The watchdog report: Maintaining a healthy fleet

Published on July 7, 2014 in Productivity by Patrick McClafferty

Check out this blog post that looks at how fleet managers can use telematics technology to maintain a healthy fleet by using the Geotab Watchdog report.

As many customers first start to use MyGeotab to manage their fleet, it can be easy to overlook the importance of regularly monitoring the health of all devices in the fleet. MyGeotab provides powerful and easy-to-use tools to ensure devices are reporting and healthy. Staying on top of any potential issues. The Watchdog Report allows you to confirm that all reports you run in MyGeotab are up to date with the latest and most accurate information possible.

Device Communication and the Watchdog Report

The watchdog report is an excellent resource in MyGeotab that gives you a quick health summary overview of all your devices in your fleet. You can easily filter out the devices that may need to be investigated from ones that are reporting healthy.

A live device in a healthy state should be communicating with MyGeotab at least once every 24 hours. From the watchdog report you will be able to see which devices have stopped communicating and need to be followed up on.

Devices can stop communicating for a wide range of reasons. For instance, some devices may drive into an area out of cellular coverage and stay out of coverage for a number of days. It is also common for a device to be unplugged while in the shop for maintenance. A non-communicating device can even indicate a larger issue with the vehicle itself, such as a dead battery. Reviewing the watchdog report regularly will allow you to jump on top of any potential issues early and ensure that your telematics devices are always reporting the data you need.

Current Status and Install Info

In addition to the summary view provided by the watchdog report, MyGeotab also provides a detailed status page, which you can view for each device in your fleet. Located in the Device Editor page for any device, the “Current Status and Install Info” button provides very useful information when determining if there is an issue with a specific device in the field.



This report allows you to see when a device last communicated with MyGeotab and what data is being received from the device. From this information, it can be easily determined if:

  • The device is experiencing an issue with the GPS antenna
  • The device is having trouble communicating with the onboard engine computer in the vehicle
  • The sim card on the device is activated with the network carrier

You can also see if your device is still under warranty with Geotab. All of this information is invaluable when attempting to diagnose an issue in the field.

Another important aspect of device troubleshooting is the state of the device’s health at the time of installation. All registered Geotab installers are required to register any installation performed at https://install.geotab.com. This website allows the installer to view the status of the device post-installation to verify that it is functioning correctly. The Current Status form on MyGeotab allows you to verify that this important step was performed and that the device was operating correctly at the time it was installed.



Additional Support Resources

The Geotab website provides a wealth of information for all customers on how to identify and troubleshoot common issues that can occur in the field. Through the support page you can gain access to Geotab’s knowledge base and user forums. The Geotab knowledge base is a great resource with easy-to-understand articles on a wide range of support topics and frequently asked questions. The user forums allow you to ask questions directly to Geotab regarding any issues you encounter with Geotab’s devices or the MyGeotab web portal.

Using the tools provided on the website and through MyGeotab, you can easily stay on top of any unforeseen issues, and ensure that you are getting the data you need to manage your fleet.


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