Network Sunset Update

The 3G Network Sunset Update – What’s the Delay?

Over the past few days, we have been seeing references to new targets for retiring the 3G networks, and a “fatal flaw” discovered in the 5G network testing going on in quite a few cities. One might assume that the delays in retiring 3G are related to the delay in full-scale deployment of 5G due to this “fatal flaw”.

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Is There Really a Fatal Flaw?

Legacy Research Group posted an article last year that indicates the 5G signals are strong when you are outside or near an antenna, but that even a simple pane of glass can break up the signal when you go inside. This may have been a ploy to sell stock in a small company they say has all the answers, so we looked further.

Another post, a transcription of a podcast on IEEE.org refers to the flaw as the “5G energy gap”. This post seems to indicate that we need to substantially improve energy grid efficiency for 5G to do all that we are expecting it to do. Frankly, the explanations given are well over this writer’s technical understanding, but the fact that so many are writing about it indicates there are some issues still to be resolved.

When Will it Really Happen?

According to Android Authority, your 3G Verizon phone will stop working at the end of 2022. Android Headlines confirms that and also indicates AT&T is targeting the end of 2022 as well. The only network provided update we were able to find was from the news center on Verizon.com and it also confirms the 3G network sunset for the end of next year.

3G Network Sunset Resources

Planning for the 3G sunset now still 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, and complete the form below to be qualified for the promotion.

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The Collision Detection Experiment in Analytics Lab

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Collision Detection in the Analytics Lab

The collision detection experiment in the Geotab Analytics Lab reviews and confirms collisions that are automatically detected by the telematics GO device. Users can also use this tool to report collisions manually. Here is a link to “How to download and install Analytics Lab” in your Geotab database. After installing Analytics Lab, go to the Collision detection experiment and click try it.

Collision Detection – the Technical Stuff

Collisions are detected by the Geotab GO device upon any acceleration greater that or equal to 2.5 G, where G is 9.81 m/s2 (the acceleration due to the Earths gravity). This is classified as a collision-level event. Geotab GO device firmware will not use/Up/Down accelerometer data (also known as the Z axis) in this calculation. The calculation uses the magnitude of the hypotenuse between X and Y where X is Forward/Braking and Y is Side to Side.

When the GO device detects a 2.5 G event in any direction, the device is triggered to start recording at 100 Hz frequency. This detailed, high-resolution information will be reflected in the trip in MyGeotab, and includes acceleration, GPS speed, and brake data (if available).

About the Experiment

The Data Analytics Research team, using advanced analytics techniques, has developed a model capable of detecting collisions when they happen to present critical information on point of impact, magnitude to help users monitor, act, and take measures to mitigate future collisions.

How Does the Collision Detection Experiment Work?

Because it can provide an accurate scientific record of events, telematics data proves to be highly valuable for Fleet management. The model monitors the telematics data and applies what it has learned as signals in accelerometer data to detect and classify collision events. Due to the granularity of the data, the model can tell you many things about a collision such as a point of impact, trigger type, location, time, and much more. With this experiment, users could gain a broader perspective on the event by looking at the historical patterns for a specific driver or vehicle.

What is the Benefit to Fleets?

  • Fast and easy to use method to detect potential collisions.
  • Provides critical data to take Collision workflow decisions and actions.
  • Point of impact can provide a better understanding of the overall accident as it occurred.
  • Increasing overall fleet safety by unlocking patterns in-vehicle, locations, and conditions to reduce potential collision in the future.

For more detailed information on collision reconstruction, you can download this white paper from Geotab

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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.

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The API Explorer Experiment in Analytics Lab

Special thanks to Darryl Arnold for assisting with this post.

API Explorer In The Analytics Lab

The next experiment we will review in the Analytics Lab is the API Explorer. If development is outside the scope of what you do, you may want to share this blog post with your developers to show them how they can leverage a great tool. Here is a link to “How to download and install Analytics Lab” in your Geotab database. After installing Analytics Lab, go to the API Explorer experiment and click to try it.

Taking Advantage of the API Explorer

If you are looking for new ways to integrate and evaluate your fleet data, this tool can save you time by using pre-defined queries and API calls. A catalog of Beta APIs is available for accessing and viewing response outputs. Multiple languages are supported.

Current use cases include contextual risk index, nearby fuel stations, nearby rest areas, fuel benchmarking, new zones, and collision events. Using the Leave Feedback button delivers your comments, likes, dislikes, and use case suggestions directly to the Geotab development team.

Access Data from Other Analytics Lab Experiments

When you select a Beta API from the list, a brief description appears below it. As you can see, some of the available selections are tied to other Analytics Lab experiments such as Intelligent Zoning and Fuel Economy Benchmarking.

Practical application of the API Explorer

The API Explorer provides developers with a tool for testing queries and calls prior to writing code. The ability to test multiple approaches to a call in real-time prior to coding can save numerous development hours. For report developers, the API Explorer provides the ability to quickly obtain results on a one-time call or query.

What’s next?

If you enjoyed the API Explorer experiment, our next and final Analytics Lab post (for now) is on the Collision Detection experiment. As new experiments are added we will be sure to share them with you as well.

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Fuel Economy Benchmarking

The Fuel Economy Benchmarking Experiment

The fuel economy benchmarking experiment allows you to analyze your fleets fuel economy based on real usage and calculate potential cost savings using the calculator. The knowledge gained from benchmarking lays a solid foundation for decision-making. Measuring your performance against the other fleets can lead to opportunities for improvement.

In the past, benchmarking has been a challenge, especially for small fleets, because they were not able to connect to the incredible amounts of data needed for accurate comparison. Geotab has assembled that data and made it accessible through this experiment alongside your current vehicle data.

After installing Analytics Lab, go to the Fuel Economy Benchmarking experiment and click try it.

What can I learn from the Fuel Economy benchmarking experiment?

First, in this experiment, you can easily view vehicles based on poor, average, and good categories for further analysis. It also displays vehicles based on your top performers and worst performers.

Additionally, by drilling into the groups, you can see more details on your vehicles. You can even select alternative vehicles to compare them to.

Finally, the fuel economy benchmarking savings calculator allows you to input a comparison vehicle and fuel cost. By adding more vehicles to the list you can see the result of replacing a group of vehicles that you choose.

What are some practical applications for my benchmarking results?

With this tool, when it is time to buy new vehicles, you can more easily see which are your best candidates for replacement. Even better, you can easily research what to replace them with. It will also help to identify drivers that are getting below the expected fuel economy for the vehicle they are driving. Ultimately, those drivers can be monitored for the wasteful driving habits that contribute to their higher fuel consumption.

Geotab technology brings immediate insight to your doorstep. As soon as the connected device produces the data, it can be aggregated and benchmarked virtually in real-time. By revisiting this experiment after driver behavior has been addressed, or vehicles have been replaced, progress can be easily measured.

What’s next?

Did you find fuel economy benchmarking to be a useful tool? Keep an eye out for our next Analytics Lab post on the API Explorer.

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