Aerial work platforms innovator Genie has responded to the unique equipment management needs of its rental customers with the introduction of the Genie Lift Connect program, a telematics system focusing on actionable information, flexibility and transparency.
“No matter whether a rental firm has an aerial equipment fleet of 10 or 10,000 machines, equipment management is a daily business activity,” says Tim Merritt, Terex AWP Australia’s Genie National Product Support Manager.
With the Genie Lift Connect program, a rental business will be able to track how its equipment is performing, how often a piece is being utilised, where each unit is and when it is ready for maintenance.
“This data can provide a lot of insight for a rental business,” Merritt says. “The world is changing. Our customers are operating their businesses faster and more efficiently than ever before, constantly looking for ways to add value and drive business growth.
“One technology that is opening up new opportunities for rental businesses is the use of telematics. Today’s Genie Lift Connect telematics technology has evolved to help hire companies understand the information their machines are providing, enabling them to manage their businesses more efficiently.”
Data is great, but value is created when it is transformed into actionable information. With dashboards and alert notifications, the program provides fleet managers with tools to maximise efficiency and minimise downtime.
With the introduction of standard APIs, customers can leverage data from mixed fleets and multiple OEM telematics platforms. The program provides data in two ways: customers can utilise the Genie Lift Connect portal and all its features, or alternatively, if with an existing system, customers can consume the data via a standard API.
According to Merritt, as time goes on, the data will become more and more powerful. Initially, it will be “descriptive”, focusing on what’s currently happening with a machine, including how many hours are on it, where it physically is and if there are any fault codes on it.
Over time, the data can be leveraged on a larger scale and used for “predictive” and “prescriptive” activities, such as predicting failures in the field and proactively prescribing maintenance based on how the equipment is being used.
“The opportunities for using the data from the new Genie Lift Connect program to monitor and manage aerial fleets are limitless,” Merritt concludes.
Genie Lift Connect solutions will be available in Australia in late 2019.
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