In June, Cat dealer Ring Power’s Sarasota, Florida, facility was robbed. Someone cut a hole in the fence, rammed through the north gate of the property and fled the scene in a Cat Truck. But there’s a happy ending to this story. Because the CT660 comes standard with Product Link, Caterpillar’s comprehensive asset and fleet management tool, police were able to locate and recover the stolen truck quickly.
How can Product Link help you prevent theft and misuse? Let’s look at three features built into the system that you can use to keep your Cat Truck (and other equipment) secure.
1. Map it
Product Link shows you the location of your Cat Truck in real-time, 24 hours a day, on an easy-to-use map with GPS coordinates. You can use the system’s built-in Google mapping functionality to choose from street, satellite and hybrid views. (Satellite views are helpful if your site is located in a rural area.) You can also see a GPS “trail” that shows where your truck has been over time.
2. Set boundaries
If your Cat Truck isn’t supposed to venture outside a specific area (like your jobsite or the facility where you store it overnight or on weekends), Product Link lets you set site boundaries to make sure it stays put. Using the hybrid map view, which combines street map and satellite views, you can create a boundary outline that follows roads and terrain features. You can even divide your site into zones to monitor truck movement within the area.
3. Get alerts
Product Link generates a wide range of alerts, and you can customize which ones you receive. So if you want to know when your Cat Truck starts up after hours or moves outside the designated boundaries you’ve set, you can create an alert for that—and Product Link will let you know via email, text or both, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Another bonus: Because the Product Link technology is buried deep in the dash inside your Cat Truck, and there are no external antennas that can be broken off, it’s nearly impossible for thieves to disable.
Want to learn more about how Cat Product Link can help you prevent theft, as well as reduce costs and improve performance? Watch the overview video.