Jimmy Sanders: Tracking Assets
May 7, 2009
Where is that anhydrous tank? I can’t find an irrigation pump! These and other missing asset statements could become a thing of the past with the addition of asset tracking.
In the near future, GVM’s Aaron Hunt sees the potential for a low-cost asset tracking system for loaner units like anhydrous tanks and toolbars and other equipment that leaves the yard for long periods of time.
The main goal for Hunt is to do it relatively cheaply — perhaps $300 to $500 per unit. But rather than utilize cell communication technology, it would use satellites. “Cellular units need a constant power supply, so that’s impractical. But if a device was designed to communicate once or twice a day to reveal its location, that would be enough for most applications.” And the battery could provide power measured in years rather than days or weeks.
Hunt also sees potential interest from manufacturers. “Given the cost of seed, wouldn’t they like the ability to locate seed tenders?” he asks.