Construction vehicles and other jobsite equipment can be some of the most costly tools on the job, which means monitoring and effectively managing these items can have a big impact on the bottomline. Preventive maintenance becomes essential when caring for equipment.

Connected technologies, such as embedded sensors and RFID (radio-frequency identification), enable fleet managers to monitor equipment from anywhere. With sensors embedded on vehicles, operators can know how it is operating and when something needs to be repaired.

In line with this trend, Trimble Navigation, www.trimble.com, Sunnyvale, Calif., announced a new TirePulse Tire Monitoring System, which allows managers to check tire temperature and pressure from anywhere. With the Trimble TP920 Industrial Tire Sensor in the tire valve and a Trimble SNM940 Connected Site Gateway, the information about the tire can be sent to the office automatically.

This system results in better preventative maintenance, which means site supervisors can schedule tire repairs in advance, extending the life of tires and increasing fuel efficiency. Even more, the system also allows a construction company to increase jobsite safety by reducing the risk of tire blowout.

This is just one recent example of how Trimble is providing connected technologies to the construction industry. The company also has other big connected endeavors in the works for construction and transportation.

ThingMagic, a division of Trimble, has been an active name in RFID for years. Bernd Schoner, vice president of business development, ThingMagic, a division of Trimble, says Trimble makes machine controls for heavy construction equipment that move the earth based on a blueprint. When Trimble brought ThingMagic into the fold through acquisition in 2010, the primary goal was to add RFID capabilities to its portfolio of technologies.

What does this look like for the construction and transportation market? Schoner says, “One of the key applications that they want at this point is to enable asset management, not just in house, but also on the road. We are looking into enabling utility trucks or other vehicles with the means to know what is on their truck.”

Adding RFID to vehicles can mean big technology advances. With this, companies are able to easily monitor and track everything that is on the vehicle, saving time and money in construction processes.