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Geotab IOX-BT Documentation


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The IOX-BT allows monitoring of Bluetooth® proximity beacons with public MAC addresses and supports select sensor-enabled beacons. Beacons can be attached to tools and equipment to increase asset utilization, reduce impact of misplaced equipment, boost productivity, reduce operational costs, and improve on-time delivery.

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IOX Specifications and Installation

Hardware Technical Specifications


110 g


Overall length: 2440 mm L

Widest point: 58 mm W × 23 mm H


Black, moisture-resistant thermoplastic overmold


CAN: 500 kbps (for daisy chaining)

Power Output

Daisy Chaining: 2500 mA @ 12 V/24 V

Current Rating

Operating Mode: 52 mA

Sleep Mode: 0.2 mA

Temperature Rating

40 ℃ to +85 ℃

Bluetooth® Module

Version 4.0 Single Mode


In range: <100 m

Out of range: >200 m


Keyed 5-pin mini-USB type-B plug: Daisy chain power and CAN in

Keyed 5-pin mini-USB type-B socket: Daisy chain power and CAN out


Keyed mini-USB plug connects to the GO Device or another IOX


FCC, IC, Bluetooth®

Compatible Firmware

GO6®:102.11.XX or higher & GO7®:107/109/110/111.9.xx or higher

Installation Instructions

WARNING! Prior to IOX-BT installation, read and follow GO device installation instructions ( to verify that any existing GO device installation is correct in preparation for IOX-BT installation. Incorrect installation of either the GO device and/or IOX-BT can result in loss of vehicle control and serious injury.

WARNING! Prior to IOX-BT installation, read and follow important safety information, including limitations of use, located following these installation instructions. Always read and follow all safety information to prevent serious injury and loss of vehicle control.


Start with the Geotab GO device unplugged from the vehicle. Remove the IOX expansion port cover on your GO device.


Plug in the 90° USB connector of the IOX to the GO device. Secure the USB connector using a zip tie. Avoid overtightening as it can damage the USB connector.

NOTE: The USB connector can only be inserted in one orientation (see image).


Locate an appropriate spot to install the IOX-BT such that it will not interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle. The best location to attach the IOX-BT is on the vehicle windshield using the provided double-sided tape. 

When using tape, ensure the mounting surface is thoroughly clean and dry, and at least 65 °F (18 °C). Once the tape is applied to the surface, hold firmly in place for 60 seconds to allow proper bonding to occur.

Proper placement of the IOX-BT is crucial: its location will affect the strength of the signals received from Bluetooth® beacons. It is suggested the IOX-BT is installed in an open area.


Install the Bluetooth® beacons on the assets/equipment you want to monitor. The beacons should be attached securely and in a location where they will not be damaged.


Once your connections to the IOX-BT wiring have been made, connect the GO device and immediately start the vehicle. Your GO device will enter debug mode.


Please verify that the device is communicating correctly. Using a PC or smart phone, navigate to

Fill in your name, company, and the Geotab GO device serial number (found at the bottom of the device) and click on Log Install.


You will now see a screen that displays the current status of the device. If the device is communicating correctly, you will see GREEN lettering with the last valid GPS record. If the text appears in RED, the device is unable to communicate and you must verify the installation.

Termination Shunt IOX V2 Housing.png

You may notice your IOX comes with a termination shunt installed in the expansion port. If you are installing more than one IOX in a daisy chain you will need to remove the shunt from each device in line, with the exception of the last IOX connected. That shunt must remain in the last IOX and should be secured with a zip tie.

The use of the shunt in the last IOX is necessary for the GO device to detect and configure the IOX as effectively as possible.

Note: Failing to install the shunt in the last IOX could affect IOX communication. It is recommended that you secure the shunt using a zip tie if not already done.

Beacon Data in MyGeotab

The GO device will automatically detect any in-range beacon that has a public MAC address. A GO device generates a log whenever a beacon comes within range and, subsequently, when it goes out of range. No special configuration is required in MyGeotab to associate a beacon with a database or a specific GO device. Beacons within range of multiple GO devices will trigger logs on all in-range devices.

When using beacons that support sensor data, the GO device will also log illuminance, ambient temperature, and impact.

Beacon Data in MyGeotab for All Bluetooth® Beacons






IOX Bluetooth®

Connected: 1




Disconnected: 0

Bluetooth® beacon in range

In Range: 1




Out of Range: 0

Beacon Data in MyGeotab for Bluetooth® Beacons with Sensor Data





Recording Rate

IOX Bluetooth®

Connected: 1



Every change

Disconnected: 0

Bluetooth® beacon in range

In Range: 1



Every change

Out of Range: 0

Bluetooth® beacon battery level




Every 2 unit changes

Bluetooth® beacon illuminance


255 = 16000 lux

1 unit ~ 63 lux


Every 2 unit changes

Bluetooth® beacon temperature

40 to +80



Every change

Bluetooth® beacon impact count


None, resets to 0

after 1 cycle


Every change

Custom Reports

The sensor data described above can be accessed through the Engine Measurements Report (Engine & Maintenance > Engine and Device… > Measurements) in MyGeotab. This report also contains the public MAC address of the beacon you use and can be leveraged to create custom reports to meet a variety of needs.

Accessing Beacon Data through the MyGeotab SDK

All of the status data above can also be accessed via the MyGeotab API ( The API can be used to associate status data with the beacon from which it originated. The beacon data is configured as engine information accessed through the StatusData object, with the specific diagnostics described in the table above found in the Diagnostic object of the API.

Limiting Beacon Data to Specific Beacon Types (Beta)

Because the IOX-BT can detect any beacon with a public MAC address, it is possible to exceed the beacon data limits set for the IOX-BT. Using the custom parameters below, you can limit the beacon data that you receive in the database to a specific beacon type. This feature requires XXX.14.XX firmware or newer.

Type of Data

Custom Parameter

Reports all beacons with public MAC address

No custom parameter needed.

BeWhere Beacons only

<GoParameters><Parameter Description="Restrict Bluetooth Beacons To BeWhere" Offset="167" Bytes="01"/></GoParameters>

Beacons using Geotab BLE protocol only

<GoParameters><Parameter Description="Restrict Bluetooth Beacons To Geotab" Offset="167" Bytes="02"/></GoParameters>

BeWhere Beacons and Beacons using Geotab BLE protocol only

<GoParameters><Parameter Description="Restrict Bluetooth Beacons To Geotab and BeWhere" Offset="167" Bytes="03"/></GoParameters>

Important Safety Information and Limitations of Use

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WARNING! Do not attempt to install, configure or remove any product from any vehicle while the vehicle is in motion or otherwise in operation. All installation, configuration or removal must be done only in stationary vehicles which are securely parked. Attempting to service units while being operated could result in malfunctions or accidents, leading to death or serious personal injury.

WARNING! All in-vehicle devices and related cabling must be securely fastened and kept clear of all vehicle controls, including gas, brake and clutch pedals. You must inspect devices and cabling on a regular basis to ensure all devices and cabling continue to be securely attached. Loose cabling or devices may impede the use of vehicle controls, resulting in unanticipated acceleration, braking or other loss of vehicle control, which could lead to death or serious personal injury. Improperly fastened in-vehicle devices may detach and impact operators upon sudden acceleration or deceleration, which may cause injury.

WARNING! If at any point after an in-vehicle device is installed a warning light illuminates on the vehicle dash or the vehicle stalls or has a marked drop in performance, shut off the engine, remove the device, and contact your reseller. Continuing to operate a vehicle with these symptoms can cause loss of vehicle control, and serious injury.

WARNING! Your in-vehicle devices must be kept clear of debris, water and other environmental contaminants. Failure to do so may result in units malfunctioning or short-circuiting that can lead to a fire hazard or vehicle damage or serious injury.

WARNING! Do not attempt to remove the devices from the vehicle in which they are originally installed for installation in another vehicle. Not all vehicles share compatibility, and doing so may result in unexpected interactions with your vehicle, including sudden loss of power or shutdown of the vehicle’s engine while in operation or cause your vehicle to operate poorly or erratically and cause death or serious injury and/or vehicle damage.

NOTICE  This product does not contain any user-serviceable parts. Configuration, servicing, and repairs must only be made by an authorized reseller or installer. Unauthorized servicing of these products will void your product warranty.

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