Information scanned from equipment in the field is integrated into Trimble's Asset Manager.
Information scanned from equipment in the field is integrated into Trimble's Asset Manager.

Trimble’s new Tracker RFID system helps builders and contractors to track the location of construction assets in real-time, and access the information in the office or at the jobsite.

The system provides managers with an end-to-end inventory view and the ability to track all tagged products across multiple sites, the company says, since the system leverages Trimble's ThingMagic RFID technology, GPS, and telematics.

The handheld Site Mobile RFID controller can commission new assets, scan tags, and sync updates to and from the office.
The handheld Site Mobile RFID controller can commission new assets, scan tags, and sync updates to and from the office.

RFID tags, available in various shapes, sizes, and detection ranges, are mounted on assets for tracking. The tags can be used to trace anything from machine attachments to tools to storage trailers and can be mounted on different materials including plastic, metal, and concrete.

Once an object is tagged, a user can utilize handheld, vehicle-mounted, and gate-mounted RFID readers to scan the equipment and send location updates.

Inventory data is sent to the Trimble Asset Manager database—a Web-based software as a service application that provides centralized asset-location information—and then synchronized back to employees in the field. Authorized users can also use Trimble Asset Manager to create records and schedule equipment transfers.

Not only will use of the Trimble Tracker RFID system ease the workflow for field managers and increase productivity by reducing the time required to locate and transfer assets, it will help companies decrease equipment expenditures, says Trimble. Improved visibility will allow better planning and decision-making to get the most use out of existing assets.

The tracking capability will also help eliminate the problem of construction equipment theft—an estimated $300 million to $1 billion annual loss, according to a 2012 National Insurance Crime Bureau report—and subsequent replacement costs.

The new Tracker system also integrates with Trimble Inspection Solutions, which allows users to input asset condition reports and photos from the field, and Connected Community, which allows employees in the office and the jobsite to exchange information updates and files.