To diagnose and resolve potential machine issues faster than ever before, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is enabling dealer field technicians to connect directly to their back office product specialists, as well as Volvo product experts and engineers, through a live augmented reality video feed
Volvo CE is offering dealer field technicians across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania, the option to communicate directly with Volvo product experts and engineers while on site.
Via a Real-time Tech Support app on their mobile phone, field technicians can initiate an interactive video call with their dealer back-office staff and invite a Volvo product expert and engineer, if required, to provide more expertise in diagnosing and resolving an issue.
The augmented reality technology allows all parties involved to see exactly what the field technicians see and point to components on the screen. Furthermore, these calls can be recorded and saved for reference in case further investigation is required.
?In the past, when a field technician needed more help to diagnose and fix an issue, they might take some photos, go back to the dealership and talk to colleagues or arrange a call with the Volvo product support team. This could result in multiple visits to the jobsite and frustrating downtime for the customer,? explained Aram Ibrahim, head of uptime support at Volvo CE.
?Now, field technicians can benefit from the expertise of their colleagues as if they were at the customer?s site with them. Up to four people can all see and discuss the same component, point to certain things on the screen, make suggestions to try this and that and see the behaviour of the machine in real time. We speed up fault-tracing, minimise travel and get the machine back on the job much sooner.?
Volvo CE and its dealers are committed to close and efficient collaboration as one extended enterprise and over the last few years have implemented a common case handling system. This has significantly improved dealer service technicians? access to information and support and resulted in more vital feedback reaching Volvo R&D teams.
?Real-time Tech Support is the next step in our collaboration together for industry-leading uptime. It is also a part of our digitalisation journey and we are excited to see how this could pave the way for future technologies like smart glasses or the ability to see inside structures. But for the moment, Real-time Tech Support will improve our efficiency even more and maximise machine uptime,? Ibrahim concluded.
Visit the Volvo CE website to discover more about Volvo Uptime Services.