After losing 2 handheld blowers w/5.0ah batteries off the truck I'm wanting GPS trackers

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$600 in equipment is going to be a difficult replacement and I'd like to have some sort of GPS tracking device like the Tile on the next blower combos. This way if anything comes up missing I can locate it. Would you connect it to the battery so that it always has power?
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Adam Neusbaum

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Oh my had the back pack blower with a 7.5ah battery stolen from the back of my truck. Cops went through cctv and caught some gardeners stealing it : (.
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Milwaukee One Key will do what you need
https://www.milwaukeetool.com/OneKey

We use this on all of our Milwaukee tools, our ladders, tractors, etc...:)
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Tile won't work. It uses Bluetooth, not GPS. You need to be within about 100 feet for it to work.

Is this a work truck someone is stealing them from? My neighbor learned the hard way that his work truck had to have locking bins.
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Milwaukee's One Key and Tick systems use bluetooth.  The way they work is, they constantly look for a One Key enabled smartphone to connect with, and if found, transmit their location.  I believe this information is relayed back to the owner of the tool and the police can be notified of the location.

It relies on the popularity of the Milwaukee app, but that's not necessarily a bad thing in that case since a tool stolen from a jobsite may well end up being used on another jobsite somewhere, and there's a good chance Milwaukee users may be there.

Would it work for Ego?  Not sure...
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This is a good idea with the cost of these batteries being as much as they are. However, instead of, or in addition to, Bluetooth (or WiFi), I think Ego could implement a proprietary low cost cellular transponder solution that could ping its location and, as an added feature, allow the owner to remotely disable it (essentially rendering it useless).
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