The constructionindustry has seen it coming for a while now: The commoditization and decreased costs of telematics, both in terms of hardware and connectivity, could help lead to billions of dollars worth of new efficiencies in operations and capital management. Several factors, including a down turned economy and glut of used equipment that has at times slowed the purchasing of new machines, have meant the industry has been slow to adopt telematics and the so-called industrialinternet-of-things. But there are signs that will soon dramatically change.
Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc., has extended the period during which owners of Hyundai wheel loaders and full-sized excavators may use its Hi-Mate remote management system free of charge to five years from three. The extended Hi-Mate coverage applies retroactively to any qualifying Hyundai construction machine purchased since January 1, 2017.
Volvo Trucks North America is extending its comprehensive Volvo Trucks Uptime Services to legacy vehicles through the addition of telematics connectivity via partner Geotab, a leading provider of telematics technology. Owners of Volvo legacy vehicles with EPA 2010 or newer Volvo engines will be able to access the same suite of uptime services available for newer model Volvo trucks.
Volvo is removing the noise, time commitment and data analysis associated with telematics by providing 24-7/365 active machine monitoring and monthly fleet reporting direct from Volvo, and in partnership with Volvo dealers. The program gives customers insights and actionable recommendations, saving them time and money. Available on a wide range of Volvo Construction Equipment models, ActiveCare Direct is a unique, manufacturer-provided remote machine monitoring and reporting service, overseen by a team of data analysts at the company’s new Uptime Center in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
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Hemisphere GNSS, Inc. has debuted the C321 GNSS Smart Antenna and SiteMetrix Site Management Software. When paired with SiteMetrix, the next-generation multi-frequency, multi-GNSS C321 antenna can be used as an all-in-one construction base and rover site controller. Designed specifically for harsh construction environments, C321 adds another system component and empowers heavy equipment manufacturers to deliver their own machine control and guidance solutions to their customers.
McNeilus’ exclusive, patent-pending FLEX Controls system and Command Alkon’s premier TrackIt fleet management system together provide an integrated in-cab telematics solution, now on display at CONEXPO. This partnership between the two companies showcases an unparalleled commitment to technology that can help customers get their jobs done more effectively.
John Deere Electronic Solutions (JDES) introduces the latest update to its telematics family of products, the Modular Telematics Gateway 4G (MTG 4GLTE). The MTG 4G LTE is a mobile communications and processing platform ideally suited for advanced telematics applications such as machine health monitoring, advanced logistics, machine control, over the air programming, and remote diagnostics.
Located inside the mile-long Dubuque Works facility, the newly minted John Deere is changing how John Deere and its dealers analyze data and proactively support customers through mainstream technology. Additionally, the Moline-based manufacturer is formally launching the concept at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017. A simulated monitoring centre is the centrepiece of the exhibit, and it showcases what John Deere dealers are doing every day – monitoring machines and reacting and responding more efficiently to critical issues that can result in costly downtime.
Topcon Positioning Group announced the release of the latest addition to its longstanding line of touchscreen control boxes for construction machine automation: the GX-75. With its 10-inch touch screen, the system is designed to offer a large and easy-to-use display for operators.
In an effort to better meet the needs of today’s construction equipment industry and the evolving job site, John Deereis extending its JDLink™ in-base subscription service from three to five years on construction and forestry machines. The update is a result of increased customer interest in technology and the integration of 4G hardware in John Deere equipment. The extension also allows the manufacturer to stay connected with machines beyond the warranty period and unlocks additional functionality and value for customers.
Trimble has announced its new Trimble®Earthworks for Excavators and Trimble Earthworks for Dozers . Trimble Earthworks is transforming machine control with an integrated 3D aftermarket excavator automatics capability. In addition, a new dozer configuration moves the receivers from the blade to the roof of the cab. Reengineered from the ground up, Trimble’s innovative, next generation grade control platform features intuitive, easy-to-learn software that runs on an Android operating system. State-of-the-art software and hardware gives operators of all skill levels the ability to work faster and more productively than ever before.
In an effort to simplify data management and enhance job site productivity, John Deere and LHP Telematics — an industry leader in creating custom telematics solutions for the heavy equipment original equipment manufacturer (OEM) marketplace and aftermarket construction fleets — are joining forces to further advance the proficiencies of John Deere WorkSight and to put the power of JDLink data in the hands of customers. The latest John Deere telematics relationship allows customers to access data from all machines in a fleet from one location.
Since first connecting machines through telematics in 2000, John Deere has continually focused on leveraging machine data to improve customers’ uptime and their bottom lines. This focus sharpened in 2009 when the company took its first pioneering steps into active machine monitoring with factory-based collection, analysis, and reporting to product teams and key customers. The promise of turning data into valuable insights was being realized.
Topcon Positioning Group has announced that two of its leaders have been selected for speaking engagements at CONEXPO 2017. The sessions will include discussions with John Dice, director of Professional Services, and Dave Henderson, director of Geospatial Solutions, who are presenting on topics titled, “Machine Control Technology in Paving and Milling” and “Commanding Your Star Fleet: FAA Regulations Update” respectively.
Topcon Positioning Group announces a new modular GNSS receiver system — the MR-2. The system combines all current and planned constellation tracking with a comprehensive set of communication interfaces to service any precision application requiring high performance RTK (real-time kinematic) positioning and heading determination.
Mack Trucks has announced that WheresMyConcrete, a cloud-based and telematics-connected dispatching, analytics and customer service tool, is now available for Mack ready-mix customers seeking improved asset visibility, dispatch efficiency and real-time data identifying exactly where a concrete load is in the delivery process. Mack made the announcement during World of Concrete 2017.
Available on new Volvo wheel loaders ranging from L110H to L250H – Volvo Load Assist provides both real-time intelligence to the operator and documentation of work orders for the owner and their customers. Managed through Volvo Co-Pilot, the award-winning in-cab interface, Load Assist eliminates the guesswork associated with loading accurate tonnage, reducing occurrences of reweighing and reloading, as well as providing opportunity for the owner to expedite paperwork and improve operator training.
Takeuchi has launched a new telematics system, Takeuchi Fleet Management (TFM). This is Takeuchi’s first step in a multifaceted initiative to know their customers better. Now available at all local dealers, TFM hardware comes standard on select excavators and track loaders in the Takeuchi lineup.