Trimble and Komatsu are collaborating to improve the ability of their customers to develop an application program interface (API) to allow mixed fleet customers to exchange 3D site data.
Under the partnership, Trimble Connect software will be developed to support Komatsu’s KomConnect platform – particularly with a view to earthwork activities on site, which frequently use semi-autonomous machine control functions to grade and level surfaces.
The collaboration is a response to customer demand for mixed fleet interoperability as well as Japan’s i-Construction initiative, which aims to drive innovation and productivity on site through the use of advanced information and communications systems.
Trimble’s Connected Site solutions already provide contractors a complete view of site productivity including materials quantity and movement, volume and compaction data, and fleet and asset management information, regardless of machine make or model.
However, while Trimble Connect is set up to allow customers to combine and share data from multiple sources, including those outside of the Trimble ecosystem, the software relies on access to the data and permissions for third party devices.
Komatsu’s in-house solution, the KomConnect-based Smart Construction system, similarly seeks to integrate all of a sites different data functions, and has already been introduced on 3,300 jobsites.
“Through Smart Construction, Komatsu will continue its efforts to create safe and high-productivity jobsites,” said Chikashi Shike, president of Komatsu’s Smart Construction division.
“Our collaboration with Trimble is an important step in supporting our customers who operate mixed machine fleets as well as address the requirements that will enable construction contractors to support Japan’s i-Construction initiative.”
For both companies, the end goal is to provide “a more holistic view of site operations”, using telematics data, GPS and other inputs, including 3D site mapping, and to take the guesswork out of earthmoving.
“Trimble is committed to providing a complete construction ecosystem for all customers. We believe that the optimal solution is one that is open and supports all manufacturers’ machines,” said Bryn Fosburgh, senior VP at Trimble.
“We are excited to work with Komatsu to improve the interoperability with our respective solutions to broaden our support for mixed fleet customers so we can ultimately create an intelligent jobsite for the future.”