03.07
2019

Construction Season: How to Avoid Theft and Damage

With construction season underway, it’s not uncommon to see heavy machinery, trailers, and sundry other tools left unattended on construction sites. And while signs like “No Trespassing” and the like may deter mischievous teenagers, it’s not going to do anything to stop thieves who want to cash in on the opportunity you left them.

According to research, a knowledgeable thief can enter a site, load the equipment, and be off within ten minutes. However, anything more than that and most thieves will move on to the next score. Additionally, many construction companies don’t have a simple loss prevention plan, so it may be days before they notice that tools are missing. This can result in a lot of wasted time and effort trying to recover and replenish tools, not to mention the time taken away from work.

Here are a few tips that can help construction companies, along with any company that deals in expensive inventory, keep track of their goods, save time and money, and keep on schedule with their projects.

Plan, Prevent, and Save

Simple software solutions can help your employees keep track and manage equipment easily and even automatically — without much effort. The solutions that we provide include GPS-enabled software that allows you to track and trace equipment in near real-time. So if your backhoe is moved from a site, you will be alerted via text and receive up-to-date positioning so you can see exactly where your equipment is.

Keeping track of your equipment through routine inventory checks can also be helpful for knowing where your tools and assets are and what’s missing. You can scan right from your phone and import that information via solutions like Wireless Forms.

Maine.gov also offers these helpful tips in preventing crime and securing your property.

  • Implement a documented check-out and -in system for all tools and equipment.
  • Establish an “end of shift” security inspection protocol.
  • Make unscheduled visits to work sites, including at night, on weekends, and on holidays.
  • Lock and immobilize equipment during non-work hours.
  • Utilize basic key control and specialized locks. Locks should be placed on all vehicles, portable equipment, storage sheds, trailers, and utility bodies when not in use. Use only high-security locks: pick-resistant, case-hardened, or laminated steel. If a chain is required, it should be case-hardened and thick enough to prevent easy cutting.
  • Attach anti-theft devices, such as steering wheel locks, kill switches, tire and wheel/axle locks, locked hood side plates, and locking fuel caps.
  • Whenever it is practical, all operating levers, handles, etc. should be stored under securely locked covers or lids.
  • Lock and protect equipment with an alarm system.
  • Avoid storing equipment overnight at the work site whenever possible.
  • In high crime areas and where values warrant it, consider hiring a security guard or using a surveillance system.
  • Fences are a good form of perimeter protection. Exits and entrances should be kept to a minimum. If it is not possible to fence an entire site, consider partially fencing it, including trailer, equipment, and storage areas.
  • Good lighting is extremely effective in deterring criminal activities. Keep storage areas well lit and free of hiding places, such as shrubbery and trees. Consider using motion-detecting floodlights.
  • Contact the local police before starting a job. Ask them to include the job site in their patrols. Ask neighbors to report suspicious activities.

To Aid in Recovery

  • Double-stamp all tools, equipment, and attachments with an identification number, one conspicuous and one hidden.
  • Display warning signs that indicate identification and serial numbers are recorded.
  • Paint your equipment with bright, easily recognizable colors to identify them from a distance.
  • Use aerosol-applied Microtaggants, thermostat plastic coatings that contain coded pigments or metal particles.
  • Stencil the state’s logo or other identifying marks on equipment.
  • Take photographs of your high-value pieces; catalog these photos and update them as equipment is purchased and sold.
  • Consider equipping each piece of high-value equipment with tracking devices.

After a Loss

  • Secure the scene.
  • Make a prompt and thorough report to a police agency and to the Risk Management Division.
  • Send theft alerts to equipment distributors.
  • Check eBay and used-equipment sales for your equipment.

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04.06
2019

The Benefits of Asset Tracking

Most businesses employing a mobile workforce also rely on at least a few pieces of vital equipment to conduct daily operations. With the power of Actsoft’s asset tracking technology, your team can keep constant tabs on its machinery and gain key benefits like these.

Theft prevention

Your assets, most likely, collectively add up to a high monetary value, making security crucial. Actsoft applications are able to provide you with an extra way to surveil any relevant equipment and protect it more effectively against being stolen. Return on investment comes in many different forms with our solutions; in addition to common benefits like better fuel efficiency and productivity, theft prevention helps companies like yours regularly receive additional savings.

Saved time

Leaving the assets your company regularly uses in the field overnight can reward your team with extra time to complete jobs. Rather than having to task your employees with returning equipment to the office before finishing a workday, you can allow staff to leave the machinery at the job site, giving them more time to complete work. Rest assured that assets remain safe while left behind, ready for use the following morning, as they’re being monitored via our GPS Tracking feature.

Increased accountability

Improper usage of assets by employees outside of working hours can be a big problem for businesses to deal with, especially if it’s a frequent occurrence. Implement a greater standard of workforce accountability through our GPS Tracking feature’s ability to pinpoint assets. If any pieces of equipment deviated from their specified locations after day’s end, you can see detailed reports of where they were taken, along with accompanying timestamps. You can even set up alerts to notify you if they move at unauthorized times.

Our asset tracking capabilities can help businesses in industries from construction to transportation improve their operations. Give your workforce an additional method of security by using Actsoft solutions to help safeguard the valuable equipment your business relies on today.

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15.05
2019

How Asset Tracking Can Help Recover Stolen Goods

It’s unfortunate, but with the number of products that are moved by trucks daily, fleets have become targets for thieves. Especially for trucks that have highly valuable cargo, it’s essential to have protection against situations similar to what happened to Transvalue, Inc. on I-95 in North Carolina back in 2015.

Armed robbers took more than $4 million in gold from the drivers of Transvalue. After holding up the drivers, the robbers unloaded barrels filled with gold and made their getaway in a separate vehicle. Neither driver was able to get a good look of the burglars, who made off with the gold.

A year later, a suspect was arrested after a friend tipped off the FBI. But by this point, the gold was broken down and sold. However, there is a scenario where police would have been able to recover the stolen gold and return it to Transvalue.

If the containers holding all those valuable assets had tracking devices like the ones we provide, inconspicuously placed in the containers, the thieves would not have gone far. Using the live GPS tracking feature would have allowed Transvalue to communicate with police and track down the criminals almost immediately. It provides a mapped location of every one of your assets at any given time.

It’s sad that crime can be so unrelenting and that Transvalue will never recover the gold, though they are attempting asset seizure of all the lavish purchases the robbers made. Catching criminals like these are a big deterrent that can help stop future crimes from occurring. But the lesson learned here is that it’s important to take every measure possible to keep the safety of cargo in mind. Be glad it wasn’t your company who learned this lesson the hard way and get your assets on track.

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11.04
2019

Feature Study: Alerts on Encore

Encore’s Alerts feature provides businesses with an extra dimension of insight into their mobile workforces. While displayed GPS locations of employees during working hours help to ensure that staff are at correct locations, Alerts notify administrators of certain events that occur during the course of a workday and help organizations expand the consistent return on investment they receive from using our solutions.

Geofence Alerts

Alerts bridge the gap between GPS Tracking and Geofences by using both of these features to keep a company’s administrators up to date about their employees’ activities during working hours. As Geofences are digital boundaries that companies can draw around job sites they frequent or areas they would like employees to stay out of, Alerts can be set up to run any time these boundaries are breached by employees or assets. Geofence Alerts are instrumental in protecting equipment from theft or improper use outside of normal working hours, and also improve employee accountability by helping supervisors ensure that staff are where they’re supposed to be when on the clock.

Vehicle Alerts

Fleet vehicles that register certain types of driving behaviors will also trigger alerts. Excessive speeding, aggressive braking, and hard accelerations are three instances where supervisors can receive notifications about the statuses of their convoys. Vehicle events can also be monitored via alerts. These include check engine lights, low battery indicators, and ignition on/off monitoring. Vehicle alerts are valuable to companies because they help improve driver safety, enhance fuel efficiency, and reduce vehicle wear-and-tear, all through the power of data collection and reporting.

As one of the most wide-ranging features of Encore, Alerts increases the versatility of a workforce by helping to keep mobile operations running smoothly. It serves as a money-saving tool that can be used around the clock, allowing your team to leave valuable equipment in the field overnight due to intuitive monitoring. To learn more about the capabilities of this feature and how it can take your business to the next level, schedule a live demo today.

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02.04
2019

Feature Study: GPS Tracking on Encore

Companies employing a mobile workforce are faced with a need to monitor their remote teams during working hours and ensure that operations remain productive. However, keeping tabs on dispersed staff, vehicles, and other assets can be difficult to do all at once. Encore’s GPS Tracking feature is able to eliminate this problem by providing a live view map that displays each relevant position in an intuitive, easy-to-understand format.

What are the benefits of GPS Tracking?

Managing a team of remote employees poses challenges in and of itself, no matter the industry. How can productivity be efficiently monitored by administrators back at a company’s headquarters? Encore’s GPS Tracking feature helps supervisors and executives ensure that their employees are where they need to be during working hours by reporting their near real-time locations.

Many companies also have valuable assets that they require to facilitate routine operations. GPS Tracking helps to bring down costs from wasted time and unnecessary fuel expenditure by making it easier for businesses to leave these pieces of equipment in the field overnight. Due to around-the-clock tracking, your team can experience additional potential benefits such as theft prevention and asset recovery, if something gets misplaced or improperly used.

The versatility of GPS Tracking is another aspect that provides return on investment. As one of the core features of Encore, GPS Tracking works in tandem with multiple other tools that the solution offers, like Job Dispatching, Alerts, and Wireless Forms. Use the near real-time locations of employees to reroute nearby workers to new jobs, receive notifications any time assets enter or exit specified parameters, and even see location-stamped markers whenever a digital form is submitted from the field.

GPS Tracking is Encore’s bedrock feature and remains one of the most important mobile resource management tools available today. Modern-day businesses like yours can use our location-enabled application to enhance productivity, optimize workflows, and manage with ease.

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27.11
2018

Stocks, Assets, and Work Site Tracking

For many investors, it’s a common belief that maintaining a diverse financial portfolio is an effective way to minimize risk. To those who follow this strategy, the idea is that holding stocks in multiple different sectors can potentially offset some of the losses that would’ve arisen from having placed all their chips on a single failing investment. Their ownership of shares in a wide array of other better-performing investments may serve as a buoy to the negatives that they’ll inevitably encounter when trading.

That being said, it should come as no surprise that purchasing shares of stocks always carries a certain measure of risk with it, as past returns will never guarantee future market results. However, the potential of compounding interest still entices investors to put their money into the market, and weigh its risks accordingly.

Physical assets that your company might own such as equipment, cargo, and fleet vehicles are all just as much valuable investments as they are functional tools, and with Actsoft solutions, they can be shielded from risk. Features of our software like GPS Tracking and Alerts help your team thoroughly manage its materials, and use them more efficiently in the field by detailing their near real-time locations. Any time you’re unsure of where a particular asset is located, simply open up your Actsoft application and pinpoint it.

Take asset security a step further with Geofences, another feature of our products. Using Geofences, you can draw boundaries around job zones on your solution’s live view map, and monitor any entries or exits of the perimeter by your team’s tracked equipment. Alerts keep administrators informed of work site activity on the fly, and help them verify that company tools are being used properly around the clock.

Never leave the assets that your business requires to chance with our solutions. Once risk has been eliminated from the picture of equipment security, retain peace of mind while your tools are dispersed, and allow some of the most accurate tracking technology available to start saving you money.

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25.09
2018

Industry Spotlight: Actsoft Solutions in Construction

Actsoft solutions help to power forward the construction industry by bringing dispersed workforces together. Three of the most important things for effective building strategies are consistently meeting deadlines, ensuring that worker safety remains accounted for, and protecting assets around the clock. All of these critical objectives can be attained using the capabilities of our software.

Stay right on schedule

Once a building project has been planned and announced, the clock is immediately ticking on its completion. One of the best ways for contractors to establish a sterling reputation with their customers is to consistently deliver on project timelines, and features of our solutions like Wireless Forms and Mobile Timekeeping make it easy to do. By allowing workers to complete more of their daily tasks while away from the home office, these tools help companies save time and money effectively.

Enhance work site safety

Construction work often times requires heavy machinery, which can carry a certain degree of danger. Actsoft’s GPS Tracking tool makes the pinpointed locations of employees readily available to see, so companies know exactly where their staff are in case of a critical situation. Dispatching is another powerful feature of our software that can help to keep employees safe, as it enables construction businesses to send out requests for assistance nearly instantly via wireless notifications, whenever an emergency might occur.

Keep important equipment secure

Heavy machinery like bulldozers, cranes, and crawler excavators can cost thousands of dollars to replace if lost. Thankfully, contracting companies can use Actsoft’s Asset Tracking technology to be constantly in-the-know about where their important construction equipment is. The ability to leave machinery dispersed in the field overnight gives businesses an immense amount of extra potential for savings, and with custom alerts for unauthorized movements, contracting businesses can rest assured that their assets are monitored around the clock.

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29.08
2018

Industry Spotlight: Actsoft Solutions in Agriculture

Agriculture has remained essential to human existence over the course of history. As society has developed, the process of growing and harvesting crops has become even more efficient than ever before, thanks to developments in technology over time which have helped this particular industry expand in terms of both volume and future potential. Farming is also an industry that’s proving to be more and more crucial as the world’s populace continues to increase. Still, it’s no easy feat to coordinate and provide a constant supply of food internationally.

To help facilitate this vertical’s around-the-clock processes, Actsoft solutions are here to provide practical applications for better operations management. These three features of our business solutions in particular are some of the most crucial for companies in the industry of agriculture, primarily due to their ability to enhance efficiency and keep valuable equipment in the field safe.

Asset Tracking

With Asset Tracking, farming businesses can keep tabs on the positions of important tools such as harvesting equipment and transportation supplies at virtually any time of the day. Collecting and distributing huge portions of crops in today’s age requires the use of heavy machinery to accomplish, and often times that heavy machinery isn’t cheap. Keep your agriculture company’s assets and equipment safeguarded 24/7 by using Asset Tracking to monitor them via GPS technology.

Wireless Forms

As another addition to the repertoire of the modern workforce, Wireless Forms’ applications in farming are frequently underestimated. Use this feature to streamline information flows on a digital scale, and complete documents such as orders, equipment repair forms, and data logs about harvest yields without having to deal with the inconveniences of paper.

Alerts

Alerts are able to add further security to assets by sending automatic notifications to property owners if a piece of equipment is moved without their authorization. In certain cases, Alerts is a feature that can also enable farmers to prolong the lifespan of their vehicular equipment by reminding them whenever routine maintenance needs to be performed. Through intelligent reporting, this capability helps agriculture businesses save on their bottom line by helping to reduce instances of equipment loss, and prevent cases of possible damage from occurring.

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