MyGeotab updates Mar 2017: Brazil HOS ruleset added
A summary of recent updates for MyGeotab and Geotab Drive, including enhancements for the Geotab SDK, reports, and user interface.
In this month’s edition — Read about enhancements for Geotab Drive and new functionality for the Geotab SDK, in addition to updates for Database, Reports, and the User Interface (UI).
Resellers: Read this post for important changes affecting your customers. Please note any recommendation actions. If you have suggestions for improvement, please leave a comment below.
Geotab Users: To verify your version: go to MyGeotab > Administration > About and check the build number, (e.g. 5.7.1703.xxx release/2017-03 indicates “version 2017 March”).
Read below for new enhancements to the Geotab Drive platform for drivers, including these new improvements:
Brazilian HOS Ruleset Addition
Geotab Drive now supports the Hours of Service ruleset for Brazil: Brazil Property Short-Haul.
Rest Break: Every 5.5 Hours — 30 minute OFF will reset this
Duty Time: 8 Hours, reset by : 11 Hours OFF consecutive
To see the full list of supported rulesets and exemptions, view the Hours of Service Ruleset Matrix.
Log Verification Changed
The Verify tab has been removed and its functionality has been added to the Logs tab. Drivers can now verify their logs by going to the Logs tab and clicking a button. Logs are verified on a per 24 hour basis.
New Verify button in Geotab Drive Logs.
Bulk Log Edits
To make the process of HOS management more efficient for users, HOS logs can now be edited in bulk. Editing includes removing logs, changing status, changing a driver, changing device or adding an annotation.
For more information on Geotab Drive, please review these important reference guides: Driver’s Guide to HOS and Inspection Reports and Geotab Drive DVIR Workflow. Download Geotab Drive on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
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Functionality has been added to allow searching of StatusData by Group Id.
- DevicePlan.cs Added: D2GODriverChallengeStandard *requires update of .net nuget package to ensure compatibility*
- HosRuleSet.cs Added: America7DayNo34h, America8DayNo34h, AmericaShortHaulNo34h, AmericaShortHaul8DayNo34h, BrazilShortHaul *requires update of .net nuget package to ensure compatibility*
- SecurityRole.cs Added: ReassignData *requires update of .net nuget package to ensure compatibility*
- TimeZoneId: it was possible to add a user or device with "Unknown" time zone ID. This was only possible using the API and "Unknown" is not returned via the GetTimeZones method or a valid Olson time zone. The ability to add users and devices with "Unknown" as been removed and all users and devices with this time zone ID have been changed to "Etc/GMT"
Go to the MyGeotab SDK for more details on the Geotab Data Feed API, code samples, and third-party hardware integration protocol.
New Diagnostic Codes Added
There are multiple new diagnostic codes and changes to some codes as well. View the full list of diagnostics.
Fuel Tax Report Enhancements
Drivers can now specify the authority under which the vehicle was operating for a trip (for household goods carriers). To do so, they’ll need to create a custom Fuel Tax report adding the column FuelTaxAuthority to the Data sheet. Additionally, to identify the authority during a given trip, drivers can use the Authority Switcher add-in with Geotab Drive made by Geotab. Contact Support for help setting up this add-in, which will eventually be available on the Marketplace.
The Fuel Tax report now displays jurisdiction totals. The Advanced Fuel Tax report will display the Summary as the default page.
Visual Changes to Fuel Tax Report Templates
A few aesthetic changes made to the Fuel Tax report templates to improve readability and align with jurisdictional tax form structure. The following changes have been applied to the Summary sheets:
- Shifted Fuel Type column to the left, before “Jurisdiction,” like Ontario’s IFTA tax forms.
- Shifted the “Enter Odometer” column to the right before “Exit Odometer” (default template already had this ordering).
- Save Advanced template on Summary sheet same as Default template.
- “Enter Odometer” and “Exit Odometer” columns will have 0 decimals, comma-separated thousands format (e.g. 96,857).
- “Distance,” “Fuel Used,” “Fuel Purchased,” and “Net Taxable Fuel” columns will have one decimal, comma-separated thousands format (e.g. 1,137.8).
Learn three simple steps to creating a Geotab Fuel Tax Report for IFTA in our IFTA Quick Guide for MyGeotab.
User Interface (UI) Enhancements
New Traffic Layer in OpenStreetMaps View
A traffic layer has been added to the OpenStreetMaps view. This is a useful reference when dispatching vehicles in the field.
Other Map Enhancements
The Map is a critical tool for fleet managers and other fleet personnel, for tracking vehicles, drivers and monitoring exceptions. We are continually looking for ways to enhance the experience of users. In March, Geotab added several graphing and plotting improvements, including a simplified legend, enhanced plot lines and tooltips.
Did you miss the last What’s New post? View the Geotab February Update.
For More Information
Please consult these Geotab resources for answers to frequently asked questions:
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Angie Milne is a Solutions Engineering Program Manager for Geotab and co-author of the white paper "Increasing Fleet Profitability with Telematics."
Geotab's blog posts are intended to provide information and encourage discussion on topics of interest to the telematics community at large. Geotab is not providing technical, professional or legal advice through these blog posts. While every effort has been made to ensure the information in this blog post is timely and accurate, errors and omissions may occur, and the information presented here may become out-of-date with the passage of time.
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