Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 10 April 2018. Today Continental, the technology company and premium tyre manufacturer, displayed its newest pioneering technology to make commercial fleets safer, more efficient and intelligent: the ContiConnect digital tyre monitoring platform. The 147 year old premium tyre manufacturer has created an efficient solution for remote tyre monitoring, allowing fleet managers to see tyre pressure and temperature data for the entyre fleet in a single web portal, every time trucks return to the fleet yard. With ContiConnect, fleets are able to maximise efficiency with routine tyre maintenance and effectively improve up-time of their vehicles.
The worldwide debut took place at the Setia City Convention Centre, where Continental’s Commercial Tyre Vehicles division unveiled bridging the gap between tyre manufacturer and integrated solutions provider in the form of ContiConnect. This intelligent solution was developed with the key objective of lowering overall driving costs, increasing efficiency and adding value for commercial vehicle fleets. The intelligent sensor will also be able to evolve as Continental continues its pursuit in bringing its customers more value in total tyre management.
Nikolai Setzer, member of the Executive Board at Continental and Head of the Tyre Division, said: “ContiConnect is the starting point for Continental to become a profound partner for tyre-related data services. With this digital tyre monitoring platform we take a huge step forward in our evolution from a premium tyre manufacturer to a solutions provider. We enrich our long-term experience in the tyre industry with data created by sensors, starting with our truck, bus and earth-moving tyres.
ContiConnect helps fleets lower their costs and increase uptime in multiple ways: saving maintenance time, protecting tyres from long-term damage, reducing tyre-related breakdowns and tyre wear, and improving fuel efficiency and improving safety for all road users. Identifying and resolving tyre issues immediately upon return to the fleet yard helps protect the tyre from long-term damage, ensuring maximum removal miles and improved casing retreadability.
Continental’s tyre sensors can identify creeping air loss, one of the major causes of tyre failure, before it would typically be noticed in a pre- or post-trip inspection, helping to reduce tyre-related breakdowns on the road. In addition, verifying proper tyre inflation guarantees the highest possible fuel efficiency to save fuel costs, reduces tyre wear for long tyre life, and helps to prevent tyre blowouts for optimal safety and increasing casing life. Tyres are considered an important reoccurring cost for commercial fleets; with ContiConnect, fleets can ensure maximum profitability with the lowest overall driving cost.
ContiConnect is a remote tyre monitoring platform that does not depend on a telematics or over-the-road connection. Tyre data is collected via sensors, which are mounted on the inner liner of the tyre to prevent damage from kerbing, eliminate theft, and ensure the sensor can accurately detect the tyre temperature and pressure without being influenced by heat from braking systems. As trucks enter the fleet yard, the yard reader station picks up data from the sensors and transmits it to the ContiConnect backend via a cellular network. The data will then be displayed in a web portal.
In the web portal, the fleet manager can immediately access low pressure alerts, track data over time, and view reports and analytics for all tyres equipped with sensors. The platform also features customisable text and email notifications, so the fleet manager, maintenance supervisor, or other personnel can receive immediate alerts when low tyre pressure or high tyre temperature is recorded. This allows fleets to act proactively to fix issues rather than spending valuable time performing manual pressure checks.
“It is such an exciting time for Continental in Asia Pacific. The pilot test we ran on ContiConnect in Malaysia and Thailand showed promising results. We are excited to share with our customers how ContiConnect can offer our brand promise of lowest overall driving cost and optimise fleet efficiency. This is an important step Continental is taking towards becoming an integrated solutions provider,” adds Philippe Barabinot, Head of Sales and Marketing, Business Region APAC Truck Tyres.
Continental offers a range of digital tyre monitoring systems to fit a fleet’s individual business needs. The ContiPressureCheck™ tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is simple to install and constantly displays real-time tyre pressure and temperature to the driver via an in-cab display, along with alerts if issues are identified. This helps protect drivers from top tyre-related safety concerns.
Fleet managers who are interested in seeing real-time tyre data via a telematics solution can also benefit from ContiPressureCheck. The tyre pressure monitoring system offers data integration with multiple telematics providers. Integration allows tyre data to be seen in both the providers’ in-cab displays and back-end portals.
Continental leverages more than 100 years of tyre manufacturing expertise combined with the latest digital technology to create intelligent tyre solutions that reduce fleets’ operating costs and enhance safety.