Concrete Products

MAY 2018

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www.concreteproducts.com May 2018 • 47 FEATURE TRUCKS & COMPONENTS New ContiConnect digital tire monitoring platform uses Vodafone Internet of Things SIM technology to collect pressure data every time a commercial vehicle returns to its point of dispatch, displaying measure- ment in a mobile-friendly web portal. The technology eliminates the need for manual pressure checks in the yard and assures widely available tire data. Equipping a fleet or truck maintenance manager to view pressure data remotely is a significant benefit of IoT, ContiConnect developers contend, as is the web portal's ability to send text message and email alerts if a tire issue is identified. Notes Continental Commercial Vehicle Tires Vice President Paul Williams, "Fleets no longer have to rely on performing tire pressure checks on tens, hundreds, or even thousands of tires on their vehicles. With ContiConnect, they will know immediately whether any tires have low pressure. Lever- aging the Internet of Things saves fleets time and money by protecting their tires, and improves safety for everyone who drives on the roadway." "This is a great example of how IoT can make real world differences in so many unexpected places. This ensures that truck drivers experience fewer tire-related breakdowns and accidents—making the roads a safer place to be for every vehicle user," adds Vodafone IoT Director Stefano Gestaut. PRESSURE, TEMPERATURE PITFALLS Identifying pressure or temperature devi- ations is vital to ensuring tire safety and longevity, Continental officials observe: When a tire is under-inflated, sidewall components flex beyond their design limits, weaken, and open the possibility of eventual failure. Sensors can identify creeping air loss, one of the major causes of tire failure, before it would typically be noticed in a pre- or post-trip inspection. Even when a tire is re-inflated to the proper specifications, it is possible that internal damage has occurred. "Noticing under-inflation and re-inflating the tire as soon as possible is vital," affirms Con- tinental Commercial Vehicle Tires' Helmut Keller, head of Product and Brand Man- agement. "If a tire consistently runs with severely low air pressure, simply adding air later cannot reverse internal damage. Pro- tecting a fleet's tire assets and preventing roadside tire incidents starts with notic- ing and resolving low air pressure sooner, which is what ContiConnect is designed to facilitate." — ContiTech North America Inc., www.contitech-usa.com CONTINENTAL | CONTICONNECT TIRE MONITORING Mounted inside truck tires, ContiConnect sensors collect accurate pressure and tem- perature data. Readings are transmitted as soon as the sensors come within range of the yard reader station (shown here along transit mixed plant alley), which then relays data in real-time to the Con- tinental backend—where a software pro- gram analyzes it and displays it in the ContiConnect web portal. If any of the val- ues are critical, ContiConnect sends desig- nated fleet contact(s) text or e-mail alerts for immediate action.

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