Construction machines in the context of satellite monitoring systems are quite an unusual group of vehicles. This is mainly because the way they work. Usually they carry out their tasks in a relatively small area of project, they do not move at high speeds, and their constant visualization on the map, though necessary, is not the most important element of the monitoring system.
Optimisation and efficiency – generating savings
Owners and managers of machine facilities aim primarily at achieving two main goals. The first is to optimise the costs relating to operation of machine facilities. Secondly, to use the available resources as efficiently as possible.
It is also important to automate a number of typical activities when calculating the work of construction machines. As with other types of vehicles, it is important to limit the time needed to monitor and physically carry out servicing and maintenance tasks.
Needs of managers of machine facilities:
- Measurement of the actual machine working time
- Measurement of the actual operator’s working time
- Measurement of the actual working time on specific construction sites (projects)
- Measurement of fuel consumed
- Control of refuelling from container and/or mobile filling stations
- Elimination of employee fraud
- Theft protection
- Automation of maintenance processes related to machine facilities (servicing, inspection, replacement of parts, insurance)
- Machine location in real time
- Notification of desired or undesired events
In recent years, the percentage of equipment theft from construction sites has been increasing in Poland. Construction machines are more and more often stolen and sold abroad. It is therefore a good idea to invest in activities that will protect even smaller construction machines from disappearing from the construction site.
The type of theft protection most commonly used by the owners of equipment is machinery insurance. However, such protection is not sufficient. If a machine is stolen from the construction site, the owner must face a complicated and time-consuming damage claim process. It is therefore a good idea to invest in activities that will protect even smaller construction machines from disappearing from the construction site.
The SATIS system is certainly a solution that can help locating the equipment; it uses GPS tracking units to accurately determine the vehicle location.