Equipping construction machinery with mobile communications system and applying telematics technology to monitor positions and performance, is advancing rapidly in Europe and North America as an element in DX. On real construction sites it is not uncommon for machines from various manufacturers to be mixed together, but centralized tracking and checking of data from all machines is essential. To meet that need, Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe and the major telematics company ABAX are developing a proprietary operation management system (illustrated below). At the same time, they are working with Hitachi Construction Machinery to develop an API (Application Programming Interface) to achieve optimization of data management with machinery. These systems interconnect, so that customers can receive every 10 minutes the data that they used to receive every 24 hours. Users have this fleet management solution, which does not dictate any choice of devices, so they can keep track of location and operation information about all their construction machinery, tools, vehicles, and other assets. This system can also be linked to remote monitoring by ConSite, which is Hitachi Construction Machinery’s service solution, to visualize fuel consumption and CO2, as a way to meet the need for machine lifecycle cost reduction.
Major general contractors in the UK use the API to enhance on-site efficiency and reduce life cycle costs, and they have actually succeeded in cutting idling time and fuel consumption. Demand is also expanding rapidly in France, and the API is used in stone crushing sites. Construction management is becoming more efficient and advanced around the world.