Asset Tracking Solutions

Losing your keys or your wallet is a pain, not only will it create additional stress but it eats up valuable time as you have to cancel your cards to protect yourself, just to end up finding them the next day. It's no different if a customer has an urgent job they need you to complete or you have a team that requires some assistance and you have to find out where your equipment is so you can send it to them as soon as possible. 

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

GPS asset trackers and GPS tracking systems

You can track your assets in a variety of ways, for example, QR and RFID tags, these are both things that we will address, but the best way to track your high-value assets that are moving is by utilising a GPS asset tracking solution.

GPS asset trackers will be placed on the asset you want to track, you can track a range of things, you can go from something as simple as measuring equipment to a full industrial generator, all you require is a simple magnet self-install. 

The trackers we use are:

  • Simple to install.
  • Entirely waterproof (with an IP67 rating).
  • Able to last up to 1 year (on standby).
  • Able to be charged wirelessly.

GPS asset tracking is incredibly powerful, not only able to track your high-value assets when they are on the move, but have full coverage from anywhere in the world.

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How does GPS Asset Tracking Work?

The Global Positioning System (GPS) utilizes a network of satellites that transmits unique data to a GPS receiver which then triangulates the position of your asset, you can then see this location through our desktop or mobile app on the Google maps integration that we have. 

There is no need for data transmission on the user's side, it operates entirely independently from the internet to telephone signal. It is accessible to anyone that has a GPS receiver. 

By using several satellites that are designed for GPS asset tracking, they will be able to fully determine exactly where the tracker is. You can also rest assured as our asset-tracking devices have complete coverage from anywhere in the world.

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

Types of asset tracking

As the frequency that the assets are moving around (the more they are being used) the faster you will find that the trackers will need to be recharged. Without a charge, the tracker won't be able to transmit their location. 

We track a variety of different types of assets, this includes:

  • Equipment tracking: This type of tracking allows you to track the real-time location of your heavy-duty equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, loaders, cranes, bulldozers and excavators.
  • Trailer tracking: Your assets can be moved around as they are required, but you still need to know exactly where they are. No matter where your containers are transferred, you will have knowledge of their location all from your main office. Just use the desktop or mobile app.
  • High-value asset tracking: Peace of mind for yourself and your employees as you know the right tools are at the right site when they are required. This ensures that the work being done on that site won't be stalled.
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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 currently specialises in only GPS asset tracking, although, there is another type of asset tracking that can be used for internal spaces:

There are two types of RFID tracking systems.

  • Active RFID: This is where you have a tag that contains a miniature antenna and a Bluetooth chip, this chip then "activates" when a reader comes near to contact springing it into life. When this RFID becomes active it will continue to transmit its position until it is out of range needing a power source of its own.
  • Passive RFID: This requires a reader to scan its barcode or QR code (this is similar to what you would find in a book in a library) it does not have a battery of its own. The electrons in the RFID stickers flow which then transmits a high-frequency response. 

It is important to keep in mind that QR code inventory tracking will generally tend to be the most cost-effective of the options available to you when it comes to this kind of inventory application, however, that reduced cost also brings limitations. 

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

QR code vs active RFID asset tracking

  • Barcodes or QR have a large limitation that they require a line of sight for scanning, whereas utilizing an RFID tag allows you to just pick up the signal when it is within range. 
  • In terms of data, scanning a code is read-only and cannot be changed, however, RFID allows you to update the information in real-time.
  • The speed that RFID codes can be read ranges from a matter of milliseconds to typically half a second per tag due to only needing to be within range.
  • Whilst barcodes and QR codes are much cheaper due to only needing to be printed off, they will wear quicker in comparison to RFID tags as they are protected by a plastic cover.

 

In both instances, the most important element is having close proximity. So, if you are looking for warehouse inventory, management or monitoring assets within a series of buildings on site, this is a much better option in comparison to GPS tracking systems. 

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