It is easy to get lost when browsing the results of an online search on tracking devices.
As with many things, the number of available products is high, but mostly the quality of these products is low.
To cut through the noise, here are 5 recommendations of things to look for in a great tracking device.
Always prioritize a robust product
At all times, prioritize robustness in your tracking device. This is even if you are tracking in an environment that does not require the toughest of devices.
It is easy to find cheap mass-produced units that could solve your use case. But what seems cheap on paper can be expensive in the long run due to malfunctions, replacements, and time wasted in support.
You need a device you can trust to do the job. Every day.
- We recommend you look for devices with an IP rating of at least IP65. This means they are dust-tight and protected against water splashes.
- For the harshest environments, an IP rating of IP69k should be your preferred option. These devices will have no trouble withstanding exposure to dust, dirt, and the high-pressure water jets used to clean equipment.
Basically, choose a product you can trust.
Go for a device with multiple sensors
It is always nice with more than one feature in your tracking device.
This is not to be understood as if we are arguing for choosing the device with the most and the flashiest features just for the sake of it.
Combining different sensors can be a powerful tool to help solve your use case.
- If you are looking for a GPS tracker for theft protection, choose a device that also includes motion tracking. In this way, it can turn on automatically if something is moving outside working hours.
- Similarly, if you are looking for an impact recorder, choose a device with a GPS position. This will show you exactly where any impact occurred for insurance purposes.
Choose a device with global connectivity
If your use case requires tracking of assets across countries or even continents, you obviously need global connectivity.
But even if your assets are stationary or not meant for border crossing you need multiple options for networks. Devices that connect to several networks based on the best available option are to be preferred.
- If a producer promises 4G/LTE, ensure there is also a fallback network option so a data connection is possible even if LTE networks are unavailable.
- Note, even if devices support several networks, the actual connectivity depends on the roaming agreements in place from the producer.
Always choose a producer you trust.
Data logging feature is a must
An issue related to connectivity is data logging. This is the feature where the tracking device has the ability to store data within the device itself.
This means that in cases of no network connection, your device will still log any data it tracks.
- With the data logging feature, there is no limit to where you can track data: on oceans, in the air, or even underground.
- It also protects data that could be critical for your use case, no matter what happens in relation to the network connection.
This is why data logging should be an absolute must.
Wireless tracking? Look for quality batteries
Wireless tracking devices open up for tracking a wealth of different non-powered assets.
Data tracking is becoming increasingly widespread from tools, trailers, and smaller machines to freight, high-valuable goods, and even hard-to-reach places in sensitive installations.
In such cases, look for a device that has quality batteries.
- A quality battery not only means longer battery life, it also means specifications that can withstand tracking in rough environments.
- Look for quality batteries that have passed the UN38.3 test which means they can withstand vibration, shock, temperature extremes, and other potential hazards.
Trusted tracking devices – a product you can trust
It should not be any secret that we, at Trusted, think we have quality tracking devices that match all these recommendations.
They feature market-leading IP69k robustness and have multiple advanced sensors in one product. Devices feature data logging capability and connect to IoT networks globally.
Finally, our devices and their long-life batteries are battle-proven and tested by major producers of hydraulic attachment tools worldwide – a sign of quality from the harshest of everyday working environments.
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We explore 5 recommended features to look for when choosing a quality piece of tracking hardware.
The article looks into these options and comes up with recommendations to guide your search.
These recommendations include robustness of hardware, multi-sensor capabilities and quality batteries – and more.