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Volvo CE celebrates pioneering group connectivity milestone

Machinery giant delivers CareTrack equipped excavators to mark Volvo Group reaching one million connected customer assets

Volvo Construction Equipment (CE) recently celebrated the Volvo Group milestone of reaching one million connected customer assets by handing over four excavators to a Danish rental company.

Each of the excavators delivered to signify the milestone is equipped with Volvo’s built in telematics system CareTrack. According to a statement from Volvo CE, the group’s achievement, thought to be one of the largest for the number of connected commercial vehicles and machines in the industry, is only the start. Volvo CE has 150,000 of the Group’s connected assets, with Volvo connectivity technologies helping customers boost uptime, safety and productivity with smart site solutions.

At the ceremony to hand over the excavators to GSV Materieludlejning, the Danish rental company, in Kirke Hyllinge, Denmark, Jens Ejsing, MD, Volvo CE, Denmark, said: “Being part of the digital ecosystem is critical to our customers’ success. 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.”

The three delivered machines – one EC220EL, one ECR235EL and two EC250EL excavators – are fitted with Volvo’s smart connectivity system CareTrack, which works by capturing thousands of machine data points that are then monitored remotely in a Volvo Uptime Centre by dedicated experts. The experts 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 only the most essential information, said Volvo CE.

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

Dan Vorsholt, CEO of GSV Materieludlejning, said: “We are excited to be part of this connectivity revolution and proving what can be achieved with a first-class fleet management system. 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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