Benefits of GPS trackers on Plant items:
GPS trackers in Plant items provide information on their locations, whether/when they move if they're not supposed to, or if they enter & return to a designated location. Alert options inform those with responsibility about potential thefts or mis-use. It can also provide potentially valuable information in its History page about when it starts and stops moving on site each day. It can also provide information on such as whether hire conditions are breached, or whether equipment is "off hire".
Motion and zone alerts can be delivered by SMS (text) message or by email to up to 3 recipients. Obviously trackers need to be on, charged and suitably located within an asset. We provide multiple (7 presently) user interfaces to provide access and control of the tracker and its alert conditions using any type of internet device. Trackers are essentially "peace of mind" machines, whether wired-in or independently powered.
GPS trackers may not prevent loss or theft but should help with the detection of theft, and with recovery. It is obviously important to involve law enforcement agencies (Police/Gardai) in any search and recovery. It is also important to conceal a tracker's location both in where the tracker is located, and where/how it is connected to an electrical system.
Picking a tracker location:
It is obviously important to locate a tracker where it will be hard to find. If a tracker is wired in, there are two locations of concern: 1) where the electrical connections are made; and 2) where the tracker is located.
Factors to be considered:
1. If wired-in operate only in Normal mode, never in Battery Save mode. If not wired-in, both modes are available.
2. Power - use an Internal / auxilliary battery or connect to wiring system;
3. Conceal the tracker and its wiring?
4. Need for a hermetic additional enclosure to completely seal the device?
5. Select the appropriate tracker model. Prime devices are only splash-resistant, not water-proof, whereas Bond Trackers are completely hermetic.
In normal mode, the tracker sleeps when not moving to save power, but its modem remains on so it can implement incoming commands immediately. The battery level drops over time depending on how frequently it has to send position reports, the GPS signal strength, and the % of time that it's moving (and not sleeping). When the battery drops below 20% it sends an alert to the Contacts defined in the Admin panel.
Battery Save mode allows the battery in a Prime1 or 2 that is not wired in to last months by completely powering off between (scheduled) position reports (at 30m, 1hr, 2hr, 4hr, 6hr, 12 and 24hr time intervals). This allows the internal battery to last weeks or months between charges, depending on model. Please note that we deliver our devices with the Battery Save mode option turned off and with the panel button to activate hidden. This is so as to prevent new users from getting confused in the early stages because when a tracker is off until its next scheduled wake-up time it can appear to be not working, unless Battery Save mode is understood. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org citing the tracker ID number, if you want us to activate this function on your device.
Also, when hibernating, they should be undetectable by a thief using a scanner unless the scan occurs during a scheduled position report, which is unlikely. The inherent disadvantages of this mode of operation are: 1) geo-fence / zone alerts will not occur until the next scheduled wake-up/report time; 2) Motion detection is limited to detecting motion only when awake; and 3) Devices are uncontactable until they next wake up, can be upt to 24hrs. The device can be mistakenly be thought to be not working properly.
Multiple asset display:
Multiple trackers can be displayed simultaneously on a map. Each asset can have its own identifying icon and legend, as can be set up in the Tracking Panel's Admin page. If you want multiple devices to go under one or more Account Reference (log-in code) please contact us. If any have a password set, then all must have that password set also. Customers can control log-ins and passwords in the Track Panel's Admin section - see HowTo on this
Registering plant and insurance cost reduction:
GPS2Find have an association with thePlantFiles Ltd (www.thePlantFiles.com) with whom owners of plant items can register and create a folder on each plant item, by uploading photos, serial numbers and any distinguishing attributes to fully identify each plant item. This allows police bodies to easily identify recovered items and establish ownership in a timely manner. By providing this information plant owners get a reduction in insurance costs based on the quality of information that they provide, and the insurance broker/company that they deal with. Having one of our GPS tracker fitted can result in a further reduction in premiums or excesses. Establishing a fact-filled portfolio on each asset complements the function of a tracker, especially if it has been removed or disabled. It should still make stolen equipment hard to resell. If interested, ring and check with your insurance broker or contact Eamonn at thePlantFiles +353(0)87 917 2221.