For construction, oil and gas, and other industries that rely on heavy equipment, efficiency is vital to success. Having real-time visibility into vehicle location and condition improves utilization, reduces unauthorized use, and prevents costly breakdowns.

Better visibility makes it easier for fleet managers to perform at their best. Thankfully, many original equipment manufacturers (OEM) have built telematics solutions for their vehicles to access important data in real time. Timely access to telematics data helps fleets address many important problems. 

Remote monitoring and heavy equipment telematics

When fleet managers use telematics to monitor fuel levels remotely, they can track idling and fuel waste, improving fuel economy. Maintenance departments can also benefit from telematics data. Alerts about potential issues help teams address any problems before they lead to costly unplanned downtime. And knowing the exact vehicle location is important when sending a maintenance team out. 

With all the telematics solutions on the market, today’s challenge isn’t about producing telematics data. Today’s challenge is about the aggregation of telematics data to drive positive business results. With mixed fleets that typically include multiple makes of heavy equipment, vehicles, and assets, fleet managers have to manage their fleets using multiple OEM solutions. This multi-solution approach is time consuming and confusing for fleet managers. When data points are isolated from one another, that separation inhibits insights, complicates reporting, and gives an incomplete view of operations. 

For example, when using multiple telematics solutions for a mixed fleet, you won’t have a single view of where your Komatsu excavator and Caterpillar dozers are located. Now imagine you’re trying to coordinate trucks to transport an excavator and dozers to a new job site. Where are the closest trucks to move the equipment? Has all of the equipment arrived at the site? Managing this from three or four different telematics solutions creates frustration and wastes time. This is further complicated when dispatching a maintenance crew and wanting to make sure they’re prepared for all the equipment on site.

Welcome, AEMP 2.0

To address the challenges that businesses are facing, the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) created a telematics standard for earth-moving and construction vehicles. This standard made information from on-board telematics devices available over the internet. 

Now known as AEMP 2.0 or ISO 15143-3, the AEMP standard has grown to include nearly 20 data points, including asset ID, location, and engine temperature. With OEM support and alignment, this standardized format allows mixed-fleet owners to manage their heavy equipment telematics data in one place. 

Motive uses the AEMP 2.0 API to bring all this information together in one place for fleet managers. As a result, Motive Fleet Dashboard provides fleet managers with a single view into location and asset condition. The dashboard now displays heavy equipment telematics and tracking data from OEMs such as John Deere, Caterpillar, Komatsu, and Volvo. While the Motive Fleet View provides a single view across all assets, the Asset Profile page captures specific information about each asset.

“Using two separate solutions to coordinate my trucks and heavy equipment wasn’t efficient,” says Brian Sauers, Fleet Manager, Strike Construction. “With Motive’s AEMP integration, I now have a single source of truth and clear visibility into the location of all my assets.”

For fleet managers, having this visibility makes work that much more efficient. Since Motive has done the heavy lifting with OEM integrations, implementing heavy equipment telematics is as simple as clicking “install” on the selected integration in the Motive App Marketplace. Access to more data in one place means more insights, better decision making, and improved profitability. All Motive AEMP integrations can be found in the Motive App Marketplace. If you don’t see the OEM you’re looking for, please let us know so we can add it.

Learn more about Motive AEMP integrations in the Motive App Marketplace or in this support article.