Volvo Construction Equipment has unveiled the Connected Map solution, a positioning service which provides a visualised site overview for all machines and vehicles on site, including non-Volvo equipment.
Having the knowledge of where equipment is on site is invaluable to increasing productivity, especially as operations across all industries continue to increase in both size and scale.
Connected Map provides a real-time fleet management and personnel management solution, that is made easily accessible to all employees within a team.
The Connected Map solution is accessible via Volvo Co-Pilot, on smartphone devices and in the office, via the Office Portal web platform.
The jobsite visibility is the main draw of the solution, as Azadeh Fazl Mashhadi, service offer owner site solutions at Volvo Construction Equipment said, when providing insight into how the technology functions.
“With Connected Map, users benefit from complete jobsite visibility,” Mashhadi said.
“It gives them a visual overview in real time of the position of every machine, every vehicle and every visitor on a site connected to the App, helping to make their operation more efficient and more productive.”
“The site management also have total jobsite visibility via the Office Portal, providing all the information needed to optimise traffic conditions for maximum productivity.”
The Connected Map solution works by extracting the positioning data from machine telematics or smartphone devices with SIM Cards and uploads it to a cloud-based Volvo platform.
“Regardless of branding on the equipment, or whether they are a visitor on site,” Mashhadi said, “the Connected Map will visualise the position of any unit that has the app installed, making their position visible in either the Volvo Co-Pilot or on a smartphone.”
“For non-Volvo machines which are regularly on site, Volvo recommends fitting the machine with a generic/non-Volvo Co-Pilot with Map App.
“This can be purchased as an aftermarket option through a Volvo dealer.”
Connected Map will visualise a host of typical jobsite features and landmarks, including roads to assist operators in navigating around the site, loading zones, dump zones and speed zones as well as restricted zones for operators to enter.
Points of interest such as offices, workshops and fuel stations can also be visualised, which holds potential benefit for new or temporary operators.
Additionally, single lane sections can be defined on the map and used to notify the operator if another machine is approaching within the single lane section to avoid traffic congestion.
“What’s more, increasing the efficiency of transport operations can also help to cut travel times, minimise material mixing, lower fuel consumption and reduce emissions.”
Managing sites remotely
For site managers, the Office Portal function of the Connected Map makes it easier to manage larger sites and even creates the possibility to manage multiple sites simultaneously.
In addition to the visualisation options, it also allows the Site Manager to react to the prevailing site conditions.
“The site manager can introduce measures such as one-way traffic or restricted zones, Mashhadi said, “and communicate these changes to all users in an instant, helping to improve awareness, reduce accidents and increase productivity.”
Connected Map users can also find the positional data of their machine, thanks to the search functionality of the technology, which will look-up and find users or machines in real-time with the last machine position visible for up to thirty days.
“Connected Map makes it easier for the operator to become familiar with the site and know where everyone is – including visitors – helping to facilitate a more straightforward, safer, and less stressful operation,” Mashhadi said.
The Site Map application is available for free from the App Store and Google Play.
To begin using Connected Map and the Office Portal, Australians should get in touch with CJD Equipment, Volvo Construction Equipment’s only national authorised distribution partner in Australia.
Founded in 1974, CJD Equipment has been in the industry for a long time. CJD’s professionals have the skills and knowledge to support every type of operation and provide the right equipment.
Together, CJD and Volvo provide a full range of machinery suited to Australia’s unique landscapes and industry requirements.
These products are fully supported through a nationwide network of CJD’s branches, and carefully selected dealers and service agents, strategically positioned to ensure total support.
With fully equipped parts warehouses in every capital city, and dealers throughout major regional towns, CJD Equipment has the network in place to ensure businesses are well supported, no matter where their machines are. •