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14 March 2017

New telematics solution from Caterpillar and Trimble

First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
Trimble and Caterpillar plan to deliver a connected on-highway telematics solutions to construction operations. This will form part of the CAT Connect offering for customers, extending the solutions to include Trimble's real-time, truck fleet visibility and monitoring capabilities. This will enable both on-highway and off-highway fleet management solutions for customers.

The field-proven package of on-highway solutions and services from Trimble will be part of the CAT Connect telematics portfolio. This also includes the VisionLink fleet, asset and site productivity management solution for construction operations. Developed by Virtual Site Solutions (VSS), a Trimble Caterpillar joint venture, VisionLink provides a centralised, collective view of all machines. The user can view the fleet’s overall productivity across an organization and jobsites for both Caterpillar equipment and mixed fleets.

With this partnership between Trimble and Caterpillar, construction companies will further benefit by seeing their entire truck fleet and equipment assets in a single view using VisionLink. The partners claims that this will allow users to gain deeper insight into their overall operations. The on-highway solutions bridge a technology gap and provide a comprehensive set of optimized services to improve productivity, lower operating costs and increase safety and compliance. Applications include fuel management, vehicle health and diagnostics, driver safety as well as hours of service and vehicle inspections to comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requirements for electronic logging devices (ELD).

"The CAT Connect vision enables customers to see and manage all of their operational assets and equipment from a single application. By offering Trimble's on-highway solutions, connected to VisionLink, Caterpillar can further deliver on our vision," said John Carpenter, Construction Digital & Technology, Caterpillar. "Trimble's successful track record of working with both on-highway and off-highway customers, along with our long-term joint venture, allows us to bring these technologies and services to our customers today. By working in tandem with Trimble, we're giving our customers the ability to connect, visualise and monitor their entire operations—whether it's Caterpillar or a mixed fleet."

"By visualising how a complete off-highway and on-highway fleet are being used, there are opportunities to maximise efficiency in more aspects of their operations," said John Cameron, general manager of Trimble's Field Service Management Division. "Partnering with Caterpillar and leveraging their global distribution channel demonstrates our mutual commitment to provide construction organizations with complete visibility from the jobsite to the streets. As a result, construction operations can leverage accurate production and fleet data to optimise productivity, lower operating costs and increase safety and compliance."

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