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The pros and cons of cellular asset tracking

If you’ve got a lot of stuff on your worksite, chances are you want to keep track of it all. That’s easier said than done, though. There are different ways to track your assets, and you have to find the one that works best for your site. 

 

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If you’ve got a lot of stuff on your worksite, chances are you want to keep track of it all. That’s easier said than done, though. There are different ways to track your assets, and you have to find the one that works best for your site.

One way to keep track of your assets? Cellular asset tracking solutions. By using existing cellular networks, your team can easily see what’s happening with your assets, whenever you want, for an affordable price. That’s probably why cellular is one of the most popular asset tracking options out there.

However, cellular does have some disadvantages. So before you go and buy a bunch of SIM cards, it’s good to know what you’re investing in. In this blog post, we’ll detail all the pros and cons of cellular, and by the end you’ll know whether it’s the right option for you.

In this post, we’re going to talk about the pros and cons of cellular asset tracking. But, cellular does have some serious drawbacks. So you need to do your research before you make the investment. 

Pros of cellular asset tracking.

  • - Simplicity. A major benefit of cellular tracking is that it’s easy to use. You can track your assets as they move without needing to install complicated infrastructure. All you need is a good connection to cell service, and you’re done. 
  • - Flexibility. Cellular asset tracking lets you monitor where all of your things are on the go. You can follow a truck as it moves through a city, for example, without any hassle. 
  • - Availability in urban areas. Cellular coverage is widely available in urban areas, which makes it a particularly interesting solution for many asset tracking applications. If your assets are in a city, chances are this will be the right solution for you. 
  • - Affordability. Another benefit of cellular is that it’s relatively affordable. You can get up and running in no time. 
  • - Real-time data. Cellular tracking gives you up-to-date information on your asset, all the time. So if you need to carefully plot your asset’s movements, this might be the best solution for you. 

Cons of cellular asset tracking.

  • Cellular is a great option for asset tracking. There’s no doubt about it. But, there are a few cons to the service.
  • - High power requirements. Compared to localised asset tracking solutions, cellular loses battery quickly. You’ll have to recharge these devices every few trips. 
  • - Coverage. Cellular trackers are best used in areas where there are strong cellular signals. They will not work if you’re in the far corners of the world. So, if you’re in an extremely remote location, chances are that cellular asset tracking simply isn’t going to work for you. If you don’t have coverage, you don’t get the information.
  • - Cross-border availability. A lot of remote fleets might be on the border of two different countries, which presents a problem for cellular asset tracking. You either have to switch out SIM cards every time you cross a border, or pay the high data fees.
  • - Data fees. Data is expensive, especially if you cross borders. If you have a fleet of hundreds of vehicles that cross borders all the time, you may run out of data quickly.

The verdict.

Cellular asset tracking is an excellent way to get real-time data on your assets. It’ll work in most urban areas, and you’ll be able to install the asset tracking solution easily.

But, cellular does have its limitations. It requires a lot of power, has limited accuracy, and only works wherever there are strong signals. It can get expensive quickly if you’re working near a border, and switching SIM cards could be a pain for operations that span multiple countries. 
 


About Hiber

Hiber is a Dutch-based company with headquarters in Amsterdam and research facility in Delft. It also operates out of Maryland. In late October 2018 it successfully launched its first two nano satellites from California and India. It was also voted the Amazon Web Services Commercial Start-Up Launch of the Year, 2018. (Previous winners include Pinterest and AirBnB.) Current applications include monitoring crops in Africa, groundwater in Australia, fishing vessels across the Pacific, carbon-free vehicles in Antarctica, rail cars in America, cattle in South America, beehives in Europe, and even Dutch flowers.

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