Thanks to technology, your misplaced items are getting easier and easier to find. For those of you who are constantly misplacing your keys and phone, you can get sensors to help you locate them. Even though GPS and sensor technology has been used for tracking items for years, if you lost one of your tools on a job site or around the house, you were stuck scouring the earth to find it. Milwaukee Tool is hoping to make your life just a little bit easier with the latest addition to their quickly growing tool platform, Milwaukee One-Key: tool tracking.
To use tool tracking, you first have to get up to speed on One-Key. We’ve written about the app several times in the past, including this overview of its functions, how to use the inventory management option, and information regarding customizable power tool settings. In short, Milwaukee One-Key is a totally comprehensive and one-of-a-kind platform for your tools, so it’s definitely worth checking out, especially since it’s FREE.
There are 3 key aspects to Milwaukee’s Integrated Tool Tracking: Tool Identification, Last Known Location, and Found Tool Alerting.
When using any One-Key enabled tools, the application allows you to track and locate any tools that are within 100 feet of your smartphone. The best part about this is that the battery doesn’t even need to be charged or even connected to the tool to work. The technology is built directly into the tool, which is pretty genius.
Last Known Location
Chances are, you don’t just work on one job site all the time and sometimes it’s tough to remember where all your tools are. With One-Key, you can find out where you were the last time you were within 100 feet of your tools. As anybody that consistently loses things knows, starting in the last known location is a great place to start.
Found Tool Alerting
Last but certainly not least, found tool alerting may be the best feature of tool tracking. If you have a tool that is lost or stolen, you can opt-in to this service and when anybody who has One-Key enabled on their phone comes within 100 feet of your tool, you’ll receive an alert. This is a pretty powerful reason for thieves to avoid taking tools from your job site and can greatly reduce your company’s overhead.
Which tools are One-Key enabled?
Currently, only a few of MIlwaukee's Tools are One-Key enabled, but they've been busy adding plenty more to their arsenal. Below are the ones you can buy now and the links will take you to Amazon in case you want to grab one: