Håkan Borglund CEO of Toyota Material Handling Europe collects the winner’s trophy from Brian McKenna, business applications editor of Computer Weekly.
Toyota’s team developed a software solution which improves safety, reduces cost and increases productivity.
Toyota I_Site collects data from the fork-lift truck, transmits the data to a central database using wireless technology and the regular mobile networks – without the need to install software or hardware at customer premises – then allows this data to be analysed by the customer over a web interface. The software solution is deployed worldwide to address material handling issues in a wider perspective than ever before.
To facilitate the data collection and transmission, a black box is installed in each fork-lift integrated into the system. A central server system manages the collected data and allows interaction over a web interface with analytical capabilities. This has been accomplished by using the latest telematics technology combined with modern web design and systems analytics.
More than 10,000 units have been installed. The solution has been made available as a product in FCO Services' IT services catalogue, making it easy to order and simple to deliver. The project has demonstrated strong return on investment, with payback within a few months of deployment.
Toyota Material Handling Europe also won Best of Show.