What is Geotab's Telematics Data? | Geotab

Our data is derived at aggregate from the 1,000,000+ commercial vehicles in Geotab's data environment with vehicles that range in size from small passenger cars through to class 8 heavy-duty trucks. You will find that our data has a heavy concentration of trucks, but it is important to keep in mind that this is widely distributed from light-duty pickup trucks to class 8 vehicles.

In order to understand the power of Geotab's data, we believe it is important to understand the low-level data upon which Geotab derives its insight that leads to the creation of Intelligence Data and Benchmarking. It should be noted that there are many more datasets that make up Geotab's data environment; however, these are the primary datasets that form a large portion of the data being captured by each GO device and streamed to our data environment.

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GPS Data

The GPS data stream records GPS events from all Geotab GO devices and includes latitude, longitude, ignition and instantaneous speed. The records are recorded according to Geotab's patented curve-based logging algorithm.

Accelerometer Data

Each GO device comes with a built-in accelerometer that tracks acceleration in the X, Y, and Z planes. It tracks acceleration in the vehicle, again based on Geotab's patented curve-based logging algorithm.

Engine Fault Data

The engine fault data stream records vehicle or device issues which may be faults ranging from device communication failures to the check engine light being illuminated in a vehicle.

VIN Decode Data

Geotab has a strong VIN decoding algorithm which is capable of decoding the vast majority of vehicle VINs. We extract as much information as possible from the VIN, including but not limited to: make, model, year, weight class, vehicle type, manufacturer, trim level and more.

Trip Data

This data stream captures data pertaining to a trip as defined by Geotab. A trip begins when the vehicle starts moving and ends when the vehicle starts moving again after a stop. A stop is recorded when the vehicle ignition is turned off, or when the vehicle has a speed of less than 1 km/h for more than 200 seconds.

Idling occurs when the engine is running, but the vehicle is not changing position. Idling that occurs before a trip starts is included as part of the idling for the previous trip.

Engine Status Data

The engine status data stream contains detailed engine diagnostic data from all GO devices and peripherals connected to said devices. It is important to note that this data is very widespread and ranges from recording a seat belt buckle event to the vehicle's engine RPMs. Devices that are connected to the Geotab GO device through BLE or our IOX connection also register their values through this stream as well. Examples include temperature from sensors mounted in truck reefer units, volume of salt being spread on the road for winter operations, etc.

Common GO device engine status codes:
  • Vehicle active (idle or driving)
  • Cranking voltage
  • Engine coolant temperature
  • Gear position
  • Engine speed
  • Odometer
  • Cumulative trip fuel used
  • Cumulative trip idle fuel used
  • Fuel level (percentage)
  • Outside temperature
  • Driver seat belt unbuckled
  • Engine operational time
  • Parking brake on
  • Coolant level

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