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TECHNOLOGY TOOLBOX GPS Device Tracks More than Location BY DEBRA WOOD QTANIUM 300, A GPS TRACKING DEVICE for off-road construction equipment, joins the Navman Wireless family of products and allows monitoring of all types of vehicles from a single interface. Rogers Group of Nashville, Tenn., an AGC of Tennessee member, tracks approximately 900 pieces of equipment with Navman Wireless devices. Phil Gosnell, operation improvement and corporate equipment manager, reports that it saves time, compared with paperbased checking on equipment, and “time is money.” Navman engineered and built Qtanium 300, the hardware, to withstand extreme conditions. It includes a waterproof enclosure and connecting cables. “It can handle vibrations, ruggedness, temperatures,” says Renaat Ver Eecke, vice president and general manager of Navman Wireless North America in Glenview, Ill. The device sends data to OnlineAVL2, which also can track on-road vehicles, such as superintendents’ trucks. Ver Eecke called the ability to see the location of both on- and off-road fleet vehicles in real time on the same map display more efficient and effective than using different programs for different kinds of vehicles. “The industry has high-value assets, all over the place, and they had a need to get information about utilization from them, remotely if they could,” Ver Eecke says. “They wanted one system for all makes and models.” With Navman Wireless’ Online AVL2, data can seamlessly flow from the telematics device to the contractor’s legacy accounting and billing system, allowing automatic charging for use of the asset. “Every day, the data is dumped in and people know what assets were used,” says Ver Eecke. Contractors are able to track the number of hours the vehicle runs, the time it is idle vs. in motion and fuel usage. “Navman gives us the ability to run idle reports based on GPS movements with a time frame,” says Gosnell. “The report goes to the foreman and the manager and a summary report to the vice president of the division. We can trim our cost by managing our idle time. Reducing our idle time even 1 percent across our fleet can equate to hundreds of thousands of dollars.” The software provides alerts when vehicles require maintenance — based on hours run or miles driven. Gosnell estimates that saves the company about $50,000 annually. continued on page 76 The Navman OnlineAVL2 home page lets managers monitor equipment in real time. 74 constructor | JU LY/ AU G U ST 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor -July/August 2012

Editor's Note
President's Message
CEO's Letter
Shaky System
Safety Matters
2012 Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
The Big Three
Fall Protection Training
AGC In Action
Finding the Net
Legal Perspective
AGC Cleans Up, Lowers Diesel Emissions
Company Fleets Going Biodiesel
Who Are You? Results of AGC’s Member and Vendor Survey
Transformation - Griffith Converts Brownfield Site into Healthy Park
BIM vs. Communication
Upcoming Events
Legislative and Regulatory News
Member and Chapter News
Smooth Sailing
Technology Toolbox
Q&A What's in Your Truck?
Leading the Way
Regional Resource Guide
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection

Constructor -July/August 2012