if so, you know that Geotab GPS fleet tracking units provides out-of-the-box functionality that can greatly improve your fleet’s productivity, lower fleet costs and manage your drivers’ behavior.

But beyond that, there’s so much more you can do to perfectly fit GPS fleet tracking to the exact needs of your company. Here are 3 easy-to-use integrations that can truly take your GPS fleet tracking to the next level – and some videos that really sum up their value to your business.

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The Electronic Logbook Solution for HOS Tracking: Geotab Drive

If you’re the manager of a fleet, you’ve probably heard some chatter by now of new hours of service regulations set to take effect in the United States, and likely, Canada in the not-too-distant future.

The Electronic Logbook mandate (ELD) requires use of automatic, electronic logbook solutions for some drivers before November, 2017.

Geotab leaves you well-equipped to make the transition to electronic logbook hours of service tracking, with our simple, seamless Geotab Drive app. The Geotab Drive app can be downloaded onto your drivers’ devices, synced with yours, and linked to your existing Geotab fleet tracking devices.

Once the Drive app is linked with your Geotab fleet tracking unit, it automatically logs when the vehicle is moving. Yes, that means that the app automatically switches status from On Duty mode to Driving mode and vice versa. At the end of the day, the driver just verifies their log, and it’s sent to the fleet manager to sign off on them.

(And best of all, it’s a very cost-effective way to transition your HOS tracking to electronic – 70% less than you thought!)

To see how it works, your best bet is to watch the short video below.

 

Geotab GPS GO TALK

Interested in providing live, in-vehicle verbal feedback for your drivers? The GO TALK for Geotab is a hardware extension that does exactly that. A small speaker unit connects seamlessly with your Geotab GO6 or GO7 unit and sits in the driver’s console. The unit can easily be configured to give immediate feedback to the driver based on whatever rules you program. As Geotab.com mentions, these include:

  • Reminder for a driver to swipe their NFC fob or sticker
  • Revving over a customer-configurable threshold (i.e. 4000 RPMs)
  • Idling beyond a customer-configurable threshold
  • Speeding beyond a customer-configurable threshold
  • Approaching the maximum speed limit defined by the customer
  • “Dangerous Driving” as defined by the customer
  • Seat belt usage (if supported by the vehicle)

But to really understand how it works, you’re best off watching the cool video below – the GO TALK Charger Series, presented by GPS to GO:

 

Interactive Dashboards from MapsBI

Geotab’s MyGeotab platform offers industry-best data reporting, and is quite sufficient for many business’s needs when it comes to displaying and analyzing their telematics data. But to take things to the next level, there’s MapsBI.

The telematics movement, and GPS fleet tracking, can bring you nearly infinite points of data. Some users can even suffer from data overload – how do you manage all this to get good insights for your business? MapsBI takes your existing data and presents it in a series of beautiful, visual and easy-to-follow graphical dashboards.

Watch below for a brief video that explains it all.

 

Get Rolling Today!

Whether your fleet consists of a few vehicles, or a few hundred, GPS fleet tracking can give your company the advantage you need to get the leg up on your competitors.

With GPS to GO, it couldn’t be easier to get rolling. Take advantage of our famous $50 GPS Tracking trial offer. We send you the devices, you plug them in (which only takes seconds)… and away you go. When you’re ready to buy, we credit $50 to your account. If it’s not right for you, for whatever reason, no problem. With GPS to GO, there’s never any hassle, obligation or contracts to sign.

There’s nothing to lose and everything for your company to gain. Get rolling today!

Thanks for reading,

Russ Salo, President

GPS to GO, Now You Know

With the changeover on the calendar into a new year, you should be thinking about new opportunities for your business. And if your company uses vehicles at all, you should definitely be thinking about how to maximize your revenues by making use of GPS fleet tracking and telematics data.

Here are 5 features that have fleet managers excited about Geotab… and why you should make the move to fleet tracking in 2016.

 

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Real-Time Fleet Tracking:

Know where your fleet is at all times and keep an eye on your vehicles at all times – even when they’re not on the clock. Have your drivers get notifications for unsafe driving behavior, and improve your company’s customer service by providing clients and customers with accurate ETAs.

marketplace-geotab-gps3rd party app and accessory integration:

Your Geotab device, combined with the MyGeotab fleet management platform, is already an industry-leading GPS tracking setup. But combined with the amazing (and often, free) apps in the Geotab Marketplace… and the hardware accessories available from third party developers… the possibilities for your fleet tracking applications are virtually endless.

Simple set-up:

We know that for fleet operators and managers, downtime can be a killer. Well, no need to worry about that with Geotab. The GPS units can be installed in seconds – literally. Check out the video below to see it installed on various cars, vans and trucks, from SUVs to tractor trailers. Geotab offers the simplest set-up on the market today!


The Easiest Electronic Logbook HOS Tracking Solution:

With new regulations coming down the pipe for electronic logbook HOS tracking in the United States, fleet managers everywhere want to get themselves compliant, with minimal investment and resources. The Geotab Drive app connects seamlessly with your drivers’ mobile devices, allowing them to automatically log and track hours of service. Oh, and did we mention that this HOS tracking setup costs about 70% less than what “the other guys” are offering?

Effortless Route Planning:

real-time-fleet-trackingHow much time are you losing to drivers taking bad routes? Or by not optimizing your drivers’ daily schedules so they can hit the most spots? Or by having drivers get stuck in bad traffic jams or construction zones? Geotab’s state-of-the-art route planning functionality makes it easy to:

  • Dispatch the closest driver.
  • Get live traffic analysis to avoid those traffic jams or construction areas.
  • Automatically give your drivers the best, fastest route to get to their next stop.

Check out our page on route planning for fleets for more info, and a case study video.

Get Rolling Today with Geotab

GPS to GO makes it easier than ever to try GPS tracking in your fleet with our $50 GPS Vehicle Tracking Trial Offer. It works like this: we’ll send you the plug and play devices to test on your vehicles. They install in seconds and you’ll be up and running in a flash. There’s no obligation, no hassle, and no contract to sign – it’s yours to test for your business.

When you’re ready to purchase, we’ll credit the $50 to your account.

Get rolling today with Geotab fleet tracking!

Happy tracking,

Russ Salo, President

GPS to Go, now you know

One of the many things that sets Geotab apart from the pack when it comes to GPS Fleet Tracking is its integration with add-ons, accessories and apps. Apps allow you, as the fleet manager, to download a variety of add-ons that use the data your Geotab devices collect, in all sorts of different ways.

That’s on the software side of things. On the hardware side, there are some incredible options out there on the market now that integrate with your existing Geotab system to add to its benefits as an all-in-one fleet management solution.

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To help you better understand how these all can be used, let’s explore the broad categories of apps, add-ons and solutions available on the Geotab Marketplace – which is, essentially, an app store for your Geotab device. Many of these are free to download and integrate.

MyGeotab Add-Ins: These can be integrated with the MyGeotab platform to give you access to more info, or lay out the information in different ways.

Hardware Accessories & Add-Ons: For the most part, these are physical add-ons to your Geotab fleet tracking devices, adding features like video monitoring, temperature monitoring, in-vehicle feedback, or a range of other options.

Mobile Apps: Seamlessly integrate features from Geotab with you, or your drivers’, existing mobile apps.

General Software Solutions: Apps grouped in this section cover a variety of purposes and uses.

Now, let’s take a look at a few of these third party options that really illustrate the range of the functionality you can add to your Geotab GPS fleet tracking system and MyGeotab management platform. Keep in mind, there are many, many more apps and options available on the Geotab Marketplace, so definitely be sure to check it out for yourself.

  • Greenmile: Improve Route Planning & Execution
    This route optimization app/reporting platform allows you to efficiently measure the effectiveness of your routes. It makes use of Geotab’s real-time telematics data, in combination with industry-leading routing software.

    Developer GreenMile describes it as delivering: “Vehicle telematics & GPS data, route execution, real-time actual vs plan (AvP) data, and vehicle tracking all from within the same application.”

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  • Geotab Drive. Geotab Drive is the industry-leading solution for electronic onboard Hours of Service Tracking. It integrates seamlessly with your existing Geotab fleet tracking devices, so that it automatically logs when your drivers’ status changes to It’s the truly modern HOS tracking platform, and best of all, it comes in around 70% less of the cost than the competition. Check out more info on our HOS Tracking app page.
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  • Driver’s Camera (Zone Defence) A high-resolution camera that installs in minutes. Front facing and in-cab cameras are both options. This provides telematics information, photographic evidence and coaching opportunities. Cameras can be triggered by pre-set events, such as speeding, sudden stops and more. And the Zone Defence system seamlessly links right into your MyGeotab platform, adding another layer to Geotab as an all-in-one fleet management solution.
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  • fleetFLIX . Currently in beta testing but coming on the market soon, fleetFLIX offers video and pictures on demand from fleet vehicles at the press of a button in the software or with automated monitoring of exceptions. Video monitoring is a feature that’s gathering increasing interest, so keep an eye out for more apps to come along these lines.
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  • Remote Diagnostics (OnCommand Connection by Navistar). Remote Diagnostics makes use of the Geotab SDK, providing managers with a comprehensive update regarding their vehicles maintenance needs. Fleet managers are alerted whenever there’s a fault code fed through the system, allowing you to easier manage your fleet’s maintenance costs, downtime and repair decisions.
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  • Advanced Collision Prevention (Mobileye): Mobileye attaches to the inside of the driver’s windshield and links with your Geotab device. It is built to reduce the amount of accidents and severity of accidents in your fleet by providing audible alerts in the event of an imminent collision. These threats can also include other safety hazards, such as improper lane changes, or not leaving enough of a gap between other vehicles. Through its integration with the Geotab platform, the data is transmitted to the fleet manager, who can then take a number of courses with the information and apply corrective action.
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  • Maps BI – Interactive Dashboards: Maps BI utilizes your existing Geotab data to provide instant access to highly-visual, beautiful and easy-to-understand dashboards. The pre-loaded dashboards shine a spotlight on important aspects of your fleet management, such as route optimization, safety, customer management and more; all while making use of graphs, charts and other visual elements to make the data easy to understand – and act upon.
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  • Reefer Temperature Monitoring (Valor TempTrac): Companies who deliver frozen goods, or high-value assets such as pharmaceuticals via refrigerated transport need to make sure that their refrigeration is operating correctly, or risk taking a massive hit. Valor TempTrac is an add-in to your Geotab unit that allows you to do exactly that. It monitors up to four temperature zones simultaneously and transmits temperature readings through your device to MyGeotab in real time. It’s just one more way that Geotab can function as an all-in-one fleet tracking and management solution for your fleet.
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    Get Rolling with Your Fleet Management

    Take your fleet tracking to the next level. It’s easy to get started with Geotab GPS. Take advantage of our famous $50 GPS trial offer. Here’s how it works: We send you the devices to try on your fleet; you try them out. They are plug-and-play and install in literally seconds. When you’re ready to buy, we we credit your account for $50 per trial device. There’s no contract, no hassle, and no obligation.

    Once you’re set up, you can test and experiment with all the apps, add-ins and accessories that help make Geotab a perfect fleet management tool for your business.

    What are you waiting for? Get rolling today!

    Russ Salo, President

    GPS to GO, Now You Know

Fleet operators in the United States are bound by the regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) which is currently working to release a new set of Hours of Service (HOS) rules and regulations that carriers in the United States must follow.

The regulations will see a shift from the old style of paper logs to dictating that all carriers must record and provide hours of service automatically and electronically.

The new regulation means that it’s a great time to jump aboard the GPS fleet tracking movement, as Geotab offers tools that make compliant HOS tracking easy, in addition to all the other business benefits of GPS fleet tracking.

Geotab Drive – The App That Makes HOS Easy

Launched in 2014, Geotab Drive turns your driver’s smartphone or tablet into an hours of service reporting terminal.

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The Drive app links seamlessly with your Geotab device and integrates with the Geotab software platform. It is available for both Apple (iOS) and Android platforms. It can also be found on Geotab’s app marketplace – be sure to check that link out and take a look at all the amazing add-ons and apps available for your Geotab system!

Here are some of the advantages of making use of Geotab Drive for hours of service reporting:

  • Automatically create accurate records of the driver’s status, which can be:
    • Driving
    • On Duty, Not Driving
    • Sleeper Berth
    • Off Duty
  • Easy installation, easy to use, and simplifies the drivers’ day
  • Creates more accurate reports than traditional paper logs
  • Fleet supervisor has access to the driver’s availability
  • Save fleet managers over 60 hours of man-time from having to administer driver logs

Why Use Geotab and the Geotab Drive app for HOS?

Reporting on Hours of Service can be a burdensome task for your drivers, which can have a negative impact on productivity. Why have your team manually filing reports with pen and paper, when you can have it done automatically for them with Geotab? Improve employee moral, and make your business more effective with Geotab Drive.

Geotab is the easiest product to install on the market and get rolling into your fleet. Geotab installs in seconds! Geotab is also compatible with your existing Apple iOS iPhones, and Android smartphones.

More great Geotab benefits include:

  • Easily collect and manage data from your fleet
  • Improved richness of data
  • Access to partner add-ons and solutions through the Geotab Marketplace for added functionality
  • File forms and dispatch information directly from the app interface
  • Built-in GPS navigation
  • New Pro Plus Live view

All of this and more, all for a much lower cost than the competition!

How the app works

Because of the app’s integration with the Geotab device, it has the ability to automatically log when vehicles are moving. This means that while drivers can manually set their status (which they must do when they switch to sleeper berth or off duty), the app will automatically switch status from On Duty to Driving and vice versa.

The driver is also able to apply exemptions such as Adverse Weather or their 16-hour Exemption with the push of a button.

At the end of the day, the driver can verify their logs from an easy, convenient menu. The fleet manager or supervisor can then sign off on those logs within a 14-day period.

In addition to Hours of Service tracking, the Drive app also offers support for Daily Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR).

Safety Features:

The app alerts the driver every half-an-hour, starting when they have 2 hours remaining, of when they’re coming up to a mandatory rest period.

By regulation, the app switches the phone/tablet to Lock Screen when it is in drive mode, ensuring the driver stays undistracted, and remains aware of the road resulting in safer driving.

See For Yourself:

Check out this video below that shows how easy it is for your drivers to get started using the Geotab Drive app. If you’re interested in an HOS reporting solution, it’s a must-watch!

If you have any questions about the Geotab Drive app, feel free to contact us today.

HOS Reporting – Another Reason to Join the Fleet Tracking Revolution

Get your fleet compliant with the new HOS regulations in the easiest way possible. In addition to seamless, easy Hours of Service reporting, the Geotab GPS Fleet Tracking system can lower fleet costs, save money, and improve on your bottom line!

At GPS to GO, we make it so easy to get started. Get rolling with our $50 Fleet Tracking Trial Offer. How it works is very simple:

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We send you the devices to try on your fleet.
You try them out (plug and play, installs in seconds).
When you’re ready to purchase, we credit your account for $50 per trial device.
It’s that simple to take your business to the next level. Read more about the business benefits of GPS fleet tracking, or get rolling with our $50 trial offer today!

Russ Salo, President

GPS to GO, Now You Know

The Geotab Software Development Kit allows third-party developers to build on the Geotab platform to create custom solutions for their clients.

Fleet Hoster is a leading company in working with businesses to develop these solutions. The beauty of working with Fleet Hoster is that you don’t need to be technically-inclined to understand what they do; instead, you describe to them what you’re looking for in plain English, and they handle the technical aspects of making it a reality. Here’s a look at three different applications that they have built, tailored to the specific needs of their clients’ business — giving them the ultimate fleet tracking solution.

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Example 1: A Leading Restoration Company

Requirements: A company in the restoration space was getting bogged down with customers calling in to dispatch, asking when their assigned vehicle would be arriving. The company reached out to Fleet Hoster with several requirements:

  • Give customers a link to a map of a vehicle that is en route to service their work order.
    • The company would like the link to expire after 24 hours.
  • The restoration wanted custom icons to indicate the status of their vehicles: red for stopped and green for motion.
  • They wanted to display the vehicle name and speed in a popup if the customer clicked on it.
  • They wanted the customer to be notified by text or email when the technician was a mile away.

As you can imagine, this system would automate a lot of the company’s customer interaction, providing their customers with a better sense of expected timeframe and up-to-the-minute reporting on vehicles. Geotab is the ideal platform to build this functionality on top of.

Solution: Fleet Hoster developed and built an external-hosted web application for the dispatch team. Here’s how it works:

  • The dispatcher quickly selects the vehicle from a drop-down list and a link is automatically generated for them.
  • The dispatcher copies this link and emails it to their customer. The link will be live for 24 hours.
  • After expiration, the customer would be informed to call the office for a new link if needed.
  • When the system detects the technician is within a mile of the location it sends a text or email to the customer.

How It Could Help Your Business: Many companies in the trades and services already use telematics platforms like Geotab to keep tabs on their own vehicles; this sort of application allows your company to harness that information and share it easily and directly with their customers, providing a better level of customer service.

Example 2: A Major National Auto Parts Retailer

Requirements: Companies with regular deliveries and pickups are another industry that Geotab is ideal for. Here’s how one such organization improved their route efficiency and helped automate reporting, cutting down on wasted time and money.

  • The company asked to use their existing route stops and times to automatically create routes and route plans in Geotab.
  • They also requested that the system would automatically assign the vehicle and driver to these route plans
  • As part of the scope of the project, they requested the creation of “On-Time” reports to assess the delivery times to these stops on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, according to their fiscal year reporting requirements.
  • Drivers and vehicles could take different routes schedules and drivers could switch vehicles.
  • They also wanted to utilize the security of Geotab so that within the single reporting platform, different elements could be viewed by different managers, depending on their position within the company.

Solution: Fleet Hoster developed an external-hosted web application, built to enter and update the known route schedules.

  • Geotab web services were utilized to send the application entry and exit information for zones along those routes.
  • A custom algorithm was designed to automatically assign the routes for them using the alerts for who was driving what vehicle to assign them to routes and then upload those route plans to Geotab.
  • Custom “On-Time” reports were created using SQL Server Reporting Services and integrated into the application to allow granular reporting of deliveries.
  • The solution was automatically built into the Geotab software for everyone to view.
  • The data is filtered by the group security settings of the signed in user to Geotab.

How It Could Help Your Business: Route management is one of the biggest challenges for companies that constantly have vehicles on the go. The Geotab GPS Fleet Tracking System offers industry-leading features out-of-the-box for route optimization, and custom solutions like this one just take that functionality to the next level.

Screenshot: Here’s a look at what one aspect of the completed functionality ended up looking like.

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Example 3: Leading Premium Risk Management Software Company

Requirements: Before coming to Fleet Hoster, the company got risk management data from Excel reports from Geotab, extracting and inputting the data into their software for further analysis.

  • The company asked Fleet Hoster for more features to be added to this report than Geotab’s out-of-the-box functionality provided – very specific, unique calculations ran against the data.
  • They also asked to have the data automatically deposited directly into a staged database overseas.
  • The company requested the functionality to be provided for multiple customers at any point in time.

Solution: Fleet Hoster worked with the company to install a staged database outside of their production database; an external-hosted web application was built to extract specific data from Geotab on a weekly basis. Here’s how it functions:

  • The data is extracted per customer/vehicle and analyzed every Sunday morning for the prior week.
  • The data is then deposited directly into a staged database at a location overseas.
  • A summary report is then emailed directly to managers informing them of the number of devices that were analyzed for each customer along with devices that had no trip data.
  • The company can now take the data directly into the production server without human intervention.

The web application has built-in security and will allow them to enter new customer connection information and set profiles up for risk management data on a customer by customer basis if needed. Due to the security and sensitivity of the application, no pictures are shown.

How It Could Help Your Business: B2B companies in the business of providing data to customers can build upon the detailed data recording that Geotab provides with the state of the art possibilities that the developers can use the SDK to bring to life.

 

Geotab SDK: Custom Reporting Solutions for Your Business

A fleet tracking system from Geotab can provide your business with a competitive advantage. The benefits provided by integration with a custom software development kit solution can send you soaring even further beyond the competition.

Get rolling with our $50 trial offer today. Here’s how it works: we send you the devices, you plug-and-play with a no risk trial. Setup is quick and extremely easy. We’re sure that you’ll quickly see the benefits for your business. There’s no contract to sign, no obligation, and if you’re not completely satisfied, just send it back. If you’re ready to purchase, the $50 is credited to your account. Get rolling today!