What is Asset Tracking?
Asset Tracking systems help to manage equipment (generally high-value assets such as generators, tools and cranes) using GPS asset tracking devices, barcodes or RFID tags. It is used to improve security and utilisation of a company’s physical assets.
GPS asset tracking
Assets tracked using a GPS tracking device offer a greater depth of data than barcode, QR code and RFID tag based asset tracking systems. Barcode labels and RFID/NFC asset tags require barcode scanners and tracking technology and are generally used for keeping track of IT assets for accounting or inventory management.
Assets that are tracked using GPS can transmit their location data using mobile phone or satellite networks, or a combination of the two (known as dual-mode) to make sure reporting is not interrupted when equipment moves outside the cellular network.
GPS asset tracking devices can be self-powered (with long lasting batteries) or hard-wired into the asset’s power source. Reporting rates can be set from near real-time (every 2 minutes) to hourly, daily, to less frequent check-ins, depending on use case or the need for extra long battery life.
GPS asset tracking software then visualises that data on a map and can provide additional reporting and alerts to help locate, maintain and secure your valuable equipment.
Benefits of asset tracking
Asset tracking systems help in a variety of ways to directly impact your bottom line:
- Improve maintenance schedules - engine hour alerts can let you know when a generator is in need of maintenance and help extend it’s lifecycle.
- Reduce downtime - understand if your equipment is sitting idle while on the worksite so you can make sure you have the right assets to complete big contracts.
- All your asset data in one dashboard - combine your asset tracking system with GPS vehicle tracking to see where your entire fleet of vehicles, people and equipment are at any time from one web based dashboard or smartphone iOS / Android app.
- Improve security with geofence alerts - know when valuable equipment leaves a geofenced jobsite so you can reduce theft and unauthorised usage of tools.
Where is GPS asset tracking used?
Industries that commonly use GPS asset management systems include construction, farming, oil, gas and mining, and track assets that use AEMP compatible devices. AEMP is a data standard that is adhered to by equipment manufacturers such as Caterpillar, John Deere and Komatsu. It means operations teams can track assets from several different manufacturers can use an AEMP-compatible fleet management software to see all their asset information on the same screen.
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