Could GPS Farm Equipment Tracking Systems Help You During Harvest?

Some experts say the 2013 harvest will produce a record yield of corn and soybeans, with a projected income of $120.6 billion for the industry. This means more trucks on the road, more equipment in the field, more employees scattered all over, more loads to deliver and more paperwork to fill out and keep track of.

This is the busiest time of the year for the farm industry, and staying on top of all aspects of the business becomes a grueling task. But there are ways to ensure that all operations continue to run smoothly.

Manage Farm Equipment Status

During harvest you have numerous trucks and machines completing multiple tasks every day. Combines and are working hastily to get turn the latest crop, grain trucks are hauling load after load and tractors are tilling harvested land to prepare for next season. How are you supposed to keep track of it all?

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Many of those in the agriculture industry are starting to utilize an equipment tracking system in their business to decrease the hassles that come with the chaos. Businesses that run an equipment tracking system can instantly locate all equipment, whether it’s on a delivery, been misplace or stolen. On a computer or tablet device, you can pull data on GPS locations, engine runtime and machine health. By leveraging all this information, you will make better business decisions and complete harvest faster and more profitable.

Keep Harvesting Equipment Healthy

Nothing is more stressful then being on a time crunch. With a small window of opportunity to get the crops off the field, costly breakdowns can be a major detriment to production and morale. Integrating a maintenance solution into your business is one of the best ways to stay on top of equipment health and recover quickly from breakdowns or problems.

The system allows you to schedule maintenance based on usage or time, set alarms to alert you when maintenance is due and track maintenance trends with history reports. Other little things such as encouraging employees to watch how hard they break and shift, and reducing idle times, can also go a long way in keeping equipment healthy. When you stay on top of equipment health, you not only extend the machines life, but you stay on top of your business.

Track Farm Asset Location

Knowing machine location and health status is vital to run a successful harvest operation, however, maintaining your non-powered assets is just as important. Tanks and storage bins, along with trailers and grain carts, are often left sitting in remote areas for a long period of time.

This can lead to assets being forgotten then lost, or even stolen. Asset tracking systems designed specifically for non-powered assets keep you updated on locations at all times. Geo-fenced areas and landmarks can be created with configured alarms to notify you via text or email if an asset moves from a specific location to prevent theft or unauthorized use. With asset tracking, you can keep your eyes on the field at all times.

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Pedigree Technologies and DOT Compliance Help, Create Compliance Solutions

FARGO, N.D. Pedigree Technologies, LLC today announced their partnership with DOT Compliance Help, Inc, combining technology and consulting expertise to improve carrier safety, compliance, and productivity.

“With new emerging technologies, companies now have the tools necessary to make the jobs of fleet executives, managers and drivers easier;” said Alex Warner, CEO of Pedigree Technologies, “Coupling our fleet management solutions with DOT Compliance Help’s deep understanding of rules and regulations will provide our customers with multiple resources when managing compliance. This will ensure drivers and employees not only understand compliance, but see the value in using tools to improve safety.”

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Frost & Sullivan Commends Pedigree Technologies for Setting a New Standard in the Fleet Management Market

OneView significantly reduces downtime in service chain management by using real-time data from all mobile equipment, field workers, and vehicles

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Tuesday, February 28, 2012 – Based on its recent analysis of the machine-to-machine (M2M)-based fleet management software market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Pedigree Technologies with the 2011 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation. Pedigree Technologies OneView® uniquely combines fleet and mobile resource management to automate workflow in transportation, logistics, and field service.

Rather than simply be a global positioning system (GPS) tracking solution and reporting back to a central management system, OneView provides diagnostic reports on the status, inventory, and performance of mobile and remote equipment. This enables the solution to deliver predictive maintenance and just-in-time inventory management. Further, the OneView software ensures that a single system tracks vehicles, other mobile equipment, and mobile field workers. It presents detailed analytical reports of mobile staff and equipment through a Web-based graphical user interface (GUI) to the fleet management and operations personnel.

OneView is available as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), which allows it to leverage advanced cloud computing techniques in real time, from any location in the world. The system presents fewer complexities than earlier client-server based solutions. It generates alerts for scheduled vehicle maintenance, thus preventing downtime. It also provides visual reports of routes taken and fuel expended, which can be accessed through smartphones and tablets.

Being web-based, OneView does not require any software installations, significantly reducing the overall cost of installation and ownership. It also saves on accessories, as it requires minimal hardware to function.

“OneView software supports leading mobile communication technologies to enable efficient communication between the software and the sensor elements that collect the field data,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Rinita Sen. “These embedded sensors are used for monitoring the condition of the vehicles and other mobile equipment.”

Pedigree Technologies recently announced a tablet application for Fleet Management called OneViewPOV to address the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requirements for electronic driver logs and on-board recorders that are automatically synced to the OneView cloud-application platform.

The oil and gas sector has seen a 20 percent increase in the productivity of their drivers and field workers, and a 10 percent rise in profit after implementing the OneView system. Certain industrial applications have even registered a 30 percent increase in profitability and an 80 percent reduction in equipment downtime. The system has also been used to monitor equipment such as boilers and coolers.

“Pedigree Technologies has successfully penetrated industry verticals such as oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, construction, mechanical services, logistics, utilities, and equipment rental,” notes Rinita Sen. “OneView allows users to shift to predictive maintenance of vehicles and other mobile equipment, thus significantly increasing its market penetration potential.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that demonstrates innovation in developing a product. The recipient leverages leading-edge technologies to offer value-added features while increasing the ROI for customers. In turn, the innovation enables the company to acquire new customers and increase its market penetration. Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Pedigree Technologies

Pedigree Technologies provides M2M business solutions that connect and automate sensor-enabled physical assets to give organizations real-time visibility into operations, inventories, and logistics. Pedigree Technologies OneView® is a suite of cloud- and tablet-based applications that help increase enterprise profits by improving productivity and collaboration of fleets, field service workers, and machines. Built on a unique and scalable platform, Pedigree solutions bring together disparate information to help companies increase operational efficiencies, improve workflow, manage inventories and logistics, and maintain equipment—all in one simple system. To learn more, visit

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