A Nevada Landscaping and Maintenance contractor had luck on their side on Wednesday, December 13. In early December, the company began installing On-Board Communications’ AssetTraks™ units on their equipment to remotely monitor engine hours. Eight days after installing a unit on a Caterpillar 416C Backhoe, the backhoe disappeared from a job site. Although the backhoe was also equipped with LoJack, the police were unable to locate it. On-Board was then notified and asked if they could locate the backhoe. Within minutes, the On-Board Help Desk was able to provide both the location and specific GPS coordinates where the backhoe was located. On-Board immediately placed the AssetTraks unit in stolen mode, which sends an email to designated individuals if the unit moves. At 2:43 P.M., an email was received indicating that the backhoe was moving. On-Board immediately called the contractor, and learned that the contractor was hauling the backhoe back to their job site, a sucess of the system.
“We never thought that our investment in On-Board AssetTraks units would pay for itself in less than a month.... The $50,000 dollars we saved in quick recovery of the backhoe more than pays for the investment in AssetTraks for our entire fleet.”
Controller, Nevada Landscaping & Maintenance contractor
“When our rental customer arrived at their job site Friday morning, September 8th they found that the backhoe they had rented from our office was gone. Although we could have logged on to the On-Board equipment tracking web site, we opted to contact On-Board directly. On-Board sprung to action and located the unit on a ranch about ten miles from the construction site. On-Board faxed several maps indicating the route of the backhoe and the location where it could be recovered. Our rental customer contacted the police who, within two hours, recovered the backhoe from the ranch.
Had we not invested in On-Board AssetTraks™ technology, the backhoe would have been lost, costing our rental customer over $32,000 plus the hassle of filing multiple insurance claims forms. On-Board helped us locate the unit and saved our customer thousands of dollars.”
Rental Manager, Texas Equipment rental company
Thursday, November 2, was an exciting day for the founders and owners of this Electrical contractor located in Fort Worth, Texas. When workers arrived at the company’s secure facility, they found the gate open and the security system compromised. Employees noticed tools, several rolls of wire and a Ford van missing from the lot.
Fortunately, they had AssetTraks, GPS tracking devices by On-Board Communications, installed in their vehicles. The contractor logged onto the company’s AssetTraks web page and was directed to the location where the vehicle had stopped at 5:21 AM. They drove to the address which was a local motel. The missing van was sitting in the parking lot. The company contacted the police who dispatched a special theft task force. The contractor and the task force waited until the alleged thieves exited the motel room.
One person was apprehended immediately, the other tried to run. Both men were captured and now face felony vehicle theft charges.
The depreciated value of the recovered truck and equipment were valued in excess of $20,000.
Using the system, detectives noticed the stolen van had made one additional stop before arriving at the hotel. They went to that location and found another stolen vehicle, along with several stolen tools. One AssetTraks unit, two vehicles recovered…..
Not bad for ˝ day’s work!
Contractor – Fort Worth, TX
“Thanksgiving weekend someone stole one of my 12 Bobcats. We immediately contacted LoJack. They were unable to find my unit. We called On-Board Communications, whose units were installed for tracking engine hours, and they went to work. Within minutes they had located our unit and the police were dispatched. The unit was located in Leon Valley, a suburb of San Antonio. The Leon Valley police department was not equipped with the LoJack equipment necessary to find my stolen Bobcat unit.”
“Thank-you On-Board Communications!”
President and Owner, Construction company, San Antonio, TX
“We installed On-Board in place of Qualcomm, our previous provider. Our investment in On-Board Communications OBC9000 has been less than half the price of our previous system, and the service price is one fourth the investment.”
Owner, Equipment rental company