Our top tech stories of 2018


Tech advancements are constantly finding new ways to  improve construction, heavy equipment as well as their related industries, and there was no shortage of innovations this year.

Here are our most read tech stories of 2018:



A decade after launching its first telematics system, Doosan has released DoosanCONNECT, which promises to deliver greater machine-to-machine communication, intelligence and remote equipment monitoring.

The DoosanCONNECT telematics system is now worldwide and comes standard on all Doosan equipment, except for the company’s DX63-3 and DX85R-3 compact excavators.

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Benefits and barriers of telematics

There’s “too much data and not enough insights” when it comes to the adoption of telematics in construction, according to David Swan, product manager at Skyjack Inc.

At the Ontario chapter of Associated Equipment Distributors’ annual Holiday Power Breakfast, Swan outlined the benefits and barriers to telematics in construction.

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Autonomous evolution

In 2005, the company began trials of its Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) at Codelco’s copper mine in Chile. The system officially launched commercially at the same mine in 2008.

Today, more than 130 of Komatsu’s autonomous trucks are in operation in the Chilean copper mine, the iron ore mine in Australia and in Alberta’s oil sands.

To help mark the AHS milestone, Komatsu recently invited media to visit its Arizona proving grounds, where the company continues to develop its autonomous technology.

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Cat S61 smartphone

The Android phone, unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, includes enhanced FLIR thermal imaging, laser assisted distance measuring, and an indoor air quality sensor.

Using FLIR’s MSX technology, the Cat S61 thermal imaging camera boasts greater image contrast than its predecessor, the S60, and is able to read a temperature range of -20°C to 400°C.

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Serious Labs

The airline industry would never let a pilot jump into a cockpit without logging the necessary training on a simulator. The Edmonton-based Serious Labs wants to instill the same training expectations for heavy equipment operators.

Created in 2005, Serious Labs leveraged its software designers’ videogame background to enhance the way operators learn their machinery.

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