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The pros and cons of general asset tracking

Got stuff you want to track on your worksite? Turns out that’s easier said than done, especially if you’re looking for high-level data on where your vehicles are, and whether they’re turned on. 

 

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Got stuff you want to track on your worksite? Turns out that’s easier said than done, especially if you’re looking for high-level data on where your vehicles are, and whether they’re turned on.

This high-level data? It’s called “general asset tracking” and it’s designed to give you insights into what’s in the field without overwhelming your systems. It can be a great solution for large worksites, but there are some downsides to this system.

In this post we’ll discuss the pros and cons of general asset tracking solutions. You’ll learn when general asset tracking is the right choice, what the benefits are, and what potential warning signs are. 

Pros of general asset tracking.

General asset tracking is a great option for worksites who just want a simple, easy-to-use system that tells them where their assets are. Some of the benefits of this kind of a system include:

Simplicity: General asset tracking solutions give you a simple overview of where your assets are. They connect all of the assets on your worksite to one simple centralised location.

Monitor mixed fleets: A huge benefit of general asset tracking is that you can connect more devices to your system. That means that you can keep track of all of your assets, no matter the type, from heavy equipment to things like generators. And if you’re using a battery-powered asset tracking system, you can even monitor non-powered items like trailers, containers, and even tools.

Price: General asset tracking is typically more cost effective than specialised asset tracking. You won’t get as deep of insights onto your assets, but you also won’t pay the hefty price tag that comes with those deep insights. In some cases, you can pay for general asset tracking from your operating expenditure without making any capital expenditures

Cons of general asset tracking solutions.

Though we’re big fans of general asset tracking, there are some downsides to this kind of system.

Lack of detail: When you use a general asset tracker to see everything you have in the field, you miss some of the finer details. Unlike specialised asset tracking, you won’t get the nitty gritty.

Generic insights: General asset tracking lets you track all kinds of stuff and connect mixed fleets. And while that’s amazing, it means that you may not be able to customise the type of data gathered from each asset. The insights will be somewhat general (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!).

The verdict.

Overall, general asset tracking is a great option if you want high-level information about your assets at an affordable price. You may not be able to get as much information as some specialised asset tracking software, but you will be able to connect a mixed fleet, see where your stuff is, and keep track of it all. 


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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