Today, global positioning system (GPS) technology is more than just locating stuff on a map for carrier and transportation fleets. GPS construction technology has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, enabling construction equipment fleet and asset managers to not only locate their assets, but also know what condition they’re in regardless of whether they are in the organization’s parking lot or where they are assigned in the field (or anywhere else for that matter).
There are many reasons why construction companies and organizations are turning to GPS fleet tracking solutions. A significant benefit of using construction equipment tracking is that it also can help you to increase the safety of your organization in terms of protecting your employees, your assets, and the community at large. It also can save your organization money by allowing you to monitor assets 24/7, stay within budget, and make changes as needed quickly and efficiently.
Here are some of the ways that a GPS equipment tracker can help you to increase safety by keeping a close eye on your assets with heavy equipment tracking and construction equipment tracking:
Reduce Risk of Theft with Construction Equipment Tracking
Construction equipment theft continues to be a significant concern for business owners and other construction equipment fleet managers. According to the 2016 Annual Theft Report from the National Equipment Register (NER) and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the costs of equipment theft to construction companies and job sites are estimated to reach up to $1 billion annually. Of course, these costs don’t include losses from business interruptions, delayed project penalties, loss of tools or building materials, or wasted labor and workforce expenses.
Using an effective GPS construction equipment tracking system is one way to help solve this costly concern. Heavy equipment tracking is essential for tracking the locations of your large construction assets anytime, anywhere. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is through the use of a heavy equipment tracking device — particularly in combination with geofencing technology.
Using the geofencing tool in any modern and agile GPS construction tracking software, you can set up virtual boundaries around specific geographic locations, such as your equipment storage area or a construction site. With geofencing, you can receive automated alerts via email, text, or phone whenever a piece of equipment or a vehicle enters or leaves the designated area. What helps to set Rastrac’s tracking software and geofencing technology apart from others is that it allows you to set up geofences inside other geofences, enabling you to achieve highly targeted geofencing capabilities.
Some other ways to protect your equipment through deterrence include:
- Stationing your equipment or parking your vehicles in well-lit, fenced-in areas whenever possible;
- Bringing equipment back from the field once it is no longer needed; and
- Placing labels on your equipment stating that each vehicle or equipment is equipped with GPS technology.
While these steps may not serve to stop a truly determined thief, they can at least deter those who are looking for an easy target.
Want to know that your equipment is in good operating condition and is safe for an operator to handle? With GPS construction equipment tracking and monitoring, you and your employees can rest assured knowing that your equipment is running in as safe a condition as possible.
A GPS tracking device for equipment is installed on each of your machines or vehicles, allowing you to tap into its onboard diagnostics system. The GPS construction telematics reporting enables you to get accurate and up-to-date reports about the conditions of your assets, as well as receive alerts via fault codes when something is wrong.
With automated GPS construction tracking solutions, you can:
- Identify what equipment is spent idling at job sites and how often,
- What regular preventative maintenance services need to be performed, and
- Monitor fuel usage and engine idle times to reduce costs and enhance project management.
Monitor Employees’ Behaviors to Identify Safety Risks
It’s obvious that unsafe driving habits not only leave your employees at risk, they also put your assets — and the community at large — at risk as well. The equipment at job sites isn’t always limited to construction equipment. It also can include heavy equipment trucks and vehicles that may travel around the location or travel to and from it to transport materials and supplies.
As a fleet manager, you want to trust that your employees are doing the right thing when behind the wheel. However, it’s imperative to know for certain how safely and professionally your employees are operating those vehicles. With GPS for construction vehicles, you can monitor a variety of information, including:
- Driving speeds,
- Acceleration and braking rates,
- How frequently and quickly the vehicle turns, and
- Fuel usage and idle times.
To learn more about the uses of GPS technology for construction equipment tracking and how it can provide greater visibility into all aspects of your fleet, check out our complimentary GPS construction sheet by clicking on the image below.
If you have additional questions about the uses of GPS construction technology for asset management, get some help from the fleet and asset management experts at Rastrac today.