How to overcome the 4 biggest barriers to making a mixed fleet work together

By Jenny LescohierAugust 17, 2021

Telematics can provide a mountain of informative data, what if you have a mixed fleet? How does that work?

Scott Brown, managing partner with Greenwood, MO-based Construction Technology Partners (CTP) explains how to integrate different systems for simplicity and productivity in his recent installment to Tech Talks from CONEXPO-CON/AGG.

“There’s a big demand for customers who have already purchased a particular fleet of equipment and want to make those machines work together, or they’re moving on to a site with another contractor who’s already utilizing a specific technology, and they want to be able to piggyback or work with them off of one local base station,” he said.

Brown noted there are many reasons why contractors use a mixed fleet, and those opportunities are increasing as the U.S. market continues to grow. The big OEMs are starting to realize that technology needs to be a factory option and integrated into their business.

“Working together between manufacturers can be a challenge, but I also think manufacturers are understanding that customers want more ease of use between their products, so I think we’ll see that open up a little bit more over time,” Brown said.

The four biggest barriers to compatibility are:

  • Radios
  • Files
  • Software
  • Support

Watch the video for details on how to overcome the four barriers to making a mixed fleet work together.

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