Selecting an asset tracker is an important decision. Therefore taking the time to define your requirements is critical to getting it right the first time. Once an asset tracker is deployed it is difficult and expensive to service or replace when unforeseen issues arise. Clearly defining your top priorities prevents costly mistakes. In contrast many cool features are tempting to pursue, but sticking to the core functionality you require results in better decision making.
Available Networks for Asset Trackers
Power Options for Asset Trackers
- Do the assets often sit idle and unpowered?
- How frequently are they moved?
- Are the assets difficult to get to?
Solar devices are excellent choices when long life and low maintenance are concerns. Rechargeable devices work well for assets that are tended and moved frequently. In contrast, hard-wired devices are an excellent choice for yellow steel.
Purpose – What Data is Needed?
While construction equipment often warrants a GPS device that updates more often when in motion than when idle, trailers scattered across the country can be managed with a single daily location update. Understanding how the asset tracker reports is key to meeting your goals.
There are a few other decisions to make, but these will become more obvious as you narrow down the choices for asset trackers. Weather resistance, ease of installation, availabilty of replacement batteries, and PTO monitoring capability are factors to consider. Creating a spreadsheet to document the variables for each asset tracer you are considering is very helpful. Follow the process, and in the end the decision will be clear.