Telemetry is a powerful tool for improving the efficiency of your forklift fleet. With their internal sensors and configurable software, Aplicom telematics devices equip you with many highly efficient ways to collect operational and technical data on these vehicles.
Besides providing you with important data, Aplicom devices also offer other functionality, such as user access control and real-time alarms.
The typical benefits of telemetry include better utilisation of resources, less downtime and improved safety. Telemetry data can benefit all parties involved in its collection: the driver, the business owner and even the equipment manufacturer.
Aplicom telematics software uses configuration settings to implement most features without programming. But if that’s not enough, we’re happy to offer you any specific software functions or data interfaces according to your specifications – just contact for more information!
Here are some examples of common functions:
Whitelist–based access management
An Aplicom device can hold a list of authorized users, also known as a “whitelist”. You can update this list periodically over the radio network used by the telematics system. When a driver logs in to use a forklift, user ID is checked on the whitelist. An authorized user gets access to the full operation of the vehicle. Other users may get limited access, such as the ability to drive it at low speed without a load. Identification is easy with simple, user-specific tech like iButtons or RFID tags.
User identification also makes it possible for you to monitor the development of your drivers’ skills, identify driver training needs and keep a record of incidents without further reporting.
When the whitelist is on the telematics device, it improves system reliability, as the vehicle doesn’t require an instant data connection before operation.
The Aplicom A-series telematics software provides a unique configurable impact alert. An impact will trigger a notification. Configuration allows flexibility in the definition of ”impact” in normal operation so that all impacts beyond the definition parameters are registered. You can use this for driver training, incident investigation, and as a record of operation for different analyses.
Driving style improvement
Aplicom A-series device has an internal 3D accelerometer, which allows the notification of speeding, excessive braking, and sideways acceleration. This is very useful in driver training and incident analysis.
Battery voltage monitoring
You can read battery voltage directly with an analogue input, or use the CAN bus on the forklift. If you configure voltage trigger limits, you can receive a voltage alert every time the vehicle reaches a low voltage. You can also set up the system to record the battery voltage on a regular basis.
Log of operating hours
As one of the basic measures of vehicle usage, operating hours can be used for a range of purposes.
Rental companies can use this data to optimize vehicle deployment, as their forklifts should (generally) be used evenly, so that no single truck accumulates a lot of hours while others are underused. Tracking working hours also allows predictive maintenance, so you know ahead of time when each forklift in the fleet will need its next service, to reduce downtime. For forklift trucks that run on combustion engines, you can also monitor idling, and use this data to minimize it.
Custom features solve any specific challenge
The sensors on Aplicom devices can collect data for just about any purpose you have related to your forklift trucks. This could include measuring load weight, monitoring the position of the forks, or finding out anything else that can be read from the CAN bus of the machine.