Komatsu telematics to link with Iridium satellites

Iridium Communications agrees to provide global asset tracking for Komatsu of Japan

Over 400,000 vehicles are equipped with Komtrax, Komatsu's telematics system.
Over 400,000 vehicles are equipped with Komtrax, Komatsu's telematics system.

Iridium Communications has agreed to provide Komatsu of Japan, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of heavy equipment for the construction and mining industries, with global asset tracking and monitoring for its Komtrax telematics system.

Over 400,000 vehicles are equipped with Komtrax, which will now provide real-time vehicle location, health, diagnostics and pro-active maintenance data from anywhere in the world, even where cellular infrastructure is compromised.

The long-term agreement ensures Komatsu has access to reliable off-road telematics, while the help of Iridium’s low-cost, low-power and versatile machine-to-machine (M2M) devices will keep the maintenance down for its customers.

“We are confident in Iridium’s ability to further extend our reach now and for many years to come with its current global network, and future next-generation network,” said Ichiro Nakano, VP for both Komatsu’s development division and ICT solutions division.

“A single communication service cannot satisfy our needs. By adding Iridium, we are able to diversify and expand our global network to support construction and mining equipment that is utilised in every possible harsh and remote place on the planet.”

To date, Iridium M2M services are now used by seven of the top 20 heavy equipment manufacturer in the world – all of whom are looking for ways to use telematics to drive efficiency and value for their customers, dealers and resellers.

“This new contract reinforces our relationship with Komatsu and provides further validation for Iridium’s leadership in core M2M/Internet of Things (IoT) satellite technologies,” said Tim Last, VP for M2M/IoT at Iridium.

“As a technology provider, Iridium is setting the industry standard for two-way, small-form-factor devices that integrate easily, and by designing our next constellation to be backwards compatible with the devices currently in use we are positioned to be a favoured provider well into the future.”

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