Geotab Keyless unlocks new benefits for car sharing and motorpools

Article Published by Geotab
Author: Chris Mendes is VP of Electric Vehicles at Geotab
https://www.geotab.com/digital-car-key/

Digital car key provides secured keyless access for customers.

Over the last few years, as the variety of applications for telematics has expanded, we have heard many requests for vehicle access and management solutions. Whether for public car sharing, corporate and government motorpooling, key management automation, or new mobility business models, our customers need more advanced ways to control and manage keys.

Introducing Geotab Keyless: a best-in-class digital key solution

Geotab Keyless is an ultra-flexible, scalable solution for digitized car keys.
Our goal from the start was to offer a solution that would work for all of our customers. Integrating existing lock/unlock technology had various challenges.

We concluded that building or buying the solution would not meet the uptime, vehicle coverage, and simplicity that our customers demand from us. For this reason, we decided to approach this problem with a platform approach, bringing in vendor hardware technologies where it makes sense over time.

Keyless hardware Add-On connects easily to the Geotab GO9

The Geotab digital key is based on our IOX architecture. It is a low cost Add-On hardware that plugs into the GO device to provide access and immobilization functions to the vehicle. We call it IOX-Keyless.

The IOX-Keyless is flexible enough to accommodate a number of different customer requirements, including:

  • additional CAN bus connections to the vehicle
  • immobilization relays that can be used to more deeply secure the vehicle
  • Bluetooth connectivity for access to the vehicle while out of cellular connectivity

The IOX-Keyless provides authorized fleet personnel the ability to manage the lock state of the vehicle through the GO device, as well as control the mobilization state of the vehicle over cellular or Bluetooth link, and/or using a IOX-NFC reader mounted on the windshield.

How Geotab Keyless works

The system works on practically every modern vehicle and installation is simple. The IOX plugs into the GO device, and the GO device into the OBDII port). Geotab maintains the security of the digital keys throughout its lifecycle. Coupling the lock control functionality provided by IOX-Keyless with Geotab’s massive proprietary vehicle diagnostics database creates a secured and reliable shared-mobility solution for commercial fleets.

In addition, we have a number of Add-On solutions that are particularly useful for vehicle fleets including crash and tow detection, in-cabin connected cameras, big data analysis toolkits, and the ability to expand functionality in the vehicle using available commercial, off-the-shelf IOX hardware.

Changes in mobility have led to a need for new business tools. Digitization of the keyfobs itself is one of these tools. Another is a method for remotely assigning their drivers to their vehicles. In the case of public car sharing, this means one user can book a specific vehicle with some (if minimal) advance notice. For government and corporate motorpooling, this might mean allowing the user to reserve vehicles in the same way they might reserve a meeting room.

For simple key management, a set of drivers could share access to a particular vehicle simultaneously for many months. We decided the best way to serve our customers was to partner with best-in-class software companies to provide market-focused solutions for each of these areas.

For more information, view our press release.

Learn more

Whether you are new to shared mobility, or would like to learn more, find out how Geotab can supercharge your motorpool by visiting: geotab.com/keyless