Together with the telematics specialist Rosenberger, after a first successful pilot project involving 100 vehicles, A1 Digital equipped the company's entire construction vehicle fleet with a tailor-made fleet management and asset tracking system.
First of all, an individual hardware solution with robust sensors was created, which can easily withstand conditions on construction sites. This hardware was equipped with a GPS receiver as well as an M2M SIM card, which in conjunction with a backend software application continuously sends status information via the mobile network.
This information can be accessed via a central portal. The customized software also includes a specially developed portal for the works council to protect employees. In addition, the software is installed, continuously hosted and maintained in the A1 Digital Computing Center with all necessary interfaces to third-party systems. For an optimal introduction and a seamless conversion of the construction equipment fleet, A1 Digital set up a central service administration portal for coordination and roll-out planning by its own assembly staff at various customer locations.
The roll-out was preceded by the training of PORR's own assembly staff in a "train-the-trainer" concept. Here, the employees were accompanied step by step through the process of quality assurance by photo documentation by means of an innovative assembly app.
The roots of PORR AG date back to 1869. Arthur Porr, namesake of today's company, is considered a pioneer of concrete construction and made it mass suitable. Today, Porr employs more than 20,000 people and, as a full service provider, shapes the construction industry in Austria and Europe in all imaginable sectors.
As a major construction company, PORR AG has a considerable fleet of machines at a large number of locations in several countries. A general problem in the management of fleets of such dimensions is first of all the high manual effort: planning of the machine operations at different locations, compensation of failures, planning of maintenance etc.
Not only a high expenditure on manpower is required, but it comes even at unforeseen downtimes of machines, for example due to technical failures due to inaccurate maintenance cycles or additional work in the maintenance coordination. All in all, companies are faced with massive costs in the manual management of the machine fleet. A more efficient use of the machines relieves the employees and reduces the operating costs. This makes it of fundamental importance for future competitiveness. A digital solution and additional hardware were needed, which were not allowed to intervene in the existing electronics of the machines.