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New Cat Connect hardware and software debuting at CONEXPO-CON/AGG

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 Caterpillar will launch new Cat Connect hardware and software to enable equipment managers to connect all of their assets—from the largest earthmover to the smallest generator, and including both light and heavy-duty trucks and utility vehicles. New Cat Product Link technologies connect any brand and type of equipment, powered or non-powered, and all report through a single system, VisionLink.

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Caterpillar Ventures Invests in Airware to Advance Work Site Intelligence through Aerial Data at Scale

Airware, which provides end-to-end solutions that turn aerial data into actionable business intelligence for enterprises, announced today that it has secured a strategic investment from Caterpillar Ventures. The investment allows Airware to accelerate programs that enable dealers to offer solutions and services within the construction, mining, and quarrying industries, and highlights Caterpillar’s commitment in leading the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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KESPRY enhances Drone 2 System with increased accuracy, performance and reliability

Kespry, the leading aerial intelligence platform provider, has announced that it has enhanced the Kespry Drone 2 with higher performance features that deliver significantly greater accuracy and reliability. These enhancements make Kespry Drone 2 even more ideal for a wide range of industrial applications, including those requiring survey-grade precision, such as in mining and the architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) markets. The new Drone 2 now achieves four to six times the accuracy of the previous Kespry Drone System. 

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Drone Revolution In Aggregates and Asphalt Industries

Kespry Drone + iPad means drones take-off, fly and land automatically without any human piloting

While the commercial use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has been regulated in Canada since 2007, this burgeoning technology is just beginning to be adopted by the asphalt/aggregate industry. From managing stockpiles more effectively and reducing second party verification costs, to monitoring construction projects and enhancing visual documentation for communications and planning, drones offer enormous benefits in time and cost savings. As the technology becomes more sophisticated and applications expand, companies can expect new and exciting uses for drones to make their operations more efficient for an improved bottom line.

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EquipmentShare Secures $26 Million in Funding to Fuel Marketplace Expansion and Launch Mixed Fleet Telematics Solution ES Track

Jabbok Schlacks (left) and Willy Schlacks (right), brothers and co-founders of EquipmentShare

EquipmentShare, a provider of construction technology solutions that help contractors and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) better manage equipment and make smarter business decisions, has secured $26 million in funding led by Insight Venture Partners and existing investor Romulus Growth. Y Combinator, another existing investor, also participated in the round. With this capital, EquipmentShare will launch its mixed-fleet telematics solution, ES Track, and open peer-to-peer marketplace locations in eight additional U.S. markets.

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Trimble Dimensions: introducing construction technology solutions for small-site and utility contractors

Trimble SCS900 Site Controller Software has introduced two new capabilities, EZ Level and BaseAnywhere.

Trimble has introduced office software, site positioning and machine control solutions designed for site and utility contractors and owner/operators. These solutions offer small- to mid-sized contractors a reliable, flexible and affordable option to leverage construction technology. The announcement was made at Trimble Dimensions.

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Hirschmann MCS camera indicator gives the operator constant view of the application

he camera is compatible with Hirschmann’s 4.3” and 7” color graphic vSCALE consoles and offers the option of horizontal or vertical camera orientation.

Hirschmann MCS is introducing a new camera indicator that can be used on all types of mobile equipment. The system provides a direct view of the application (ie: drum rotation) allowing the operator to have a constant visual of any situation.

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Estimating software takes the risk out of bids and makes the process more efficient

The HeavyBid Quote Summary screen helps you manage bid day more efficiently
by performing automatic pricing calculations on last-minute items, identifying the most advantageous quote, and putting your bid into an attractive, professional proposal that you can send to clients.

Bidding for jobs is one of the most important functions of any construction firm, big or small. Without lining up a steady stream of work, a contractor is unable to plan cash flow, grow the business, or develop a reputation as a reliable company that has a solid track record.

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Penton’s new EquipmentWatch verification app offers immediate serial number/VIN verification

The EquipmentWatch Verification mobile app enables both serial number and VIN decoding from anywhere in the field.

Penton’s EquipmentWatch has launched the new EquipmentWatch Verification mobile app that provides immediate serial number and VIN verification for heavy equipment and on-road trucks in the auction and resale markets. Available for both Android and iOS devices, the new app gives dealers, appraisers and inspectors a trusted resource for verifying the year of manufacture of an asset.

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Kespry Drone 2.0 ideal for mine planning, operations, inspection and safety now flies over 30 minutes per flight

The new Kespry Drone 2.0 weighs under 2 kilograms, which puts it in the “Micro UAV” category.

Kespry, which designs automated drone systems for commercial use, has announced the new Kespry Drone 2.0. The new lighter-weight drone flies 2X as long, covers 2X the ground area, and has 2X the wind resilience, due to the new airframe, battery and flight system improvements.

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Daimler Trucks North America to participate in U.S. Department of Energy SuperTruck II initiative

SuperTruck II is supported by the DOE under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced that it has been selected to receive a $20 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the SuperTruck II program. The new award is part of a multimillion dollar, multi-year program to increase the fuel economy of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles while decreasing carbon pollution.

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