Installation guide: Equipment Asset Tracker - Wired (for Reveal)

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Skill level: Advanced

Installers must have a working knowledge of vehicle electrical and starting systems, and know how to use relays, diodes, sensor inputs.

This guide describes how to install an Equipment Asset Tracker (EAT). It is intended for Verizon Connect Reveal customers.

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In this guide:

Step 1: Gather your tools

  • Cordless drill with metric and standard bits. For mounting hardware sizes, see Step 2.
  • Safety glasses or other eye protection
  • Marker for marking where holes will be drilled
  • If drilling a pass-through hole, a grommet and silicone to seal the grommet. (Use a polyurethane based silicone instead of those with acid based curing agents to avoid corroding metal surfaces).
  • Heat-shrink ring terminals and butt connectors
  • Protective wire loom
  • Dielectric grease
  • Super 33 or better electrical tape
  • 16-18 gauge (1.5-0.75 mm2) wire to extend connections, if needed
  • Zip ties
  • The Reveal Spotlight app: Install the Reveal Spotlight app

Step 2: Check the box contents

  • EAT Device with attached 15 ft (4.5 m) harness

  • 4 x self-drilling screws for metal: standard 5/16-inch (8 mm) hex head, number 12 size, 1 inch (25 mm) long

  • 4 x bolts: Serrated-flange 5/16-inch (8 mm) hex head, 10-32 thread, 1¼ inch (32 mm) long, 0.19-inch (5 mm) screw width

  • 4 x lock nuts 3/8-inch (9.5 mm) head

  • 4 x washers, flat type

Always get permission before you drill, and look to make sure you will not damage any adjacent equipment or ROPS structures. Refer to the ROPS identification help article for more information about identifying ROPS structures.

Depending on where the device is to be mounted, you may use the provided screws or the bolts with lock nuts and washers to mount the device. If using the screws or bolts, pre-drilling the holes may make the task easier. Based on the application, zip ties or VHB tape may also be used to mount the device.

  • If you are unable to determine what parts make up the manufacturer-defined ROPS structure, reasonable efforts should always be made to mount devices in locations where the device can be secured using zip ties and VHB tape.
    • Use at least two 1 inch (25 mm) wide strips of VHB tape placed down the full length of the edges of the asset tracker's longest side.

Step 3: Identify the device parts


  • Mounting holes (one on each corner) (1)
  • Device label with serial number (SN) and International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number (2)
  • Status LEDs for battery, network, and GPS (3)
  • Status button that wakes the device, runs a status test, and sends a report (4)
  • 15 ft (4.5 m) harness (5)

The device's serial number (SN) and IMEI number are also on the box label.

Pressing the status button does not power off the device.

Step 4: Record the device serial number

Record the device's serial number (SN). You will need it later to when confirming the device has connected to Reveal.

The device's serial number (SN) is on the device label (see Step 3 above).

Step 5: Find a good location to mount the device

Where the device is mounted depends partly on the type of powered asset.

When choosing a mounting location, consider the following:

  • Keep the device clear of moving parts or areas that will expose the device to road debris or high-pressure water spray. Also,
  • Do not mount the device next to any heat-generating machinery.
  • The device’s omnidirectional antennas allow the device to be mounted facing up or sideways, facing out.
  • Mounting the device under the floor, especially if it is an enclosed metal trailer or container and especially if the device is facing down, can limit connection to the network.

Possible locations include:

  • Top of the trailer’s tongue
  • Hitch rail
  • Side rails
  • Front bulkhead

The device is mounted in a later step.

Step 6: Activate and test the device

  1. Hold the device in the mounting location.
  2. Press the status button firmly for 1-3 seconds to wake the device.*
    • Avoid pressing the status button for too long because this can put the device in Bluetooth pairing mode. Bluetooth features are not currently supported in the device. If you put the device in Bluetooth pairing mode, wait about 30 seconds until the Bluetooth LED stops flashing and then press the status button for 1-3 seconds to restart the network check.
  3. Press the status button again to start the status check.
  4. Check the status LEDs. (See LED status table below.)

*Note for earlier models

If your tracker's HW Rev is "A.1.1" or lower on the device label, you need to apply additional force to press the status button.


Instead of using only your finger, use a capped pen at an angle to press the bottom edge of the button for 1-3 seconds to wake the device.


LED status table
Icon Name Status
Battery_LED.png Battery
  • 1 flash = 10-25% full
  • 2 flashes = 25-50% full
  • 3 flashes = 50-75% full
  • 4 flashes = 75-100% full
Network_LED.png Network
  • Slow flash: device is seeking network
  • Solid: network connection acquired
  • Slow flash: device is seeking GPS.
    It does not indicate fail/success status.
    Check Live Map in Spotlight app or Reveal to confirm location reporting.
BlueTooth__LED.png Bluetooth
  • The device does not support customer accessible Bluetooth features at this time.
    If the status button is pressed longer than 3 seconds, the device will bypass the network test and go into Bluetooth pairing mode. If Bluetooth pairing mode is turned on:
    1. wait for the Bluetooth LED to go out, and
    2. Press the status button for a shorter duration (1-3 seconds) to restart the network check.
  • The device runs a status test for battery, network, and GPS.
  • It can take up to 30 seconds for the LEDs to light up and they stay on for 5 seconds. To recheck the status, press the Status button. Pressing the Status button a second time does not power off the device.

Step 7: Connect the device to a power source

In this step:

Connections overview

The EAT device is powered by the asset you are installing the device into. You can connect to the asset’s power source using a 2-wire or 3-wire connection.

  • The 2-wire method is typically used on trailers.
  • The 3-wire method, where the third wire is connected to ignition, is typically used on heavy equipment (yellow iron) assets such as backhoes and bulldozers.
  • Wiring best practices

Before you begin, familiarize yourself with the wiring harness.

I/O harness wiring details

The EAT device has a molded 15.4 ft (4.7 m) long power and I/O harness terminating with these colour-coded wires with bare leads:

Colour Function Wire Gauge
[AWG (mm2)]

EAT_wiring_red.png Red

VDC Battery (power source)

22 AWG

EAT_wiring_white.png White


26 AWG

EAT_wiring_black (1).png Black


22 AWG

EAT_wiring_violet.png Violet

Digital Input 1: High ([+] trigger)

26 AWG

EAT_wiring_violet.pngEAT_wiring_black (2).pngViolet/Black

Digital input 1: Low ([-] trigger)

26 AWG

EAT_wiring_blue.png Blue

Digital input 2: High ([+] trigger)

26 AWG


Digital Input 2: Low ([-] trigger)

26 AWG

EAT_wiring_brown.png Brown

Digital Output 1: High ([+] output)

26 AWG

EAT_wiring_green.png Green

Digital Output 1: Low ([-] output)

26 AWG

EAT_wiring_gray.png Gray

One-Wire I/O
(not used)*

26 AWG

  • One-Wire I/O is not available at this time but is planned for a later phase.
  • The ground wire is actually three ground wires joined together at the exposed end, giving the appearance of being a single wire.

About the sensor wiring connections (digital inputs)

The EAT device is capable of sensing voltage transitions of at least 6 volts on 12/24-volt systems and requires 3 mA current when voltage is present in the on phase.

The device uses a trigger wire/reference wire setup method for each sensor input. Therefore, each input requires two connections to complete each input.

The signal to be monitored should have two voltage states. One with no voltage (that is, zero volts when referenced to ground) and another that falls in the range from 6 to 24 volts.

For sensor inputs, use one of the methods below for trigger wire and reference wire colour connections.

If you are wiring for a positive trigger:

  • Use the solid colour input wire for the positive trigger.
  • Use the striped colour input wire for the reference wire/input ground.

If you are wiring for a negative trigger:

  • Use the striped colour input wire for the negative trigger.
  • Use the solid colour input wire for the reference wire/+VDC reference voltage.

It is important that the voltage signal is tested to ensure it is continuously providing the necessary voltage and current when in the on or active position.



The device harness includes two weatherproof fuse holders, each holding a 3A mini-blade replaceable fuse. Therefore, there is no need to splice in any fuses during installation. Replacement fuses, if needed, can be purchased from any auto parts store. The fuses are located on the device’s red VDC power wire and white ignition wire.

Connecting to the power source using the 2-wire method

  1. Connect the device’s red wire to the asset’s +12/24V constant power source.
  2. Use a ring terminal to connect the device’s black ground wire to the asset’s negative battery terminal or use a self-tapping screw and a ring terminal to connect the device’s black ground wire to a chassis ground.
  3. Coil up and zip tie any extra length of the device harness.
    Don't cut the harness to shorten it unless the customer requests this. Shortening the harness limits the device’s usability if transferred to another asset in future, and it makes wiring errors more likely.

2-Wire installation for nose-mounted semi-trailers using a 7-way connector

  1. Remove the 7-pin connector’s mounting plate.

  2. Mount the unit to the trailer using provided mounting hardware.

  3. Use an existing pass-through hole or, if one is not available to use, drill a new pass-through hole into the trailer skin. If it’s a new hole, pull the harness through a grommet.

  4. Push the harness end down the interior side of the trailer wall toward the 7-way connector.

    • If it will be necessary for the harness to pass through, clip off the preinstalled fused links from the device harness.

    • Make a drip loop in the harness to prevent condensation from running towards electrical connections.

    • If a grommet is used, insert it into the pass-through hole. Apply a bead of silicone around the grommet to seal the pass-through.

  5. Pull the wiring harness through at the 7-pin connector.

  6. Reattach the fused links using heat shrink butt connectors and verify a 3-5 amp fuse is present.

  7. Separate the black and red wires from the harness.

    • Tape any unused harness wires to the harness sheath (do not cut to custom length).

  8. Connect the device’s black ground wire to the trailer’s white wire/top pin on the 7-way trailer stud using a heat shrink ring terminal or poke-and-wrap method.

  9. Connect the device’s red VDC power wire to the trailer’s blue "aux" wire/centre pin on the 7-way trailer wire stud using a heat shrink ring terminal or the poke-and-wrap method.

    Do not connect the red power wire to the marker or running lights unless it is specifically requested by Verizon Connect.

7-pin connector diagram for semi-trailers

This semi-trailer 7-pin connector diagram shows typical wiring colors and pin layout.

7-Way Connector.png

The EAT's red wire must be connected to battery positive power via the semi trailer's AUX/ABS circuit which is colour coded blue by the J560 spec and corresponds to pin #7 in the centre when facing the 7-pin connector.

  1. Coat both newly installed ring terminal connections with dielectric grease or terminal protecting anti corrosion spray as necessary, and use a wire loom to protect any remaining exposed wiring portions not protected by the device’s wire harness jacket.

  2. Remount the 7-pin cover plate.
  3. If the EAT device is installed using a 2-wire connection, set it to a 2-wire configuration as follows:
    1. Get the device serial number (see device label in Step 3).
    2. Contact Customer Support and supply the device serial number.
    3. Request the device be set to a 2-wire configuration.

      Do not connect the red power wire to the marker or running lights unless it is specifically requested by Verizon Connect.

Connecting to the power source using the 3-wire method

  1. Connect the device’s red VDC power wire to the asset’s +12/24 VDC constant battery power source. If installing on a semi-trailer, use the AUX/ABS wire (located on the 7-pin) for power.
  2. Connect the device’s black ground wire to the asset's negative battery terminal. If that is not practical, connect instead to a chassis ground on the asset by using a ring terminal and self-tapping screw or factory bolt.
  3. Connect the device’s white Ignition wire to the asset’s +12/24 VDC ignition/switched power. The asset’s ignition source will vary depending on the type of asset; it could be located at the asset’s ignition switch or at the asset’s fuse box.
  4. Coil up and zip tie any extra length of the device harness.
    Don't cut the harness to shorten it unless the customer requests this. Shortening the harness limits the device’s usability if transferred to another asset in future, and it makes wiring errors more likely.

3-wire installation for refrigeration (reefer) trailers

Most trailers require 2-wire installation but refrigeration (reefer) trailers usually require 3-wire installation. In addition to the primary three wires, a digital input wire should be used to enable monitoring of the reefer’s engine hours via the reefer’s ignition circuit.

Connecting to digital input/output sensors

After you install the primary device wiring, proceed to connect the I/O wiring for sensors if called for in the work order. Sensor functions such as PTO, boom, rear door, or lights are an optional part of the installation. If the installation does not include I/O wiring, disregard this section and proceed to Step 9: Mount the device.

As shown in the I/O harness wiring details, the EAT device has these I/O options:

  • Two digital inputs. These inputs can switch between either positive or negative polarity, so no relays are required. Each input has two wire leads, one for high (positive) and one for low (negative). When each input is used, both wires must be connected.
  • One digital output. Digital output provides a negative 200 mA output. Digital output is typically used to energize a relay coil, or functions such as a buzzer or an LED.
  • One-Wire input and output (one wire for both). One-Wire I/O is not yet supported by this device; therefore, the device’s grey One-Wire lead is not used at this time, but is planned for a later phase of the product.

Step 8: Check that the device is reporting to Verizon Connect

The asset should be listed in Reveal and Spotlight with the serial number as the asset name. You can search for the asset to confirm that it is successfully connected to Verizon Connect.

To check for the device in Spotlight:

  1. In Spotlight, go to the Map screen.
    Asset in Spotlight.png
  2. In the Search field, enter the device serial number and tap Search.

For further information, see Verify an installation in Reveal.

Step 9: Mount the device

Installations that require the use of a ladder are not advised. However, if working at height, it is your responsibility to ensure proper safety procedures are followed.

Before drilling, always check to ensure you will not damage any adjacent equipment or ROPS structures.

  1. Ensure the asset is in a location that has a good GPS and network signal. Avoid locations that are likely to have poor signals (for example, inside buildings or beneath metal sheds).
  2. Move the device to where you plan to mount it, and activate and test it as follows.
    1. Press the status button once to wake the device.
    2. Press the status button a second time to initiate the device status checks.

      A solid cell network LED light indicates a successful network connection.
      A slow blinking GPS LED indicates the device is searching for a GPS signal (it does not indicate successful GPS signal lock).
  3. Holding the device firmly in the location where it will be mounted, carefully mark the positions of the four mounting holes.
  4. When satisfied with the mounting location, drill the mounting holes.
    Pre-drilling mounting holes makes it easier to insert mounting screws.
  5. Secure the device to the asset using the included screws or bolts.
    Don't use rivets or countersunk screws to secure the device. Don't over-torque the screws or bolts. (This could crack or break the plastic around the mounting holes.)

Additional EAT mounting tips

Refer to EAT mounting and orientation tips for examples of install locations on semi-trailers, flatbeds and lowboy trailers; and details of Verizon Connect's preferred mounting orientation guidance.

How you mount or orient the device can affect how well it performs.

Mounting the device beneath floorboards, inside enclosed metal trailers or inside containers can limit signal acquisition and data transmission. We do not recommend mounting the device facing down beneath an asset, because doing so can impair reporting accuracy.

Even though the EAT is IP67 rated, it is still recommended to keep it clear of high-pressure water spray. You should also avoid sources of high heat (+180°F / 82°C), moving parts and areas that will expose it to damage by debris.

Step 10: Update the installation method in Reveal

In Reveal, the installation method is set by default to 3-wire (for powered equipment or similar).

For trailer installations that use a 2-wire connection, change the installation method setting in Reveal to 2-wire. For further details, see Update the Installation method setting for asset trackers.

For trailer installations that use a 2-wire connection, the Installation method setting in Reveal needs to be changed from 3-wire (the default setting) to 2-wire to ensure correct reporting.


Verizon Connect shall have no liability whatsoever for any damages that arise from, or are connected with, your use of our services, including the GPS tracking hardware and dash cams, in a manner contrary to the(se) instructions or in violation of law and/or our agreement. Tracking hardware connected to the diagnostic port in any vehicle that has third-party devices also connected to the diagnostic port can cause interference or loss of functionality of the third-party device. These third-party devices include, but are not limited to, wheelchair lifts, lifesaving equipment, emergency lighting, and radar guns. If such a conflict exists, contact Verizon Connect support to have the tracking hardware configured to support the third-party device. Failure to do so relieves Verizon Connect of all liability for damages that arise from or are connected with your use of the devices. Installed devices may only be removed and transferred to another vehicle if the second vehicle has been tested for compatibility, as per the(se) instructions. Transfers between vehicles which do not follow the(se) instructions will void any and all warranties from Verizon Connect, and relieve Verizon Connect of all liability for damages that arise from or are connected with your use of the devices.

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