7 Requirements an Asset Tracker Should Meet to Withstand Extreme Conditions  - Geoforce

7 Requirements an Asset Tracker Should Meet to Withstand Extreme Conditions 

Harsh environments present unique challenges, and not every GPS tracker is equipped for those conditions.

Remote asset tracking for extreme environments presents unique challenges due to harsh conditions and limited accessibility. In these instances, assets may be in remote areas for extended periods of time with challenging weather conditions, rugged terrain, or otherwise hazardous environmental factors. Utilizing durable tracking devices is crucial to ensure the longevity, safety, and operational efficiency of the device and optimizing its ability to track your assets.  

Here are seven considerations to keep in mind when looking for asset trackers that can not only withstand but thrive in extreme environments. 

1. Robust, rugged hardware 

Conventional consumer-grade devices may quickly fail or malfunction in challenging environments. Rugged hardware is built with strong materials and components, making it highly resistant to physical damage and ensuring the device can endure the rigors of its operational environment. This enhances the device’s overall reliability and longevity. 

2. Satellite communication 

In remote areas with limited or no cellular coverage, satellite communication provides reliable data transmission. Satellite-based asset tracking systems can deliver near real-time information even in the most isolated locations, enabling continuous monitoring and control. 

3. Predictive Maintenance 

Implement predictive maintenance strategies to anticipate equipment failures before they occur. Our GT line of asset trackers can help you implement a technician schedule based on asset use, ensuring that equipment is always up to date for routine needs.    

4. Energy Management 

Power sources might be limited or unreliable in extreme environments. Employ energy-efficient solutions such as trackers with solar panels or energy storage systems to power remote monitoring devices and sensors for device and battery reliability.  

5. IoT and Edge Computing 

Internet of Things (IoT) devices and edge computing enable data processing and analysis at the network’s edge, reducing the need for constant data transmission to central servers. This approach is instrumental in remote areas with limited bandwidth and connectivity. 

6. Emergency Response Systems 

Establish protocols and systems to address asset failures or hazardous situations quickly. This may include automated shutdown procedures or remote activation of safety measures. 

7. Remote Monitoring and Sensors  

Deploy remote sensors that can provide data on asset health, temperature, humidity, pressure, and other critical parameters. These sensors can be integrated with asset management platforms, allowing you to receive alerts and insights into the asset’s condition. 

When implementing remote asset management in extreme environments, it’s essential to conduct a thorough risk assessment and choose technologies and strategies that align with the specific challenges of your environment. Regular testing and maintenance of equipment and systems are also crucial to ensure their reliability and effectiveness over time. 

How Geoforce Can Help 

Geoforce does more than just check these boxes but offers a variety of rugged, durable solutions that excel in any environment. Our GT line of trackers have options for satellite, cellular, and hybrid connectivity giving you confidence in the location of your assets. Learn how Geoforce can start streamlining your operations.