Cloud-connected inspection tool is bus industry first, claims ADL02 May 2018

Bus and coach manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) has launched a cloud-based online fleet management and preemptive vehicle diagnostics system.

The manufacturer claims that ‘AD Connected’ transforms the traditional approach to vehicle inspection by providing the most in-depth level of operational analysis and preventative diagnostics on the market. The cloud-based system is said to provide a clear, concise pathway, linking direct to operators either by registration, fleet or chassis number. The system has various support approaches that can be tailored to each customer’s needs. AD Connected can also be used on the entire fleet range rather than be specific to one product or commodity type.

Touchscreen menus simplify the whole process, enabling engineers and inspectors to move quickly around a vehicle, scrolling through options and selecting the appropriate icon. Previous vehicle issues and recorded fault codes are also displayed on the tablet to provide a maintenance guide, allowing operators to carry out repairs to prevent issues occurring. There is also an option to add text notes, images and video recordings that can assist engineering teams and mechanics to initiate modifications and repairs quickly. The system also has the flexibility to be customised to meet the needs of individual operators.

After completing vehicle checks, AD Connected synchronises data to the main system giving engineers immediate access to accurate information through web applications. Faults are scrutinised, organised and incorporated into a report that highlights how vehicle performance can be improved and up-time maximized.

On the web application, operators can also access a dashboard that enables them to view live information, service management and diagnostics, along with current vehicle status reports. Other AD Connected options include a comprehensive telematics suite providing in-depth, live vehicle data on faults, predictions and recommended actions, fuel and driver performance.

In addition, ADL has also developed AD Protect, a bridge warning system that uses geo-fencing to trigger an audible alarm for drivers on the approach to low-height hazards.

George McAdam, ADL’s group quality & aftermarket director, commented: “AD Connected is an exciting bus industry first and we are delighted to be leading the way with this breakthrough technology. We have developed it in conjunction with customers such as trentbarton, Blackpool Transport and Whitelaw’s Coaches, along with key providers in our supply chain network. I am grateful to all of those who have participated in this crucial development phase.”

Will Dalrymple

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