Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Tessco adds asset tracking to fleet management offering

Steve Rogerson
March 2, 2016
Tessco Technologies, a Maryland, USA, based provider of the knowledge product and value chains required to build, use and maintain wireless systems, introduced asset tracking, education and communications privacy products at last week’s Tessco One Wireless Innovation Showcase & Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
An extension of the company’s fleet management offering, asset tracking is designed to track telemetry and measure performance of everything from containers and construction equipment to rail cars and agricultural machinery. The service pinpoints an asset’s GPS location, provides near real-time updates, and can help companies operate and locate their assets more efficiently. In addition to location, it can sense movement of the asset, monitor the temperature of cargo, and provide information to verify proper asset handling.
With this, Tessco has expanded its hardware offering to include software and connectivity as well, creating a complete ecosystem to safeguard equipment and improve decision making. For a customer, this simplifies the process of deploying asset tracking, with a combination of devices, software, connectivity and analytics in one package. As tracking of heavy machinery, cargo, generators, construction equipment and other valuable assets grows, the company is trying to make the entire programme easier to manage.
Tessco University is an education hub for wireless technicians, professionals, engineers and designers to learn how to install wireless technology and assemble network systems.
Collecting the many different job certifications, wireless fundamentals, and manufacturer and product trainings in one place, the university stands to become a larger community and portal for learning wireless systems. Allowing organisations to track their employees’ progress and ensure more efficient, higher-quality installs with a mix of virtual learning, e-learning and instructor-led courses, the university also gives organisations the ability to tailor curricula to the most relevant specialties and topics for their technicians.
Tessco will even bring the courses to an organisation for more focused, private workshops, as well as host public, open-enrolment courses. The course portfolio, curated by Tessco’s training team, will not only teach theory but also emphasise hands-on work to ensure students learn both the concepts and their application. The courses have received consistently high marks from customers, and now the university will bring together a complete menu of classes in one place.
The company is also offering Silent Circle’s full enterprise privacy platform, including the Silent Phone encrypted communications application, the Silent Manager web service and Blackphone 2. Silent Phone blankets an organisation with secure communications across an iOS and Android device using a no-touch, near-immediate cloud deployment. Silent Manager offers a secure web-based service providing full control and oversight.
Blackphone 2 delivers privacy and security with the same functionality and seamless usability of today’s most advanced smartphones. It provides full disk encryption by default, harnessing the company’s secure operating system, Silent OS, in partnership with Google services.