Three off-road equipment tracking challenges and how to overcome them

Construction and mining sites are hotbeds for technology, and that includes telematics. Fleets and rental companies with off-road equipment are connecting to telematics for cost management and efficiency benefits.

Telematics can help off-road fleets in several key areas:

  • reducing downtime

  • controlling fuel costs

  • assisting with recovery efforts for stolen equipment

  • helping reduce worksite accidents

  • reducing the amount of underutilized equipment.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these challenges and how off-road telematics helps.


Challenge 1: Excessive downtime

Excessive downtime is the number one problem plaguing the construction industry. The unscheduled downtime that occurs when a machine breaks down on the job can be costly. The cost per hour for a road technician is $100 to $150 and this cost does not include lost productivity to the fleet when a piece of equipment breaks down.

Solution: Monitor operations with GPS tracking

Connecting Geotab’s GO RUGGED device allows you to monitor the health of a piece of equipment. Based on engine data and diagnostic trouble codes, you can spot a developing problem and take action to get it repaired before a catastrophic failure occurs. Knowing in advance what the problem is also means the technician can arrive on site with the proper tools and parts, which can also minimize dreaded downtime.


Challenge 2: High fuel costs

Fuel is one of the biggest expenses a construction operation faces. Even with the lower fuel prices we are seeing today, idling equipment unnecessarily wastes fuel, puts an extra load on the engine and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.

Solution: Track idle time and fuel use

GO RUGGED lets you see how much time a piece of equipment is idling. You can use the device to set alerts when the equipment is idling outside of your preferred time limit. While it is impossible to reduce all idling, using GO RUGGED allows you to keep it to a minimum.


Challenge 3: Stolen off-road equipment

Everyone worries about having their equipment stolen from a job site. Any type of theft impacts operations, whether it’s a dozer or excavator costing $100,000 or a $5000 air compressor or small generator. When a piece of equipment goes missing, productivity suffers.

Solution: Quick location updates

Geotab provides active location tracking of equipment, and because of its quick reporting capability, you’ll know sooner when a piece of equipment is not where it is supposed to be. The map in MyGeotab allows you to see the exact location of the equipment, which can help speed the recovery of the equipment. Automatic triggers can be set that will send a notification if the equipment is moved off the site.


How we can help

The experts at Advantage Asset Tracking, along with Geotab support, can help you address your off-road equipment needs and increase your ROI. If you have not yet connected your off-road equipment to telematics as a way to improve your cost management and efficiency, our team can help you do so immediately.

For more information on how Advantage Asset Tracking can assist you with your off-road equipment needs, request a demo with an expert today.

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