TOKYO -- Japan's Komatsu is forming a data-sharing partnership with Trimble, a U.S. developer of surveying technology, in order to expand the knowledge base for its construction machines capable of generating and updating topography data.
Their cloud-stored 3-D topography data will become accessible by each after unifying data standards by September. This will let users of Komatsu's internet-connected machines access data in rivals' construction equipment.
Trimble has been in partnership with such Komatsu rivals as Hitachi Construction Machinery and U.S. giant Caterpillar. Komatsu, for its part, has been working with Topcon, a Tokyo-based surveying technology company. Komatsu's data is currently unusable in Trimble's system.