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Bosch’s new solution increases construction vehicle efficiency

Interconnected sensors enhance utilization rates of vehicle fleets

  • Bosch TRACI solution minimalizes idle- and delivery time of construction vehicles
  • Continuously monitors vehicles at constructions sites and farms
  • Data transmitted by the sensors helps improve processes, decision making, and machinery utilization
Bosch’s new solution increases construction vehicle efficiency

Stuttgart – For those managing a larger construction or agricultural vehicle fleet, it is a real headache knowing exactly where their vehicles are located, how long they have been operating. This is especially important at large and complicated construction sites, where not using these machines for the above-mentioned reasons can have negative effects in productivity. Bosch’s new, IoT-based connectivity asset tracing solution helps in utilizing machinery and other vehicles as efficient as possible at construction sites and farms, by allowing to continuously monitor the vehicles and analyze their location. “Bosch TRACI helps in keeping wait, search, and transportation times to a minimum,” says Jan Philipp Büchner, the product manager responsible for Bosch TRACI.

Vehicle utilization can easily be increased
The solution comprises a sensor box, cloud-based evaluation software, and a wide array of digital services. Every vehicle is first equipped with a Bosch TRACI tag, a compact sensor box with its own power supply that captures the vehicle’s position, state of motion, as well as a lot of other data. The data is encrypted and transmitted via a LoRaWAN network to the Bosch IoT cloud, where it is decrypted. Customers and users can then access the sensor data, integrating it into their existing software systems for logistics, scheduling, and operations planning. Of course, the data can also be visualized directly on a smartphone app or in a web browser. With the help of Bosch TRACI, vehicles can be better utilized and the speed of distributing materials can also be increased.

Bosch’s asset tracing solution can also provide efficient help in agriculture: it dovetails with existing agricultural machinery systems as well as with the sensor-based monitoring solutions provided by the Bosch startup Deepfield. It can also be used to record the operating hours of coupled machines without an independent power supply (such as seeding machines). This can substantially lower the risk of breakdowns and expensive repairs.

Robust, long-lasting, versatile
During Bosch TRACI’s development, it was tested on construction sites and farm fields, to see if the sensors can withstand harsh conditions - such as being cleaned by high-pressure jets of stream. The device is also especially resistant to shock and liquids. In typical applications, the service life of a sensor is three to six years. That can be extended to ten years if the measurement and transmission intervals for sensor data are reduced.

The high levels of robustness and the long service life of Bosch’s solution also point to potential use cases in other markets besides the construction industry and agriculture. Deployed in smart-city scenarios, for instance, the sensors can make the management and tracing of local-government vehicles easier, or it can capture movements in infrastructure such as power pylons, enabling damage to be detected in good time. Bosch TRACI can also be a good solution in open-cut mines, where they can serve to check the condition of machinery and conveyor belts so that maintenance work can be performed as needed.

Tags: Bosch, construction site, sensors, agriculture, IoT

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