“We installed the system a little over a year ago primarily to protect our assets—and our drivers—through basic vehicle tracking and speed reporting features of the hardware and software,” Clark said.
Today, with Trimble's CrossCheck vehicle hardware and hidden antennas in 60 of their vehicles, Clark knows GPS devices can give back more than just return on investment. They also can track and return thousands of dollars of stolen assets in vehicles and equipment. Premier Construction is a textbook example.
In October 2006, the crews arrived at work to find the gate to the company's lot wide open and the truck that was parked closest to it the night before missing—as was more than $60,000 of tools and equipment. Clark then called the police and logged onto TrimView software to find the truck's location with the Trimble Automatic Vehicle Location system that was on the truck—providing GPS coordinate information over a wireless network.
The software continuously determines the vehicle's location, while other sensors connected to the unit automatically monitor and report vehicle status (including stops and starts) with location and time stamps. Clark said, “Not only could I see the location of the vehicle, but I could also see that it hadn't made any stops and had traveled at a speed of 91 mph!”
Suddenly, what his fleet managers used to ensure drivers were operating their vehicles safely was now providing him with critical information that would lead to the exact address where that vehicle stopped.
When police caught up with the thieves, they not only recovered Premier's trailer truck, six laser levels, six tampers, three jumping jacks, and three generators, but also recovered the trailer that was used to transport a stolen Mustang Show Car worth more than $100,000.