Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things or IoT is the network of physical devices coupled with sensors that collect data and connectivity that allows them to exchange information. IoT usually involves internet-enabling devices beyond your standard computer and smartphone. Tenna digitizes assets, making them part of the Internet of Things so that they can tracked online.

IoT for Asset Management

In order for a device to be IoT-enabled, it needs to have its own unique address and ability to connect with the Internet. Some asset tracking solutions, such as the fleet tracker, connect directly to the Internet. Others connect to the Internet via a proxy device, such as when a smart phone is used to capture BLE beacons. The BLE beacon gives the asset a unique address and the Tracker App adds additional sensor information, such as the time of scan and location.
QR code on a ruggedized Aluminum tag

Ways to Manage Assets with IoT Technology

Typical Asset Types (Things)Tracker TechnologySensor Data Capture
Connectivity
Mid-sized to miscellaneousBluetooth Low Energy (BLE)Location and time taken from a scanner app or hubProxied via a smartphone or hub device
Vehicles, heavy duty equipment and mid-sizedCellular GPSLocation and speed (GPS), Engine Control Unit (ECU) sensorsDirect to network via Cellular 3G or IoT optimized 4G
Small to mid-sizedQR codeLocation and time taken from a scanner appProxied via a smartphone

IoT-Enabling Physical Assets

Tenna is an IoT Asset Management provider that leverages Internet enabled trackers and wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and 4G cellular networks to make assets part of the Internet of Things. IoT enables physical assets to be tracked and managed virtually, from anywhere online. For example, a contractor can use a Tenna BLE Beacon on a cement mixer, a QR code on small tools like a drill, a Tenna Fleet Tracker on pickup trucks, and a TennaGO on heavy equipment like an excavator.

Items can be located on a virtual map, assigned to jobs, or scheduled for maintenance. Once online, additional information such as pictures, past usage, and maintenance history can easily be associated with each asset to help prevent loss, promote efficient utilization, and extend asset lifetime. Unlike a spreadsheet, these assets are now their own Internet devices that automatically update much of their tracking information without manual data entry.

See our case studies for many real-world examples.

Making Sense of IoT Asset Data

Collecting information from an IoT network is useless without the ability to analyze it. IoT monitoring solutions typically provide a mobile or web interface to interpret and augment the data for human use. Tenna provides a comprehensive set of IoT analysis tools that includes asset inventory and location tracking, fleet telematics, driver compliance, and maintenance tracking for customizable and meaningful analysis.

Multiple Solutions

We provide multiple solutions and technologies to best track your specific asset suite, in manual, passive and autonomous methods, to best meet your unique tracking needs. One size does not fit all.

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