If you work around heavy equipment or manage a fleet, you may have heard about telematics. Frequently, brand new equipment comes with these costly systems from the factory, but what about the hard-working machines already in your fleet that have years, possibly even decades, of service left in them? That’s where Senzit comes in. But what is Senzit?
Everyone is familiar with wearable activity trackers like Fitbit, which are great for tracking your weekly workout routine or competing for bragging rights on who can get in the most steps. That same idea can be applied to any piece of equipment, all you need is an air filter. Senzit attaches to the air filter housing (or is remotely mounted) and wired to the vehicle. Whenever the engine is powered on, Senzit digests data associated with air filter condition, dust load, engine hours, and even location. Data is then uploaded to the cloud directly from the Senzit device using a built-in cellular connection. and is analyzed using advanced machine-learning techniques. From here you can use the Senzit web portal and Senzit app to monitor the health, status and location of your equipment in real-time.
Data Is King
Now that Senzit knows how your equipment works, it can calculate dust load capacity and filter life based on the condition of your environment, not the factory recommendation. Need a better overview of your maintenance needs? With digital records important service interval information, such as oil changes and fuel filter changes can be recorded in the Senzit mobile app You can also set customer alerts so the health and status of your equipment is always within reach. Here’s a few examples of how it can be used to improve your maintenance regimen:
- Fleet Managers – Reduce downtime with full visibility of your fleet’s dust load, engine hours, and location
- Mechanics – Monitor filter capacity, document maintenance needs, and locate equipment in real-time
- Operators – Increase productivity and profitability by eliminating manual inspections and filter cleanings
Want more data? Senzit also provides you with an easy way to prevent theft and service equipment in the field with GPS and vehicle history.
Easy Installation & Pro Tips
Senzit is compatible with all filter brands and can be installed on any heavy-duty machine. The device can be remotely mounted or attached to your existing air filter housing. Due to the hardware broadcasting a cellular signal, the unit naturally draws power so, it is suggested to connect the Senzit hardware power lead to a fused switched ignition source. While the amount is small the hardware has the potential to drain a battery over an extended period. More importantly, when you install Senzit for the first time you must a new air filter. Senzit learns the usage habits of your equipment and formulates individual algorithms customized to your machine and usage. Therefore, Senzit assumes that the filter is fresh when the hardware is installed.
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With an automotive writing career spanning over two decades, Brian has a passion for sharing the automotive lifestyle. An avid DIYer he can usually be found working on one of his many project cars. His current collection includes a 1969 Olds Delta 88 convertible and a slant-6 powered 1975 Plymouth Duster.