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Geotab Updates Preview (December 2015)

Geotab Updates Preview (December 2015)

Rolling out soon, new updates to Geotab software applications and device software. Check your build number to verify whether the changes are reflected in your system by going to Administration/About. The build number shows the month of release, for example: 5.7.1512.xxx release/2015-12.

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In this Edition:

  • Map Enhancements
  • Reporting Enhancements
  • Localization
  • Minor User Interface Enhancements
  • Firmware Notes

Map Enhancements

Geotab empowers fleet managers with several new ways to interact with the map.

Quick View for Individual Vehicle Trips: A new feature makes it possible to quickly view the different trips a vehicle has made on the map. The Trips History displays where a vehicle has been on a particular date. Putting your mouse over any trip in the left-side trip list will now highlight the corresponding trip on the map.

Note: A trip begins when the vehicle starts moving and ends when the vehicle starts moving again after a stop. Any idling is associated with the previous trip.

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Figure 1: Mouse over a trip to view the corresponding route on the map.

Nearest Vehicle Toggle On/Off Added: Toggle action has been added to the Nearest map view option. In a map, left-clicking on a road, then selecting Nearest will show the nearest vehicles to that location in a tooltip.

When the button is toggled on, the tooltips and vehicle are shown. When toggled off, the vehicle remains visible on the map but the tooltip is hidden. The toggle prevents having to clear the map, which will be a time-saver for managers of large fleets.

One-Click Dispatching from Live Map: Dispatching has been simplified! MyGeotab users can now dispatch vehicles directly from the live map. Left-click on the map at a particular address, then click Dispatch vehicle here to send a dispatch text message to a driver using the Geotab Drive app or a Garmin device.

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Figure 2: Send dispatch messages to drivers with a single click on the live map.

Google Street View Trip Replay: Enrich your knowledge of trips with Google Street View. See for yourself the routes your drivers are taking. Replay a trip through Google Street View using the Trips Street View Add-In — featuring pause, rewind, and skip ahead options. Once added into your database, you can view it under the Activity link. Go to the MyGeotab SDK Add-In examples page to download and extract the Trips Street View Add-In. *For more info on Geotab’s Software Development Kit, read this quick overview: Learning the MyGeotab SDK.

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Figure 3: Experience a panoramic view of a driver’s route with Trips Street View.

Reporting Enhancements

Geotab is always looking for ways to make it easier to examine and manage your data for fleet optimization. Recently, the following enhancements were made for MyGeotab reporting.

Fill-ups: You can now download, customize, create dashboards, and schedule Microsoft Excel reports for fuel fill-ups. New colored icons in the Fill-ups report show potential discrepancies, such as a fill-up being larger than the known tank size, mismatched locations, etc.

Note: This feature is in beta. These are just approximations. To learn more about fuel reporting in MyGeotab, watch the video Data Fuel, Engine Diagnostics and Maintenance Reminders on our training site.

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Figure 4: Fuel discrepancy icons.

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Figure 5: Fuel discrepancy details.

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Figure 6: Fuel tank capacity estimates.

Start Day Option for Reports & Dashboards: To harmonize viewing and reporting, MyGeotab users can now set their preference for their week start day. To configure a user’s preference, go to Administration > User, select the user, then click Options. At the Weeks starts on drop-down menu, select either Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. The chosen first day of the week is reflected in reports and dashboards.

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Figure 7: Week start day drop-down menu.

Time Card Report: MyGeotab users can schedule Time Card Dashboard or email reports to run for device work hours. To enable this option, go to Administration > Reports > Report views and select the Built-in Time Card report. In the Dashboard or Email tab under Additional Report Options, click.

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Figure 8: Work hour selection in Dashboard/Email report.

Localization

Some formatting adjustments were made to German and Japanese text.

Minor User Interface enhancements

  • Access and manage your groups more quickly with a revision to the way hierarchies are presented. For groups with large numbers of sub-groups, users can now expand and collapse those subsets.
  • Ability to edit dashboards now tied to “Change your own user options” feature setting in Security Clearances. Previously,  In order to edit your own dashboard (Rearrange reports, add or remove remove reports) you need to have the clearance “Administer Users/Drivers” enable. Now users with the View Only clearance can edit their own dashboard.

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Figure 9: Expand and collapse sub-groups.

Device Software Notes

Geotab releases new device software on a quarterly basis. For the complete list of updates, please visit the Release Notes page.

Q4 2015:

GO7
New Version: 107.6.20/109.6.20 (Q4 FW)
Previous Version: 107.5.35/109.5.35 (Q3 FW)

GO6
New Version: 102.8.20 (Q4 FW)
Previous Version: 102.7.35 (Q3 FW)

Main Features:

  • Support for WWH OBD (EU Region) Data (including Status and Fault data)
  • Numerous fuel improvements including support for E85/Flex Fuel, enhanced EU fuel support and improved reliability of fuel level data around fill ups
  • Increase ODO support (ex. Fiat 500, numerous other EU vehicles)
  • Support to bypass Accelerometer calibration
  • HID RFID Trigger support
  • Enhanced Hybrid/EV data support (Charging/battery/current status)
  • Fuel units at IGN OFF fix
  • Fuel usage for flexible fuel vehicles using ethanol
  • Renault/Smart Passenger Seatbelt

Main Fixes:

  • All fixes from equivalent Aug 2015 version (107.5.40/109.5.40/102.7.40)
  • Alternative Reverse detection
  • Iridium Emergency fixes
  • Add Z to accident level event to detect rollover
  • WiFi and cellular failover improvements
  • VW Data for EU/SA
  • Add support for WWH OBD
  • Intermittent Logic improvements for J1708
  • HID RFID Trigger
  • Only process Fuel Level with IGN ON (EU Fuel Fix)
  • DTC UART message support for Third Party devices
  • Support to bypass Accelerometer calibration
  • Improve reliability of fuel level data around fill ups
  • Add Hybrid/EV Charging Status
  • Fix BMW alarm on door lock issue

Questions or Comments?

If you have a question or comment about any of the items mentioned in the What’s New bulletin, please email: salesteam@geotab.com

For more information on Geotab devices and software, refer to the Product Guide, available at https://www.geotab.com/product-guide/ or consult the Geotab Community Software Forum.

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2 Comments

  • Posted December 28, 2015 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    good evening ms. milne!

    the above features sound very helpful. may we know if your application can be used for fleet vehicles converted to plug-in battery electric vehicles?

    thank you for your kind attention.

    very truly,
    grace yow

    • Posted January 15, 2016 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

      Hi Grace,

      Geotab has extensive experience installing into hybrid and electric vehicles. A representative from our Sales team will contact you with more information.

      Thank you

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