ADL launches a new cloud-based, bus fleet diagnostic system

Posted: 18 April 2018 | | No comments yet

A new fleet management system has been created, which pre-empts problems, reduces vehicle downtime and links operators directly through operational analysis…

ADL launches a new cloud-based, bus fleet diagnostic system

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), British bus and coach manufacturer, has launched a new cloud-based online fleet management and pre-emptive diagnostic system.

The new system, named AD Connected, is expected to develop the process of vehicle inspection, servicing and maintenance.

After being trialled and developed for two years, the cloud-based system, using operational analysis and preventative diagnostics, now links operators directly, either by registration, fleet or chassis number.

The system has various support approaches that can be tailored to individual needs. AD Connected can also be used on the entire fleet instead of being specific to one product type.

Touchscreen menus simplify the process, enabling engineers and inspectors to move quickly around a vehicle, easily selecting the appropriate options. Previous vehicle issues and recorded fault codes are also displayed on the tablet to provide a preventative maintenance guide, allowing operators to carry out preventative repairs before issues occur.

There is an option to add text notes, images and video recordings that can assist engineering teams and mechanics to initiate modifications and repairs quickly.

Once the vehicle checks are completed, AD Connected synchronises data to the main system; supplying engineers with access to accurate information. Any faults are organised into a report which details how the vehicle’s performance can be improved or maximised.

On the web application operators can access a dashboard that enables them to view live information, service management and diagnostics, along with current vehicle status reports.

Other options include a comprehensive telematics suite providing in-depth, live vehicle data on faults, predictions, recommended actions and fuel and driver performance. In addition, ADL has developed AD Protect, a bridge warning system that uses geo-fencing to trigger an alarm for drivers approaching low-height hazards.

George McAdam, ADL’s Group Quality and Aftermarket Director, commented: “We have developed AD Connected in conjunction with customers such as trentbarton, Blackpool Transport and Whitelaws Coaches, along with key providers in our supply chain network.”

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