GPS asset tracking technology can track most things anywhere

GPS Asset Tracking: Protect Your Critical Assets and Streamline Operations

Asset tracking has become an invaluable tool for businesses to track and protect their valuable assets. With asset location tracking, geofencing, and alerts, GPS devices give complete visibility and control over assets - from vehicles to heavy equipment to shipping containers. Read on to understand why USFT's GPS asset tracking solution is a must-have solution in 2024.

What is Asset Tracking and How Does it Work?

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Asset tracking technology used cellular and satellites to track items  both powered and non-powered assets can be tracked providing years of battery life

GPS asset trackers are devices that attach to physical assets like vehicles, trailers, and equipment. Using cellular and satellite networks, these devices work to transmit location data to the US Fleet Tracking software platform. Fleet managers can access this data through desktop workstations, mobile devices and mobile apps to view locations, create fence locations, and receive alerts. 

Most GPS asset devices are battery-powered and weatherproof for easy installation. Wired devices are also available for assets with power sources like vehicles. The USFT real-time tracking device pings the software every ten seconds with location updates using cellular connectivity. GPS and GLONASS satellites pinpoint locations within inches.

What are the Benefits of GPS Asset Tracking Software?

1. Prevent Theft and Unapproved Use

With US Fleet's Tracking asset tracking software, unapproved use of equipment and tools becomes nearly impossible. Customer-defined zones instantly notify you when an asset enters or leaves its designated area, while asset tracking enables the recovery of stolen items quickly. This acts as a strong deterrent against theft as well.

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2. Improve Asset Utilization

Detailed reporting using the asset data provides deep insights into asset usage - including running hours, idle time, and engine diagnostics. This allows you to optimize schedules and balance workloads to improve overall utilization for fleet management. It also helps determine the optimal replacement cycles.

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3. Streamline Maintenance

Maintenance reminders can be scheduled based on runtimes to establish maintenance schedules and improve preventive maintenance. Tracking assets position also enables dispatching the nearest available technician, reducing downtimes.

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4. Improve Customer Service

Asset tracking from USFleet provides accurate tracking and enables fleet managers to reroute assets closest to a service site. Detailed histories also help verify service level agreements and maintain transparency.

Call centers can use USFTs tracking software dashboard to track every asset

5. Ensure Regulatory Compliance 

Location monitoring, maintenance logs, and usage histories help prove compliance with regulations regarding asset parking, servicing intervals, load limits etc. This reduces risk and penalties.

GPS fleet tracking solutions lets you know where your assets are at all times

6. Lower Insurance Premiums

Insurers recognize GPS tracking as a powerful risk reduction tool. This enables you to negotiate lower premiums, especially for high-value equipment coverage.

Fleet and asset tracking history using tracker devices can help lower our risk

What Assets Can Be Tracked with GPS?

GPS Asset tracking devices can keep tabs on virtually every mobile asset from simple tools to oversized vehicles and everything in between.

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1. Vehicle Tracking

From regular cars to trucks, vehicle tracking improves fleet safety, accountability, and customer service. Notifications help deter speeding and prohibited trips while geolocation boundaries assign allowed operating zones. 

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2. Trailer Tracking

Trailers are perfect targets for thieves when detached from trucks. Asset managements allows securing them whether in transit, storage, or rental use. Special reefer devices also maintain temperature logs.

Large battery powered asset can be tracked

3. Heavy Equipment Tracking

Heavy machinery like excavators, bulldozers, and cranes are hugely expensive and routinely targeted by thieves. Compact battery-powered devices keep them secured without complex wiring, and extended battery options are available to provide long battery life.

Asset Protection: Tracking containers via GPS reduces the risk of loss or misplacement, safeguarding valuable cargo assets.

4. Container Tracking

Intermodal containers face constant repositioning between ships, trains, and trucks. Asset tracking provides live visibility over these unpowered assets as they move through multiple hands.

Ensures generators are always available when needed through proactive monitoring.

5. Generator Tracking

Theft and misuse can cripple operations when power fails. Asset tracking secures portable generators at job sites and during disasters using digital boundaries and movement status.

Optimizes tool deployment and reduces downtime, enhancing overall project efficiency.

6. Tool Tracking

With tools easily disappearing from job sites, asset tracking keeps tabs on everything from lawnmowers to welding equipment using simple real-time asset trackers.  

Key Features of Asset Tracking Systems

Asset Location Tracking 

Battery-powered devices transmit regular location pings allowing visibility over assets via mobile and web apps. Mapping data is displayed on digital maps.

Geofencing 

A geofence is a virtual perimeter that triggers notifications when an asset enters or exits designated areas. These geofence alerts protect your assets from prohibited movement or theft.

Device notifications

In addition to monitoring entry and exit to/from specific perimeters, trackers can send notifications for events like ignition, movement, speeding, low battery etc. Email and SMS messages inform managers immediately.

Reporting

In-depth reports provide utilization metrics, stop durations, maintenance status, battery levels, and more. This allows data-driven decisions regarding assets, geofences and alerts.

Mobile Apps

Intuitive mobile apps allow accessing locations, warnings, and reports on the go. Apps sync data in live over cellular networks.

Conclusion

  • Asset tracking transmits 24/7 monitoring over valuable business equipment
  • Real-time monitoring with the ability to create custom geofences and secure assets from unapproved use or theft
  • Detailed data enables increasing asset utilization and optimize maintenance
  • Managers can access location updates, notifications, and reports via user-friendly web and device apps
  • With battery life lasting up to 10 years, modern devices require minimal maintenance

Asset tracking delivers vital operational data along with security and control over high-value assets. For businesses managing fleets, heavy machinery, intermodal containers or remote work sites, tracking is now an essential management tool for reducing risks and costs while driving growth.

Questions people ask about asset location service

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the range of a USFleet asset tracker?

Most GPS tracking devices trackers use cellular networks to transmit data. This gives them a 4G coverage range equal to the cell carrier's coverage area which is generally worldwide. Satellite connectivity also provides global coverage.

Can GPS trackers work without batteries?  

Yes, wired units can be connected to a 12-volt power source like a vehicle to operate without batteries. Wired trackers can sometimes limit asset portability. USFleet even offers solar-powered units, providing years battery life.

How accurate is asset position data?

Trackers use GPS and GLONASS positioning satellites that provide accuracy up to 2-5 meters for outdoor locations. Accuracy is lower near buildings. 

Can units detect unauthorized equipment disconnects? 

Special units have sensors to detect when equipment is disconnected and notify managers if the disconnect was prohibited.

How is GPS tracking different from RFID tracking?

RFID relies on proximity scanning to monitor assets while GPS uses satellites to pinpoint asset position anywhere. GPS has unlimited range while RFID readers have limited coverage.  

What industries mostly use tracking?

Transportation, logistics, construction, mining, oil & gas, and public works organizations with valuable vehicle, equipment and intermodal assets invest heavily in GPS tracking.

How to install a tracker on equipment?

Most trackers are self-contained, weatherproof units mounted with basic tools or fasteners. Wiring is minimal and external antennas rarely necessary.  

Can trackers detect engine diagnostics?

Certain advanced trackers interface with engine computers to extract detailed engine data like fuel usage, RPM, idling, and error codes, in addition to location.

How to manage thousands of trackers from one platform?

USFleetTracking's cloud-based tracking technology is scalable and provides massive server-side bandwidth to accommodate thousands of assets and users under any one account. Data is useable across the enterprise. Whether you have two or twenty thousand assets, USFleetTracking is solidly committed to providing the reliability and scalability your organization demands.