Caterpillar announced its Product Link remote monitoring system—along with the Web-based VisionLink user interface—will be available on the new CT660 vocational truck.
In addition to the conventional benefits of Product Link, CT660 owners will have access to truck-specific information. New functionality includes management of maintenance by mileage, engine and transmission PTO usage updates, alerts for loss of main battery power, notification of non-authorized movement during "key-off" intervals and access to odometer readings and VINs (Vehicle Identification Numbers).
The 12-volt CT660 Product Link system, provided at no cost for three years, features new factory installed hardware adhering to the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) public J1939 network standard. The system also incorporates Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) cellular technology for data transmission to and from the truck.
VisionLink's intuitive asset details view provides a quick, comprehensive overview of each asset, including location, engine hours, mileage, fuel level, utilization over various time intervals and event and diagnostic code summary. Customers can also monitor all assets via fleet-level view or select any group of assets for analysis; for example, vehicles on a particular jobsite or certain asset make and model types.
Product Link provides real-time fault code alerts via text and e-mail, as well as built-in maintenance intervals, checklists, service due notifications and quick access to Cat S-O-S fluid analysis results.
Product Link will be available on the CT660 beginning in the fourth quarter of 2011.