Quake Global, Inc. (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a manufacturer of M2M communicators for satellite and terrestrial networks, announced that Komatsu Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), the world’s second largest construction equipment manufacturer, is using Quake’s modems in its M2M heavy machinery communication.
The amount of the deal was not disclosed.
Komatsu uses fleet management tool Komtrax, which collects a variety of information including location, fuel consumption, maintenance reminders and out-of-area alerts. It is installed on nearly all tier 3 Komatsu construction equipment, according to the company. Quake’s M2M communicators use satellites to transmit that data from the field to a Komatsu server for access by service personnel and customers, according to Quake Global. All types of messages may be sent between the customer and the heavy equipment.
For instance, customers can issue nighttime and calendar lock commands to disable equipment during certain times of the day or night, according to the company. The service also sends maintenance alerts to Komatsu service personnel to perform preventative maintenance, says Quake Global.
“A Komatsu service person can check a machine’s location on the Komtrax map, determine if there are any problems and have the necessary replacement parts and tools ready before reaching the site,” says Kenji Doishita, project manager ICT Group, Product Planning Dept., Development Division for Komatsu.