March 16, 2016
More and more of AMI Group’s customers are using the firm’s tracking systems to combat the theft of equipment over and above traditional plant machinery such as Excavators, Rollers, Generators and Compressors. Welfare Units are proving increasingly popular for equipment tracking and one of AMI’s Group’s latest recoveries demonstrates the effectiveness of the company’s tracking systems to enable the rapid recovery of stolen equipment.
The customer contacted AMI Group to advise that a Boss Welfare Unit worth £15,000 had been stolen from a site in Walsall over the weekend. Fortunately, the Welfare Unit had been fitted with an AMI Nexis tracking system which utilises GPS (Global Positioning System) street level mapping to pinpoint the exact location of the equipment in question. AMI’s monitoring station immediately advised that the stolen Welfare Unit was located some 60 miles away on farmland in Lower Eggleton in Ledbury, Herefordshire. The customer was also able to login to the Nexis web-based user portal to view its exact location and the route that had been taken when the unit was stolen.
The Police were advised and the AMI Group monitoring station continued to view the unit online until the Police arrived at the site in question. The customer was also able to go to the site and recover the stolen Welfare Unit. Enquiries are still ongoing with the Police.
Peter Stockton, Operations Director at AMI Group said: “Although many of our customers use our tracking systems to protect the more traditional items of plant machinery against theft, we have seen a trend in equipment such as Welfare Units being fitted with anti-theft devices. The size of Welfare Units does not appear to deter thieves and because this type of equipment is becoming increasingly susceptible to theft, we are in the process of developing an anti-theft tracking device specifically designed for the temporary accommodation market.”
AMI offers a number of state-of-the-art tracking solutions and fleet management systems for applications including plant and vehicle tracking. One of the company’s latest innovations is the AMI Nexis AT5, a self-contained, battery operated tracking device which utilises state-of-the-art GPS, GSM and RF technology. Reporting to and visible via the AMI Nexis Software Platform 24/7, the AT5 is lightweight, small sized (21 x 55 x 52mm) and can be concealed almost anywhere on any asset. Via its advanced battery management software, the unit has the capacity to last up to 15 years and it is backed by IP68 waterproof rating, ensuring it is robust and heavily protected. The device has the ability to be traced both outdoors and indoors even in very remote locations. In situations where GPS is unavailable, the device relays GSM cell site positions and the internal RF beacon can be activated to assist in locating stolen assets.