Geoforce, provider of global traceability solutions for field equipment, announced Wednesday commercial availability of its next generation GTx family of satellite-based, battery-powered GPS equipment tracking devices.
The GTx line currently includes the GT1 Global Asset Tracker, a ruggedized, intrinsically safe tracking device with IECEX/ATEX Zone 0 certification that allows it to operate safely for extended periods in explosive and other extreme environments, and the GT0 Compact Asset Tracker, small industrial grade GPS tracker.
Both devices, which operate with Geoforce’s Track and Trace web-based software and mobile application, can be purchased at the Geoforce Direct online store, or by contacting a Geoforce representative.
The GT1 tracks assets in locations challenging for other GPS devices. The GT1’s unique rugged metal bezel and hermetically-sealed construction provides durable protection from extreme temperatures, forces and chemicals. Apart from being rugged, the GT1 is also safe as it has achieved the highest IECEx/ATEX Zone 0 rating.
The fully satellite-based communication for visibility in remote locations; fast deployment anywhere with no additional infrastructure required; global transmission without complex data roaming agreements, and comes certified to operate in numerous countries.
The GT0 is a palm-sized, fully sealed, global asset tag. Though satellite- based has been around for several equipment types, previous hardware options were too big or expensive. With its compact size
and tough build, the GT0 is ideal for all types of field equipment and shipping containers. The device, paired with Geoforce’s Track and Trace web-based software, helps minimize lost revenue, recover lost and misplaced equipment, reduce underutilized equipment, verify billing, and efficiently retrieve and manage inventory.
Significant improvements in embedded power management have maximized battery life even in the harshest environments. Embedded batteries eliminate the hassle of field replacement and create a “set-and-forget” customer experience with no maintenance for up to six years, depending on usage profile and operating environment. The devices also support Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE 4) interface to enable third party sensors and interaction with mobile devices.
“With the launch of our GT1 and GT0 products in 2013, Geoforce created the market for highly ruggedized, intrinsically safe tracking devices,” said James S. MacLean III, Geoforce’s president & CEO. “Over the last three years, we’ve deployed nearly 50,000 of the previous generation devices in over 70 countries. That experience led us to numerous advancements which have resulted in the new GTx family being the most rugged, reliable, and intelligent devices on the market.”
The next generation GTx devices were subjected to intense quality assurance and reliability testing. “Through our rigorous global testing program, this new line has proven its durability, water-resistance and long battery life even before becoming commercially available,” said Gary Naden, CTO of Geoforce.