John Deere Optimizes Fleet Management Data, Creates Cost Efficiency

The construction industry may not be synonymous with technology and forward-looking analytics, but the space is changing, and rapidly.

One of the most common pain points felt by those in the construction industry is the inability for fleet managers to obtain the proper data that would best explain machine health. Too many operators have had to go portal hopping between multiple technologies, causing breakdowns in data compilation and a huge obstacle in productivity and efficiency.

That’s where John Deere is digging in to separate itself from the pack in fleet management, telematics, and diagnostics after recently announcing a partnership with Telogis, a cloud-based mobile resource management software provider.

“The companies with mixed fleets – which is most construction companies – had to go back and forth between multiple portals to get minimal data,” said Tammo Wagner, Technology Partner Integration Manager for John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Legacy APIs only sent limited data, while customers were requesting data on machine health and diagnostic data, but were unable to get the information they desired.”

What John Deere recognized, Wagner said, was the need for more telematics hardware and software at a lower cost.

“This strategic alliance brings together knowledge of construction services paired with a solution suite that is central to IoT and can streamline the entire process,” Wagner said. “John Deere can now deliver solutions not once possible in the past.”

Furthering the IoT capabilities now facilitated on the machines, users will be able to order parts, make appointments, and troubleshoot equipment challenges all from the devices. The collaboration will enable more accurate equipment data like maintenance records that will lead to better uptime and lower TCO. Other daily datasets will be easy to navigate, including engine hours for the machines, how equipment is being utilized, fuel consumption, and details on diagnostic codes.

The amount of connectivity was at a much lower level previously, Wagner said, and the new solutions are geared at making the work process more cost effective. There will no longer be a need for duplication of hardware as the data solutions are implemented into all new Deere equipment (if the customer asks for the technology to be integrated into the machine). The telematics devices can also be installed aftermarket. The new capabilities are elastic across equipment as well, as the software platform that manages the data collection can be utilized for all vehicles, whether they are manufactured by John Deere or the company has a mixed fleet.

The equipment is now part of the larger IoT landscape, which is expected to boom for the remainder of the decade. As previously reported by Enterprise Mobility Exchange, some 5.5 million new objects were being connected each day in 2016, with a total of 20 billion "things" expected to be connected by 2020 - a 225% increase over the current year.

Rather than portal hopping or having to manually diagnose each piece of equipment, fleet managers can now push their organizations forward by analyzing data in one place, all at the click of a button or tap of the finger.

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