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A Guide to World of Concrete 2019

When is World of Concrete 2019?

World of Concrete kicks off on January 21, 2019 for seminars and on January 22, 2019 for exhibits.  The show runs until January 25, 2019.

Where is World of Concrete?

The show will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada this year and will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center—that’s more than 745,000 net square feet of exhibit space to fuel your business needs.

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What can you expect if you are attending the show?

Expect to find the latest technologies and better ways for the concrete and masonry industries to get the job done.  You can also expect machinery and equipment to bolster your asset inventory.  You can attend workshops, management seminars and find ways to improve your business.   This is THE candy store for folks in concrete and masonry!

How may exhibitors will be there?

According to the website, there will be over 1500 exhibitors.

What should I do at the show?

Here are some tips to make the most of the show.

1. Floor Plan

If you are trying to come up with a game plan, you can view the floor plan, convention center site map and the 2019 exhibitors to determine what you are looking for. The convention exhibitors are broken down by hall to assist you in finding the right fit for your needs.  We will be in the North Hall (Technology for Construction—N1755).

2. New Product Zone

Check out the New Product Zone to find products that you may be interested in. If you are looking for a new cellular GPS equipment tracker, we are showcasing our newest addition (TennaGO) here.

3. Events

Look at the events This page has everything that is happening during the show and things to do in the area.

4. Comfortable Shoes

There is a lot of ground to cover—literally! Wear comfortable shoes.

5. Stay Hydrated

Las Vegas is a lot of fun, and it is a desert city. So, stay hydrated, enjoy the show and get rest!

6. Meet Team Tenna

Stop by our booth N1755 and learn about how we help companies track and manage all their assets and fleet.

Top 4 Reasons to Attend GIE Expo (and Hardscape North America)

This event isn’t just one tradeshow.  It is two!  The GIE Expo is one of the tradeshows.  Hardscape North America is the second.  They are both at the same location, which gives an attendee or exhibitor the two-for-one ability to see what is going on in the industry and to get some quality face-to-face time with the many attendees visiting this show.

1.  Show of the year.

This is THE show of the year for landscapers, hardscapers, dealers, retailers, distributors and more in the Landscaping Industry.  There will be over 850 exhibitors and close to 20,000+ attendees over the course of the 3-day show.  This is a lot of potential contacts in a lot of space—over half a million square feet inside the Kentucky Exposition Center and in the turf area.  Tenna is excited to be exhibiting at this show.  It was the event that many people at last week’s  Landscape Show were talking about!

2. Location is everything.

With accessibility considered, the show is being held in Louisville, Kentucky. This location is within driving distance for about 60% of America’s population.  If you’re not registered yet, there is still time to get your road trip on and make it to the show.

3. There is a TON of stuff to do.

Not only are there outdoor demonstrations to see, but there are also trainings, a keynote from Dr. Robert Ballard (that I personally am excited about), concerts every single night, numerous opportunities to network and a bunch of great people and products to familiarize yourself with. Not to mention all the local attractions that Louisville has to offer.

4. New equipment and technology.

There will be several exhibitors present with new equipment and new technology relevant to your business.  Tenna is among them.  We want to remind you that you need to protect your investments.  Tracking your equipment and assets is vital and we, like our fellow exibitors, will be on the floor to show you how to bring value to your business.

Stop by our booths, Indoor 30063 and Outdoor 7842D, to find out how we can help you manage and track your small tools, equipment and even fleet vehicles on one platform utilizing a variety of solutions that make sense for your needs.

If you are attending the show, Tenna is participating in the giveawayRegister to win at our indoor booth 30063.

All of us on the GIE Team (Jose, George, Jolene, Mark, Emily, Joe and Ryan) look forward to meeting you and participating in this event.

The Evolution of Asset Tracking Usage

The basic start to today’s complex industrial asset management systems probably started with a simple question like, “Where the heck is that skip loader when we need it?” It was driven by frustrated foremen or site managers who were tired of wasting time and money conducting labor-intensive searches for tools, vehicles and equipment that weren’t where they were supposed to be.

From one simple question, a multi-billion-dollar industry has emerged that is transforming the way industrial companies operate. Asset management may have started by making it faster and easier for supervisors to answer the “Where is it?” question. However, today’s fully integrated asset management platforms are letting people at all levels of the organization answer questions that enable industrial businesses to unlock more value from their capital assets and make better business decisions.

Advances in Wireless Technologies to Support IoT

With each technological advancement, asset tracking was transformed from pen and paper to spreadsheets, and now onto web-based, mobile IoT platforms using various technologies such as QR readers, RFID scanners, Bluetooth beacons and cellular devices.

The latest big advancement in asset management is the integration of wireless cellular communications into asset tracking systems. Using GPS trackers, companies can now track assets anywhere at any time with a cellular signal. LoRaWAN, or long-range, wide area network, trackers recently followed, allowing for GPS tracking in areas without cellular coverage to maintain the transmission of IoT data.

To make IoT tracking technologies more useful and usable, cellular companies are now introducing tracking devices that take into account the unique challenges of IoT tracking. For example, unlike cell phones and other cellular devices, IoT asset trackers tend to transmit small, infrequent bursts of data. They also frequently operate in remote mobile locations, which often require off-the-grid power sources. Those that do have access to grid power need reliable backup battery power in case the grid goes down.

The next generation of cellular technologies – LTE Cat M1 and Narrow Band for IoT and LTE Cat NB1 – are specifically designed to address these issues. Lower in cost compared to 3G and 4G coverage, these tracking devices use existing cellular networks to connect to a global navigation satellite system in order to provide asset location, navigation and timing services. These trackers offer almost unlimited geographic range. Their lower data cost enables flexible pricing, and the trackers come with batteries that last almost twice as long as earlier generations of mobile tracking devices.

Slower data speeds make the rate plans more affordable, and the longer-life batteries reduce power outages. As a result, industrial companies can get more efficient and cost-effective asset tracking anywhere at any time with reliable cellular coverage.

It’s Not Just Having the Data, It’s What You Do With It

With each advancement in asset tracking technology, the benefits of using the system spread and began to permeate more levels of management. Today, everyone from superintendents and operations managers to CFOs and other senior executives use asset tracking to make critical decisions that affect operations, the future direction of the company and their bottom lines.

  1. By making decisions based on real-time asset tracking data, onsite managers can move assets in a timely manner to complete daily tasks while reducing downtime, mistakes and rework.
  2. From the office, operations managers can oversee timely completion of projects, help to resolve onsite problems and improve overall management of company assets.
  3. Armed with accurate data on operational costs, senior financial officers can better manage those costs, minimize financial risk and generate optimal returns on financial investments.
  1. At the ownership level, digital asset management offers a powerful tool for increasing transparency throughout the organization, generating new business growth, planning the future direction of the business and putting more money on the bottom line.

From Basic Tracking Tags to Internet of Things (IoT) Technology

Perhaps the biggest advantage of IoT asset tracking is the way it connects all your asset data into one integrated system. In the early days of asset tracking, companies tended to use one or two types of asset trackers to solve specific problems.

While there is no “one size fits all” solution, companies can use today’s varying technologies together to connect all of their assets through IoT.

By connecting all assets using a variety of asset tracking technologies, you can now get more value from your assets and more data to support critical business decisions at all levels of the organization.

Having one integrated platform like Tenna’s allows you to dramatically reduce costs and improve efficiencies by automating asset management through every stage of an asset’s lifecycle. All of this leads to smarter business decisions based on data derived from online dashboards, customized reporting and seamless data sharing throughout the organization.

With today’s new generation of cellular trackers, industrial companies can boldly go where they have never gone before in terms of opening up new opportunities for growth and profits.