TELEMATICS is a method of monitoring an asset (car, truck, heavy equipment, or even ship) by using GPS and onboard diagnostics to record movements on a computerized map.

Technical Overview

Imagine a highly intelligent computer in your vehicle that is able to report on nearly every detail — from speed and idling, to fuel use, low tire pressure, and more. This information can mean saving on maintenance costs by better monitoring vehicles or improving fuel efficiency by learning more about driving habits. All of this describes the universe of telematics, also known as GPS fleet tracking.

To track assets, information from the vehicle is recorded via a small, telematics device — also called a black box —  that plugs into the OBD II or CAN-BUS port. A SIM card and modem in the device enables communication on the cellular network.

There are several key components of a telematics device:

  • GPS receiver
  • Engine interface
  • Input/output interface (expander port)
  • SIM card
  • Accelerometer
  • Buzzer

In addition to the hardware, the algorithm used for GPS logging is another critical factor because it impacts the quality and accuracy of the data.

How Telematics Works

Data collected by the telematics device, like the GPS position and speed of the vehicle, and the g-force measured by the built-in accelerometer, are sent in a packaged format to a data center. The data then gets decoded.

A vast amount of data can be collected via the telematics device and other connected hardware or sensors, such as position, speed, trip distance/time, idling, harsh braking and driving, seat belt, fuel consumption, vehicle faults, battery voltage, and other engine data.

In the case of Geotab, this information is stored in the cloud and brought into a fleet management software system, accessible from a desktop computer or a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. Using the software, users are able to view and export reports and gain business intelligence such as the top 10 drivers with the highest number of speeding incidents or vehicles that are due for scheduled maintenance.


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Telematics data is sent from the vehicle to a fleet management software portal.


For additional information regarding the use of telematics as related to a fleet, visit  You might also like to watch a Basic Geotab Demo.

The State Fleet Management team has implemented a telematics system with Sprint/Geotab to help us effectively identify areas within our fleet where we can continue to reduce our carbon footprint as well as verify that we are utilizing the most efficient vehicle for the job in which it was purchased.  The cost of the Sprint/Geotab Telematics ProPlus service is $18.25 per month, per vehicle.  There is an additional cost to install the Geotab device, which is billed separately to each Department.  However, if you are purchasing this service to comply with the DOT mandated ELD requirements, the installation cost is covered through State Fleet Management.

If you would like to find out more about implementing telematics for State Fleet vehicles in your agency, please refer to the NASPO pricing agreement with Sprint.

Existing Geotab Users

If you have already setup your password, you can login to our telematics solution by clicklng here

Any changes or updates to either the billing contact or the person that has been designated as the administrator for your group within the Geotab system, can be submitted via this form.

Geotab Training for Commonly Performed Functions

Not all functions are available to every user.  To request access for specific functionality, please reach out to your agency’s group administrator.


Device Installation Information

Geotab Drive App: Driver How To’s

Geotab Drive App: Admin How To’s

Learning to Use Geotab: Admin How To’s

Custom Reporting Basics

Reports and Customization