Tenna Launches TennaINTEL Smart Equipment Tracker/BLE Reader and TennaBLE RT1 Beacon

Both the TennaINTEL and TennaBLE RT1 devices were designed with construction use cases in mind and tested in construction environments.

Both the TennaINTEL and TennaBLE RT1 devices were designed with construction use cases in mind and tested in construction environments.
Both the TennaINTEL and TennaBLE RT1 devices were designed with construction use cases in mind and tested in construction environments.
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Tenna has released TennaINTEL, providing a way to track and manage heavy equipment as well as ancillary assets around yards and jobsites, and the newest addition to the family of TennaBLE Beacons, the TennaBLE RT1 for small tools.

Available in a plug-in or solar configuration, TennaINTEL is the latest iteration of equipment trackers in Tenna’s hardware suite.

Designed for tracking heavy or mid-sized equipment, the plug-in configuration (TennaINTEL P1) reads ignition on/off information for understanding utilization in addition to GPS location tracking. The solar-only configuration (TennaINTEL S1), for trailers and other mid-sized assets without engines, monitors location when stationary or when in motion (e.g., being towed). TennaINTEL P1 sources power from the asset when running, without drawing from the asset battery when the ignition is off. Both versions of the TennaINTEL recharge with the sun via a solar cell and offers expanded memory for reporting when working in areas without cellular coverage, which is a challenge contractors face when working in remote locations.

TennaINTEL reads Bluetooth Low Energy beacons around it – which contractors can use to track ancillary assets such as small tools, parts, attachments, accessories and other consumable or material inventory – in conjunction with the machine it is installed on. With TennaINTELs installed on heavy equipment that moves around jobsites or equipment that lives in the yard, contractors can create a “network effect” of assets in their fleet and across their areas of operations all tracked and managed on Tenna; a “network” that can continuously expand thanks to Tenna’s durable hardware that allows contractors to track specialized items in their mixed construction fleets that they never had tracking solutions for previously.

Along with TennaINTEL, Tenna has released the newest model of its Bluetooth beacon, the TennaBLE RT1, intended for autonomous small asset and tool tracking. Compact in size, as Tenna’s smallest BLE offering at just 1.71-in. in diameter, this device lends itself to installations with limited available real estate.

Both the TennaINTEL and TennaBLE RT1 devices were designed with construction use cases in mind and tested in construction environments.

“TennaINTEL creates an additional mechanism for reading BLE beacons more frequently,” said Enrique Alfaro, director of hardware at Tenna. “This product pairing eliminates a potential barrier by taking the human element out of BLE reading and reduces the risk of not being able to capture data when there are no personnel nearby with their phones to pick up the signals.” For contractors with labor shortages or working in remote, wide-spread work areas, this can make a big difference for regular, reliable location tracking. 

The intent behind these products is for contractors to expand the types of assets they can track and manage within their fleet. “Contractors routinely lose their small assets and overrun the small tools budgets on their jobs. TennaINTEL paired with TennaBLE beacons eliminates the daily yard walk and provides an effortless, efficient and low-cost method for contractors to track assets without engines alongside their entire mixed fleet,” said Jose Cueva, co-founder and VP of product at Tenna. “With this premium product pairing, contractors can autonomously monitor the location of items that always gave them a headache to find.”

With TennaINTEL, multiples of these assets, when tagged with one of Tenna’s BLE Beacons (up to 128 beacons at a time), can be read for autonomous location tracking in tandem with monitoring a piece of equipment.

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