By ZAM KARIMbytz@thestar.com.my
KUALA LUMPUR: Volvo Construction Equipment (VCE) has announced that all its large construction machines, such as excavators and compactors, will now come fitted with its proprietary CareTrack telematics system.
The remote monitoring and fleet management system enables customers to monitor the whole fleet - or a single machine - from any computer with Internet access, and from anywhere in the world.
Using Volvo's guided diagnostic system and exclusive information system - MATRIS (MAchine TRacking Information System) - the construction machines can be diagnosed and analysed remotely.
This, said Volvo, makes CareTrack the most comprehensive uptime and productivity solution in the industry.
Users will have a choice of using the system themselves or letting VCE technical support do so on their behalf, said Frederic Ruesche, business director of Volvo Construction Equiment Malaysia.
By simply looking at the system's Web-based app, they will be able to track any vehicle, know its exact location at all times, and view its fuel consumption, hours of operation, speed, and its next service interval.
"Machine problems will be identified sooner and resolved more quickly," Ruesche said.
The data is relayed wirelessly and securely via an onboard GPRS system (mobile network) or satellite technology instantaneously to any remote online connection.
VCE did not reveal how much it would cost to activate the service for customers.