Of needles and haystacks: TrackMyTools, Bosch’s smart inventory management system, offers several advantages. Warehouse managers, planners, supervisors, and tradespeople can permanently keep tabs on the status of all their tools – either from their home base or directly on the construction site. In addition, the cloud-based solution means that tradespeople on site always know where their tools are. Before driving to the construction site, for instance, they can check to see that they’ve packed everything they need. And at the end of the day’s work, they can rest assured they haven’t forgotten anything. If a tool should go missing, the system helps find it again, thanks to the smart interaction of hardware and software. A battery-operated Bluetooth module measuring just 34.4 x 32.5 x 13 millimeters, roughly half the size of a matchbox, is affixed to the tools. The module – the GCC 30 TrackTag Professional to give it its official name – transmits a signal every eight seconds. Smartphones and tablets equipped with the TrackMyTools app detect the signal, and transmit time, user, and location data to the server. Every 30 minutes, moreover, the smartphone’s GPS function transmits the tool’s location to the cloud, making it fundamentally possible to locate it at any time – even from a considerable distance. The app shows where the tool is on a map. Tradespeople can use the web application, which is available in various subscription models, to keep tabs on their tools over the internet. The tagging module can be attached not only to power tools, but also to cable reels, ladders, and hammers. Finding the proverbial needle just got easier.