Wireless products, services and solutions provider CalAmp has launched a new communication device LMU-4520 that enables location-and-messaging for mining and construction equipment and features both satellite and cellular communications.
The device also has a connection to on-board engine control units (ECUs) and can operate in extreme climates and challenging operating conditions across the globe.
Designed for use in extreme operating conditions, LMU-4520's sealed enclosure is IP-67 standards-compliant for dust, dirt and moisture.
A GPS ensures reliable location and tracking while low-power, 16G-force accelerometer measures motion, driver behavior and impact events.
A heavy-duty vehicle data bus interface offers several key performance metrics and optional satellite or Wi-Fi for data communications assure connectivity even outside the cellular footprint.
CalAmp mobile resource management business senior VP and GM Greg Gower said that with globally prevalent heavy equipment, customers encounter several operational challenges in the mining and construction sectors.
"CalAmp's unrivaled ability to combine multiple wireless communications technologies in a single device will allow enterprises to efficiently manage valuable assets, wherever they are deployed," noted Gower.
"Our new LMU-4520 is the latest example of how we create reliable, rugged devices that deliver critical data for demanding applications in the toughest environments."
Equipment management systems provider ZTR Control Systems has adapted the LMU4520 to its product line.
ZTR business development director Michael Tidy remarked, "ZTR has been providing end-to-end remote monitoring solutions in off-highway equipment for 25 years, and we feel the LMU-4520 is an excellent addition to our product line, providing a rugged J1939 integrated solution with multiple communication options."
US-based CalAmp expects to commence initial shipments from November 2012.