5 reasons you should consider asset tracking software

Businesses that operate a fleet of portable equipment critical to their operation often find it difficult to keep track of where their assets are and if they are being used efficiently.

Here are 5 reasons you should consider an asset tracking software.

1. Ensure maximum utilisation of assets

By monitoring y our productivity rates you can determine what equipment is being under-utilised. This information means you are better placed to determine how to best deploy the asset, for example idle assets can be redeployed.

Historical usage data can also assist with accurate billing, better warranty recovery, and in future planning.

2. Know where your assets are

Asset tracking allows you to view where your assets are at any point in time. Locate misplaced items, or track down stolen assets. Quick action might be the difference when retrieving your asset and preventing damage and losses.

3. Minimise downtime by managing maintenance

Knowing the usage of your assets gives you the ability to plan maintenance, keeping your equipment running reliably and reducing unplanned outages. Adopt a preventative and predictive approach to the service and maintenance of your equipment.

4. Save your time!

Manual asset tracking is time consuming. There are many moving parts to keep track of and human error can sneak in. Imagine opening a screen that keeps track of your vehicle fleet and portable equipment – all in the one place.

5. Increase safety

Safety for your employees and safety for your assets. Asset tracking allows you to quickly find staff’s assets if they become not contactable. The increased accountability can also mean that your equipment is being treated the way they should be.

Whether you’ve got a fleet of vehicles, a contractor workforce, or a range of portable assets Trimble has a range of solutions. Find out more.

Changes to Differential GPS licensing

Make sure you know about the licensing requirements following the 400 MHz band changes.

Frequencies that used to be allocated to Differential GPS (DGPS) are now being used by government services like law enforcement and emergency services.

If you operate your DGPS equipment on these frequencies, you could disrupt or prevent these critical public safety services from doing their job. Causing interference to other services means you could be fined or taken to court.

It is also an offence to operate an unlicensed radiocommunications device under the Radiocommunications Act 1992. If found guilty an individual could face jail terms of up to 2 years and body corporates could receive a penalty of up to $270,000 (1,500 penalty units). Other penalties may apply, for example the interference offence provisions in Part 4.2 of the Act.

What to know about licensing your DGPS

  • Operation of all DGPS equipment must be authorised by a relevant radiocommunications licence.
  • All of the licence conditions must be met, including the permitted operating frequency, bandwidth, allowable transmitting power, location and antenna details.
  • The licence issued will allow DGPS operation at one fixed site (site-specific operation) or within a larger geographic area (area-wide operation).
  • If you are using a third parties radio communications licence you must have written authorisation and meet all conditions stated in the document.
  • A site specific licence is required for any fixed base stations in use greater than 4 weeks.

SITECH Construction Systems is able to issue third party authorisation for area wide frequencies under set conditions and limited time frames. This allows customers to begin work while organising their own licence based on site requirements.

Want to find out more, or not sure if you’re operating your DGPS legally?

  • Call the AMCA on 1300 850 115.
  • Speak with your authorised SITECH dealer – 1800 748 324.
  • Learn more on our website.
  • Get the facts at acma.gov.au/400MHz.

This is not legal advice and should not be relied on as such. Independent advice should be sought if required.

Visualising mining data


According to Nathan Pugh, Business Area Director Mining Solutions for Trimble, the easy solutions for achieving efficiencies have been achieved. Companies now need to connect their different silos in the mining environment and value chain to optimise their operations and achieve efficiencies.

Nathan details how the Microsoft HoloLens is able to help companies do that by visualising data.

See what he has to say in this Microsoft blog article.

Contact us if you would like to learn more about the Microsoft HoloLens.


GDA94 has updated to GDA2020

The Geocentric Datum of Australia was adjusted on 1 January 2017.

This is to combat the movement of the tectonic plate on which Australia sits, more than 1.5m north-east since 1994. This movement creates discrepancies between local and global coordinates that are derived from GNSS.

Make sure that you are aware of the sources of your data, including the datum, to ensure you maintain your degree of precision.

The video below from Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping’s (ICSM) explains the datum upgrade in more detail.