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Hitachi adopt new CESAR ECV initiative

Hitachi CESAR security system

CESAR security system with new Emissions Compliance Verification feature to be fitted as standard

HITACHI Construction Machinery (UK) have confirmed that from January 2020, every mini, medium and large excavator, wheel loader and wheeled excavator will be fitted as standard with the CESAR security system powered by Datatag technologies, as well as the new CESAR Emissions Compliance Verification (ECV) feature. 

The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) officially launched the new ECV feature at Plantworx in June 2019. CESAR ECV is a ‘bolt-on’ product which complements the existing CESAR security system and allows quick and easy verification of a machine’s emissions category. 


The initiative, developed in response to the demand for an easy and reliable way to confirm the emissions category of construction equipment, has been well received by the industry, including Hitachi who will adopt CESAR ECV as well as the standard security system.

This feature, using colour-coded labels with a unique alpha/numeric code, is linked securely to a machine’s unique CESAR identity and ensures complete integrity of the system.

David Roberts, chief executive officer of Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK), said: ‘Helping our customers to protect and optimize their Hitachi machines is an increasingly important element of our value proposition, and in conjunction with our online Global e-Service telematics system, which has GPS location capability, the addition of CESAR gives our customers even more peace of mind.

‘CESAR is not only a proven theft deterrent, it provides an accurate and efficient proof of identity to the police when they need to trace stolen machines, which has been an industry-wide issue for years.

‘Our customers also require a quick and easy way to identify which stage of the EU emission regulations their machines comply with, as more sites control and monitor their carbon footprint. The addition of the Emissions Compliance Verification to the CESAR programme gives our machines a visible and traceable identity in regard to which emission stage they comply with.’

Stephen Creaser, director of product support at HCMUK, added: ‘Having taken the decision to security mark all new machines with the CESAR security system, we also want to offer the same peace of mind to our existing customers. From early 2020, the CESAR security system will be available to existing customers as an aftermarket retrofit kit that can be installed at the customer’s premises or job site by a fully trained Hitachi engineer.’

Rob Oliver, chief executive of the CEA, said: ‘The Emissions Compliance Verification application for CESAR is the single biggest development since the scheme was launched as an anti-theft device initiative in 2007.

‘Today there is urgent demand for quick identification of the certified emission levels of machines and in developing ECV we have had some great input from the industry as well as HS2, the Energy Savings Trust and London boroughs. The ECV’s easy-to-see/scan visual label reduces the workload for construction site managers and local authorities alike.’


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