Data and GPS capabilities now offered on Subsite UtiliGuard locating system
Subsite Electronics has introduced the UtiliGuard 2, a new multi-frequency utility locator based on the popular UtiliGuard system. Available in Standard and Advanced models, UtiliGuard 2 takes all the proven performance-boosting features of the original UtiliGuard and adds several important new capabilities including an all-new user interface, integrated data capture, and GPS positioning.
The new UtiliGuard 2 user interface was designed with industry specialists and trainers to feature simplified graphics that are easier and faster to interpret. Operators will notice an obvious change in screen layout when directly over a utility locate, providing positive confirmation. The new combination of screen graphics delivers increased operator confidence, locate consistency and operational performance.
"UtiliGuard 2 automatically captures data without altering the operator's normal workflow," said Richard Fling, Utility Locating Product Manager. "This data can be used by operators to verify their performance and demonstrate quality and process compliance in the field. Supervisors can also use this data to track performance, compare it with benchmarks and enable actionable outcomes to be implemented. This reporting and auditing capability helps increase quality, reduce cable strikes and increase productivity across multiple crews."
In addition to data-logging capabilities, the UtiliGuard 2 introduces integrated GPS positioning to the product line. This addition offers improved activity reporting to a system already known for its accurate performance.
Like the original, the UtiliGuard 2 Advanced model features Ambient Interference Measurement (AIM) technology that automatically recommends the best signal frequency. It also offers a 5-watt or 12-watt transmitter that drives signals farther down large, direct-buried utilities. The system also provides both the horizontal and vertical distance (depth) to the utility to enable users to make accurate locates of obstructed utilities.
"The UtiliGuard system already had features you can't get on other locators," said Fling. "UtiliGuard 2 just adds to it, offering owners a clear understanding of operations activity by documenting locate accuracy and operations performance for better and more consistent results on jobsites and across their entire business."
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Industries such as construction, mining, energy, utilities and forestry, face many challenges when it comes to tracking assets and employees. Equipment often has to be transferred between locations, or monitored while it is dormant during off seasons. Lone workers may have to travel long distances or visit multiple sites during the course of their activities. And, all of this is further complicated today with shifting supply chains and economic realities putting further strain on the bottom line.