Linamar Corp.’s Skyjack division has announced a partnership with Trackunit Inc. through which TrackUnit will provide telematics technology to Skyjack to support the connected fleet goals of rental companies and their customers.
“Skyjack aims to provide simple and reliable products that deliver a proven value,” said Brad Boehler, president of Skyjack. “We’re at the point with telematics where our customers see the value and partnering with Trackunit puts us in a position to continue to deliver great ROI with this product.”
Trackunit has been providing telematics solutions developed for the off-highway and construction sector for more than 10 years, with customers in more than 65 countries.
“As part of this partnership, we look forward to continuously pushing the boundaries for technology involvement within the construction industry,” said Tom Valbak Aardestrup, COO of Trackunit. “Skyjack is a leader in their space and they are dedicated to creating unique solutions for the equipment rental and construction industry.”
A key benefit to partnering with a third-party telematics provider, Skyjack said, is avoiding the pitfalls of proprietary hardware and software that have bogged down some OEM provided solutions. These have previously made it difficult for a rental company to adopt an OEM solution, as most rental fleets contain multiple makes and models. Trackunit currently provides telematics connectivity for mixed brand fleets across the globe.
The service is targeted for a launch date in the first quarter of 2018 and while full product and feature details are yet to be revealed, packages for both data-only (supporting rental company ERP systems), and a stand-alone, end-to-end solution will be offered.
In addition, Skyjack plans to offer services directed towards the end user such as access control, familiarization, and safety check tracking as integrated components of the solution.
“We see providing machine connectivity as important to supporting our customer’s goals, which are ultimately our goals,” said David Swan, product manager at Skyjack. “We’re looking to provide a solution that delivers actionable insights to improve existing fleet management processes. What you’re going to see coming out of this partnership is a solution that reflects Skyjack’s ‘easy to do business with’ approach.”