GPS for the rest of us: Porticos contributes product design to new, affordable asset-tracking device

The ViaTRAX QuickCheck Asset Management (VQAM) is a uniquely durable and cost-efficient GPS-based asset tracker

When your inventory and your company assets are expensive, it’s good to know where they are and how they’re doing. But tracking devices can be bulky and cost prohibitive, meaning only the biggest of budgets can afford the luxury of resource tracking.

ViaTRAX QuickCheck Asset Management (VQAM) is the new solution: it’s a uniquely durable and cost-efficient GPS-based asset tracker, about the size of a deck of cards. Its affordability could bring the security and logistics of asset tracking to more industries than ever before. Built by the ViaTRAX Automation Corporation, VQAM is one of the smallest, longest lasting and simplest GPS asset trackers in the world, at a price in reach of small- to mid-size companies and individuals.

But because the device needed to be both small and capable, ViaTRAX Automation partnered with Porticos to develop the product’s plastic enclosure. ViaTRAX realized that to achieve the form factor and durability required, they needed to partner with companies experienced in developing rugged wireless devices.  Porticos and Device Solutions were the obvious choice to meet ViaTRAX’s development needs.

The ViaTRAX QuickCheck Asset Management (VQAM) is a uniquely durable and cost-efficient GPS-based asset tracker
Porticos delivered a robust weatherproof enclosure in an inconspicuous package.

The Porticos team had to meet very demanding product requirements for this design. The team had to ensure the plastic enclosure would keep the device small while also providing room for a battery, circuit board, sensors, and mounting flanges while maintaining a small footprint. Furthermore the device needed to meet ingress protection standard IP67 (waterproof to 1 meter and dust tight) while maintaining a discreet look.

“After decades in the tech industry, our core team has a lot of experience in software and business in general however we are relative newcomers to hardware design and manufacturing,” said Sean Webster, VP of Business Development. “Porticos has been so helpful in the design process. They were friendly, attentive to detail and helped us learn along the way. We are very pleased with the final design and are impressed with the final product.  We would not be where we are today without the help and expertise of Porticos.”

What makes the VQAM even more capable is that it can provide location information even when a GPS signal is unavailable,” explains Porticos Lead Project Manager Ludmila West. “In those situations, for example if the asset is inside a metal building, the VQAM switches from GPS location to using the cellular towers for location.”

The VQAM is a small, durable, battery powered GPS asset tracker which can be easily mounted to the asset.  It is built to operate for up to three years with periodic location and health reporting. Overall, this dynamic unit is ideal for inexpensive asset tracking across industries and consumer types.  The ViaTRAX VQAM is another example of how Porticos Designs Products for the way We’re Designed.

The ViaTRAX QuickCheck Asset Management (VQAM) is a uniquely durable and cost-efficient GPS-based asset tracker