Prof. Dr. Matthias Mehrtensr | Vice President, Kärcher
Brigitte Maar | Account Manager, VodafoneReady Business | M2M
Kärcher is defining a new level of efficiency and professionalism in the
management, maintenance and control of fleets – thanks to the M2M
solution and its Vodafone partner Brigitte Maar.
At Kärcher, Brigitte from Vodafone is helping
us to deliver innovative cleaning machines.
Power to you
Prof. atthias ehrtens | Vice President IT, Kärcher
Brigitte Maar | International Account Manager, VodafoneReady Business | M2M
With Vodafone M2M, Kärcher can offer its
customers an innovative solution for the
optimisation of fleet cleaning solutions.
Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG, based
in Winnenden (Baden-Württemberg) is
a leading worldwide provider of cleaning
technology for private, commercial
and industrial deployment. The product
range of the family business founded
in 1935 variously includes high-pressure
cleaners, vacuum cleaners and steam
cleaners, window vacs, sweepers and
vacuum scrubbers, car washes,
drinking water and wastewater treat-
ment plants, dry ice blasters, cleaning
supplies, garden and household pumps,
irrigation systems and drinking water
With locations in over 60 countries,
Kärcher has more than 11 000 employees
in 100 companies. Over 50 000 service
centres split over all countries ensure se-
amless supply to customers around
Innovation is one of the main growth
factors for the company: 90 percent of
its products have been developed in
the past five years or less. The cleaning
equipment manufacturer employs more
than 900 employees in research and
development. Ever since the company‘s
foundation in 1935, inno vation has
been a key aspect of the company
culture. The engineer and passionate
inventor Alfred Kärcher examined
solutions to technical problems
with inexhaustible creative drive and
ingenuity, while never overlooking his
responsibility for the interests of his
Economic success and sustainable
development for the company have
there fore always constituted a solid
unit: Kärcher makes an above-average
investment in research and development,
in modern production processes and in
quality in the education and vocational
training of its employees.
Over the last 30 years, Kärcher has perfor-
med over 100 cleaning tasks on historical
monuments worldwide. These included
the colonnade of St. Peter‘s Square in
Rome, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the
Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro, the 3300-
year old Colossi of Memnon at Luxor in
Upper Egypt, and the presidents’ heads
at Mount Rushmore. The cleaners always
work in cooperation with preservationists,
conservators and art historians.
For the task of the professional cleaning
of offices, hospitals and factory buildings,
Kärcher offers sweepers, driers and
much more. These devices can be ad-
ministered by the customer using an
extensive fleet management service
known as “Kärcher Fleet”.
Kärcher Fleet provides building service
contractors as well as other customers
with the relevant information for a
seamless overview of all machinery,
its present deployment and status.
Fleet managers can obtain access to
this information via a web based portal.
It provides an overview of operating
conditions, charging cycles, runtimes,
deployment locations and service needs.
Here, alarms, warnings and notes can
be individually set and displayed. This
better machine co ordi nation can signifi-
cantly increase the reliability of cleaning
processes, provides protection from
abuse and theft and ensures increased
operatio nal availability.
All significant events and the state of
the fleet are displayed on a clear dash-
board in accordance with user rights. The
local assignment of machines to opera-
tional locations can be displayed on a map
and the current fleet status is communi-
cated via clear indicators. Kärcher Fleet
transmits the data in virtual real time
to smartphones or mobile applications.
Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG
Alfred Kärcher-Straße 28-40
Telephone: + 49 (0) 7195 / 14-0
11,138 employees worldwide
(as at end of 2014)
2.12 billion euros
(as at end of 2014)
Vodafone M2M via Remote Monitoring
and Control (RMCS) and the
Vodafone Global M2M Platform
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Dynamic markets, globalisation and technological change generate an ever-increasing competitive pressure. Proven
success formulas seem to become obsolete overnight. Even established companies have to constantly face challenges.
At the same time, IT and communications technology have a whole new role to play. Companies must be able to
respond to these changes quickly and with confidence. Being ready for the future means being a ‘Ready Business’.
With innovative solutions, Vodafone helps companies like Kärcher to be flexible, mobile and competitive
in the marketplace. With Ready Business solutions in the area of machine-to-machine communications
such as Data Communications via Vodafone’s mobile network, Kärcher is already ready for the future.
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Vodafone helps us to realise an
important differentiator with
Kärcher Fleet. The substantial
expertise of Vodafone in the M2M
sector was crucial for Kärcher in
deciding upon this partner.
Prof. Matthias Mehrtens,
Vice President Information Systems at Kärcher
In addition to Kärcher machines, fleet
management can also administer other
manufacturers’ machines and products
to a certain extent.
To realise its fleet management solution,
Kärcher uses the Vodafone full range of
M2M services. Global Vodafone SIM cards
that are permanently installed in the
machines transmit all relevant informa-
tion such as condition, type of operation,
maintenance state or the logged-in user
to the Vodafone Remote Monitoring and
Control (RMCS) platform.
This in turn prepares the data for dis-
play on customer dashboards. SIM card
management, cost control and data
access are performed via the the Voda-
fone Global M2M Platform. Not least,
this ensures that Kärcher fleet manage-
ment can be offered and used in many
Vodafone has adapted its M2M solution
package individually for Kärcher Fleet.
The communication with the machines
is bidirectional, so that machine settings
can be made via the M2M solution if
necessary. Vodafone implemented the
individualisation together with Kärcher
over a very short period of time.
With Kärcher Fleet, the machine manu-
facturer offers its customers a powerful
tool with which they can view the use
of their fleets of cleaning machines
and have them continually monitored
With Kärcher Fleet, the utilisation of
machines can be increased significantly.
The improved detection of service
requirements and the planning of pre-
ventive maintenance can reduce machine
ser vicing. At the same time, this improves
the operational readiness of the equip-
ment inasmuch as downtime is signifi-
Vodafone offers Kärcher a powerful and
internationally designed M2M platform
and since it provides extensive customi-
sation options, Kärcher can adapt its fleet
management for clients from various sectors.
“Vodafone helps us to realise an im-
portant differentiator with Kärcher Fleet.
The substantial expertise of Vodafone
in the M2M sector was crucial for Kärcher
in deciding upon this partner,” says
Prof. Matthias Mehrtens, Vice President
Information Systems at Kärcher.
Brigitte Maar, the Vodafone Account
Manager responsible for Kärcher adds:
“The joint solution development took
place over a very short time – and led
to a very convincing result.”
Benefits of the solution
• Differentiator for Kärcher over its
• Powerful and flexible M2M platform
• A single source solution
• Individual adaptation of the web
interfaces (RMCS dashboard)
depending upon customer demand
• International availability and globally
consistent, transparent pricing
• World‘s best network coverage
• Comprehensive service and support
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