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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.
By Claire Swedberg

The GO6 device then collects other sensor-based data about the vehicle's operation and location, and forwards that information to a user's back-end system or hosted server, linked to the driver's unique ID number. Management can later pull up that individual's ID and access analytic data indicating the amount of time he or she spent at the wheel, the percentage of that time that the vehicle was in motion, its location at any given time and how it was operated.

"We developed [the NFC] solution as a natural addition to our already comprehensive fleet-management solution as a value add-on," says Maria Sotra, Geotab's marketing manager. The technology, she notes, can help businesses manage their fleets if they have multiple drivers operating different vehicles.

"The solution not only makes it simple to identify where each driver is located," Sotra states, but also how he or she is driving—and, ultimately, that individual's history related to productivity, safety and compliance.

By using the technology with NFC functionality, Sotra explains, companies can identify which employees require improvement in their driving behavior. They can then retrain those workers in order to reduce the potential for accidents, as well as any costs that could be caused by the excessive use of fuel and a vehicle's wear and tear.

Before releasing the technology on July 15, Sotra reports, the company piloted the system with more than 20 resellers and customers, in order to gain their feedback.

Geotab introduced its first driver ID solution in 1997. In 2008, the company offered an RFID tag reader for use with the system on large school bus fleets.

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