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DPL wireless device tracks unpowered assets

Steve Rogerson
May 22, 2018



DPL Telematics, a provider of asset monitoring and telemetry technologies, has introduced a wireless device for tracking any powered or unpowered assets.
 
The California company’s AssetView is for wireless monitoring and remote tracking of any powered or unpowered asset to improve logistics, manage inventory and curb theft. The small, portable GPS unit is completely self-contained and may be hidden on any asset, installing in seconds.
 
Managers can use it to monitor remotely any asset accurately from a robust, internet-based software package and mobile app. It needs no external wiring or antenna and can be attached to any asset in a hide-and-track installation.
 
The device is powered by three AA 1.5V batteries, which are user replaceable. It is self-powered for three and a half years on daily updates, and up to one year on more detailed tracking. Low power notifications remotely alert users if the batteries get low so they know when to change them, well in advance of depletion.
 
"Since the AssetView has minimal install time and uses readily available AA batteries, customers can easily replace them anytime they are alerted that its power is getting low," said Tony Nicoletti, VP of sales at DPL Telematics. "It is truly both an easy to use and easy to maintain tracking solution for virtually any asset to decrease loss exposure, better manage asset inventories and improve logistics."
 
Wireless, two-way communications can activate recovery mode or set movement alerts over the air from the software or mobile app. Little to no sky view is required so it can be hidden inside or under most assets.
 
The IP 67 rated and UV stabilised design means it can be deployed in harsh environments. It is the size of a computer mouse.
 
Dual GPS and Glonass positioning improves location accuracy as it uses twice as many satellites as traditional GPS devices. Cellular coverage is global so it can track assets across borders.
 
The device combines multiple technologies to increase battery life while operating and remaining active in low power modes. The tool can reduce theft, prevent loss and manage inventory.
 
The proprietary adaptive tracking technology increases its reporting frequency when movement is detected and automatically reduces it when stationary. This intelligence increases battery life while actively alerting on curfew violation, movement or a geofence breach as well as allowing the user to switch to recovery mode over the air.
 
"The AssetView is the first tracking solution of its kind to offer such a large combination of technologies in a simple final product, delivering long battery life without sacrificing two-way communications and real-time alerts," said Nicoletti. “Its small size and affordable price point allow anybody to easily track nearly anything, regardless of its power source. Customers control their monthly subscription with the option to deactivate and reactivate as needed without penalty, which is ideal for seasonal or demand-based usage.”
 
DPL Telematics has over 18 years of experience and an excess of $860m in customer mobile assets trusted to it.