Wireless connections will increase uptime, says Volvo 18 July 2012

Volvo Trucks has developed a GSM-based system that allows workshops to check a truck's condition remotely.

Scheduled for release in Europe in 2013, the new system will lead to increased uptime and lower maintenance costs, promises the Swedish manufacturer.

Christian Gustavsson, head of service at Volvo Trucks, explains that it's a function of the firm's latest version of in-truck Telematics Gateway - TGW.

This system allows Volvo workshops to monitor the vehicle's wear and condition in addition to reading fault codes remotely, using the GSM network.

"With these new communication facilities on board the trucks, the workshop receives continuous information about wear on a number of components," he explains.

it allows the workshop's service technicians to check how much mileage the truck has covered and how quickly components are seeing wear.

"This will increase uptime and minimise the risk of unplanned stoppages by the roadside," states Gustavsson.

"It promotes security and reduces administration for the haulage firms, at the same time as their customers can count on high reliability," he adds.

With TGW it will be possible to have remote updates of parameters and, in the future, to update entire software packages in the truck, he asserts.

John Challen

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