If you’re a foreman, or project manager, part of your job just got a little easier. DeWalt will be releasing “a new line of Bluetooth rechargeable batteries that can be connected to a smartphone app for checking their charge status—or remotely disabling them.” They come in 2.0Amp and 4.0Amp versions, and all pair with an iOS or Android device for easy management. Managers can keep track of specific inventory at a job site, charge levels on each battery, and can disable individual ones or all of them in one go. You can set things so that you receive a notification if a battery is taken out of range, and it can also be auto-disabled if that happens. It’s even possible to lend tools for a specified amount of time, after which the battery will be disabled to force the tool’s return.

When you’re on a job site, you have tons of things to take care of and keep track. Every little bit helps, and these batteries from Dewalt should be well received. It’s $99 and $139 for each, which seems like a lot until you end up preventing a theft or two, then they pay for themselves.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]