JCB is using IoT to control 10,000 construction machines
JCB is using IoT to control 10,000 construction machines

JCB uses IoT to control 10,000 construction machines

Wipro, one of India’s top IT firms, has reached a milestone in its Internet of Things (IoT) deployment for JCB India.

JCB’s Livelink telematics system has connected over 10,000 construction machines with equipment, such as backhoe loaders, compact wheel loaders, and excavators.

Livelink has been designed and installed on Wipro’s cloud-based Industrial asset platform. Wipro’s After Markets solution team, part of the Manufacturing and Hi-tech SBU, has formed a team with specialist partners to provide the solution as well as support.

IoT predictive analytics

Livelink allows JCB to monitor real-time health and performance of their resources. The predictive capability allows stake holders to collaborate in guaranteeing availability of the resource and increasing value derived from it. The solution’s geo-fencing prevents misuse and theft of their resources, while allowing owners to administer contract compliance.

Vipin Sondhi, CEO and managing director, JCB India Limited said: “Through a combination of strong technology expertise and excellent program management capabilities, Wipro has provided end-to-end integrated support to enable this milestone for our customers.”

S. Bala, CEO, Manufacturing & Hi-Tech Industry SBU, Wipro Limited said: “IoT presents a huge opportunity for industrial manufacturers world-wide and this platform is one of the few live cases. Today, we are delighted to have over 10,000 JCB machines across India, running successfully on Wipro’s cloud-based industrial internet platform.”

The Industrial Internet – or IIoT – has been labelled as a multi-billion market opportunity, with manufacturers around the world looking at ways to digitalise their plants to make them more automated, and thus more efficient and profitable.

In the US, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) are trying to push this technological concept worldwide, while in Germany the government is driving IIoT through its Industrie 4.0 initiative.

Big-name companies like GE have already embraced IIoT, with vendors including IBM and Tieto now fighting to provide IIoT platforms and services to manufacturers that are now looking to adopt.