The integration of GPS systems has become indispensable for monitoring and safeguarding valuable machinery. While strategically placing GPS devices is crucial for effective asset management, it is equally important to be mindful of locations that could compromise the security and functionality of these tracking devices. In this blog, we’ll explore areas where GPS trackers should not be installed to ensure the safety, reliability and longevity of heavy equipment assets.
Let’s discuss areas you should avoid installing GPS devices.
Exposed External Surfaces
Avoid mounting GPS trackers on exposed external surfaces of heavy equipment. Placing trackers in plain sight makes them vulnerable to tampering and removal by thieves. Concealed placement reduces the risk of visual detection and deters unauthorized interference.
Easily Accessible Exterior Components
Steer clear of installing GPS devices on easily accessible exterior components such as fenders, hoods, or undercarriages. Criminals may target these areas for quick and straightforward removal, compromising the security of the tracking device.
Avoid running visible wiring from the GPS device to the power source. Exposed wiring not only makes the device more conspicuous but also increases the risk of tampering. Concealed wiring contributes to a more covert installation, minimizing the chances of interference.
Proximity to Metal or Magnetic Surfaces
Do not install GPS devices in close proximity to large metal surfaces, magnets or concealed in steel cages. Metal can interfere with the device’s ability to receive and transmit signals effectively, while magnets can disrupt the accuracy of GPS readings.
Areas Prone to Water Ingress
Avoid installing trackers in areas prone to water ingress or direct exposure to the elements. Water damage can compromise the functionality of the device over time, leading to malfunctions and rendering the tracker ineffective.
Extreme Heat or Cold Zones
Steer clear of locations exposed to extreme temperatures, such as the engine compartment or exhaust system. Excessive heat or cold can impact the device’s performance and longevity. Choose installation points that provide adequate ventilation and protection from temperature extremes.
Moving parts of Vibration-Prone Areas
Avoid mounting GPS devices on components that experience frequent vibrations or are part of moving machinery. If installed improperly the excessive vibration can affect the device’s stability and accuracy. Opt for secure locations that minimize exposure to constant movement.
What are some strategic places to install GPS devices to ensure optimal signal strength and minimize visibility? Let’s find out, here are a few to consider.
- Interior Compartments
GPS devices inside sealed and secure interior compartments so they’re not easily accessible or visible when inspecting the exterior of the equipment.
- Underneath the Cabin or Operator Compartment
Secure the GPS underneath the cabin or operator compartment. Ensure it is well-protected from the elements and out of sight during routine inspections.
- Within Engine Compartments
Placing GPS devices within the engine compartment ensures the device is shielded from extreme temperatures and direct exposure to water.
- Behind Instrumental Panels
Decorative panels or covers can be a distraction and misleading, providing an added layer of protection from visual detection.
- Behind Non-Essential Components
Installing devices in things such as armrests, under the seats, in the seat backrest are some that visually will be overlooked when inspecting or when a criminal is searching for the device to shut off.
Always prioritizing the functionality and signal strength of GPS devices should be number one when choosing concealed locations. Regularly inspect the chosen placement to ensure that it remains secure and does not compromise the equipment’s safety or performance. Additionally, be aware of any legal and regulatory considerations related to the installation of tracking devices on heavy equipment in your region.