Asset monitoring and telematics can provide a big value add for construction companies. But what do companies need to consider if they are using this technology on construction equipment and vehicles?

As an example, DPL Telematics, www.dpltel.com, Menlo Park, Calif., recently announced the release of MultiTrack system, which is an advanced solution for wireless monitoring and remote tracking of any powered or unpowered assets in order to improve logistics, manage inventory, and reduce theft.

The company says the portable GPS unit requires no external wiring or antenna and may be hidden on any asset. The device also has up to 16 weeks of internal battery life between charges and can charge in three hours on a wall plug. When disconnected from power, the unit uses its internal battery to communicate location, speed, travel time, route, unauthorized movement, and tow alerts.

With the technology in place, managers will be able to remotely monitor any asset using Internet-based software or a mobile app. Users can receive notifications when the asset begins moving and alerts during customer defined curfews when there is unauthorized activity. The benefits of such technology include being able to reduce theft, prevent loss, and manage inventory.

For the construction industry, one key feature of this technology is the fact it is designed for deployment in harsh environments, with both a rugged and waterproof design.

Tony Nicoletti, director of strategy and business development, DPL Telematics, says the market has been seeking an affordable tracking solution that is easy to install on small and ancillary assets, and this new system allows customers to easily transfer units within their fleet as needed rather than permanently mounting a dedicated system on every asset.

For the construction industry, being able to track and manage construction equipment and vehicles can provide big value. A solution such as this will allow contractors to use technology on smaller assets and transfer units as needed.