Product Spotlight - December 2020

Product Spotlight - December 2020

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Locator adds GPS positioning for added crew efficiency

The UtiliGuard 2, a multifrequency utility locator from Subsite Electronics, is available in standard and advanced models, UtiliGuard 2 takes all the proven performance-boosting features of the company’s original UtiliGuard, and adds several capabilities including a new user interface, integrated data capture, and GPS positioning.

The 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 combination of screen graphics delivers increased operator confidence, locate consistency and operational performance.

“UtiliGuard 2 actually gives you a signal strength percentage, which helps you pinpoint utility depth and type,” says Chris Thompson, product manager for Subsite Electronics. “It has the capability of locating two separate utilities at once, which is going to save not only time, but also money in the long run.”

In addition to data-logging capabilities, the UtiliGuard 2 introduces integrated GPS positioning to the product line. This addition offers improved activity reporting.

“The GPS positioning feature adds to the overall accuracy of the tool, and the user’s efficiency,” says Thompson. “Integrated GPS provides oversight of field activity to improve work quality, accuracy and reliability of locate activities; ensure compliance with the company’s standard operating procedures and performance expectations; and enable the creation of initiatives that can decrease utility strikes and increase overall productivity.”

Like the original, the UtiliGuard 2 advanced model offers Ambient Interference Measurement technology that automatically recommends the best signal frequency. It also offers a 5- 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.

“Basically it comes down to companies wanting more confidence in their locates,” says Thompson. “We’re giving owners a clear understanding of operations activity by documenting locate accuracy and operations performance for better and more consistent results.” 800-846-2713;


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