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GPS tracking for heavy equipment

  • 1.  GPS tracking for heavy equipment

    Posted 09-18-2019 11:38
    I'm wondering what GPS tracking tools others are putting on heavy equipment?  The main use for us would be in the event of a theft.

    Shawn Erickson CCIFP, CPA, MBA
    Chief Financial Officer
    C.J. Erickson Plumbing Co.
    Alsip, IL

  • 2.  RE: GPS tracking for heavy equipment

    Posted 09-19-2019 09:00
    Hi Shawn,
    We run about 2000 pieces of heavy equipment that are spread out all across the US.  Most of the new equipment comes with telematics already built into it which allows us to see exactly where the equipment is located.  However, for the few pieces of equipment that don't include that functionality we typically install LoJack so they can be located in case of theft.  I am not sure, but I think LoJack doesn't charge for this service unless the equipment is stolen, then they charge to recover it.  Overall, this makes it very cost effective.

    Steve Hathaway MS, ECM-P, BCM-P
    Chief Financial Officer
    Chief Information Officer
    SEMA Construction, Inc.
    Centennial CO
    (303) 627-2600

  • 3.  RE: GPS tracking for heavy equipment

    Posted 09-19-2019 12:05
    We use HCSS Telematics (we use HCSS HeavyBid & HeavyJob & Equip 360 also).
    We use it to track locations, meter hours, maintenance, speeding, etc.
    We started it on the company trucks first and now have them on all of our equipment including pumps.  We can get notifications if a pump shuts off, etc.

    Here's a link to learn about the product:

    Keisha Dillon
    Atlas Excavating Inc
    West Lafayette IN
    (765) 429-4800

  • 4.  RE: GPS tracking for heavy equipment

    Posted 09-19-2019 12:48

    We use Geotab ( for both our fleet and heavy equipment. You can create geofences for job sites that will allow you to run reports by job showing when equipment enters and leaves the jobsite. If you are concerned about theft, you can setup notifications when the equipment leaves the jobsite.

    Kevin Booth CCIFP
    Chief Financial Officer -- WestCor Companies
    Las Vegas NV
    (702) 433-1414 x115

  • 5.  RE: GPS tracking for heavy equipment

    Posted 09-25-2019 13:41
    ​We use Equipment Share, which gives us tracking, meter reads etc. as well as geofences that notify us when equipment is moved.  They are very cost effective.

    Denise Day CPA
    Phillips Hardy Inc.
    Boonville MO
    (660) 834-3030