Delphi to supply telematics for Caterpillar

Delphi Corp. announced that it has entered into an agreement with Caterpillar Inc. to supply telematics transceivers for heavy construction machinery starting in 2010. Delphi says its telematics technology will help connect worksites with a Web application using machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, giving users a convenient way to track, monitor and manage machinery at remote sites.

The telematics transceivers are designed to enable machinery to send and retrieve data using global positioning systems (GPS) and wireless telecommunications technology. Caterpillar says the technology will be used as part of its Product Link initiative, which uses onboard systems to collect machine information and send data wirelessly from the machine to a Web application that customers can access anywhere they have an Internet connection.

“Telematics products will provide added features and functional value for customers by wirelessly connecting their heavy-duty machinery to the Internet,” says Tom Puza, Delphi’s managing director of telematics. “With telematics-equipped machinery, businesses can manage maintenance, performance and the logistics of machinery remotely, saving time and money. This is crucial when you are dealing with multimillion-dollar project deadlines and expensive machinery.”