ESG, Safety, Technology

Geotab: ‘Data is the cornerstone of modern business operations’

For over 20 years, Geotab has been a global leader in connected transportation solutions.

Headquartered in Oakville, Canada, the company provides telematics — vehicle and asset tracking — solutions to over 50,000 customers in 160 countries.

By investing in ground-breaking data research and innovation, Geotab enables its partners and customers, including Fortune 500 and public sector organisations, to transform their fleets and operations.

Supported by a team of industry-leading data scientists and AI (artificial intelligence) experts, Geotab is helping the mining industry unlock the power of data to understand real-time and predictive analytics.

Australian Mining spoke with Geotab APAC (Asia-Pacific) associate vice president David Brown about how Geotab’s innovative solutions can aid its mining customers address ongoing industry challenges.

In mining, fleet safety and driver fatigue are essential to risk management and stakeholder engagement, can you explain how Geotab’s fleet safety and new predictive safety standard helps to reduce risk?

Fleet safety and driver fatigue management are critical for risk management in the mining industry.

Our advanced fleet safety solutions and telematics devices provide real-time monitoring, significantly reducing safety violations. Detailed driver safety reporting dashboards help identify safety trends and high-risk drivers who need additional training.

Key metrics such as speeding, harsh braking, and seat belt use are meticulously tracked to ensure comprehensive driver compliance and safety.

We analyse vast amounts of telematics data to detect patterns indicative of potential failures, enabling real-time alerts and proactive maintenance.

Additionally, our integrated systems include gamification programs, advanced collision avoidance systems, and AI-powered fleet safety management software. These tools collectively enable predictive safety measures, helping to prevent high-risk events and ensure a safer working environment in the mining sector.

Fuel consumption and carbon credits are in focus to align with net-zero, especially in mining. How can Geotab assist companies with making that process efficient?

With the transportation sector accounting for a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions globally, Geotab recognises that its greatest impact on climate change can be realised through its focus on helping its more than 50,000 global customers and partners achieve sustainable transportation outcomes.

The fuel economy of a vehicle plays a significant role in the overall operating costs of a fleet, accounting for approximately 60 per cent of the total.

Key effective strategies to control fuel consumption and emissions are to reduce unnecessary idling, control driver behaviour, set speed restrictions, optimise routes, practise preventative maintenance, right-size vehicles to their tasks, lighten the load, use fuel cards, and adopt electric vehicles (EVs).

As a proven leader in IoT (Internet of Things) and connected transportation, Geotab securely connects commercial vehicles to the cloud, providing advanced web-based analytics to help businesses better manage their fleets and make data-driven decisions.

Geotab’s open platform solution promotes a network of cooperation, enabling businesses to integrate data processed from Geotab-connected vehicles into any system regardless of business size or operational needs.

Innovations in connected vehicle technology

One of the big talking points in mining now is connected vehicle technology. How is Geotab innovating in this space to help shape the future of connected vehicles?

Geotab’s connected vehicle technology not only provides the foundation for business’ current telematics needs – but can also extend to meet future needs including best-in-class support for EV transition and management.

The emergence of connected and autonomous vehicles has the potential to revolutionise the transport industry, reshaping the way goods and people are moved. These technologies offer enhanced safety, increased operational efficiency, and improved overall productivity.

Our advanced telematics systems also enable seamless real-time data exchange between vehicles and fleet managers, facilitating intelligent decision-making, proactive maintenance, and optimised fleet operations.

As Australia and the broader APAC region advance towards a more connected future, we are committed to driving innovation and ensuring the seamless integration of these transformative technologies.

Data is the cornerstone of modern business operations, especially in the transport sector. Fleet managers now have unprecedented access to data, providing critical insights into every aspect of their operations.

Our telematics solutions harness this data to optimise fuel efficiency, improve driver safety, and enhance overall operational performance.

We prioritise actionable analytics, robust security measures, and data privacy, enabling fleet managers to make informed decisions that drive efficiencies, reduce costs, and enhance performance. We are dedicated to empowering fleet operators in Australia and beyond to unlock the full potential of their data and achieve superior operational outcomes.

How would Geotab’s innovations in technology interact or align with the markets in APAC?

We are a customer-centric company that strives for customer satisfaction.

Geotab, together with our Marketplace partners, offer a range of web-based software and fleet management solutions to monitor and improve fleet safety.

By providing businesses with greater visibility into their fleets, including areas such as idling times, vehicle uptime and predictive maintenance, harsh braking incidents, electric battery usage and more, Geotab enables stronger compliance to regulatory changes, helps to improve driver and community safety and amplifies existing smart city efforts.

A notable example of our commitment is our partnership with KPMG Australia. By integrating solutions like KPMG’s FTC Automator, we enable rapid data analysis and geo-spatial analytics for efficient fuel tax credit (FTC) entitlement calculations, to maximise claims. This collaboration exemplifies how our technology drives significant value for businesses in APAC.

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