MyGeotab Release 2102

That’s right, it is time to preview MyGeotab Release 2102!

MyGeotab Release 2102 is packed so full of useful updates and design changes, we are preparing to make new training videos to keep up. Users that have turned on feature preview will be somewhat familiar with some of what is coming. To those who have not this post may feel a little like Christmas morning.

New MyGeotab Design

The design team has been working overtime to simplify the user experience to maximize functionality while encouraging exploration. With MyGeotab Release 2101 the new look will be applied by default. One of my favorites has been the redesigned Vehicle & Assets list. Choose your columns, place them in the order that works best for you, and hide what you do not need to see.

Updated MyGeotab Reports

Not only have the current 60+ existing reports been updated with more contemporary versions, but 17 brand new reports have been added as well. Check out the old design vs new.

These are the new reports you will want to look for.
  • Active engine faults
  • Idling violations
  • Average fuel economy
  • Speeding violations
  • Max speed
  • Asset utilization
  • ELD unidentified driver logs
  • ELD unverified logs
  • Unrepaired defects
  • Aggressive driving
  • Possible collisions
  • Driver safety scorecard
  • Seat belt violations
  • Fleet distance trend
  • Fleet utilization
  • ELD diagnostics and malfunctions
  • HOS violation breakdown
 

Clustered Mapping

Another feature coming out of Feature Preview is the Clustered Map. For large fleets, this is extremely useful.

Analytics Lab Now Installed by Default

We are just wrapping up a series of posts on the Analytics Lab and have shared several of the current experiments available to you. In MyGeotab release 2102, the Analytics Lab will be installed by default for users with the appropriate access credentials.

Dashboard Wizard is Brand New in Feature Preview

New customers will love this tool for setting up their system based on the pillar they want to focus on. Using a 3 step process, choose your pillar, select your reports, and choose the audience for those reports. The wizard will apply the appropriate rules. Current users looking to change their area of focus can apply the wizard as well. Once set up you can still change the parameters on specific rules or add custom reports to address other issues.

Live Map Advanced View

Also new in feature preview is an advanced view for viewing asset details like temperature, and fuel level on the map.

Terminology changes in MyGeotab Release 2102

To better reflect that not all fleets using the Geotab platform are primarily cars and trucks, and to prepare for connecting to more types of assets as technology marches on, some changes to terminology are coming in this release. In the main menu, and elsewhere throughout the application, Vehicles will now be Vehicles & Assets. In compliance-related features such as HOS reports, the term vehicle will continue to be used. Also, DVIR has been renamed Asset Inspection.

Device Replacement Messages

Two new tools have been added to the Vehicles & Assets list. One will alert you when a device upgrade is needed due to the coming 3G network sunset, and the other can be used to notify us when you are ready to order them.

And if that is not enough

Big Changes to Engine Data and Maintenance in MyGeotab Release 2102

Currency support has been added to Maintenance Reminders, and you can even select a regional currency on the options page. If you frequently cross borders, the application also supports multi-currency conversions. This currency support has been carried through to include the cost in maintenance reporting.

Also new in Maintenance, Next Week and Next Month have been added to the date picker options, and bulk import of maintenance records from .csv and .xlsx file formats are supported. Even more, you will now also be able to select regional units of measure in Engine Measurements, and future release plans for regional units of measure across the application.

Engine Faults Has A New Look & Feel

With more filter options to choose from and a clean new look, the engine faults report will make more sense to more people – not just the mechanic.

  • Compact table layout.
  • Ability to view/hide columns.
  • Filter options for source (vehicle or telematics) and/or protocol.
  • Total number of times a fault was logged.
  • View options for Fault Code, Description, Current Status and more.

There is truly much more, but this ought to be enough to whet your appetite for what is coming in MyGeotab Release 2102.

Vehicle & Asset Telematics

Electronic Forms

Mobile Viewing

Routing

Vehicle & Asset Telematics

Electronic Forms

Mobile Viewing

Routing

Analytics Lab and the Intelligent Zoning Experiment

Analytics Lab, what is it?

The Analytics Lab free add-in provides a platform for current Geotab users to test features currently under development. By using the Analytics Lab, anyone can participate in the development of new features being considered for addition to the Geotab platform. By rating the experiments and providing feedback, users are able to provide Geotabs development team insight into what is good, bad, irrelevant, or extremely valuable to end-users. User suggestions will influence the direction of future development.

How do I get it?

To install Analytics Lab, simply log into your MyGeotab portal, navigate to the Geotab Marketplace, and search for Analytics Lab. Once it pops up on the list, click to add it to your cart, agree to the terms, and click finish to install. It can be done in seconds!

How do I use it?

Once installed, click Analytics Lab > Catalog to see the current list of experiments. When you see one that interests you, click “try it” and enjoy what comes next. After using it, be sure to leave some feedback and if you found some value, give it a like.

Intelligent Zoning

Today we are going to highlight the experiment on Intelligent Zoning. This is one that just about every Geotab user can get some mileage out of. It can be used to make your current zones more accurate based on where vehicles actually stop, and it can be used to identify zones that have been overlooked or you have not yet had time to add.

Once you click the Try It button you will land on a page that lists the zone recommendations with a relevance rating. A high relevance score would indicate more frequent stops in that zone.

We chose the zone at the top of the list and clicked the Action Needed button to get a birds-eye view of the recommended intelligent zone.

We already had some rather large zones drawn around this office which are displayed as the dark gray zones. Geotab has determined that our vehicles consistently park in the much smaller zone outlined in blue. Stats are also displayed for the average number of stops per month and how many vehicles have stopped at this location. The graph shows us the trend is downward and below that some additional information on the duration of stops as well as driving time to the stop. All of that is excellent information we can use to better understand trips to and time in this zone.

Intelligent Zoning Action Needed screen

Importing the Intelligent Zone

From this point, we can use the Rename and? Import Zone buttons to make this recommended zone a permanent zone in the database. Additionally, we can choose to keep or discard the zones we previously used. Simply disregard recommended zones that are not relevant. So far, everyone we have shown this tool to has come up with a different reason to have it and a different way to use it. What is yours?

What’s next?

Be on the lookout for our next installment of the Analytics Lab series where we will take a closer look at fuel economy benchmarking.

Vehicle & Asset Telematics
Electronic Forms
Mobile Viewing
Routing
Vehicle & Asset Telematics
Electronic Forms
Mobile Viewing
Routing

3G Network Sunset

The 3G Network Sunset is Underway

To make room for 4G and 5G technology offering faster speeds and enhanced features, the 3G networks are being phased out. All of the pandemic and election drama we experienced in 2020 took our attention away from the coming transition, but technology marches on, with us or without us. Now is the time to be making plans for upgrading your 3G systems.

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When Will it Happen?

It is hard to identify a definitive drop dead date for 3G because network upgrades get done in phases. Depending on where you are it could come a little sooner, or a little later, but the 3G sunset is definitely coming. Early adoption of 4G and 5G products will give you access to the faster speeds and enhanced capabilities, while waiting until the last minute could leave you without services.

For example, Verizon originally planned for 3G CDMA devices to sunset by the end of 2020, but later delayed the shut down by a year, now . Still, in some areas like East Texas, the 3G CDMA network is no longer viable. Additionally, an internal document acquired by Android Police indicates that T-Mobile has an aggressive timeline in place that will affect some 3G devices on their network starting early this year. After researching the subject, we found that the general consensus is by early next year, you definitely need to have 4G or 5G systems in place.

3G Verizon will stop working at the end of 2022 – Android Authority

3G AT&T will stop working by February of 2022

3G Network Sunset Resources

Planning for the 3G sunset now gets you ahead of the game. We have resources available to help you to prepare, and upgrade programs in place to mitigate the financial impact. We even have a special limited free device promo for new customers that are transitioning from another GPS provider, so be sure to share this with friends and business associates that are using other platforms.

PC Magazine – “AT&T Apologizes for Alarming Email About 3G Network Shutdown”

MyGeotab Release 2004 – What’s New?

MyGeotab 2004 release notes

MyGeotab release 2004 preview notes were published on October 23. It seems like we just announced the updates for MyGeotab release 2003 and the 2004 release is already upon us. Time flies! Here are just the highlights of what’s coming.

Much of what you will see below is only available in feature preview. To select the feature preview option, follow the instructions at this link (click here). Also, we thought it far too much to throw at you all at once, so we are sharing just our favorites. To see it all, including updates to the SDK, just visit the Geotab Blog.

New MyGeotab UI Design

Much has been redesigned in the look and feel of the user interface. The new and improved design focuses on drawing the eye to the important areas of the page. It uses simple and clean colors and fonts. The navigation icons have been redesigned to focus on the meaning behind each symbol. Color is used to clearly indicate the currently selected item. Buttons and components have been updated to be more intuitive and to follow modern patterns. The new design is ready to be used immediately with no re-training required.

Areas where you will see these design changes are the dashboard, vehicles page, users, zones, speed profile, trailers, groups, system settings, rules and rules edit, DVIR pages, customer visits, map and trips history, routes, help guide, custom reports, risk management, and engine measurements. That’s almost everywhere! Please let Geotab know what you think of the new changes by filling out this feedback survey.

MyGeotab release 2004 vehicles

Scheduled Reports

Do you prefer to receive a notification your scheduled report is available instead of an email attachment? For customers who have security in mind, there is a new setting available. In System Settings > Privacy Settings, there is now an option that allows you to choose whether or not you want to receive your reports as email attachments. You can choose between receiving an email with an attachment or just a notification with instructions on where to go in MyGeotab to download it. There is also a new option in the upper right corner to select My Reports.

Area Activity Search in MyGeotab Release 2004

Have you ever needed to investigate what happened in a particular area over a specific period of time? Perhaps you got a call from someone saying one of your drivers did not pick up a load last Friday at 4pm? Now you can easily search on the map when this happens. Simply zoom in to the area, click the particular location, select Area Activity, and enter your date and time range. MyGeotab takes you to the Trips History page, where the exact vehicles that were in the area and trips that happened during that time are displayed. Please note that you may need to adjust your zoom level before the Area Activity feature becomes available.
Area Activity search

Show Traffic settings

Many users leverage the Show Traffic setting on the live map to better manage their fleet. For ease of use, MyGeotab will now remember if you have turned this setting on the next time you log in.

Adding Vehicles without device serial numbers

You can now add vehicles into the system without a device serial number. Some of the use cases for this feature are:

  • If you know the vehicle you plan on installing a telematics device in, but don’t have the device yet, you can now add the vehicle into the system. Have everything set up with the appropriate name, groups, license plate, and other information, then add the serial number when the device is received.
  • When you have assets that you want to do inspections against or set maintenance reminders for, but may not need a telematics device for, those assets can now be added to MyGeotab.

If you are interested in testing this feature, let us know as it is not available by default. Please note that functionality is very limited without a telematics device.

Custom keys for drivers

Third-party keys for drivers can now be added as custom keys in MyGeotab. Simply open the Edit User page and add the key under the Driver tab, or add the key under the same tab when adding a new user.

Select all functionality now checks for applied filters.

Previously, when using the select all functionality on relevant pages, such as Vehicles and Users, the system did not check for applied filters. Finally, the change was made to apply any filters chosen on the page when performing bulk actions such as editing.

MyGeotab Release 2004 no need to know database name to reset password

Users no longer need to enter their database name as a part of the reset password process. Most end users were not aware of the database name, so it has been removed as a requirement and replaced by a CAPTCHA form to prevent misuse.

Percentage over speed limit

Some regions of the world assess speeding fines based upon a percentage over the speed limit. You can now choose how you want to monitor speeding based on a value or a percentage.

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