ATLANTA – Continental launched the ContiConnect digital tire monitoring platform, allowing fleet managers to see tire pressure and temperature data for an entire fleet from a single web portal.
ContiConnect, unveiled at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, can help fleets reduce costs and increase uptime by saving maintenance time and protecting tires from long-term damage, reducing tire-related breakdowns and tire wear, and improving fuel efficiency and safety. Continental’s tire sensors can identify creeping air loss before it might be noticed in a pre- or post-trip inspection. Monitoring tire pressure can also help improve fuel efficiency and reduce tire wear, according to Continental.
ContiConnect is a remote tire monitoring platform that does not depend on a telematics or over-the-road connection. Tire data is collected via sensors, which are mounted on the inner liner of the tire to prevent damage from kerbing and theft, ensuring that the sensor can accurately detect the tire 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 web portal via a cellular network. In the web portal, the fleet manager can immediately access low pressure alerts, track data over time, and view reports and analytics for all tires equipped with sensors. The platform also features customizable text and email notifications, so the fleet manager, maintenance supervisor, or other personnel can receive immediate alerts when low tire pressure or high tire temperature is recorded.
Tire sensors are retrofitted onto a fleet’s existing tires through a simple installation process. Select tire models are also available direct from the factory with sensors mounted on the liner during tire production.
Fleet managers who are interested in seeing real-time tire data via a telematics solution can also benefit from ContiPressureCheck. The tire pressure monitoring system offers data integration with multiple telematics providers, including Zonar, majority owned by Continental, and independent third party PeopleNet. Integration allows tire data to be seen in both the providers’ in-cab displays and back-end portals.