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Telematics integration takes ContiPressureCheck to the next level

Following its launch 18 months ago, Continental Tyres’ tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) – ContiPressureCheck – has gone from strength to strength and is already offering huge benefits to many fleet operators across the country. Practical new features and partnerships with established telematics providers to link the tyre information from ContiPressureCheck into onboard telematics systems demonstrates Continental’s focus on offering more tailored and integrated tyre solutions to the market.Conti TPMS

ContiPressureCheck has integrated sensors, a data processor and communication system all housed in a rubber container that is glued to the inner surface of the tyre tread.  Via the central control unit (CCU), information from the TPMS is already available as real-time data fed directly to the driver, however with the integration into onboard telematics systems fleet managers can now also receive the information directly to their screens back in the transport office.

The first partner to launch ContiPressureCheck integration in the UK is Verilocation, a family-owned business whose telematics system of the same name improves the efficiency and productivity of fleet operations. Trials are underway with one of Verilocation’s customers, which if successful will lead to the roll out of ContiPressureCheck across its whole fleet.

At the CV Show, Continental will also be showing how ContiPressureCheck can be linked to the TIS-Web online data analysis and archiving service provided by VDO.

Arthur Gregg, commercial sales and marketing director at Continental Tyres said: “Proactively managing tyre condition is an important way of reducing fleet costs and maximising efficiency and through our ability to integrate our ContiPressureCheck system with both a telematics system and an archiving service we’ve demonstrated the next step in doing this. Live monitoring vehicles through existing telematics systems reduces the time and effort needed to review the data and identify issues, while accurate information allows operators to build up a detailed picture of their tyres’ performance over weeks and months. This archived data will not only help to highlight any problem areas but also make sure the tyres are performing at optimum levels.”

A new feature added recently to the ContiPressureCheck system is Automatic Trailer Learning (ATL). ATL is able to automatically detect a newly coupled trailer equipped with ContiPressureCheck sensors, making it easier to monitor tyre inflation even when the semitrailer is changed frequently.

Using TPMS can give commercial vehicle operators a competitive advantage, by allowing them to catch any potential tyre issues early on. Tyres which are 20 per cent underinflated can increase a vehicle’s fuel consumption by up to three per cent. Underinflated tyres can also increase tyre wear and therefore reduce service life. Early detection of under-inflation caused by a puncture means tyres can be repaired and refitted in the majority of cases, avoiding the possible safety and financial issues caused by an emergency tyre breakdown.

Mr Gregg concluded: “The integration of our ContiPressureCheck system into fleets’ telematics systems is just one example of how as a company we want to provide entire solutions to problems, rather than simply the best tyres for the job. As vehicles become increasingly high tech the need to look at the whole picture will only increase and we are ideally placed to work with our customers to make sure our products fit into their operations.”