The customer

Our client is a machinery rental company in the Autonomous Community of Madrid with more than 200 machines between lifting platforms, generator sets and small machinery. The challenge was to reduce theft of machinery, as they had increased substantially in recent months.

The challenge

In recent months, there had been a significant increase in thefts that occurred regularly in all the works where this type of machine works. The increase from the previous year had been more than 40%.

Although the machines had GPS tracking devices in order to be able to locate them in case of theft, the thieves

  1. The GPS devices used required connection to the machine’s battery (machines with built-in battery) and were of considerable size, which prevented them from being effectively hidden.
  2. Devices that did not require a battery connection were large in size which prevented their concealment and required disassembly every 4-6 months to recharge them.
  3. Due to the size of such devices, it was not possible to use them in small machines without grinding battery, small generators, etc., as they were easily located by thieves.
  4. The devices used emitted constantly, which made it easier to detect them by the scanner used by the thieves.

The solution, reducing machine thefts

For the reduction of machine thefts, B’Smart installed its device for thefts with dimensions of 48X42x16mm and a range of 3.5 years (a geolocation/day), which does not require battery connection and can be installed in all types of machinery, regardless of size. Control of machinery theftThis device works with the same B’Smart fleet management platform and has the ability to send and receive reconfiguration SMS if necessary. In addition to geolocation through GPS, it allows geolocation through triangulation using telephone towers, which has proven very useful in cases where thieves hide the machine in an industrial warehouse or a parking lot where there is no GPS connectivity.

The great advantage of this device is that being so small in size and does not require a battery connection, it can be hidden anywhere in the machine pretending to be another piece. In addition, it is undetectable by the scanner, since under normal conditions it emits only once a day.

“Since working with B’Smart we have achieved the reduction of machinery thefts. In addition, we have the possibility of hiding them in such a way that it is impossible to find them by the friends of others. These devices are so small that they look like just another piece of the machine. We have, therefore, reduced thefts to practically zero, as well as the time we invest in their installation and change of batteries”

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