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Geotab Expands Reach in Germany

October 19, 2015

A new relationship between Geotab, Telefónica Germany, and Sixt Leasing will provide drivers with a one-click way to log each trip as personal or business.

The relationship coincides with Geotab’s launch of its fleet management solution with Telefónica Germany. Under this expanded partnership, Telefónica will use Geotab’s GO7 module and MyGeotab software for its fleet management products, which provide fleet owners with real-time engine data and other information, enabling them to maximize efficiency and productivity, according to the telematics company.

Telefónica Germany said it will provide cellular service for the GO7 modules that support Driver’s Logbook, Sixt Leasing’s new smartphone app that automatically prompts drivers at the end of each trip to categorize it as work or personal. If they don’t, the app reminds them at the end of the week and provides a list of trips. This information is compiled and made available to drivers at the end of each year so they have an accurate record at tax time.

Sixt Leasing trialed telematics solutions from multiple vendors before selecting Geotab. Sixt Leasing engaged KPMG to vet Geotab’s solution and certify that the data can be sent to Germany’s tax authority and that it will be accepted. The relationship includes Carglass Germany, which will install the GO7 modules in leased vehicles, according to the company.

Geotab’s relationship with Sixt Leasing has other advantages for users. Unlike most fleet telematics products, which cater to fleet owners, managers and dispatchers, Driver’s Logbook involves drivers by providing a compelling financing incentive to use the app. This involvement helps Sixt Leasing differentiate itself by showing potential and existing customers how it’s using technology to eliminate tedious, potentially error-prone record keeping and enabling them to focus on their work, according to the companies.

The Geotab GO7 module and SDK are easily expandable, enabling Sixt Leasing to add internal and customer-facing applications in the future and to identify preventative maintenance opportunities to keep customers on the road, creating revenue. Other potential examples include fuel usage and carbon output, according to the companies.

Visit the Geotab website for more information.

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