Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corp. company, recently announced the expansion of its Command Zone advanced electronics architecture with the unveiling of CZConnect, a fully integrated telematics system.
CZConnect joins the existing CZControl and CZDiagnostics branches of the Command Zone system as the first fully integrated Wi-Fi-based telematics solution available in the fire industry, according to the company.
With CZConnect integration, Pierce will generate a free, customized vehicle-readiness report containing vehicle performance data and maintenance-interval information. The customer can choose as many as five email addresses to receive the report.
“CZConnect provides the opportunity to give fire departments access to data that can improve their performance, while at the same time allowing Pierce to build-out long-term value propositions such as predictive maintenance and total cost of ownership,” said Jason Anibas, senior chief engineer for Pierce Manufacturing. “We’re proud to be the first in the fire industry to offer a fully integrated telematics solution and look forward to incorporating customer feedback in the expansion of the system’s analytic capability.”
The onboard telematics control unit (TCU) continually monitors the engine, transmission, brake systems, fluid levels, system voltage, operating hours, vehicle location and status of Command Zone I/O while the apparatus is performing its daily activities. The system pushes apparatus and GPS data from the vehicle each time it auto-connects to a known Wi-Fi network. It also performs data analytics and generates a customized report designed for viewing on mobile devices.
Users can request a vehicle-readiness report from the vehicle display at any time.
To activate the customized vehicle-readiness report, users go to the “Report” menu on the vehicle display, enter as many as five e-mail addresses and connect to a minimum of one of 10 possible Wi-Fi networks, according to Pierce. The customer can modify e-mail addresses and Wi-Fi networks at any time.
“Our goal was to make the vehicle readiness report simple and intuitive, while still adding value,” Anibas said. “Each of the report category headers provides a visual indication if there is an action item contained within. Each category can be expanded or compressed to reveal the amount of information desired by the customer.”
The CZConnect fully integrated telematics system and vehicle-readiness report is available on any Pierce fire truck equipped with the Command Zone advanced electronics system. For a comprehensive review of CZConnect, visit piercemfg.com/innovations/electrical-systems for system highlights, video and images.