Volvo CE hits huge connectivity milestone

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Volvo Construction Equipment is celebrating reaching the milestone of one million connected customer assets. To mark the occasion Volvo CE handed over four excavators – each complete with Volvo’s built in telematics system CareTrack – to Danish rental company GSV Materieludlejning.

Since their advent, Volvo CE’s connected vehicles have been helping customers boost uptime, safety and productivity with smart site solutions. The achievement is thought to be one of the largest number of connected commercial vehicles and machines in the industry. According to the company this is only the start. Volvo CE has 150,000 of the group’s connected assets.

“Being part of the digital ecosystem is critical to our customers’ success,” said Jens Ejsing, managing director of Volvo CE Denmark. “As a premium brand, we work every day to provide a premium service that will help customers like GSV Materieludlejning use their Volvo equipment in the most efficient way possible. We are proud to be leading the field with the highest quality connected solutions. For us, connectivity means not only significant increases in safety, uptime and fuel efficiency, all the while lowering costs. It is also a vital tool to help us realize our goal to build a better world’.”

At the Danish handover, the machines – one EC220EL excavator, two EC250EL excavators and one ECR235EL excavator – were fitted with Volvo’s smart connectivity system CareTrack. It works by capturing thousands of machine data points which are monitored remotely in a Volvo uptime center by dedicated experts who then use state-of-the-art diagnostic software to process huge amounts of data in real-time and filter back to the customer and dealer the most essential information.

Thanks to the collected data, wear on crucial parts can be predicted, services planned and spare parts ordered in advance, reducing downtime for the owner and leading to increased productivity. Combine this with Volvo Group’s connected capabilities across the sector – trucks, buses and construction equipment – and it is easy to see how efficiencies are being unlocked across the value chain.

“We are excited to be part of this connectivity revolution and proving what can be achieved with a first-class fleet management system,” said Dan Vorsholt, CEO of GSV Materieludlejning.“ It is essential that we are able to keep track of every aspect of our business, so being able to monitor our machine productivity, right down to the second, is a major contributor to our success.”

 

 

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