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Part III: DIY & Tracker Configuration

Discover more about DIY-Installation, Asset Tracker Configuration and Certifications

DIY-Installation

As mentioned earlier one of the mayor advantages of the autonomous or battery powered trackers is the easy and often DIY installation. Fix with bolts, self-tapping screws, zip-ties, two-compound polymer glue, or two-sidedtapes. Or Of course, a combination of these methods.

So, instead of having to connect the trackers to an engine, the autonomous trackers can be placed wherever it fits best on the asset/object. As a result, this might even be a great reason why it could be even interesting to place a battery powered tracker on a machine which does have an engine (cheaper, flexible location & DIY).

Suivo makes sure all its autonomous trackers are weather proof with IP68 rating or better (most products are even IP69K rated) to allow mounting the devices on the roof or outside of the tracked asset. This improves positioning accuracy and data transmission signal strength when the asset is located in storage buildings or remote sites.

 

Tracker Configuration App & Mobile App

We have found systems which come with and without installation /configuration app. As more advanced the provider as much likelier you get this additional service. With an app you can configure extra information while installing the asset right from the field. Which gives extra flexibility. Other systems work with an upload in the web platform and just need to be activated to be shown in the system. This is easy and quick but gives more restrictions in respect of flexibility and data entry.

Once the autonomous asset trackers are installed, employees in the field can search via the App for assets or register damages on assets. If there is no mobile app for this progress you still keep some paper work in your asset management process.

Expect following basic functions in a mobile app: search of assets, register assets location & transfer, damage, inspections, etc.  

 

Certifications

IP67,IP68, IP69K
The highest rating one could possibly achieve is IP69K. This superior IP rating suggests complete protection from dust and protection from steam-jet cleaning (water temperatures up to 80 degrees Celsius).

 

First digit indicates:

6: Dust Tight; complete protection from dust and contact

 

Second digit indicates:

7: Immersion up to 1m

8: Immersion over 1 m (hermetically sealed)

9K: Protection from close-range pressure and high temperatures

 

ADR

Assets (tank, containers, etc.) being used to carrying dangerous goods, must hold a special certificate, sometimes referred to informally as an 'ADR Certificate'. Being compliant with ADR requirements, ensures safety while transporting goods that are dangerous or toxic in nature. Make sure your asset trackers are compliant, too.

 

ATEX

An ATEX approved tracking device can operate in any environment where you need a system that is safe and intrinsically safe. Intrinsic safe tracking means a device which has been tested to a high level of safety standards and contains certification for ATEX levels. E.g. for usage in areas such as oil refineries, power stations etc.

 

API integration

Once you track the location of your assets/ objects you might want to use this information via a API in other systems like:

  • ERP/Enterprise Asset Management systems (SAP, Infor, IBM),
  • TMS (Transportation Management System),
  • GIS (geographic information system),
  • Route Planning software,
  • ...

Check the business cases the providers documents.

  • Which experience, or API’s do they offer?
  • Does the provider of the tracking devices have an own backend system. Than the integration with their own systems will be great but what if you want to connect other systems?

 

  

NOTE

We continuously monitor the market of tracking solutions, not only for autonomous, battery powered asset tracking but of course for all kind of tracking solutions, such as small asset tracking and vehicle tracking as we operate in all these categories. In comparison to other tracking suppliers which only focus on one type of tracking or one industry providing specific industry trackers.
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