Install Help for GPS Asset Tracking

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You might be aware of the enormous benefits that come with GPS asset tracking, but if taking your fleet off the road even for one day makes you break out in cold sweat, then keep reading. Fleet downtime can be very costly, especially if you operate a small fleet where every minute off the road, project, or tracks loses you money.

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Self-installation lets you work around your fleet’s regular schedule with the added plus of no-installation costs.

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Installing a GPS device to your vehicles is a fairly straight forward. It’s just a matter of having the right cables, tools and know-how to set it up on your vehicles. Many GPS tracking providers include the basic cables you would need to complete the process.

 

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Here’s what to know before determining whether the self-install option is for you.

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  1. Familiarize yourself with the device. Before deciding to go with a self-install option, familiarize yourself with the device to make sure it has all the capabilities you need. Most GPS asset tracking devices, like BSM’s Sentinel FM 7000, offer the same services regardless of installation option, but not all do. It’s best to confirm.
  2. Find out what’s included in the installation kit. Every installation kit comes with a basic set of cables, GPS and cellular antennas, and a power harness. Some vehicles may need additional cables, like an ECM cable. Find out which ones your fleet needs.
  3. Find out the tools you will need. Most GPS providers will be able to give you a list of the tools required to install their device, similar to the one below. It may seem redundant having all the tools handy will speed up the installation process, especially if you have multiple vehicles to install.
  4. Know the support provided for self-installations. No matter how qualified your technicians, the process is most likely going to run into an issue that leaves them scratching their heads. Undoubtedly your technicians can work through the issues, but if timeliness is your priority then having a support technician a phone call way could save you loads of money.

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BSM Technologies – A leading player in the M2M industry for 20 years, BSM continues to grow and has proven its sustainability in the GPS asset tracking and telematics industry. Our location-smart platform is ideal for managing the health and compliance of assets vital to your organization. Covering a wide range of industries from construction and rail to tanks and even HOS, BSM is your committed partner in assisting with all your fleet management solutions.

Today, our solutions are used to optimize and manage over 70,000 assets across 40 countries by some of the largest rail, construction, and commercial fleet organizations in the world. Experience our enterprise-focused solutions, robust capabilities, and customer-oriented culture.

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