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Geotab Adds NFC RFID to Solution for Managing Fleet Vehicles
Geotab's IOX-NFC reader module enables a company to identify a vehicle's driver, as well as link that individual to details about its operation.
Jul 30, 2013—
Geotab, a vehicle-telematics technology provider based in Oakville, Ontario, has released a Near Field Communication-based function for use with its fleet-management solution that allows users to track who is operating their vehicles. In addition, the system prevents unauthorized drivers from turning the ignition.
Many companies with large or small vehicle fleets have limited visibility into where those vehicles and their operators are located in real time, as well as the type of work each has performed. Geotab already offers technology to track a vehicle's use and location, but now has added NFC functionality so that a driver can be linked to that data. By utilizing the NFC functionality, a company can determine whether the driver has followed proper safety procedures (such as remaining within a safe speed limit) and calculate productive (based on the amount of time during which the vehicle may be in motion).
The IOX (Input-Output-Expander)-NFC reader—a peripheral device for linking a driver to the GO6—comes with a USB plug (to connect to the GO6 unit) and a bracket (to mount the reader to a vehicle's dashboard). By using the NFC reader, manufactured by Geotab, users can not only obtain data indicating which driver is operating which particular vehicle, but also, in the event that an unauthorized NFC tag is utilized, include an immobilization relay to make it impossible to start a vehicle without approval. Software on the device then provides ratings for that driver in each of the areas measured, such as speed or hard braking.
With the NFC solution in place, upon climbing aboard a vehicle, a user first touches an NFC tag (typically built into a key fob) to the IOX-NFC reading device. The reader captures the tag's ID number, which is linked to a specific driver in the GO6 software. If that ID is authorized, a light-emitting diode (LED) on the GO6 will flash green twice, and the ignition switch will become enabled.
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