Harsco has trialled Compass with US railways since January and says that the system can be installed on a variety of industrial equipment types. It works by connecting directly to the machine's system, and using cellular or satellite communications, uploads condition and performance data to a central location where operators can receive daily alerts for items such as required maintenance, engine faults and diagnostics.

Harsco says that industry-specific applications are also available to tailor Compass to a machine's and an operator's requirements, and that the system is suitable for use on both rail and industrial mixed fleets. It will initially target the system at the North American market, but does plan to eventually make it available internationally.