Hitachi Construction Machinery UK design and develop new mixed-fleet telematics system
HITACHI Construction Machinery UK (HCMUK) have unveiled CTFleet Link, a mixed-fleet telematics system that has been designed and developed in house.
CTFleet Link is a complete fleet-management solution that allows customers to access a live online portal to monitor not only the performance and location of their Hitachi equipment, but also that of other manufacturers in their fleet.
Users can have visibility of all their plant and equipment in one place with one log in. The CTFleet Link telematics system utilizes both the Hitachi Application Programming Interface, (API) from Global E Service and a bespoke API, developed by HCMUK, which allows almost real-time data collection.
Xwatch Safety Solutions, a company committed to meeting the growing demands of site and data management safety using their comprehensive height, slew and rated capacity indication solutions, worked closely with HCMUK on CTFleet Link.
By working collaboratively with Xwatch, CTFleet Link now has the ability to deliver data into the CTFleet Link portal from any Xwatch Safety Solutions system fitted to a machine, when paired with HCMUK’s CTFleet Link telematics device.
Dan Leaney, director of sales and operations at Xwatch, said the development of the mixed-fleet platform allowed Hitachi to offer a system that is unique to the marketplace, and not only reads the machine data, but also reads the Xwatch solution for safety.
Commenting on the innovative new platform, Stephen Creaser, director of product support at HCMUK, said: ‘CTFleet Link is unique in the industry due to the high frequency of its reporting and its ability to show both ISO15143-3 operational data, such as idling time and fuel usage.’
Hitachi say future developments of CTFleet Link will include monitoring safety data, such as seatbelt and proximity alarms, safety cameras, and data from 3D machine control systems.
Another future development will incorporate an operator daily walkaround inspection app, helping machine operators carry out their daily checks using their smartphone to generate a daily pre-work report. Once complete, the electronic report will be submitted to the office, allowing any safety-related defects to be immediately highlighted and actioned accordingly.