Geotab to connect legacy Macks

John G Smith

Mack and Geotab are bringing the power of telematics to about 50,000 legacy Mack trucks that don’t currently have GuardDog connect.

While GuardDog Connect has been available since 2014, the subscription-based Geotab systems can be installed in models from 2011 onward.

Legacy Macks can now be connected.GuardDog Connect reviews sensor data and releases diagnostic codes, feeding the details to OneCall agents who can answer questions. The Geotab systems will work the same way. Integrating that into the dealership network, the company is able to streamline diagnostic procedures, too.

GuardDog Connect was initially a standard feature on the Pinnacle and Granite, but expanded to TerraPro models in 2015 and LR models in 2016.

“We’re seeing a 40-minute savings just in the check-in time,” says Phillip Swaim, director – network fixed operations, referring to the value of data.

Mack Over the Air, to come in 2018, will also offer remote software updates for vehicle parameters on GHG17 Mack engines.

Geotab currently offers telematics to more than 670,000 vehicles. 

John G Smith

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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