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Industrial Access (Romania), a rental company for construction machinery, has equipped 110 CAN-based machines with the Genie Lift Connect telematics solution by Terex.

A Genie S-85 XC boom located on a jobsite in the town of Constanta, near the Black Sea. (Source: Industrial Access)

The Romanian rental company has tested several months eight CAN-based Genie GS scissor lifts, Genie Xtra Capacity (XC) S lifts, and Z boom‑lifts. This allowed the Industrial Access telematics technical team to endorse the advantages of the Genie Lift Connect offering. The company owns about 4000 machines, including 1500 aerial platforms.

In 2019, as part of the final phase of development of the Genie Lift Connect telematics solution, Genie, a Terex brand, and Industrial Access worked together to validate the reliability and superiority of the telematics solution compared with other telematics programs on the market. According Industrial Access, one reason their company got on board with the Genie Lift Connect solution was a test that enabled them to remotely troubleshoot a Deutz engine on a Genie S‑85 XC boom, which was located on a jobsite in the town of Constanta, near the Black Sea. Error codes sent in by the machine to the telematics program made it possible to identify the reasons for the engine’s failure immediately and to organize the logistics before sending a technician into the field, saving time and money.

The result: Industrial Access recently ordered Genie Lift Connect aftermarket kits for 110 of its CAN‑based Genie machines produced before 2020. Christine Zeznick from Genie explained what made Industrial Access the right partners for the test: “Our companies have been partners for more than 10 years, and Industrial Access is extremely experienced in the use of 2/2 telematics. Put together, we both gain from working together to offer the best telematics software and hardware in the aerial market.”

Directly involved in the test, Stefan Ponea from Industrial Access, said: "We took advantage of the offer from Genie to partner on the development of the Genie Lift Connect telematics solution because we understood that the approach of Genie to fleet management focuses on tangible, actionable data. In 2006, we created our own fleet management ecosystem, Smartrent, and were still looking for the right telematics system to feed information into it.”

Ponea continued: "Before engaging in the test, we needed to be certain that the hardware and the software of the Genie Lift Connect solution would respond to our needs efficiently, based on our own fleet management experience with Smartrent starting with a small number of units. Genie accepted the challenge. We worked hand-in-hand as a team with a common goal of bringing to market the most efficient telematics solution in the aerial industry, both directly and from API. Based on our experience, the objective has by all means been achieved.” Since January 2020, the Genie telematics solution is now available for the EME region (Europe and some Middle East countries) as a factory-installed feature that comes with a free, 3‑year subscription for Genie GS scissor lifts, Genie Z and S boom lifts, and GTH tele-handlers. Aftermarket kits are available for machines produced back to 2015.


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