Continental has announced that it would be launching its new digital tire monitoring platform for commercial fleets, ContiConnect in the Middle East by 2019. ContiConnect will serve as a highly useful tool for remote tire monitoring so that fleets can maximize their efficiency. The platform alerts the drivers if the tire pressure deviates from the defined value. Fleet operators can take prompt remedial action and benefit from lower number of breakdowns, lower maintenance costs, and contribute to the company’s bottomline by increasing the uptime of vehicles. The use of the technology will encourage managers to take preventive action rather than fixing problems reactively for entire commercial fleets which might comprise trucks, buses, industrial or earthmoving vehicles
Juan Uruburu, Head of Sales, Commercial Vehicle Tyres, Continental Middle East, said that ContiConnect will serve as a starting point for Continental to become a partner for tire-related data services. With the launch of ContiConnect, the company is marking a significant step forward in its evolution from a premium tire manufacturer to a solutions provider.
Earlier this year, Continental had launched the ContiPressureCheck, a first-of-its-kind monitoring system which can continuously monitor tire pressure and temperature in trucks and buses through sensors placed inside the tire in the Middle East.
ContiConnect comprises different components that can be combined in multiple ways:
• Tire Becomes Smart Tire with the tire sensor
The tire sensor is mounted on the inner liner of the tire and serves the function of connecting the tires of a vehicle with the outside world. It is mounted in the best position to facilitate precise measurement of both tire pressure and temperature and to minimize the risk of damage or theft. The tire sensor is available in both retro-fit and pre-fit variants. Continental’s intelligent tire comes with a pre-installed sensor. This makes it faster and more convenient for fleets to switch to digital tire monitoring, while ensuring the housing is correctly installed within the tire first time around.
• Yard reader station is the receiver for tire data
The yard reader station connects Continental’s back end with the tire sensor. It draws data from the sensors as the vehicle passes by the receiver in the yard and transmits this data to the backend where the data can be analyzed and interpreted. The yard reader station can be set up at the places that are visited frequently by the vehicles in the fleet like the washing bay, gas station or other check-points.
• Web portal interfaces with all the vehicles in the fleet
The web portal serves as the interface where fleet operators can closely track the performance and condition of the tires used in all the vehicles belonging to their fleet. The browser-based portal offers various display options and can be accessed from any type of device. The portal gives them an overview of the history of the tire data and enables retrospective analyses.
• Notifications – Keeping fleet managers informed
Fleet managers get notifications either through e-mail or SMS regarding any deviations from normal values and the need for corrective measures. These notifications serve as alerts that can help fleet managers to better plan tire maintenance. This translates into higher uptime, less maintenance and lower cost of ownership for each vehicle.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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