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connect: Functions

The requirements of a fleet management system are often very specific: Every business offers a different working environment for the forklift trucks in a fleet. Accordingly, you can combine the individual function modules of connect: to form one system that optimally meets your individual requirements.

connect:ac - access control

With connect:ac operators control access to your fleet: Who is currently at the wheel of which forklift truck? connect:ac forms the basis for planned fleet deployment.


Access control - The electronic key

The application enables the unlocking of forklift trucks using PIN or RFID, the assignment of operators and forklift trucks, as well as the administration of rights (such as operator's license and eye test).

  • Unauthorised use of forklift trucks no longer possible
  • Access can be regulated by person, period of validity, driving authorisation and forklift truck
  • Evidence of forklift truck possible at all times
  • Operator-specific forklift truck settings, such as reduction of speed
  • Lost keys no longer possible
  • More conscious operator behaviour with the forklift trucks
  • Contactless identification via RFID transponder or PIN procedure using a keypad
  • Also available for retrofitting

Pre-operational check - Pre-shift check via app

The app for smartphone or tablet enables a safe and simple forklift truck check to be carried out before each use. Deficiencies can be immediately documented by photo and sent to the fleet manager. The forklift truck can only then be started when the check is complete and the forklift truck is ready to use.

  • High operational safety, because the forklift truck can only be started when the pre-shift check is complete
  • Simplified pre-shift check via app with immediate added value
  • Regular querying of forklift truck condition
  • Digitisation of the test results saves paper
  • Automatic e-mail report in real time
  • Photo documentation of damage or anomalies on the forklift truck
  • Fleet manager can freely define questions using a configurator
  • Documentation of all defined questions and answers
  • App available for all mobile Android devices with NFC technology
  • Also available for retrofitting

connect: - crash detection

connect: documents the use of the fleet forklift trucks: Was a forklift truck being used a lot, or was it often not in use? Were there any accidents? Is the forklift truck functional?


Crash detection - The electronic damage monitor

Was there an accident? Is part of the company site uneven? Is a operator driving without care? connect: crash detection records the time and severity of heavy shocks which could lead to forklift truck damage.

  • Identification of danger points or floor damage on the company site
  • Intentional misuse or irresponsible driving can be attributed to individual operators
  • Reduction of damage due to improper use
  • Reduction of repair costs
  • Early detection of forklift truck damage
  • Automatic speed reduction of the forklift truck can be set
  • Recording threshold can be set individually
  • Determination of operator in the event of accidents or building damage
  • More conscious operator behaviour with the forklift trucks
  • Improved safety on the company site
  • Also available for retrofitting


Operating hours - The digital driving logbook

Is a forklift truck rarely used? Will it soon exceed the operating hours agreed upon with the leasing partners? With connect: operating hours, fleet managers can regularly determine the deployment duration of your forklift trucks.

  • Automatic collection and transmission of the operating hours
  • Read-out interval can be set individually
  • No expense for manual recording of the operating hours
  • No disruption of operational processes
  • More transparency
  • Improved operational planning and optimised fleet utilisation
  • Better scheduling of service intervals
  • Avoiding unnecessary forklift truck down time
  • Early identification of bottlenecks
  • Warning if hours are exceeded
  • Reduced overuse of the forklift trucks
  • Reports possible for individual forklift trucks
  • Data transfer via mobile telecommunication network, no additional infrastructure
  • Also available for retrofitting


Trouble codes - automated error transmission from the forklift truck

Does an wearing part need to be replaced? Should a forklift truck be taken out of operation as a precaution? connect: trouble codes provides qualified information on errors on the forklift truck, even those which will not immediately limit performance.

  • Early detection of malfunctions or damage
  • Enables preventative servicing
  • Reduces forklift truck down time
  • Improved availability of the forklift trucks
  • Optimises service processes with reduced repair time
  • Transparency with error sources
  • Automatic information possible from the service organisation
  • Automated e-mail reports
  • Also available for retrofitting

connect:an - usage analysis

With connect:an fleet managers analyse and monitor the performance of their fleet: How often does a forklift truck drive or lift? How much energy is it using?


Usage analyses - The digital use-of-potential analysis

How is the forklift truck’s usage time divided between driving and lifting? Does the use conform to the forklift truck’s performance profile? connect:an usage analysis provides details on how well the capacity of the forklift truck and the entire fleet are being used.

  • Overview of forklift truck availability
  • Shows the actual fleet performance
  • Easy identification of insufficiently utilised forklift trucks
  • Displays potential for improvement within the fleet
  • Reduces new acquisitions or the use of replacement forklift trucks
  • Transparency of fleet utilisation
  • Enables conclusions to be drawn on the behaviour of individual operators
  • Data transfer possible using various communications technologies

Battery management - Digital battery maintenance

Is the battery being serviced properly? Are batteries frequently being charged to early or too late? connect:an battery management assesses the battery’s status and detects possible operating errors using recorded parameters.

  • Prevention of damage and loss of performance through erroneous loading or maintenance
  • Increase in forklift truck availability
  • Prevention of unnecessary maintenance or replacement costs
  • Battery parameters are transparent at a glance
  • Notification when boundary limits are achieved
  • Energy consumption clearly quantifiable
  • Operating errors can be attributed to operators
  • Identification of rarely used or overused batteries
  • Makes drivers more aware of energy management

connect: - truck localisation

connect: knows the current location of each forklift truck. Is it in a warehouse or moving around outside? Is it approaching a particular warehouse area? Fleet managers can thus control forklift truck functions independent of location.


Zone control - Forklift truck paths always in sight

Are many forklift trucks and people moving around in the production or warehouse areas? Where are the forklift trucks? connect:tr controls internal traffic safely and easily without additional infrastructure.

  • Individual settings for operators and forklift trucks
  • Enables access to particular areas only for authorised forklift trucks
  • Improves safety in operational traffic
  • Prevents accidents and physical injury
  • Simple and cost-effective solution
  • Automated speed reduction possible by zone
  • Easy to retrofit

Quantitec: Positioning within the building down to the centimeter

People and forklift trucks cannot be located within a building by GPS signal, because the walls block the satellite signal. The Intralogistic Navigation (IntraNav) technology from Linde partner Quantitec shows that positioning down to the centimeter is nonetheless possible. It allows inertial sensors and radio-based runtime measurement to be effectively connected. The result is the most precise, most suitable positioning system for industrial applications in interior and exterior spaces.

Fleet management

The fleet of the future will be better connected, more efficient and safer. The digital fleet management system connect: from Linde provides the right solutions for this.



The connect: hardware components connect the fleet to databases and software.



The connect: software: provides comprehensive access to all fleet data.