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Kalmar is expanding its automation product range by launching a new fleet control system calledFleetview, which can be used to monitor straddle carriers, reachstackers, forklift trucks, terminal tractors and RTGs. Fleetview is a further addition to Kalmar range of automation tools, which includes, for example, Smartrail, an auto steering and container position verification system, and Smartpath, a real-time container position verification system.

The main benefit of Fleetview is that it allows control room staff to monitor the real-time positioning and efficient control of each machine, which means that container handling tasks can be assigned to the unit best suitable for the job, thus minimising unladen travelling distances and resulting in better productivity.

Fleetview utilises state-of-the-art technologies,
including a satellite-based global positioning system,
wireless networks and a secure local area network
between the terminal operating system and
Fleetview itself.The core of Fleetview is a graphical real-time
map of terminal operations dsplayed in the control room.
Fleetview allows significant improvements in operational quality and productivity as it enables control room operators to better manage and coordinate container handling equipment. It can accommodate a practically unlimited number of machines, regardless of their manufacturer.

Fleetview can also be connected to a yard management system to monitor the actual container moves. Furthermore, if a machine has failed to perform the task that the terminal operating system has assigned to it, or if the task has been delayed or performed incorrectly, Fleetview notifies the control room operators of the discrepancy.

Other advantages of the system include a comprehensive route log, which is useful in determining the cause of an accident and in preventing similar events from occurring again. Fleetview can also be used for training purposes, whereby instructors can teach correct working methods to new drivers with the help of the built-in map system.

Keijo Parviainen, VP of Kalmar Intelligence and Automation, comments:

Managing a fleet of machines and optimising fleet usage can be difficult if done manually. We have developed Fleetview to help our customers with the planning and coordination of their container handling machines. It can reduce unproductive container moves in the terminal to a minimum, resulting in greater efficiency and productivity.

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“Fleetview utilises state-of-the-art technologies, including a satellite-based global positioning system, wireless networks and a secure local area network between the terminal operating system and Fleetview itself. The core of Fleetview is a graphical real-time map of terminal operations displayed in the control room.

Kalmar is a global provider of container and heavy duty materials handling equipment, automation applications and related services. It is the world leading supplier of cargo handling equipment to ports, terminals and intermodal facilities. Every fourth container or trailer transfer at terminals around the world is handled by a Kalmar machine. The company also supplies a wide range of machines to demanding industrial customers for applications as diverse as handling steel and paper to shunting road trailers at distribution hubs.

Kalmar is also leading the way in port automation applications with its application of unmanned container handling technology, on-board smart features and remote maintenance products developed in co-operation with customers and partners.

Kalmar product range is complemented by a large range of value added services such as maintenance contracts and fleet management.

Production plants are situated in Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, China and the USA.

Kalmar net sales were EUR 1,147 million in 2005.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec Corporation, the world leading provider of cargo handling solutions, which are used in local transportation, terminals, ports, distribution centres, and ships. In 2005 Cargotec net sales exceeded EUR 2.3 billion. Cargotec class B shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

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