Longview Advantage works with "Commissionaires" to provide a 24/7 recovery center as an add-on feature to its standard system. The Commissionaires manage the center, which is staffed with all ex-military and law enforcement. "Because they have the background, they have the ability to speak the same language," says [Jennien Yarmie]. "They tend to get a solution much faster when they're dealing with the police."
Equipment I Tracking Match Data Capabilities to Your Needs Make sure your asset management t system provides information you can effectively use. By Becky Schultz Asset management systems, such as Qualcomm’s GlobalTRACS system, enable you to set virtual boundaries around equipment. An alert is sent to notify you if the equipment W hile still a relatively new advancement in the construction industry, asset management technology (telematics) is achieving rapid accep- and helps you to run the business, then $35 a month may be inexpensive. “A contractor should take his time and or leaves the area. tance as more contractors experience the productiv- gence do his due diligence before purchasing to effectively track equip- ity gains and cost savings it can provide. And while make sure he’s buying the right product,” he ment utilization. “In other once viewed as the domain of large fleet owners, advises, “then develop business systems around it.” words, [you know] if the machine the technology has since become more readily avail- was on the job and worked a full able, and practical, for even small fleets. e The three basics eight hours today, as opposed to it That said, it’s important to find a system that i ll lets A basic asset management system typically l i i idle,” Sims. sitting idl ” says Si fits both your budget and your business objectives. you track hours of operation and equipment loca- Real-time location data can offer further ben- A common mistake first-time users make is to tion, as well as set virtual boundaries (geofences). efits. According to DeAngelis, it can help you to base selection primarily on price. But while a $300 The core hardware consists of a small monitoring manage equipment availability, secure accurate investment for basic hardware and $11/month for device — covertly positioned on the machine — that location for equipment pickup and improve work- messaging can be tempting vs. an $800 system and uses cellular and/or satellite technology to auto- force productivity. $35/month messaging fees, you may find the more matically transmit real-time operating and location “The ability to know exactly where the machine expensive package actually costs less when you data to a secure web site or, in some cases, directly is so you don’t spend time searching for it is really break down what you get in return. to your business systems. valuable,” says Sims. “It’s not uncommon to have “It’s in how you derive benefit from it more According to Sims, as many as 80% of contrac- a large jobsite where the machine could be a half than the initial price of the hardware,” says Bud tors today would benefit from the three basic func- a mile from where it was dropped off, and have a Sims, director of OEM business development, tions provided. technician spend an hour or two looking for it just Qualcomm Enterprise Services. “If you can’t use For example, hours of operation can be used to to change its oil.” the data, it’s worth nothing. If it’s very valuable plan and schedule maintenance, improve billing Geofencing capability lets you to set pre-defined accuracy, extend equipment life and avoid down- radial boundaries around equipment and receive time due to engine failure, says Bob DeAngelis, alerts if the equipment leaves the area. “[It] allows senior director, LoJack Commercial Division. users to minimize risk of loss due to unauthorized “We have [companies] who use our products use, enforce restricted areas and be notified imme- that were previously monitoring 200 vehicles with diately of theft incidents,” DeAngelis explains. just spreadsheets,” notes Jennien Yarmie, vice presi- In other words, it lets you take a proactive dent marketing support, Longview Advantage. “You approach to theft prevention. “You’re not waiting don’t have an accurate reading of the hours on until the next day to realize that a valuable piece of those assets. The operator must provide the hour equipment has left the job,” says Sims. “It tells you reading. Populating the hours directly into your immediately that the machine is being moved and business system means less recording and tran- sends you an alert over either your pager system or scription effort, less errors and an audit trail.” an e-mail.”
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