As the variety of telematics applications have expanded, so have the requests for better vehicle access solutions. Whether for public car sharing, corporate and government motorpooling, key management automation, or new mobility business models, customers need advanced ways to help control and manage keys.

A best-in-class digital key solution

Our goal from the start was to offer a solution that would work for all types of customers. But integrating existing lock/unlock technology had various challenges.

To meet the uptime, vehicle coverage and simplicity that our customers needed, we decided to take a platform approach, bringing in vendor hardware technologies over time.

IOX-Keyless integrates with the Geotab GO9

The Geotab digital key (IOX-Keyless) is based on our unique 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.

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 windshield-mounted IOX-NFC reader.

How the Geotab Keyless system works

The easy-to-install system works on practically every modern vehicle. 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.

Changes in mobility have led to a need for new business tools. Digitization of the keyfobs is one such tool, as is the ability to remotely assign drivers to their vehicles. With public car sharing, one user can book a specific vehicle with minimal advance notice. For government and corporate motorpooling, this could mean allowing the user to reserve vehicles, just like they might reserve a meeting room.

For simple key management, a set of drivers could share access to a particular vehicle for months. Geotab 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.

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