SmartDrive Systems announced it is collaborating with Geotab to provide fleets with integrated solutions that leverage the SmartDrive platform as a single onboard data collection hub. SmartDrive provides "one box that powers it all," offering a single integrated and aligned understanding of time, location, and driver and vehicle performance to third-party applications.

"The ability to integrate and operate applications from a single data collection platform breaks through significant technology and operational barriers—unlocking efficiency gains for fleets across routes, drivers, and risk," commented Steve Mitgang, SmartDrive CEO. "Collaborating with Geotab allows us to make good on the promise of convergence with a company that shares our commitment to providing open, connected, and flexible solutions for fleets of every size. We believe this is a transformational shift—and it's only the beginning of what is possible for our customers."

The companies say that with the growth of technology in the cab, fleets are struggling with how to manage the number of devices on the windshield and the connection of those devices in the vehicle. Video-based safety cameras, electronic logging devices, and advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) sensors are causing fleets to look for integrated solutions that solve the hardware and data overload problem. Beyond the number of devices on the vehicle, fleets also are contending with the cost to install, maintain, and train on each of these technologies. With the migration from 3G cellular networks to 4G, and resulting need to upgrade onboard hardware, fleets have an opportunity to re-think and streamline their technology strategy.

"For too long, traditional telematics systems have saddled fleets like ours with costly hardware that is expensive to maintain and upgrade, and monthly subscription costs that continue to escalate," stated Matt Penland, Vice President of Safety, Cypress Truck Lines. "There has to be a better way. Fleets should have the same freedom and flexibility to consolidate devices and applications that we all now have on our cell phones. The technology is available to make this possible."

The SmartDrive platform provides a unified video and telematics data stream that can be leveraged by third parties to power their applications. This same data stream powers the SmartDrive video safety program, ADAS, and transportation analytics applications. Through this collaboration, Geotab telematics and compliance offerings are designed to take advantage of the SmartDrive single box architecture and unified data stream, eliminating redundancy across hardware, cellular connectivity, GPS modules, connections to the ECU, and cabling. It also provides data alignment across the two providers' applications.

As a result of the SmartDrive-Geotab collaboration, the companies say fleets can now benefit from:

  • The SmartDrivevideo safety program
  • SmartDrive SR3 or SR4 video hardware platform
  • Innovative "single box" architecture enabling the convergence of data, devices, and network connectivity
  • Analytics powered by SmartDrive SmartIQ
  • Geotab tracking, which delivers real-time and historical visibility to location, speed, and geofencing information
  • Geotab regulatory compliance, including hours of service, driver vehicle inspection reports, International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) recording, and tax reports
  • Access and integration to Geotab Marketplace partners

The integration with Geotab will be generally available early in the first quarter 2019, and the SmartDrive convergence early adopter program is in progress. Current and prospective customers will be able to take advantage of the integration to Geotab from either the SmartDrive SR3 or SR4 platform.