Continually looking for ways to increase productivity on the job site, John Deere is partnering with HCSS – one of the construction industry's leading providers of management solutions – to further enhance the capabilities of John Deere WorkSight and to put the power of JDLink data in the hands of customers.
The partnership stems from the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) actively working with major machine manufacturers to standardize telematics data available for integration into other applications, commonly known as the Application Programming Interface (API).
"Our partnership with HCSS empowers customers to leverage the existing telematics connection on their John Deere equipment and see their JDLink machine data in the powerful HCSS tool suite in conjunction with other telematic brands," said Liz Quinn, product marketing manager, John Deere WorkSight. "In addition, customers will be able to easily link from the HCSS application to the MyJohnDeere.com environment when they need to order parts, manuals, or have a closer look at a John Deere machine in the JDLink Dashboard. Seeing all brands of telematics data in one application optimizes a customer’s fleet management decisions and eliminates manual data entry and jumping from one manufacturer’s portal to the next."
HCSS provides a comprehensive suite of construction solutions for both operations and equipment management. Utilizing HCSS's innovative software with OEM telematics data integrated, customers will have direct access to valuable data like meter readings and location. Customers also will have access to information like fault codes, utilization hours and fuel consumption data for their entire fleet, regardless of the manufacturer.
"Integrating JDLink with the HCSS portfolio gives our shared clients an edge by leveraging data to make more informed decisions to drive productivity, which is critical on the jobsite," said JP Giometti, HCSS director of strategy & RD.
"We recognized early on that GPS location services and telematics data would be highly valuable to our business, so we partnered with HCSS in 2007. In nine years, we've leveraged GPS and telematics to hone our operations, achieving a significant return on investment," said Matthew DiTarando, John Deere customer and IT manager at COMANCO Environmental Corp. "We look forward to utilizing the open JDLink Machine Data API and integrating that vital telematics data into our HCSS products. Combining these two into one cohesive system will enable us to thrust our fleet department forward into a future of advanced planning of scheduled maintenance utilizing real-time telematics."
John Deere selected HCSS as a partner based on compatibility with its WorkSight technologies and ease of use with customers. HCSS also is an alpha tester of JDLink Machine Data API (AEMP 2.0), which is scheduled to launch later this year.
"Our partnership will position John Deere as the easiest, most flexible, reliable and secure data provider in the industry," Quinn said. "We'll continue to develop web-based tools that boost productivity, uptime, and lower daily operating cost for our customers.”