Wirtgen Group launches WITOS intelligent telematics system
Much of the Wirtgen range is now WITOS ready
The Wirtgen Group is presenting a glimpse of the future of road construction at this year's Bauma.
Wirtgen Group telematics and on-site solutions (WITOS) combines a telematics fleet management solution with a high-performance software system for process optimisation.
WITOS is a modular software system that supports fleet and service management but also enables new approaches to process optimisation. This makes it possible to apply the just-in-time principle to organising construction processes and to optimise processes such as milling, asphalt paving and compaction.
The WITOS fleet management & services section encompasses three modules: – Fleet View, Fleet Care and WITOS SmartServices. Functions range from monitoring a fleet of machines and managing service and diagnostic processes, to telematically-supported service agreements.
The process optimisation section has modules for milling, paving and compacting. For the first time, road construction processes can be planned with down-to-the-minute supply logistics in accordance with the just-in-time principle, so as to avoid non-productive time.
Fleet management & services offers extensive functions for managing a fleet of machines, which can help to increase the capacity utilisation of technical equipment and reduce fixed costs. In developing the system, emphasis was placed on an intuitive user interface and an efficient mode of scheduling. The technical requirements for using the system include WITOS ready, a data transmission package comprising a telematics control unit (TCU), an antenna and a SIM card.
The core module of the fleet management system is WITOS FleetView. All of the licensed machines in a fleet are listed in the fleet overview. Information includes all relevant master data and operating data, as well the current location and history.
FleetCare simplifies the entire maintenance process, significantly reducing the routine tasks that have to be performed on a day-to-day basis. The detailed fault reports give the user starting points for proactive maintenance and direct contact to Wirtgen Group branch offices. In addition, the system ‘reminds’ the user of the next servicing date, so that appointments can be scheduled and downtimes minimised. The online portal provides access to all maintenance documentation with just a few mouse clicks.
In addition to classical fleet management solutions, WITOS offers modules for process optimisation, which for the first time support transparent and continuous material supply or removal, and a continuous flow of information on relevant process data in roadway construction. This optimises the most critical processes in the life cycle of an asphalt road.
Long lorry lines in front of the paver, like those so commonly seen at today’s job sites, will become a thing of the past, as will idle time for construction crews. This not only increases the quality of a construction project, it also significantly reduces costs and construction time.