Asset Tracking Solutions

Everyone has experienced the pain of losing one's keys or wallet. You have to go through spent time, stress, having to phone up the bank to cancel cards only to find them down the back of the sofa. There's no difference when you receive an urgent call from a customer that needs a new generator or a team that requires a piece of traffic management equipment.

Wouldn't everything just be much easier if it was all in one place that also updated you as a reminder.

Picture of a large generator on a construction site tagged with a GPS asset tracker

GPS asset trackers and GPS tracking systems

There are a number of ways in which you can track your assets, you can use QR and RFID tags to track them, but we will come onto that later, however, we believe that the most effective way to track your assets that move from location to location, at least from a reach point of view, is to use an effective GPS asset tracking solution that covers the entirety of Canada. 

You will quickly and easily self-install a GPS asset tracker onto the item that you are wanting to track, this could be anything, from measuring equipment to an industrial generator. These GPS asset trackers have impressive features such as:

  • They are simple to install
  • They are completely waterproof (IP67 rating)
  • They have up to 1 year standby time
  • They support wireless charging

GPS asset tracking is a powerful tool that will allow you to track assets from anywhere, it has full coverage across the world, so your assets will always be tracked.


Picture of a GPS satellite in orbit for asset tracking

GPS Asset Tracking works by utilising a network of satellites, they transmit unique data to a GPS receiver, in this case, would be to any of your equipment. These satellites will then triangulate the current position of the tracked asset so you can see its location in real-time through the desktop web-app or through utilising the mobile app. 

There is no data transmission on the user's side, it doesn't use the internet or even a phone signal. It is accessible to anyone with a GPS receiver.

These satellites that are designed for GPS usage are able to fully determine exactly where the tracker is, allowing you to understand exactly where each of your assets is located. Our asset tracking devices have total coverage from anywhere in the world, giving you peace of mind. 


picture of a theodolite being used which is tracked by an asset tracking system

Types of asset tracking

If one asset barely ever moves, the tracker will hold its charge for a lot longer vs a piece of equipment that is moving location every couple of days, when they don't have a charge, the tracker won't be able to transmit their location, so it's time to recharge these pieces of equipment.

We track a variety of different types of assets:

  • Equipment trackingThis tracking allows you to see the current location of your heavy-duty equipment in real-time. Now, this includes, but is not limited to loaders, cranes, bulldozers and excavators.
  • Trailer tracking: Trailers allow your assets to be moved around as and when they are required with ease, but it's important that you know exactly where they are as well. This type of asset tracking allows you to understand where your assets are, all from your head office. Just use the desktop or mobile app.
  • High-value asset tracking: Provide yourself and your employees with peace of mind. You know with certainty that the right equipment and other various assets are on the right site on the time and day that are required. Work will never be put on hold again, ensuring that your efficiency and productivity improve, giving your customers a fantastic experience.

Here are various other types of asset tracking that RAM Tracking doesn't provide.

woman scanning a barcode tracking an asset

RFID asset tracking

RAM Tracking's speciality is GPS asset tracking, however, that doesn't mean that is the only option for tracking your assets, there is another type of asset tracking which can be used for internal spaces:

There are currently two types of RFID tracking systems.

  • Active RFID: Active RFID is a type of RFID asset tracking where your asset has a tag that contains a small antenna along with a Bluetooth chip, whenever a reader comes near to contact, the chip will then "activate". When the RFID chip becomes active, it will continue transmitting its current location until it is out of range, at which point it requires a power source of its own.
  • Passive RFID: Passive RFID is much more to the point. You actually require a reader that will then scan a barcode or QR code that is presented to it (think of a book in a library and how that works), this form of RFID does not have a battery of its own. The electrons in the RFID stickers flow which transmits a high-frequency response.

Out of the two, QR code inventory tracking generally tends to be the most cost-effective of the options available when it comes to inventory tracking, however, as always, reduced costs bring certain limitations with them.

Picture of a man going through the warehouse scanning the assets currently housed.

QR code vs active RFID asset tracking

  • If you decide to use barcodes or QR codes you must think of the large limitation that they bring. They require a direct line of sight to be able to scan these codes, whereas if you use an RFID tag, it will just pick up the signal when it is within range.
  • When it comes to your data, scanning a code is entirely read-only, meaning the data cannot be changed at a later date, however, utilising RFID allows you to update the information in real-time.
  • RFID tags provide a speed benefit when taking inventory for example, RFID tags will read ranges from a matter of milliseconds to typically half a second per tag. Additionally, they can read several tags simultaneously. However, when utilising a barcode or QR code reader, it takes a second or more to complete a read.
  • Whilst barcodes and QR codes offer a cost-saving benefit due to only needing to be printed off, these will wear much faster because of the same reason. RFID tags are protected by a plastic cover and will therefore last much, much longer. 

In both instances, close proximity is one of the most important elements. So, if you are looking for an effective warehouse inventory manager or for the management and monitoring of assets within a series of buildings on site, These are a much better option when comparing it with a GPS tracking system. Asset tracking really comes into it's own as all of your tagged assets are able to be tracked quickly and easily.

image of an RFID tag used for asset tracking

Issues and challenges with RFID tracking systems

There are a couple of different RFID issues that tend to crop up the most are to do with collisions:

  • Reader-based: This is where one reader clashes with another. The solution is a very simple anti-collision protocol which ensures that the RFID tags take turns pinging to the reader.
  • Tag-based: If there are too may tags that are transmitting all at once. You should choose a reader that only reads your tags one at a time. This will help you to fix the issue.

The other main gripe that people have with the system is security, anyone with with a reader can gain access to the tag information.This can be a massive concern especially for government departments as items can be tagged with consumer data. You can ensure that your RFID comes with additional protection like the ones that you can find in a passport, however, this will come at an additional cost to your business. This is severely cost-prohibitive if you are trying to tag thousands of assets within your inventory.

image showing the frequencies of different RFID tracking systems

RFID asset tracking system types

  • Low-frequency is the shortest-range RFID tag which ranges from a mere few centimetres to no more than 1.5 metres
  • High frequency extends this range to 3 metres
  • Ultra-high frequency reaches up to roughly 6-7 metres
  • Microwave frequency has the farthest reach with a range of around 10 metres

It's important to keep in mind that the farther the range of your asset tracking system, the higher the cost will be.

RAM Tracking specializes in GPS asset tracking as well as vehicle tracking for a range of vehicles, from vans and trucks to company cars too. We would be happy to give you a demonstration of our tracking software solutions to aid your business.

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