It’s normal – we all misplace and lose things. When it happens in our private lives, it's a nuisance. In our business, the effects can be far reaching. It's not only the expense of replacements eating into your profits, there’s also the lost time spent looking for things or setting up systems again. Misplaced items can throw your schedule out, which can affect deadlines, costs, and customer service.
Now there's a way to locate your items quickly
The truth is, there's no need to lose track of where things are put anymore. Thanks to modern tracking technology, everything's within view of your smartphone. Better still, the solutions are simple to set up, easy to use, and surprisingly affordable.
What should I keep track of?
Anything that would be a hassle to lose, or expensive to replace. It may be as simple as tracking sets of keys. If you’re in a trade, you could keep tabs on toolboxes, extension ladders and larger or expensive tools. If your business relies on tech, you can track all your devices. Why stop there? You can even tag and track a fleet of work vehicles.
One place to start is to create a list of your assets and decide which ones are important enough to track, or the ones where in the past time has been spent locating them. The technology is affordable now, and locating multiple items using technology is within nearly every business’s budget.
So what’s involved?
Most of the new location solutions have three key elements:
These are attached to the item you want to track and locate. They vary in size and are battery powered, and the batteries should be replaceable or rechargeable. Obviously, the tags should be sturdy enough to withstand normal wear and tear. Look for water resistance if they're being used outdoors.
Downloaded onto your smartphone or tablet, the app acts as the brains. Good tracking apps should offer a variety of functions. Here's what to look for:
- Location: View the location of a tagged item on your app's map
- Location history: See the approximate location of items over a specific time period
- Ring to find: Ring the tag to locate an item if it's in network range
- Alerts: Be alerted if your tag goes outside a specified area.
The type of connectivity will determine the tracking range:
- Bluetooth: The tag sends out a signal which is picked up by your app. In a small area, you can locate things quickly. In larger areas, you can walk around and ring your tag when it's in range.
- Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi has a wider reach than Bluetooth, but it's still suited for shorter range tracking. You will need to have a Wi-Fi network and a Wi-Fi enabled modem.
- Mobile network: Now you're getting serious. A mobile network is great for tracking things at a distance. Various technologies are used, including low-power wide-area networks, and the technology the tags use will depend on the type of tracking you want.
Good to know
Telstra Locator can help you locate your valuable business items. Telstra Locator Bluetooth Tags use the Telstra Locator Bluetooth Community for location updates – this is a crowd sourced community of users whose devices anonymously help locate Telstra Locator Tags. Telstra Locator Wi-Fi Tags use the Telstra Locator Bluetooth Community as well as compatible parts of the Telstra Air® WiFi network for location updates.