WITOS: Paving the way for big data

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WITOS FleetView helps optimize paving processes in road construction for Wirtgen, Vögele and Hamm equipment

In 2008, the number of things connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people on Earth. The term Internet of Things was coined and by 2020, there will be 50 billion connected things.

And we are already connected with our things today ­— our cars, cell phones and even refrigerators have embedded sensors, software and network connections that allow us to stay connected in ways we couldn’t have dreamed of 15 years ago.

This connectivity has led to massive amounts of data, and it not only affects everything we do as consumers, but is also impacting changes in the road construction sector.

With WITOS, the Wirtgen Group’s customers benefit from the big data generated by Wirtgen Group equipment. The Wirtgen Group not only connects its customers with their construction equipment, but also with their construction projects.

WITOS FleetView

WITOS FleetView offers numerous features for managing the equipment fleet that may be used to increase the construction equipment’s degree of utilization and reduce fixed costs.

When Wirtgen designed WITOS, special emphasis was placed on an intuitive user interface. From a technical perspective, WITOS Ready — a data communications package consisting of a Telematics Control Unit (TCU), an antenna and a SIM card — is needed to use the system.

WITOS FleetView is the fleet management system’s core module. The entire fleet of licensed machines is listed in the fleet overview. The information provided includes all of the relevant master and operational data, as well as the equipment’s current location and history.

The malfunction view displays a list of all of the errors reported by the machinery. Alongside the error code, the system records additional information about the possible cause so that specific corrective actions can be taken. Every incident is logged in the history view, and all of them can be accessed and viewed at any time during a machine’s entire life cycle.

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Anti-tampering protection alerts the user as soon as a machine is not switched off after a defined period of time, or is removed from the permitted area of operation. FleetView informs the user of the location and condition of the machines at any time and from anywhere. This means that the entire fleet of machines may be located with a single click and at a glance. Theft or vandalism is not only detected, stolen machines may also be found. The scheduling and planning processes are streamlined, thanks to the precise location reports, eliminating unnecessary machine transports.

For example, WITOS users can see the water and fuel levels of their machines. In combination with the machine’s real-time location, refuelling is easy to schedule. If different operators or drivers share a machine, they may find their machine via WITOS when coming back to work after the weekend, for example, and do so without disturbing their colleagues who are off site.

By reviewing operational data, such as engine loads and routes driven, customers can review, improve or confirm their project plans are on track. If necessary, additional machines and resources can be scheduled for specific jobs.

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WITOS FleetView simplifies the maintenance process and noticeably frees the user from tedious routine work during day-to-day operations.

The detailed error messages provide the user with information for proactive maintenance, as well as the means to directly contact Wirtgen Group locations or dealers. In addition, the system reminds the user of upcoming maintenance requirements, allowing them to schedule service appointments in a timely manner and minimize downtime.

As well, the website provides access to maintenance documentation with just a few clicks.

WITOS can also be linked to a SmartService service agreement. Wirtgen Group service technicians are then able to access the equipment’s maintenance and repair data online, making maintenance work more efficient. This improves response time and reduces downtime in the event of a machine failure.

Optimized processes

Increasing cost pressure and demands for higher paving quality and roads with a longer service life make it more important to tap unused potential in the construction process.

The Vögele solution for process optimization and documentation improves planning and increases transparency, which facilitates a targeted and rapid response to disruptions in the main asphalt paving processes.

WITOS Paving connects the mixers in the asphalt mixing facility, the truck drivers at the transport company, and the entire paving team on site with each other. The system provides planners and site managers with a comprehensive overview of the current construction project. As all data is available in real time, everyone involved is able to react quickly and effectively to deviations from planning and malfunctions.

Throughout the roadbuilding process,  WITOS Paving is constantly learning — like the construction companies that work with it. After completing a construction project, the information can also be analyzed and documented with WITOS Paving, and the collected data may be used to gain insights that in turn can be used to improve future projects. As a result, working with WITOS Paving will increase the overall profitability of road construction projects over the medium and long term, according to Wirtgen.

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