There are a lot of answers to that question. Remote worksites don’t have great power options. They’re often out-of-range for cellular asset management solutions. And most satellite-based asset tracking tools are too expensive to be practical.
So, how do you make it simple? Here are our 3 tips.
1: Use an asset tracking solution.
If you want to make asset tracking simple, the easiest way to do that is to get the right tools in place. You can’t improve your worksite productivity without good data. And you can’t get good data on your assets using traditional monitoring methods like visual inspection, paper monitoring, or periodically checking the asset.
If you’re serious about asset tracking, you need to use modern tools, even if you’re on a remote worksite. The good news is that asset tracking is becoming more affordable than ever, and it’s increasingly available everywhere on the planet, from the middle of the mountains in Spain to the far-out countryside of Argentina.
2: Go for battery-powered.
Battery powered asset tracking solutions are an awesome way for remote worksites to connect assets for two reasons. To start, battery powered trackers carry their own power source with them, so they obviously don’t need to be connected to any complicated wiring or depend on a reliable source of power.
They operate independently, and are simple to install. There aren’t complicated wires to get frustrated with, which we think is a big win. Another cool thing about battery-powered devices is that they are mobile. If you use an asset tracker with a direct connection to a satellite, you don’t need to worry about gateways, signal range, or keeping your assets within a contained area.
So you can stick the tracker on an asset that crosses thousands of kilometers, or track assets that are hundreds of kilometers away from each other.
3: Use a complete solution.
Another way to make asset tracking easy is to use a full-service solution. One that gives you hardware, software, and the extra special connectivity between the two. Too often, worksites try to patch together a solution themselves (or they’re forced to, because they’re in remote areas), which creates an overcomplicated and vulnerable IT infrastructure.
These systems are hard to maintain, open to attack or failure, and require specialized knowledge from talented professionals. Full-service solutions take away a huge amount of the pain of asset tracking because you don’t have to build a system. Instead you just slap the devices to your asset, turn them on, and you’re practically done.