How Does Construction Technology for Asset Tracking Work?
Asset tracking in construction is when you track the location of your equipment using hardware devices such as GPS, Bluetooth low energy (BLE), QR codes or RFID tags that report information to a central location within an equipment management software.
We believe that understanding IoT in construction, asset tracking technologies and the networks that support them are vital to advising and building a partnership with our customers.
Since Tenna supports a variety of tracking technologies and networks, we want you to understand how they work and why some are better suited for certain types of equipment or asset classes over others. Our goal is to help you manage your entire mixed fleet in one place and make smart, informed business decisions.
Learn More about Construction Technology in our definitive Equipment Tracking Guide.
IoT in Construction
The Internet of Things or IoT is the network of physical things connected to the internet by sensor devices that collect data on objects and allow them to exchange information without requiring human interaction. IoT in construction helps to improve and predict asset maintenance, enable asset tracking, teal-time monitoring, gather utilization data which all contribute to more efficient and cost-effective equipment management.
Cellular Wireless Networks
Tenna supports a variety of wireless network technologies that optimize coverage, cost, and reliability for specific asset tracking needs. This includes 5G and 4G cellular technologies, with solutions specifically for wireless gps tracker devices.
LTE-M and LTE NB-IoT
LTE-M is a 4G cellular wireless technology that gives the speed and coverage needed for tracking applications. Optimized for long battery life and low cost, LTE Cat M1 and LTE NB-IoT technologies get asset tracking data to the database reliably and inexpensively.
Asset Tracking Technology
Global Positioning System (GPS) technology uses military maintained satellites to provide precise location data. GPS works almost everywhere outdoors to anywhere on the map, making it ideal for tracking fleet vehicles, heavy iron and some mid-sized equipment.
Cellular or GPS vehicle and equipment trackers transmit valuable IoT telematics data such as engine fault codes, sensor status information, and engine hours in addition to speed and location information. This critical information indicates when preventative maintenance is needed in addition to real-time asset performance.
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is a wireless communication technology that connects objects through Bluetooth beacon devices and Bluetooth readers. BLE beacons leverage widespread mobile phone Bluetooth technology optimized for range and long life.
Quick Response, or QR technology packages information into a matrix that can be decoded via a barcode or QR label. QR codes can be quickly read from any angle and can carry a wide variety of information. They can be placed on nearly anything and are scanned with a specialized reader or mobile phone application.
Choosing the Right Asset Tracking Technology
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