Monitor Overall Site Productivity and Instantly See Project Status in the FieldPARIS, April 16, 2012 — (PRNewswire) — Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today version 2.4 of VisionLink™ software powered by Trimble. The new software version integrates site productivity data, fleet and asset management, and materials and volumes movement information using 2D Project Monitoring. With the added benefit of 2D Project Monitoring, VisionLink is pioneering the ability to present a collective view of all machines and their contribution to overall productivity across the organization and across sites. In addition, VisionLink Mobile takes the power of VisionLink to the field, giving contractors the ability to view productivity data on mobile devices.
The announcement was made at Intermat 2012, the international exhibition of equipment, machinery and techniques for the construction and materials industries.
The Right Machine, in the Right Place, at the Right Time
Contractors can drill down to a detailed view of the work area to easily monitor problem patterns, contaminated materials, structural fill materials and unsuitable materials in near real-time. Problems can be identified and rectified quickly and completion times can be estimated to keep jobs on track. 2D Project Monitoring provides both asset-based reports as well as metric-based reports comparing manually entered data with actuals, flagging overruns and shortfalls against key operational metrics.
VisionLink 2D Project Monitoring allows site supervisors, equipment managers, data managers and operations managers to monitor cycle times, load counts, haul distances and cumulative volumes, tracking actuals against planned. The number of loads made by a machine and the average amount of material that machine can carry per load can show variances between productivity expected and productivity achieved.
During material movement operations, the machine's position is continuously recorded and tracked to create distance and location, exact load and dump position, loading time, haul time, and dumping time. Additionally, haul distances between two boundaries can be calculated. Information such as stocking locations, cut zones and fill zones can be imported from Business Center – HCE, Trimble's data preparation and materials quantity takeoff office software.
Connect the Office with the Machine
2D Project Monitoring machine data is sent wirelessly from the machine to the office and aggregated by VisionLink with machine utilization and performance, and compaction and volumes information to see near-real time progress on projects. Part of the Trimble® Connected Site® portfolio of solutions, VisionLink helps connect the machine and the office, enabling quick decision-making, lower operating costs, reduced risk and increased productivity.
VisionLink Mobile Project Monitoring is a browser-based application that puts site productivity data at the contractor's fingertips, using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Supervisors or foremen can now instantly see the number of loads completed, distance traveled between loading and dumping, how much material has been moved, and earthworks progress and volumes. Contractors can immediately view project status and have information available to understand where adjustments can be made to positively impact productivity. VisionLink Mobile Project Monitoring is available for no additional cost when a VisionLink 2D or 3D Project Monitoring subscription is ordered.
VisionLink and VisionLink Mobile Project Monitoring software is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2012 through Trimble's worldwide SITECH® Technology Dealer Channel.
About Trimble's Heavy Civil Construction Division
Trimble's Heavy Civil Construction Division is a leading innovator of productivity solutions for the heavy and highway contractor. Trimble's solutions leverage a variety of technologies, including Global Positioning System (GPS), construction lasers, total stations, wireless data communications, the Internet and application software. As part of the Trimble Connected Site strategy, these solutions provide a high-level of process and workflow integration from the design phase through to the finished project—delivering significant improvements in productivity throughout the construction l ifecycle.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.
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Willa McManmon, Trimble, Investor Relations
Lea Ann McNabb, Trimble, Media