The Agriculture Industry contributed more than $63 billion or 2.3% to Australia’s GDP in 2016-17. However, growth in this industry is slowing, leading causes are attributed to drought and equipment theft.
Budget Direct reveals that over 58,000 were stolen in Australia in 2019; up 9% from the previous year. A significant blow to farmers and managers in the agricultural sector, the costs associated with replacing this equipment and production downtime can be debilitating. So how can you keep track of farming equipment and prevent thievery?
There are a number of reasons for the thievery of farming equipment and vehicles:
- For illegal resale;
- To be dismantled for parts;
- Often the machinery taken isn’t used; it is just dumped or destroyed for the thrill of it.
Regardless of the reasons, it is costly for farmers and agriculture businesses. Addressing this problem is a must for those operating in the sector – and this becomes easier when you consider the positive impact of a GPS telematics system.
What GPS system can I use to monitor farming equipment?
Netstar has been a leader in the telematics space for nearly two decades, designing telematics monitoring equipment for use in monitoring rural plant equipment.
Farmers and operations managers often operate on huge swathes of land, so it is not always feasible to have equipment stored in a secure location or near a home depot. This is coupled with the issue of other GPS systems being unable to function without network connectivity in remote areas, meaning verifying the location and status of an expensive piece of equipment can be a challenge.
Netstar’s Advanced Vehicle Management (AVM) telematics system enables owners of farming machinery and vehicles to always watch over their property through a web-based app 24×7. The AVM system has numerous benefits, including:
- Real-time information on hours of operation, readings, and fuel usage.
- Security alerts in the event of equipment being moved or used outside of predefined hours of operation.
- Netstar’s AVM system integrates with most internet devices and operable over hundreds of kilometres, even in remote locations.
The AVM system can also be used to monitor the operations of machinery, to improve efficiency:
- Scheduled service alerts based on engine hours, time or distance travelled means your equipment is always in working order.
- Monitoring users means you can more easily offer equipment training and determine working rosters around equipment used in the field.
A GPS telematics system offers users peace of mind that their investment in costly machinery is protected, improving security and the efficiency of your operations.
Netstar Australia prides itself on being a reliable telematics provider with over 20 years’ experience offering solutions for consumers and business in all industries Australia wide. With two established products, Ezy2C and Pinpoint Communications, customers can enjoy peace of mind knowing they are getting accurate and reliable telematics data, helping to efficiently manage fleets and assets.
For more information about monitoring farming equipment to prevent rural theft, our friendly staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have, you can call us on 1300 728 882 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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