New NFC Driver Identification

The much anticipated Driver Identification system for GO6 is now available for order. We are expecting a 2-3 week lag time from order date to shipping time as we are building our inventory.

GO6 Driver ID: Now Available For Order

The much anticipated Driver Identification system for GO6 is now available for order. We are expecting a 2-3 week lag time from order date to shipping time as we are building our inventory.

Using NFC Technology

Geotab has integrated Near Field Communications (NFC) to deliver simple Driver Identification where many drivers may operate pooled vehicles. NFC technologyis being used in many of today’s Smartphones, laptops, and credit cards to securely pass information by near touch without wear and tear on contact points. The component key and readers are robust, and are designed for long life. More information on NFC can be found here.

Products

 

IOX-NFC (Driver Identification Reader)

Name: IOX-NFC

Description: NFC (Near Field Communication) Tag Reader. Used for Driver ID purposes. Ships with one tag!

IOX Price: $130

 

 

GEO-NFCFOBBLU (Driver ID NFC Tags)

Name: GEO-NFCFOBBLU

Description: NFC key fob for Driver ID purposes – blue in colour. Programmed with unique Geotab code read by IOX-NFC.

IOX Price: $14

Monthly Fees

No additional monthly fee. Geotab Pro monthly service plan associated to the corresponding GO required.

Requirements for the IOX-NFC System

  • MyGeotab – Any database running MyGeotab production software (i.e. any database hosted by Geotab)
  • GO6 devices – Any GO6 device running 101.2.61 or later

Functionality of the system

The following information will also be available in the Product Guide.

  • We have support for drivers switching while the vehicle is on (the second driver logs off the first driver when they log in).
    • Note – The first driver (Driver A) who touched their tag before ignition was turned on will be associated with the current trip. If someone else touches their tag (Driver B) during a trip, Driver B will be associated with that trip.
  • If the driver forgets to log in then the vehicle will be associated to the previously logged in driver.
    • Note – Customers can add a custom parameter that logs the driver out of the system upon Ignition Off if so desired.
  • Tags are not assigned to IOXs. All driver ID tags will be readable by any NFC IOX. The data on the tag is sent up to checkmate as driver ID.
  • Immobilization is available. The driver must touch their tag in order to start the vehicle. The goals behind immobilization (if so enabled) is not to stop theft but rather it is a reminder that they didn’t insert their driver ID for logging purposes.
    • Note – If the customer enables immobilization without having the circuitry hooked up, the device will beep until the driver swipes the fob.
    • Note – If you also want immobilization you must order HRN-RELAYKIT and specify that it is for GO6.
  • While Passenger tags are planned for a future release, passengers are not supported in the July 1 release.

Process for setting up keys in MyGeotab

The following information will also be available in the Product Guide.

  1. In 5.6.1:
    1. Connect your IOX-NFC to a GO6.
    2. Touch the tag and wait for the LED to flash and for the GO6 to beep. This gets the keyfob into your database.
    3. Note the number on the tag. In MyGeotab, go to “Drivers” and look for an entry that starts with “#” followed by the tag number.
    4. Edit the “Description” field with the driver name. Edit other fields accordingly.
  2. In 5.6.2 (for those users accessing a database on My6)
    1. Go to “Users” and create a new user.
    2. Hit the “Driver” tab, and turn “This user is a driver” On.
    3. Choose “NFC” as the key type.
    4. Enter the number found on the tag in the “Key ID” field and hit “Save”.

How does the driver log in to the vehicle

The following information will also be available in the Product Guide.

  • The driver touches the key fob against the reader:
    • If, under Driver Feedback in MyGeotab, “Beep when no driver key inserted” is enabled, the driver has 30 seconds to turn ignition on. If 30 seconds go by and he/she doesn’t, they will have to touch their card again. Similarly, when ignition is turned off, the driver has 30 seconds to turn it back on if needed after which the Driver ID will be reset back to Zero (no driver) and another touch will be necessary before ignition is turned back on. The 30 second timeout is adjustable.
    • Alternatively, if the beeping is not desired, and a driver simply wants to be disassociated with subsequent trips, a custom parameter can be used to reset the Driver ID on that vehicle back to Zero (no driver) when ignition is turned off