Tyre maker announces 2019 launch for its ContiConnect solution offering increased uptime and lower maintenance costs for commercial fleets
Global tyre major Continental has announced that it will introduce ContiConnect, its new digital tyre monitoring platform for commercial fleets, in the Middle East by 2019.
Describing ContiConnect as an “efficient solution for remote tyre monitoring”, a statement on the upcoming launch from Continental said the technology seeks to help fleets maximise efficiency by sending alerts if tyre pressure deviates from the defined value.
By providing this information the new platform allows fleets to benefit from a reduced number of breakdowns, lowers maintenance costs, and generates value by increasing the vehicle’s uptime, said the statement. ContiConnect allows fleet managers to act proactively instead of fixing problems reactively, for entire commercial fleets, such as trucks, buses, industrial or earthmoving vehicles.
Juan Uruburu, head of sales, Commercial Vehicle Tyres, Continental Middle East, said: “ContiConnect is the starting point for Continental to become a profound partner for tyre-related data services. We are taking a huge step forward in our evolution from a premium tyre manufacturer to a solutions provider with this new digital tyre monitoring platform, which will provide a whole host of important benefits to customers in the Middle East from 2019.”
The introduction of ContiConnect follows the arrival in the Middle East earlier this year of ContiPressureCheck, a monitoring system for buses and trucks that continuously reports on tyre pressure and temperature via sensors placed inside the tyre.
ContiConnect consists of different components that can be combined in multiple ways. Mounted on the tyre’s inner liner, the tyre sensor connects the vehicle’s tyres with the outside world. It measures both tyre pressure and temperature and will be available as both a retro-fit and a pre-fit option. Continental’s intelligent tyre has a pre-installed sensor, making it faster and more convenient for fleets to start digital tyre monitoring, while ensuring the housing is correctly installed within the tyre the first time around.
The yard reader station is the connecting component between the tyre sensor and Continental´s backend. It reads the data off the sensors as the vehicle passes by the receiver in the yard and sends the data to the backend where it is analysed and interpreted. The yard reader station is installed at the fleet´s frequent touch points, like washing bays, gas stations or other check-points.
A web portal is the interface where fleet managers can proactively and remotely monitor the tyre condition and performance of all vehicles within their fleet, said Continental. It shows the history of the tyre data and enables retrospective analyses.
The solution notifies fleet managers via e-mail or SMS and suggests corrective measures where necessary. Continental explained that the notifications allow fleet managers to better plan tyre maintenance and ensure timely information about deviations. For the entire fleet this means higher uptime and less maintenance.