Snap-on vs. Mastercraft, Royal Purple vs. Pennzoil, Ford vs. Chevy. Virtually everybody has had a conversation at some point about which brand they prefer. Those conversations might be about tools, motor oils, pickups, tires, or pretty much anything else.
People often feel a sense of loyalty to a particular brand; maybe they only buy one make of vehicle or insist on grabbing their morning coffee from one chain in particular. While that level of loyalty is great for individuals, and can provide a sense of comfort and familiarity, sometimes businesses need to step outside of what they’re used to in order to get the best deal or find the right tool for a certain job.
It’s no different with heavy equipment, and that’s why it’s becoming more and more common to see businesses going the mixed-fleet route. Gone are the days of sticking to one colour for your iron. The best dozer for your fleet might not be the same make as the excavators you need. Maybe a dealer is willing to give you a great price on skidders but won’t budge on bunchers, so you’re forced to go elsewhere.
Whatever the reason, as operations grow and add trucks, equipment, trailers, vans, and so on, chances are the fleet starts to look a little bit like Frankenstein’s monster, made from a little bit of everything.
Having a mixed bag of trucks and iron built by several different manufacturers is a good method for ensuring you’re always properly equipped for the next job, but it can also present some logistical challenges when it comes to fleet tracking and monitoring.
OEM TELEMATICS SOLUTIONS
Most major heavy equipment manufacturers have developed built-in telematics solutions that feed equipment data directly to fleet operators to enable remote monitoring of equipment status, engine hours, fault codes, fuel levels, etc.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) telematics are connected to each piece of equipment straight from the factory, and provide a central portal that allows users to see all equipment from that same manufacturer all in one place.
Obviously, these telematics solutions are designed to modernize how equipment works, and provide convenience and efficiency to fleet managers. Modern fleets operate best when they have access to as much information as possible, and OEM telematics are an excellent source for any fleet manager.
But for a business operating a mixed fleet, efficiency is lost when they are forced to switch between several different portals just to track and monitor fleet assets. Add in pickups, heavy-duty or commercial vehicles requiring Electronic Logging Devices, trailers, or any other asset, and tracking a mixed fleet becomes a logistical nightmare of usernames, passwords, and software.
More importantly, OEM telematics are built to serve as an out-of-the metaphorical box solution. With little to no customization options, you get what you get. While the OEM telematics solutions are undoubtedly beneficial on their own, fleet operators who want to get the most out of their fleet prefer to see the whole picture, and consolidate and analyze complete fleet data.
THE AFTERMARKET SOLUTION
Aftermarket fleet telematics providers like Titan GPS recognize that fleet operators have enough on their hands without worrying about learning several different software programs, remembering to check each portal on a regular basis, and keeping track of what asset is on which system.
Titan GPS has integrated the APIs of three major OEM equipment telematics platforms (with more coming) to offer a centralized, all-in-one tracking and monitoring solution customizable to the unique needs of any fleet.
Fleet operators currently utilizing Caterpillar VisionLink, John Deere JDLink, and/or Komatsu KOMTRAX platforms can seamlessly combine the data from each fleet asset onto one easy-to-use cloud-based portal – all without the need to install any hardware.
Heavy Equipment OEM Integration is engineered with mixed fleet operators in mind. Enabled through the AEMP Telematics Standard ISO 15143-3, Titan GPS connects your iron to the rest of your fleet, consolidating data from every connected asset and providing the most complete picture of your operation possible.
ADVANTAGES OF OEM INTEGRATION
The advantages of OEM Integration with Titan GPS extend beyond just improving overall telematics usability and increasing visibility into your entire fleet.
With a consolidated view of your fleet, fleet managers can expect a new level of optimization and easier utilization decisions. By monitoring every fleet asset from the same portal, you can easily see which pieces of equipment are being under-utilized and which ones are being over-worked based on a variety of informative data points such as Non-working/Idle hours vs Operating Hours.
When paired with Titan GPS digital equipment inspections, downtime can be prevented, and maintenance & service scheduling can be streamlined by dispatching field mechanics more efficiently according to asset grouping and current status and condition.
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR FLEET
Data, when utilized properly, can be a fleet manager’s best friend. With Heavy Equipment OEM Integration, you can take total control over your entire fleet, regardless of make-up.
Whether you have a few pickups and a single backhoe, or 100+ commercial vehicles and dozens of pieces of iron, Titan GPS can customize a solution that fits your needs.
Request a quote today and revolutionize the way you handle your fleet operations.