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FAQs About Heavy Equipment OEM Integration

Heavy Equipment OEM Integration is one of Titan GPS’ newest and most exciting features. Designed to give fleet managers a truly centralized platform for monitoring their entire fleet, OEM Integration eliminates the need to switch back and forth between multiple manufacturer telematics systems, and enables fleet-wide reporting for all tracked assets, right from the Titan GPS dashboard.

Since the feature’s announcement, the fleet management experts at Titan GPS have been flooded with questions. We’ve identified the three most common questions (so far) and did our research to find you some answers.

What Manufacturers Are Supported?

Currently, Titan GPS can integrate data from Caterpillar’s VisionLink, John Deere’s JDLink, and Komatsu’s KOMTRAX telematics systems. The Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) 2.0/ISO-15143-3 telematics standard enables equipment manufacturers to provide a stream of equipment data without the need for additional hardware.

In the future, Titan GPS plans to integrate other equipment telematics systems, such as:

  • Hitachi ZXLink
  • Bobcat Machine IQ
  • Case SiteWatch
  • Kobelco KOMEX
  • Volvo ActiveCare Direct

Get in touch with one of our fleet experts to discuss your fleet’s make-up and learn how Titan GPS can help you find the right solution.

What Data Can Titan GPS Get For My Specific Equipment?

This question has been the most asked in recent weeks and has also proven to be the most difficult to answer. The reality is, it depends.

Some basic data points are essentially standard – location, fuel consumption, and operating hours are the basic building blocks of every major OEM telematics platform, whereas the availability of more in-depth data is available based on a variety of factors.

In a perfect world, there would be a universal list of which specific pieces of iron can provide which data points, but unfortunately, because of the wide range of equipment types and applications, along with make, model, and year playing a role, there’s no easy catch-all answer.

For example, it’s safe to assume most equipment built after 2010 will be capable of providing some level of machine data – but even then, some manufacturers have had telematics since the early 2000s, meaning it’s possible that your 2005 can be integrated just as easily as a 2019.

Another factor to consider when it comes to data points is subscription level. Each manufacturer with a telematics system has a different approach to equipment monitoring. Some offer free basic subscriptions, while some charge for a full suite of features. The AEMP 2.0 standard allows companies like Titan GPS to integrate only the data currently available to the user through their current subscription.

Fortunately for mixed-fleet operators, Titan GPS is constantly innovating, improving, and working with manufacturers to refine OEM integration, meaning that any potential data limitations may not exist in the future.

How Does OEM Integration Work?

Simply put, Heavy Equipment OEM Integrations works by taking machine data from OEM systems (KOMTRAX, JDLink, VisionLink) and adding it to the Titan GPS dashboard.

This is done through the AEMP 2.0 telematics standard, meaning Titan GPS can “piggyback” on equipment hardware, eliminating the need for fleet operators to purchase and install any third-party hardware.

Satellite/Cellular Networks

Similar to how Titan GPS hardware works, OEM telematics systems usually operate on a cellular network. This means that the device’s built-in to each piece of equipment operates similar to a cell phone, sending and receiving signals over a standard network.

However, like a cell phone, this can be problematic for some fleets. Equipment that works in remote areas may not have reliable cell coverage, opening the door to gaps in data transmission. In such cases, Titan GPS has a solution: devices that operate using satellite networks.

Pairing a satellite device with OEM integration allows the equipment to be monitored and managed with the unlimited visibility. Regardless of where a piece of equipment is working, it can be connected to the Titan GPS dashboard, providing full fleet insight.

Still Have Questions?

As with most new and evolving technology, there are often more questions than there are answers. If you’ve still got burning questions about Heavy Equipment OEM Integration, reach out to a Titan GPS fleet management expert to discuss your equipment tracking and monitoring needs.

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