What’s New in MyGeotab Version 1903

MyGeotab Version 1903 Coming Soon to your MyGeotab UI

Let’s take a look at some of the newest features and revisions.

 

UI Enhancements

Report Download

 

In MyGeotab version 1903 the changes are subtle but very effective.  The “View” button has been more appropriately named “Reports” and you can download reports without first viewing them in the browser.  Surely that will save lots of time and help new users to get around more easily.

A “My Location” button has been added to the menu.  This will help users visualize where vehicles are in relation to where the user is and can be used much like the “Nearest” selection available from zones.  Now I am here.  Who is closest to me?

 

 

Trips HistoryThe Trips History report in browser view has been revised to separate driving and stopped time in separate rows for clarity.  You will find that this improves readability because critical data is now set apart.

Other report revisions you will welcome are on the Vehicles report.  Additional columns can be added or hidden and rearranged in the order you prefer,  Your newly created view will automatically save for future use.  The group name is now shown under the vehicle name, and a red icon identifies vehicles that have not reported.  No way to miss that!

 

More Cool Stuff in MyGeotab Version 1903

When editing zones or geofences, the zone editor window now has 2 tabs, one for properties and one to view the zone on the map.  This will make zone edits faster and easier.  There are also some new reports coming to the Marketplace.  If you have “feature preview” turned on in your user settings, you will find the Purge feature is now accessible as well.  You can set the system to automatically purge data older than a specified time frame.

So watch for the changes and be sure to call us if you have any questions.  Follow this link if you want to see the full list of updates included in MyGeotab Version 1903, including updates to the SDK.

 

Required in Cab ELD System Documents – How to Stay Compliant

What is required?

Beginning on December 18, 2017, a driver using an ELD must have an ELD information packet onboard the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) containing the following items:

 

FMCSA allows electronic documents

  1. A user’s manual for the driver describing how to operate the ELD;
  2. An instruction sheet describing the data transfer mechanisms supported by the ELD and step-by-step instructions to produce and transfer the driver’s hours-of-service records to an authorized safety official;
  3. An instruction sheet for the driver describing ELD malfunction reporting requirements and recordkeeping procedures during ELD malfunctions; and
  4. A supply of blank driver’s records of duty status (RODS) graph-grids sufficient to record the driver’s duty status and other related information for a minimum of 8 days.

The problem with a paper manual is keeping it up to date as the rules and technology changes.  FMCSA has acknowledged in their FAQ that electronic documents meet their requirements.

What’s the Solution?

ELD Info add in from Geotab

Never worry about having the required in vehicle documents, updates, and training again.  Just install the free ELD info add-in from the Geotab Marketplace.  You drivers can access it from their dashboard in Geotab Drive.  The add-in includes direct links to the latest versions of the required documents listed above (except for the paper logs required in the event of ELD malfunction).  It also has training videos, important contacts, announcements about updates to the app and workflow documents.  The add-in is absolutely free, but you must access the Marketplace from your MyGeotab account to install it.

 

National Safety Council Training

National Safety Council Training

Do you have a suspended out of state license?

 

Have you recently moved to Florida but had your license suspended from the previous state you lived in? If so, you may be required to take an in person Defensive Driver Course. The good news is that we are certified to teach the National Safety Council 8/6 Defensive Driving Course (NSC DDC).

We understand this is not on the top of your priority list, so we make it as fun and enjoyable as possible. We help you acquire the skills and knowledge you need to drive defensively as well as recognize the common hazards in the driving environment and how to react to prevent collisions. Did you know that the single most common cause of motor vehicle collisions is improper driving and of that, 53.5% of crashes are due to driver error?

The “What If” Strategy that we cover helps you stay mentally alert by recognizing a hazard and having an appropriate defense against it. Driver physical conditions are covered as well including age, mobility, hearing, vision, illness/use of medication and fatigue/drowsiness. Did you know that 90% of your sensory input is vision?

You can view more information regarding the course by clicking here. We are conveniently located in the NE corner of the Tampa Bay area. You’ll receive your certificate of completion the day you take the course. If you have any questions, or would like to sign up, feel free to give us a call between the hours of 8am-5:30 pm, Monday through Friday at: 877-467-0326, option 4.

Class Schedule & More Details

Covert Tracker Placement

Covert Tracker Placement

Covert Tracking Device Placement

 

It is important to think through where you place a GPS tracker on a vehicle or asset for covert tracking. The location may vary depending on the goal being

GO Rugged Asset Tracker by Geotab

GO Rugged Asset Tracker by Geotab

vehicle recovery due to theft or cover tracking for investigative reasons. Covert tracking may be tracking the vehicle or tracking a package in a law enforcement scenario. Covert vehicle tracking is likely focused on recovering an expensive piece of equipment such as a bulldozer.

Covert tracker placement for tailing a vehicle or determining movements generally means accessing a vehicle very quickly in a public place. If you are fortunate enough to have access to a vehicle for a longer period of time in a private setting, you have a lot of options for GPS tracker placement. Since this is the exception, this post will focus on the covert tracker placement in a public setting. Learn more about covert tracking devices here.

All vehicles are made differently but most newer vehicles contain a lot of plastic which allows for good GPS reception. Metal will block a GPS signal from getting to a GPS tracker but with a little thought, this is not an issue. Modern GPS antennas work significantly better than antennas 10 years ago. Testing placement on your car(s) is the best way to get a good idea of what works and what does not. Since you have a limited time to place a device covertly, consider these variables.

  1. Place the unit where the driver or maintenance people are not likely to go. If the car is a piece of junk with bad tires, place the GPS unit near the spare tire may result in discovery.
  2. Do not place it where a mechanic may easily see it. If you place it near the oil drain plug, a technician may find it when doing an oil change.
  3. If the vehicle is low to the ground, do not place it on the bottom of the frame or a surface where it may be scrapped off going over a speed  bump.

One of the best places to locate a covert GPS tracker is on the vertical edge of the frame about mid vehicle. There are not any parts in this area that would prompt the driver to look in this area or go to this area for a maintenance issue. Another place is on the inside lip of a plastic bumper. An all metal bumper may cause issues because it is metal on three sides. You should be ready to place the device in a location that may not work with a magnet. This means a strap of some type to hold it in place. Do not count on wedging in place and it staying put. With a vehicle vibrating thousands of times per mile, the GPS tracker will always come loose.

If you have more time to install a tracker for vehicle theft recovery you have a few more options but challenges still persist. The good part is you can test the tracking performance before the equipment or asset leaves the shop. “Yellow iron” is called such because of the general steel and durable construction. This construction means there are fewer locations to place the GPS unit. In general look for soft spots or plastic to hide the GPS device. The drivers cab is a common place to start. The cab may offer a soft seat or plastic instrument panel where the tracker can be hidden. The goal is to make it hard enough to find that a thief cannot find it easily at the job site and remove it before leaving. Once the vehicle is off the site, the clock is ticketing to recover the equipment. A lot of equipment ends up at a chop shop where it is disassembled quickly, put into cargo containers and sold for parts in other countries.

To learn more about covert vehicle tracking click here.

 

Covert Tracker for Assets

Covert Vehicle Tracking

Covert Vehicle Tracking

Covert Vehicle Tracking

Fleetistics is now offering a rechargeable battery powered covert vehicle tracking solution. This new asset tracker can be recharged in a few hours and tracks for days. The update frequency can be selected to 10 seconds for law enforcement or specialty applications or every 120 seconds for less sensitive situations with a longer battery life.

To learn more about covert vehicle tracking click here.

 

Mobile App Access

Conveniently follow your GPS tracker from the mobile application. From the mobile app you can see the battery status and GPS signal quality of the covert GPS tracker.

 

Covert Vehicle Tracking Solutions

 

 

Covert Vehicle Tracker Placement

Every car, asset or package is different so it takes some testing. In general, putting the GPS tracker under the car where it cannot be seen will provide track data as shown in the image above. The higher under the car you place it, the lower the reception quality. The higher the vehicle and less metal in the vehicle, the better the overall performance. Do some testing to see what works before deploying covertly.

 

Fleet Tracking

If you are a small fleet with a very limited budget, moving one GPS tracker among vehicles is a way to get started. As your fleet grows you can move from a covert tracking scenario to a more permanent installation of a fleet management system such as the Geotab platform.