Equipment tracking specialist AMI Group has been named ‘Best for After-Theft Recovery Technology and Recognised Leaders in Plant Security Systems - UK’ as part of the esteemed 2016 Technology Innovator Awards. The awards are held in conjunction with CV magazine and are designed to recognise and reward the individuals and companies behind the ground-breaking technological developments that change the way we do business for the better.
This comes in conjunction with the last 12 months being amongst the most exciting in the company’s history. AMI Group has launched a revolutionary, industry-changing product called the AT5 - a self-contained, battery operated tracking device utilising GPS (Global Positioning System), GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and RF (Radio Frequency) technology. Just 21 x 55 x 52mm in size, the AT5 can be concealed almost anywhere on any piece of plant machinery without being detected and it utilises highly sensitive assisted GPS positioning which is accurate to within 1 metre and enables versatile fitment options compared to traditional GPS systems. With battery life of up to 18 years, it offers 30% better battery life than competitive products.
Commenting on the award win, AMI Group Operations Director Peter Stockton said: “It is a real honour for AMI Group to be recognised as leading the industry in plant security systems and after-theft recoveries, and it’s excellent recognition for our staff who work hard to recover stolen plant equipment on behalf of our customers. Despite efforts by the Police and the UK Government, plant theft still remains a huge problem and it is a major expense for many companies in the construction sector. We estimate that the average cost of a stolen machine is between £15,000 - £20,000, so if an item is stolen, this can prove extremely costly and inconvenient for companies to replace. Not only that, but it can lead to loss of business and significantly increased insurance premiums.
“We believe that our unique solutions lead the way as many of our competitors simply offer ‘off-the-shelf’ tracking solutions, but our solutions are completely bespoke and are designed to meet the tracking or fleet management needs of individual businesses. Although many of our customers have been with us a long time, the challenges they face are evolving and we evolve with them,” he continued.
AMI Group’s state-of-the-art tracking devices are covertly installed on plant machinery such as Excavators, Generators and Compressors to provide the ultimate in anti-theft protection. Developed using advanced GPS, GSM, RF and battery powered technology, customers can logon to the AMI Nexis web-based portal to establish the destination of plant equipment in the event of it being stolen. Customers can also use the system as a total fleet management solution to help reduce their fuel costs, reduce their carbon footprint or enhance productivity - and they can even remotely immobilise equipment from their mobile phone.
The company’s tracking devices utilise a private APN system which detects the strongest network signal available and sends its data using the best available network. This ensures optimal coverage and helps to eliminate black spots and loss of coverage. 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.