July 9, 2020
Using Monitors with GPS Telematics
How to Monitor Assets with GPS Telematics
Yes, GPS Telematics lets you know where a rolling asset is, right now. Business fleets use GPS Telematics to track location, and increasingly, to do a lot more. Advanced GPS Telematics can tell you new info as frequently as every 10 seconds, per device. Each pinpoint can give you: location, heading, speed, and a timestamp, displayed on a Google map. Some even offer to let you know the weather at the location!
But much, much more is possible. Telematics is an opportunity. Field service fleet managers of all sizes are beginning to look into maintenance and monitoring of their trucks and equipment, finally enabled by GPS Telematics that is more affordable and more flexible to meet their needs. At Momentum IoT, our self-service, no contract, monthly pay-as-you-go pricing and simple-to-use product have launched thousands of new users into the world of advanced telematics and fleet management.
What is a Monitor?
A “Monitor” is a general term used to describe an alert triggered by a rule you set up (described below). A rule might be as simple as a speed alert on a single truck (“text me when Johnny goes over 90.”) or more complex (“send me emails when bulldozers are off-site overnight”).
What ways can I receive a Monitor notification?
When you set up a Monitor, you can opt for email, text or in-app notification.
What are some types of Monitors?
Depending on the size of your fleet, the different types of Monitors all let you slice and dice your trucks and equipment in different ways:
As the name suggests, this type of Monitor sets one alert which you can receive for all of the assets in your account.
Fleet managers often have a home location associated with each vehicle or asset. Associating each vehicle to its home base will let you know how far afield it is at a given time. You can also create geofences to label other locations, such as job sites, field offices, fueling sites, etc.
Fleet managers often have various types of assets. For example, your account may have work trucks and trailers, all connected with Momentum IoT devices, so that you can see them all on one screen. You might assign trucks to one Group, and Trailers to the other Group. You can also have Makes, or other Asset Types, like heavy equipment. You can even change the pin icons to see the correct pin on the map! Here are the current pins Momentum IoT offers: Truck, Car, Van, Unknown, Arrow Board, Content Message Board, Light Tower, Generator, Golf Cart, Scissor Lift, Fork Lift, Boom Lift, Trailer, Excavator, Loader, Backhoe, Dozer, Motorgrader, Roller, and Skid Steer.
This lets you drill down to each individual asset to assign a Monitor just for that asset.
What are some ways to Monitor Assets using GPS Telematics?
There are many types of Monitors available in the dashboard of Momentum IoT. To create a new Monitor, a fleet manager would select the “Monitors” tab, then select the Type of Monitor, then choose one of these Monitors:
Receive notifications when an asset’s battery is low.
Receive notifications when an Eagle 1 has been disconnected.
Receive notifications when an asset is idling beyond a preset limit.
Receive notifications when out of range.
Receive notifications when an asset’s speed goes beyond a preset limit.
Are there any specialized Monitors?
One Monitor, in particular, stands out. It’s called Asset Sharing. With this, you are effectively creating a Monitor for 3rd party, such as a rental customer, who is not a part of your business. This gives them limited-use access to information. It’s like sending a tracking link for your asset, like FedEx. Asset Sharing lets you send a text or email letting the customer know when an asset has arrived on a job site, or when it leaves a job site.
Industry Accolades in Fleet Tracking
Momentum IoT has won several industry awards and analyst accolades:
- Momentum IoT Wins 2019 IoT Innovator Silver Medal
- Momentum Takes Home Top Award for Fleet Management Tracking at 2019 CompassIntel Awards
- Momentum IoT Named “Mobile IoT Innovator” by GSMA
- Mind Commerce Asset Tracking 2020–2025 Report singles out Momentum IoT