Finding Your Fleet

May 03, 2010

For contractors, keeping an eye on equipment can be vital to business processes. Technology can help recover assets, reduce fuel consumption, manage maintenance, and monitor usage. This is particularly beneficial for construction companies that have multiple jobs across a wide geographic reach.

M2M (machine-to-machine) technology can help a range of industries—including construction—locate and manage equipment. M2M connects a sensor embedded in a piece of equipment, via a cellular or satellite network, to a computer system. This technology helps reduce time-consuming tasks for contractors and helps operators analyze and interpret the information.

Cinterion Wireless Modules, www.cinterion.com, Munich, Germany, and Telenor Connexion, www.telenorconnexion.com, Stockholm, Sweden, are collaborating on an M2M tracking and tracing platform for Hitachi construction and mining machinery.

The solution, which combines Cinterion’s HC25 module, a Telenor SIM (subscriber identity module) card, and global wireless service, enables fleet management support such as geo-fencing, positioning, remote maintenance, and extended warranty support. This means construction companies will be able to find and track equipment—even from remote locations.

The new solution has already been implemented in more than 20,000 machines. Several hundred thousand additional machines are planned for the near future, according to the companies.

Fujio Matsuda, service department manager, Hitachi Construction Machinery, says,  “Our relationship with Telenor Connexion along with Cinterion allows us to take advantage of their global scale and footprint, long and proven track record of M2M managed connectivity solutions and mission critical experience managing large scale roll-outs.”