Boels Rental, based in The Netherlands, is the first equipment rental company in Europe to implement JLG’s ClearSky fleet management system on a large scale, JLG said. In March, the first batch of 740 new machines will be equipped with the ClearSky CAN hardware that provides real-time insight into a wealth of user data. This will allow Boels Rental to optimally monitor and maintain its new fleet of aerial work platforms, telehandlers and other machines.

The ClearSky software provides insight into machine information such as hours of utilization, location, fuel and battery levels and scheduled maintenance. The data is integrated in the ERP software of Boels Rental and will be the basis for multi-year maintenance plans. All data is sent from a secure JLG data center to every desired Boels location, and can be accessed in real time from desktops and mobile devices. Besides strategic fleet management, ClearSky also enables Boels Rental to respond quickly to any technical faults or other issues requiring immediate attention. The ClearSky software automatically keeps track of error codes and other alerts and sends them directly by SMS text and e-mail.

“At Boels Rental, we are constantly looking for new ways to improve our customer service and like to explore new technological avenues to achieve this,” said Guy Cremer, director of fleet operations at Boels Rental. “The fact that we are the first to work with ClearSky gives us the opportunity to further differentiate ourselves in the rental market. The benefits for our customers are quite substantial. They will notice that issues will be solved faster because we no longer have to be on location to offer support, but can do so remotely. Based on utilization time analyses, customers will be much better equipped to plan large future projects, a more efficient application means that fewer machines will be needed on each project, which in turn leads to a reduced CO2 footprint.”

“We are very proud that a prominent company like Boels Rental is embracing our solution,” said Karel Huigser, JLG general manager and vice president, EMEA. “The partnership with Boels Rental is incredibly important for JLG and proves that there is a demand for the innovation and efficiency we can offer with ClearSky, both to our customers and users of the equipment.”