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31 July 2017

Komatsu & Trimble collaborate to improve interoperability for mixed fleet earthworks customers

First published31/07/2017
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Komatsu president and CEO Tetsuji Ohashi and Trimble president and CEO Steven W. Berglund have announced a collaboration to improve customers’ ability to exchange 3D construction site data between Komatsu and Trimble construction software, making managing mixed earthworks fleets easier and allowing for a more holistic view of site operations.

As part of the collaboration, Trimble and Komatsu are working together to develop an Application Program Interface (API) to enable compatibility between their software platforms. Komatsu's KomConnect platform and Trimble Connect software, a cloud-based collaboration ecosystem, will share digital construction data that can significantly benefit contractors and project managers.

The collaboration is in response to customer demand for mixed fleet interoperability as well as support for Japan's i-Construction initiative, a plan to drive innovation and revolutionize productivity on construction sites through the use of information and communications technology (ICT), promoted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Komatsu introduced SMARTCONSTRUCTION, an Internet of Things (IoT) solution for construction site operations, in Japan in 2015. The solution enables customers to visualize site operations using ICT about workers, machines and surfaces on the KomConnect cloud-based platform to create a safer and more productive site. The solution has been introduced to 3,300 jobsites so far.

Trimble Connected Site solutions 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. Trimble Connect is a collaboration environment allowing customers to combine and share data from multiple sources, including those from outside of the Trimble ecosystem.

Komatsu will continue its efforts to extend openness of KomConnect platform to respond to customer demand in collaboration with SMARTCONSTRUCTION partners.

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