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Why Tracking Solutions are Important for Construction Assets


In many of our previous blog posts we have detailed benefits of GPS tracking solutions for fleets that utilize the open road to conduct operations. However, the benefits of GPS tracking do not stop at vehicles traveling hundreds of miles a day.


When I think of construction, I think of hard hats, dirt, and of course big yellow equipment that make the impossible look simple. From loaders that move dirt and more with ease, to cranes that move and place heavy objects, to cement mixers, these vehicles all work in harmony to tremendously aid construction operations. In essence, they form a fleet of their own in the construction sphere. And, like any other fleet, these equipment assets are worthy of being tracked and managed. Advanced insights on this equipment have many advantages and can lead to a more productive and safe construction fleet overall.


Main Benefits of GPS Tracking for Construction Equipment


GPS tracking offers quite a few advantages for construction equipment. Let’s take a look at a few key advantages that can help construction fleet operations in a big way.


Labor Optimization


With GPS tracking devices such as Positioning Universal’s FJ2500 or our solar powered TT603 solution equipped on construction equipment, real-time tracking and location data is automatically uploaded to the cloud for easy monitoring from fleet managers. Just like with transportation fleets, this vastly reduces the amount of manual labor required with manual location uploads from drivers and others in the company. Likewise, this data is acutely accurate. This accuracy and consistent data uploading allows fleet managers to quickly detect when vehicles are not where they are supposed to be, which can help aid heavy costs from theft, unauthorized usage/trips, and likewise potential safety issues to team members in transport to and from the work site. Without the proper tracking equipment, issues that need immediate response can go too long without being addressed—or not be addressed at all—purely from team members being bogged down from the manual record logging processes, or from errors in data entry. With GPS tracking comes peace of mind that the data given will be precise, consistent, and real-time.


Equipment Optimization


Another amazing feature of GPS tracking device utilization is the ability to monitor the efficiency of the equipment being tracked. Beyond just submitting consistent location data to the cloud, tracking solutions also monitor equipment aspects such as fuel usage, idle times, and miles driven. These insights can help fleet managers identify what aspects of their fleet can be better optimized, and what areas are of less concern. Also, solutions like the FJ2500 detect performance behaviors such as overall driver behavior and likewise impact/collision detection, which helps keep fleets safer on the job and improves driving and equipment usage performance. On top of that, the location data helps fleet managers monitor a job site without needing to be there. Seeing elements such as equipment being idle while on a worksite, or equipment/people arriving late, can help pinpoint issues that might ultimately lead to delays in projects getting done. Addressing these issues early are vital to the performance of the operation, and likewise to keep costs of jobs minimal.


Another great way that GPS tracking helps optimize equipment is with maintenance scheduling and monitoring. By tracking the overall usage of vehicles, managers have a much easier method of detecting when maintenance is needed. On top of that, tracking devices can also provide customized preventative maintenance alerts specific to the vehicle/asset. Maintenance can have heavy costs on fleets if not properly managed, and in the construction sector, this is equally true.


Overall Peace of Mind



We already detailed a little bit about how GPS tracking allows fleet managers to rest easy because of the tracking solution’s consistent and accurate data reporting, but it goes beyond that. GPS tracking solutions such as Positioning Universal’s FJ2500 are specifically engineered to put fleet manager’s minds at ease. No matter the climate, construction site conditions, or anything in between, these devices can withstand anything to report accurate data. They are designed to withstand high pressure sprays, operate in any climate, and utilize low power consumption to stay active even when far away from power sources. Even when operating on a backup battery, the device functions as cold as -20 degrees Celsius to as hot as 85 degrees Celsius, and when working on main power, the range increases from -40 degrees Celsius to 90 degrees Celsius. It is safe to say nothing is too cold nor too hot for the FJ2500.


Conclusion


All in all, GPS tracking is an exceptionally beneficial tool for construction equipment assets from both a safety and cost perspective. From cutting down on tedious manual entry labor, to utilizing the tracking information to better monitor equipment performance, to overall peace of mind for fleet managers, GPS tracking unlocks insights otherwise unobtainable. Positioning Universal provides these solutions that can invaluably increase the safety and cost effectiveness of construction fleets, with many different options to choose from.

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