Haulotte launches telematics system
By Leila Steed02 February 2021
Haulotte has launched its own telematics system for aerial platform equipment fleets.
Designed for rental companies, equipment owners and service managers alike, Haulotte’s Sherpal telematics system provides users with remote access to machine data and gives an overview of the status of the entire aerial equipment fleet, regardless of size.
Christophe Lacaze, operational marketing manager at Haulotte, said, “Sherpal is designed to manage aerial fleets more efficiently. It delivers focused and meaningful data to be more productive, secure the day-to-day operations and grow business.”
The telematics device is equipped with a 4G antenna that regularly and securely transmits machine data. Using an on-board GPS system, Sherpal can instantly locate machines in the field and provides customers with an interactive map so they can track a specific asset or get an overview of the entire fleet.
It also provides colour coded information on the real-time operational status of the machines, along with hourmeter data for scheduling, maintenance deadlines and engine and battery status.
Lacaze said that by connecting machines to Haulotte’s telematics system, customers could increase the uptime and utilisation rates of their equipment, while reducing operating costs.
If Sherpal detects a problem with a piece of equipment, it sends the appropriate fault codes, root causes and instructions on how to fix the problem to the owner alerting them of the probelm.
According to Haulotte, the system allows customers to set up geofence borders on job sites to help prevent machine theft. The feature automatically trigger an alert if a machine moves outside an authorised area.
Sherpal can also be used to identify risky or hazardous machine use. In cases of entrapment or overload situations an alert is sent that allows customers to “implement appropriate safety policies on the jobsite”.
In addition, the timefence feature lets equipment owners define usage time slots and detect non-contractual use of the machines, which enables them to charge according to actual use.
Already available in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the European Union and other European Free Trade Association countries, Haulotte said that it is currently certifying the product for use in additional countries.