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The Benefits Of Asset Tracking Systems

Apr 18, 2008
With the increased development of GPS systems it is unsurprising that a wide variety of asset and vehicle tracking applications have been developed. With efficient asset tracking systems it is possible to secure your business assets and equipment, not only can this give you real time information on the whereabouts of an asset but in the event of theft it means that the asset, through GPS tracking can be found in good time and returned to its rightful owner. Many industries have chosen to utilise asset tracking systems; one of the most important of these to make use of this technology is the medical profession.

Tracking the movement of assets such as medical supplies, devices and various other objects can be invaluable to doctors. For instance, having real time information on the movement of a transplant organ or a dialysis machine could provide doctors with the information that can save peoples lives. Once again it seems as if technology is bettering the world greatly. Not all doctors are advocating the use of asset systems just yet however; many want to see further development in the technology before it can be relied upon. This is a fair response in a profession where having the wrong information can harm people's health and even risk their lives.

It is not just the medical profession however that is utilising asset tracking systems. The military applications for this technology are also being realised. Naturally the technology used by the military is far more developed than that available on the market, but with development the benefits can only filter down into the public sphere. The military has used asset tracking technology to give the whereabouts of units across the battlefield allowing commanders a real time projection in a virtual battlefield.

This kind of information allows for more efficient orders and greater chances of success. Individual troops also carry personal GPS tracking devices to give their location and give the commander ultimate intelligence, creating the best chance of each soldier getting the job done with the minimum of casualties.

The benefits of asset tracking systems are there for all business types; not just the military and medical profession. Construction companies are now installing the GPS tracking devices to many types of asset such as diggers and trucks. This not only gives the manager peace of mind for the location of their equipment but in creating this peace of mind allows them to focus their attention to the job in hand, hence improving productivity. This reduces the workload of the manger and reduces stress in the workplace, creating a situation more conducive to high production.

The law enforcement sector has benefited greatly from the introduction and development of asset tracking systems. By giving information on any stolen equipment there job is made easier and increases theirchances of returning stolen items more rapidly. One thing seems certain, thieves will be increasingly frustrated to find ways to sidestep these advance tracking systems.

The logistics industry will probably benefit the most from the development of asset tracking systems. It is already viable to track the whereabouts of a package in real time to give the consumer ultimate control over their deliveries. This will reduce the headaches for logistics managers as complaints about late deliveries should at least in theory become a thing of the past. Naturally the human element may still make mistakes but with evermore development in asset tracking technology, the blame for the artificial side should be negated.

With increasing developments in the world of GPS tracking it is unsurprising that these developments have made life easier in many industries. With the higher levels of efficiency that accompany these developments the benefits are clearly there for those who choose to utilise these new technologies.
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Technology expert Thomas Pretty looks into the benefits of using asset tracking systems and the industries that are utilising the technology.
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