As a leader in IoT smart city and connected-fleet solutions, Geotab provides a secure, open telematics and analytics platform that helps government agencies streamline regulatory compliance and reporting, reduce total cost of ownership, improve citizen and employee safety, and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. This educational webpage is a resource for any public sector fleet manager or smart city leader to stay informed on industry standards, best practices, current market trends, and recent awards and case studies for all levels of government — federal, state, provincial, and local.

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Geotab achieves FedRAMP ready status

Geotab’s telematics platform demonstrates ability to meet security requirements set forth by U.S. federal government. Building on the company’s reputation as the chosen solution provider for all levels of government, Geotab’s award-winning telematics platform is now listed on the FedRAMP Marketplace official website.

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Geotab Completes Acquisition of BSM technologies

BSM acquisition enhances Geotab service offerings to help optimize efficiency, productivity and safety for government and private fleets while accelerating presence across North America. Providing telematics and asset management solution for more than 165,000 vehicles across government and private fleets in Canada and the United States, BSM brings 20 years of fleet management expertise while contributing significantly to the over 1.7 million fleet telematics subscribers utilizing Geotab products and services globally.

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America’s Best (and Worst) Commuter Cities

In November 2017, the Government of Canada launched the Smart Cities Challenge Canada. The competition was designed to strengthen communities nationwide and improve the lives of residents through the use of data and connected technology. On May 14, 2019, in Ottawa, Infrastructure Canada announced the four winners of the Smart Cities Challenge Canada.

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NYC Vision Zero paves the way to safer streets

New York City’s Vision Zero action plan is already showing results. Since 2014, the city has seen marked reductions in traffic deaths and injuries.

The NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has used Geotab’s technology and telematics platform to tie together many of the city’s different safety initiatives. The result is a unified and easy-to-use system that enables data to be collected and acted on in real-time. This program showcases how Geotab can partner with city leaders and use telematics best practices to tackle ambitious, cross-agency challenges.

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No boundaries to achieving Vision Zero

Every city wants safer streets, but face diverse challenges towards achieving Vision Zero. The public sector can overcome these issues by partnering with business, non-governmental organizations and other partners. Read a number of real-world examples in this guest post from Together For Safer Roads.

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Geotab achieves FIPS 140-2 validation for GO devices

Geotab has achieved a milestone for the telematics industry by becoming the first telematics device to receive FIPS 140-2 validation for its Geotab GO device cryptographic library. This validation is the benchmark for modules protecting sensitive computer and telecommunication systems for the U.S. and Canadian Governments and military use.

Companies with FIPS 140-2 validation form an elite group of leaders in security technology. With this designation, Geotab has joined other global firms such as Apple, MIcrosoft, and Google.

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Going Electric: What you need to know about EV fleet management

With governments like the State of California moving to cut carbon emissions by mandating the use of zero-emission vehicles, the time has come for fleets to implement an electric vehicle (EV) strategy. By using Geotab’s Electric Vehicle Suitability Assessment, fleets can use their current Geotab telematics data to determine which EVs would best suit their needs.

This paper offers a comprehensive look at how fleets can succeed in their shift toward a greener fleet by leveraging the Geotab telematics platform.

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Rolling out Telematics in Government Fleet: State of Utah Division of Fleet Operations Pilot Results

In January 2017, The State of Utah Division of Fleet Operations (DFO) partnered with Geotab to conduct a large-scale telematics pilot over the course of one year. The goal of the pilot program was to reduce costs, improve utilization, and increase productivity across the fleet. During the pilot, Geotab telematics devices were installed on approximately 25% of the fleet vehicles managed by DFO.

This whitepaper highlights the many benefits the State of Utah saw during the one year pilot, including a significant reduction in carbon emissions and a 21% reduction in accident savings, and details the extension of the program for second year.

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New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services Selects Geotab as Telematics Platform

The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has partnered with Geotab to equip all city vehicles with industry-leading telematics products and services as part of their commitment to the New York City Safe Fleet Transition Plan (SFTP).

The SFTP introduced guidelines and best practices for the use of vehicle safety technologies that would reduce the amount of motor vehicle collisions, in support of Vision Zero - an initiative implemented by the city in 2014. This document outlines the SFTP 2018-2019 update and how the City will drastically improve regional traffic and pedestrian safety.

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How Detroit Built the World’s Smartest Intersection

Faced with a growing number of traffic challenges, Detroit teamed up with Miovision to create a Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) based traffic management system, called the World’s Smartest Intersection.

Using a system of sensors, video cameras, and connected traffic signals, Detroit sought to increase traffic safety and efficiency in the city. This article highlights the groundbreaking features of the system, the improvements made, and how Geotab partnered with Miovision to establish freight signal priority along the Larned Street corridor.

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Monitoring Road Icing with Hyper-Local Temperature Mapping

Geotab’s hyper-local temperature mapping feature collects ambient air temperature data from vehicles equipped with a sensor. With over one million vehicles connected to the Geotab platform, temperature data is collected from over 250,000 vehicles per hour across North America.

This article examines how hyper-local temperature mapping was used in Montréal, Québec, to show how local weather conditions and traffic volume caused different bridges to drop below freezing at different times. Access to this data would allow cities to selectively salt their bridges, which could lead to reduced maintenance costs.

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Active Tracking: Keeping First Responders Safe

Geotab’s Active Tracking feature is perfect for first responder fleets looking to reduce response times while also keeping first responders and pedestrians safe.

Dispatchers can watch in near real-time as a vehicle travels to the scene, monitoring vehicle speed to ensure that the driver is responding as quickly as possible without endangering themselves or others. With Active Tracking enabled, dispatchers can also reassure callers by providing more accurate ETAs.

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5 Tools for Optimal First Responder Fleet Vehicle Tracking

For police and first responders, every second counts when responding to a call. Telematics can help streamline operations and reduce response time by providing complete fleet visibility.

This article showcases five tools Geotab offers for first responder fleet vehicle tracking, including Active Tracking, a feature that allows dispatchers to view vehicles moving in near real-time and give more accurate ETAs.

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Gridlocked Cities: Traffic Patterns Revealed Across 20 Major U.S. Cities

Geotab has released Gridlocked Cities, a series of interactive maps offering insight into traffic patterns across the United States.

Gridlocked Cities was created using 7.7 million aggregated traffic data reports collected over the course of a year by vehicles equipped with GO devices, and features an hourly breakdown of overall traffic congestion, speed, number of vehicles on the road, and peak traffic times in 20 major American cities.

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