“No tool suits every purpose equally.”
–I made that up, but say it was Heraclitus and you’ll look smarter.
Satellite-based asset trackers are great: with just a web browser and no terrestrial infrastructure to speak of, you can view your assets online wherever they are in the world. Using man-made objects blasted into space by a rocket ship. What could be cooler than that?
But if I remember my Heraclitus properly, no tool suits every purpose equally, even for technological wonders like satellite asset trackers. Sure, they work great…. but if they move indoors? Not as much.
Without an unobstructed view of the sky, the trackers can’t receive GPS data from the satellite or use the satellite network to transmit data back to the Geoforce Track and Trace software platform. This situation persists until the satellites once again “see” your trackers.
Not anymore. Or as Heraclitus said, “Let’s use a different tool.” (Yeah, that’s made up -again- but he said it at some point in his life, right?).
Well, Geoforce’s different tool for a different purpose is the battery-powered AT1 Cellular Asset Tracker, a revolutionary hybrid tracking device that enables Geoforce Track and Trace to display your asset’s location regardless of whether it is outside or inside.
The AT1 determines location utilizing GPS data when outdoors and Wi-Fi when indoors. Either way, with the AT1 you continue to see your regularly-scheduled location updates in Geoforce Track and Trace. Your assets can’t disappear anymore.
And as a cellular asset tracker, the AT1 transmits its data using new low-power and less expensive LTE-M cellular networks. You know, instead of sending the data back into space before appearing in Track and Trace. No cool rockets or global coverage, but the LTE networks help the AT1 provide multiple affordable rate plans.
Now, we don’t regularly cheat physics at Geoforce, so we must grudgingly recognize that higher reporting frequency affects AT1 battery life. But not by much:
– Location report every 12 hours = Est. 5-year battery life
– Location report every 4 hours = Est. 2-year battery life
– Location report every 2 hours = Est. 1-year battery life
– Location report every hour = Est. 5-7 mo. battery life
That’s still plenty of juice, right? And the AT1 is powered by user-replaceable Energizer Lithium AA batteries you can buy almost anywhere. So you can choose the reporting rate and battery replacement schedule that suits you.
Sure, no single tool suits every purpose equally. But if your assets move indoors and out, operate in LTE-M cellular networks, and you appreciate a wide range of reporting plans powered by inexpensive user-replaceable batteries, then the AT1 comes mighty close. What would Heraclitus say?
I don’t know. I’ll make something up.
Jay Karlson is a Senior Product Manager at Geoforce.