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Leveraging Geotab with Formbird FLEET for Improved Fleet and Plant Management

Leveraging Geotab with Formbird FLEET for Improved Fleet and Plant Management

Integrating Geotab with Formbird FLEET means fleet managers can access any information available from a vehicle’s OBD II / J1939 port. 

Including but not limited to:

1. Vehicle Speed

2. Engine RPM

3. Fuel Consumption

4. Ignition Status

5. Throttle Position

6. Engine Load

7. Coolant Temperature

8. Intake Air Temperature

9. Mass Air Flow Rate

10. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

11. Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL)

12. Trouble Codes

13. Fuel Level

14. Airbag Status

15. Diagnostic Trouble Codes

16. Battery Voltage

17. ABS Status

18. Cruise Control Status

19. Vehicle Distance Travelled

20. Number of Diagnostic Trouble Codes

GPS OBD formbird business telematics
OBD II / J1939 port Telematics Unit

Your OBD II port

Live and accurate odometer readings 

Digital car odometer in the dashboard.

Vehicle manufacturers demand proof of on-time service scheduling to avoid the invalidation of warranty claims.

Reports from fleet managers indicate that periodic comparison of the vehicle’s odometer reading has shown significant variance from actual meter readings.

Getting readings from fuel card transactions will leave the data “behind” the asset when the time-consuming process of importing occurs weekly or monthly. Out-of-date odometer readings can be significant for high-use assets.

Accurate live odometer readings mean scheduling services and parts orders are on time, and manufacturers will accept warranty claims. 

Digital prestart-check compliance 

Digital Prestart check using Formbird FLEET

Automating telematics (GPS) data from Geotab alleviates relying on paper logbooks or other less current or less reliable sources while significantly reducing the admin burden of data transfer.

Formbird FLEET helps companies improve compliance and reporting when completing pre-start checks. Through Geotab integration, Formbird FLEET can receive live, accurate data about an asset’s use, such as ignition on and distance travelled. This data can then be used to automatically fill in much of the information required to complete the pre-start check, making the process much simpler and more efficient.

The Geotab device ensures that pre-start inspections on major assets, like checking belts and oils, are done correctly and on time by monitoring and comparing engine status and access doors.

Assets fuel level and use tracking

Fuel usage over time from the Geotab dashboard

The OBD-integrated Geotab devices have a feature that allows monitoring of the assets’ fuel levels, which can be viewed through a graph within the Geotab application. With this feature fleet, managers can ensure the accuracy of the fuel system data, as well as track the refuelling of plant equipment from Ute-mounted bulk tanks. By combining this feature with a pump activation sensor on the bulk tank of the Ute, the manager can easily cross-check the activity. 

With the rising cost of diesel and its untraceable nature, a system that allows accurate auditing is highly valued. 

One solution that assists is a fueling map for all assets, highlighting those that have had a significant change in fuel level while stationary. This can also aid in identifying potential fuel thefts during periods of asset park-up.

Premade reports are already available in Geotab

Geotab offers many pre-made alerts to help manage a fleet, such as alerts for utilisation outside of business hours, battery drain, fuel use without asset movement, travel speed, and excess idle time. These alerts can be integrated into a Fleet monitoring Dashboard within Formbird.

Monitoring of remote generators 

A novel use for Geotab devices is to monitor council remote critical service backup generators, including the mains supply, generator output, and building supply, as well as the generator coolant, oil pressure, over-speed, and voltages. Allowing councils to quickly send someone out if there was an issue with a backup generator and monitor how long it had been running in the event of a failed changeover switch.