Telekom Austria has won a deal to roll out M2M technology with PORR Equipment Services.
The operator has been trialling an international asset tracking service, which optimises maintenance schedules by correctly recording the mileage and operating hours of construction vehicles and machinery in real time, with the construction group since 2014.
Its offering is now being taken into regular operation and has already been installed in several thousand of PORR’s vehicles and machines at 30 locations in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Telekom Austria has been working with telematics specialist CEplus on the project, which includes an app that guides PORR staff through the installation process.
Werner Zenz, Managing Director of PORR Equipment Services, said: “Our fleet and machinery stock comprises a wide range of models from different manufacturers.
“We were looking for a centralised solution that was compatible with all types of plant and equipment and which is so easy to use that it can be installed and taken into service by our employees on site after brief training.”
Phat Huynh, Managing Director of Telekom Austria Group M2M, added: “Although industry 4.0 is a buzzword that everyone is talking about, it is difficult for many companies to implement and use it efficiently.
“As well as the technical functions of the solution, thorough planning of the changed operating processes, the accompanying support systems and integration into the existing IT environment are at least just as important if it is to be used effectively.
“We are delighted that the project has been successfully implemented in such a challenging environment.”
The operator does not break out revenues from its M2M business, which it bundles in with the overall performance of its Austrian opco.
However, it said M2M SIM cards were behind the four percent (200,000) growth in mobile subscriber numbers in Austria during the first quarter of this year.