Tracking 101: Why Device Durability Matters When Tracking Assets  - Geoforce

Tracking 101: Why Device Durability Matters When Tracking Assets 

New to the asset tracking world? Don’t worry, this article will help get you get started.

Device durability is an essential factor when tracking assets because it directly affects the reliability and effectiveness of the asset-tracking system and is critical in ensuring asset-tracking systems’ effectiveness, efficiency, and long-term success. Because asset tracking helps businesses protect their assets, streamline operations, and make data-driven decisions to optimize their processes, you must get devices that can handle your unique needs. 

Here are 8 reasons why device durability is imperative for your asset tracking needs: 

Longevity and Cost-effectiveness

Asset tracking systems are typically implemented for the long term, and the assets may have a significant lifespan. So, the tracking devices used to monitor these assets must also be strong enough to withstand the rigors of daily use and harsh environmental conditions over extended periods. Durable devices have a longer lifespan, reducing the need for frequent replacements, which can be costly and time-consuming. If tracking devices are not reliable or have poor battery life, this might lead to frequent breakdowns or battery replacement costs. These hiccups can be time and money intensive both from a device cost standpoint and the cost of labor fixing the device or replacing batteries.  


Durability ensures that tracking devices consistently function as intended. If the devices are prone to failure, it can lead to disruptions in the tracking process, resulting in inaccuracies, lost assets, or delays in locating items. Asset tracking is only effective if the tracking devices function reliably. These devices are also less prone to malfunctions, ensuring continuous and accurate tracking of assets.  


Durable tracking devices are more likely to maintain calibration and accuracy over time. They are less susceptible to physical damage or environmental factors affecting their precision. 

Environmental Factors

Assets are often located in diverse and challenging environments, such as construction sites, remote areas, extreme weather conditions, or industrial settings. Sturdy tracking devices can withstand exposure to moisture, dust, drastic temperatures, and other environmental stressors.  

Safety and Security

Valuable or sensitive assets need reliable tracking to prevent theft or unauthorized access. Durable, discreet devices are less likely to be tampered with or disabled. Certain assets, like high-value goods or hazardous materials, may be at risk of theft or tampering. They are also less likely to be damaged or disabled by unauthorized individuals trying to interfere with the tracking system, thus enhancing security.  

Ease of Installation

Durable devices are often designed with user-friendly installation processes, making it easier for businesses to deploy the tracking system across their assets without specialized technical expertise. 


Efficient asset tracking helps optimize asset utilization and prevents unnecessary downtime. Durable tracking systems ensure that assets remain traceable and operational, thus supporting better resource management and productivity. 

Regulatory Compliance

In certain industries, there might be regulations, certifications and standards related to asset tracking. Durable devices that comply with these standards ensure that the business remains compliant and avoids potential penalties. 

Durability is critical for asset tracking systems to ensure longevity, reliability, accuracy, and security to monitor and manage assets effectively over time. Many of these factors influence each other minimizing maintenance costs, enhancing productivity, and helping organizations meet operational and compliance goals. Without a tracking device you can rely on, you are at risk of compensating somewhere within these lines.  

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