Asset Tracking: From Jewelry to Cargo Ships

We sometimes see GPS tracking represented in popular movies and television, but often these fictional devices boast incredible, though unrealistic, capabilities. On TV, GPS trackers are depicted as tiny devices that can be embedded anywhere, even inside of humans, tracing their every move without any need for a recharge. Of course, this is pure fiction, but it's undeniable that GPS tracking is making great strides. 

Constant knowledge about the whereabouts of a business's assets, vehicles, and employees is becoming common practice. Business owners and managers appreciate being able to monitor important assets of all sizes, from cargo shipping containers to miniaturized GPS tracking devices that monitor shipments of the smallest items like jewelry and pharmaceuticals. Being able to track the whereabouts of an object all around the world offers incredible benefits for businesses, from improved efficiency to improved customer service. 

What is Asset Tracking? 

Asset tracking refers to the use of GPS to monitor the location and movement of an object of value. A business owner or manager may utilize this for a number of reasons including: 

  • Asset movement cannot be personally handled by owner
  • Asset should not be on the move and owner ways to be alerted if it does move
  • Assurance of proper movement and delivery
  • Monitoring needs for multiple high-value items 
  • Safe storage of valuables

What Assets Can Be Tracked? 

Assets of all kinds can be tracked using GPS tracking devices. Some assets commonly tracked include: 

  • Vehicles
  • Jewelry
  • Merchandise
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Shipments in transit
  • Cargo containers
  • Art and artifacts
  • Collections

Essentially anything that needs to be tracked using GPS. 

Which Tools are Used to Track? 

While it's true that GPS trackers are getting smaller, they are still moderately sized in order to hold a battery and a communication antenna. We offer a variety of devices that come in different sizes, form factors, and functionalities. Some of these are detailed below:

A portable GPS tracker like the Micro Battery Powered Asset Tracker is easy to transport from one location to another. This device has a lot of versatility and can be used in a number of applications, from the movement of assets or vehicles to the monitoring of human movement as well. The device is small and compact enough that it can be easily carried or stowed in a bag. This device also features an SOS button so that users can call for help in the event of an emergency.

Our wired GPS tracking devices, including the Wired Fleet Tracking Device with OBD Plug-In Connector or Wiring Harness and the Micro Wired Fleet Tracking Device with OBD Plug-In Connector or Wiring Harness, are wired directly into a vehicle, eliminating any need for battery charging. This covert tracking option can also allow the owner of the vehicle to monitor its movement without alerting the driver. This option is most often used to track company vehicles, either individually or as part of a fleet. 

The GPS Asset Tracker - 3 Month Battery is a device that is often chosen for its portability and durability. Its long-lasting battery is suited to long-term tracking as it can hold a charge for up to 90 days at a time. This device is best suited for tracking heavy equipment in the field as it features a powerful, built-in magnetic mount and is rugged, weatherproof, and self-contained. 

Making Your GPS Device Work For You 

All GPS tracking devices work by communicating with Global Positioning Satellites and local cellular towers. The platform used by all of our devices at Lightning GPS is designed to provide flexible use. Some of the features of our GPS tracking software include: 

  • Geofence setup and alert frequency customizations
  • Speed alert setup
  • On-demand tracking for performing an immediate location identification

There are many flexible options for the user platform, ensuring that you are able to monitor what is most important to your company. 

Whether you are selecting a merchandise tracker to monitor the transportation of a small, high-value asset or a commercial tracking device to monitor the shipment of a large cargo container, or anything in between, you can rest assured that the technology you need is most likely available. There is a wide range of GPS tracking options available on the market, as well as flexible tracking platform options, to ensure that you are able to track exactly what you want, how you want, and when you want.