Caterpillar announces availability of remote tracking, monitoring, and notification system for Cat-powered yachts and vessels

9/25/2012

Caterpillar Marine Power Systems announces the availability of gplink, a satellite/cellular-based tracking, monitoring, and notification system for Cat-powered yachts and vessels. 

The gplink system is designed to protect vessels by monitoring engine operating parameters and engine diagnostic codes as well as on-board critical systems such as bilge levels, fire alarms, low batteries and power interruption. It can provide immediate notification via e-mail, SMS, and/or phone of any critical alarm or event.

“We are excited about the addition of gplink to all of our Cat-powered boats. If a service visit is required, gplink will communicate the diagnostic information to the nearest Cat service center who will arrange everything that is needed to get you back out on the water as quickly as possible,” says Bruce Angel, senior vice president of product development and engineering, construction management, and customer service for Hatteras and CABO Yachts, in a Caterpillar press release. “Hatteras and CABO have a long history of introducing new technologies, standards, and processes in the recreational marine industry. The addition of gplink to all of our Cat-powered vessels is just another example of how both brands are continually working to provide the very best products for our customers."

Through the utilization of dual band cellular technology with GSM communications, as well as the Iridium satellite system, gplink can provide vessel coverage on a global basis, Caterpillar says. The system’s Geo-Fence feature lets the vessel operator set up a precise boundary within which the boat should be operating or docked. Any unauthorized movement outside that boundary will prompt an immediate notification from gplink to the vessel operator.

Trained Caterpillar Technical experts in the gplink call center support gplink’s  monitoring of a vessel’s critical engine parameters. They can remotely access any fault codes or operating conditions, review a vessel’s alarm status, troubleshoot any engine conditions and potentially eliminate a service technician’s preliminary visit to a vessel, Caterpillar says.

Beyond showing real-time data, gplink also archives all account data, which can be referenced at any time, the company says. The vessel owner will receive reports and monthly updates on maintenance that is coming due, alarms received during the month, a complete engine diagnostic report, and important updates from the vessel manufacturer.

 


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