Top 10 how-to articles for MyGeotab fleet software

Published on December 19, 2016 in Fleet Management by Lynsey Cole

We’ve compiled a list of our most-read fleet software how-to articles.

We’ve compiled a list of our most-read fleet software how-to articles from the Geotab blog. The topics range from transferring telematics devices to using the Geotab data feed. Our Quick Guide to Collision Reconstruction is especially helpful for finding out what happened when an collision occurs.


If you have an idea for a how-to post on MyGeotab, the SDK, or Marketplace solutions, please leave a comment below. We would love your suggestions.

1. Benefits and Steps To Transferring Telematics Devices Between Vehicles

This is one of our top blog posts of all time. Renee Depuydt walks you through how to transfer the Geotab GO7 telematics device from one vehicle to another. As you’ll see, moving the device between vehicles is seamless and easy to accomplish.

2. Detecting Dangerous Driving Patterns

Stopping dangerous driving continues to be a top priority in fleet safety management. Alex Sukhov, Embedded Systems Developer, outlines the three types of data that can be used to determine dangerous driving: vehicle acceleration, vehicle road speed, and engine speed. Read about selecting thresholds and how to manage possible sources of error.

3. Learn How to Customize the Watchdog Report

Monitor the health of your telematics devices with the Watchdog Report for MyGeotab fleet software. In this blog post, Valerie Summers shows you how to customize the thresholds for your company’s specific needs. As well, learn how to set guidelines for picking threshold values and provide troubleshooting suggestions for vehicles that may have communication problems. The Watchdog Report by the Minute is available for download on the Geotab Marketplace.

4. Collision Reconstruction with Telematics Data: Quick Guide for Fleet Managers

This post features a downloadable quick guide to using telematics data for collision reconstruction (a great companion to our Collision Reconstruction video). MyGeotab can help you figure out exactly what happened and why. Our Technical Services Engineer, Siam Ahmed, outlines:

  • What reports you need to review.
  • How to view the collision on the map.
  • How to interpret the data.

5. Road Speeds: How to Use and Change Them

Did you know you can update any posted road speed from the live map? Geotab Software Developers Matt Claessens and Valerie Summers tell you how to use road speeds to measure driver performance. Plus, find out how to change road speeds when needed.

6. How to Install a Geotab’s GO7 Vehicle Tracking Device

We’ve made installation of the Geotab GO device even easier with this quick YouTube video and transcript. Click on this post to access the installation videos using the 9-Pin T-Harness and the 16-Pin T-Harness.

7. How to Use the Geotab Data Feed

If you’re new to the Geotab Software Development Kit (SDK), this post is for you. This post outlines the step-by-step instructions for pulling live or historical data on all your vehicles quickly with the Geotab SDK data feed. The article also includes a quick overview of the application and how it works.

8. How to Design a Custom Dashboard Report

Go beyond standard reports! Customer Experience Specialist Ben Pawlowski has designed this tutorial to show you how to design and import your own MyGeotab custom dashboard report.

9. How to Detect and Stop True Fleet Idling

Idling can be very costly to fleet operations. Cut down on wasted fuel and excess maintenance costs with these tips on managing fleet idling in MyGeotab. Jason Widla explains the difference between “true idling” and “operational idling.” He also describes how to set up notifications so you know exactly when drivers are breaking idling rules.

10. Dialing Down Risk with Audit Logs

Are you reviewing your audit logs? This useful report provides a quick snapshot of user activities, which is especially important if multiple users have access to the system. Some examples of user activities tracked include: user login and logoff; editing of HOS or DVIR logs, and editing of fuel transactions. Aarthi Ravikumar shows you how to create an Audit Log report in MyGeotab. Fleet managers or database administrators interested in security and managing risk will want to read this post.

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