The problem with tracking mixed fleets (and how to solve it).

When you work with an agnostic asset management system, you can easily scale across brands and asset types.

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Asset tracking isn’t easy. And it’s especially tough if you’ve got a mixed-vehicle fleet. We mean, it’s a nice perk when every brand creates their own telematics system. But when those systems don’t work together? Talk about frustrating.

 

So, how do you make asset tracking with mixed vehicle fleets? The answer is with a fleet (or asset) agnostic system. When you work with an agnostic asset management system, you can easily scale across brands and asset types.

 

Scaling across brands.

If you’ve got a mixed fleet, chances are you have a ton of different telematics systems. Each manufacturer generally has their own system, and while there may be some interoperability, the reality is that it’s a pain to integrate systems across brands.

Multiple telematics systems creates a few problems, including:

  • Lots of extra work:

When you use different telematics systems to track all your assets, you end up wasting a lot of time. If you want to get anything actionable out of the data, you have to centralise it in one location.

  • Potential for lost data:

If you create a complicated integration for your telematics systems, you may lose data in the process. Without clear oversight of where your data is coming from and where it’s going, you may miss some valuable insights.

  • Complicated infrastructure:

Creating an integrated system can sometimes be a complicated process. It may require special consultants, IT experts, or extra training for your team, just to know where your assets are.

  • Vulnerable infrastructure:

Cyber security is no joke. And a complicated IT infrastructure can introduce multiple points of entry for hackers.

Fleet agnostic asset tracking systems solve this by creating a single source of truth for all your assets. By centralising all of your vehicle information in one system, you don’t have to worry about data getting lost between systems.

 

And, third party trackers can often integrate into a system that you already have, so instead of creating a new environment, you can hook up your assets to the portal you like best.

 

 

Scaling across asset types.

Another issue with mixed fleets? Sometimes your assets aren’t vehicles at all. They might be boats. Or generators. Or even non-powered items like fuel tanks or cable spools. Most often, these assets don’t come with a built-in tracking system, which can be a pain if you want to know where your stuff is.

Fleet-agnostic asset tracking solutions can make tracking all of these things possible, and easy.

 

That’s because there are two types of asset trackers: those powered by batteries, and those built with a CAN bus connection. CAN bus asset trackers are awesome because they hook directly into a vehicle’s CAN bus system. And these trackers? They give you a lot of data. Because they’re connected to the CAN bus, you can get access to all of the information it gathers.

 

But, if you have an asset without a CAN bus system, don’t worry. You can use a battery-powered asset tracker. Battery-powered trackers let you hook up powered assets like generators, and non-powered items like tanks, to your overarching telemetry system.

 

So if you’ve got a worksite filled with bulldozers, boats, generators, fuel tanks, and more, you can hook everything up to the same system.

 

Pretty neat, right? (And bonus points if you work with a tracking system that lets you manage all of these in one space).