JCB launched its new satellite monitoring system, which is being introduced on the full range of JCB machines at ConExpo.
Called JCB LiveLink, the advanced telematics system offers the ability for improved performance and accurate monitoring. By plugging into the machine’s own diagnostic system, JCB LiveLink provides a wealth of machine information, including hours worked, fuel consumption, temperatures and pressures.
One of the major benefits to LiveLink is the ability to better protect machines against theft — a feature that is also boosted by the introduction of immobilization packages on JCB machines.
Other key features of JCB LiveLink are machine health monitoring, machine tracking, geofencing, the ability to set curfews and receipt of service alerts.
“JCB LiveLink provides our customers with an extremely high-tech system, which will help them run their businesses more efficiently and profitably by improving productivity and also by enhancing servicing,” said John Patterson, JCB managing director.
“Coupled with the introduction of immobilization on JCB machines, JCB LiveLink also provides an extremely powerful deterrent to thieves by making the machines harder to steal and simpler to recover when they are.”
JCB LiveLink, which will be provided in co-operation with North American telematics supplier Qualcomm, uses the latest telematics and satellite technology. A transmitter is fitted on to the machine that sends data via satellite and cellular networks to a database that customers can access through JCB’s secure website www.jcb.com from anywhere in the world. The unit is hard wired into the machine’s electrics, allowing critical machine performance data to be collected remotely.
For rental companies the system provides a precise record of machine usage for more accurate invoicing. JCB LiveLink also provides customers with a complete picture of their fleet at any given time, allowing the identification of opportunities for greater productivity.
The LiveLink equipment can be purchased either with the machine from the factory, or as a retrofit system direct from JCB’s dealers.