Last week, we explained what asset tracking is and why you’ll need it.

Today, we dive into the specific types of asset tracking equipment.

Asset tracking is more complex than throwing any GPS tracking device onto an asset. Instead, you need to choose the right asset management solution for your equipment. If you have heavy construction equipment with an engine, you’ll need a powered asset tracking device, but if you have a generator without an engine, you’ll have to use a non-powered asset tracking device.

There are a number of differences between the two types of trackers. Of course, an asset management specialist will help you choose the right solution, but for now here’s a breakdown of the features of each option:

Powered Asset Tracker:

  • Smaller in size 
  • Battery life 5-6 months  
  • Once-a-day update (when stopped) 
  • 15-minute interval update (when in motion) 
  • Wires to hook to power sources 
  • The device goes to sleep when not connected to power source, to preserve battery life.  
  • Track hours in use/not in use 
  • No battery life stats 
  • Always charges when plugged into energy source  

Non-Powered Asset Tracker:

  • Large backup battery 
  • 5-7 years of battery life 
  • Runs solely off battery 
  • Real-time monitoring of battery life 
  • Not rechargeable, but easily replaced 
  • Once-a-day update when not moving 
  • 15-minute interval updated (when in motion) 
  • Waterproof can survive in all weather conditions 
  • No ping/ locate-now option 
  • Goes to sleep when not connected/ in use.  
  • Best for assets that are not moved for 6+ months at a time 

Remember: SP Asset trackers do not provide location or temperature control features* 

You can find specific examples of powered and non-powered assets in our free asset tracking guide.
















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