Remote tire guard, a remote tire pressure and temperature monitoring system
Developed in collaboration with EDP, a company specialized in IT solutions for fleet tire management, the platform uses data analysis to reduce business costs and improve efficiency.
Looking after your tires and replacing them when they are worn is critical to safety. In addition, being able to monitor vital parameters constantly from a device (PC, smartphone and tablet) using sensors, checking pressure and temperature, would have a positive impact on fuel consumption and maintenance costs. A solution that could help one make ends meet, especially where transport fleets are concerned. In this regard, Gfs Telematika (Global Fleet Solution) and EDP (Electronic Data Process), a company specialized in IT solutions for fleet tire management, came up with "Remote Tire Guard". A web monitoring platform dedicated to checking the condition of the tires as they are being used. Through Tpms (Tire pressure monitoring systems), sensors connected to a Gps/gprs control unit, both fleet managers and tire specialists, as well as roadside assistance “call centres” can receives updates on the temperature and pressure conditions of a vehicle's tires. In case of pressure loss or excessive heat, the device sends an "alert" to the fleet manager who in turn will promptly alert the driver. "The idea of developing such a system came after listening to several fleet owners and managers - explains Danilo Pasotti, Executive Vice President of Gfs Telematika -. It turned out that pressure loss is one of the main problems affecting the performance of tires. The problem is that in order to guarantee the full efficiency of the tires, proper inspections would be required on an ongoing basis, a huge waste of time and additional costs. From my experience, I can say that 50% of the tires in a fleets fail to display the correct pressure. The result is higher fuel consumption and tires that wear out quickly, and in some cases strain-based fatigue might make the casing not fit for retreading. The principle behind our Remote Tire Guard system, is to provide companies with an innovative tool that allows them to optimize tire management, minimize operating costs and maximise efficiency. An intelligent business strategy initially designed for trailers only, Remote Tire Guard software can also be used on truck tires. This is because, according to European regulations, in the next few years trucks must be equipped with Tpms system. The solution developed by Gfs Telematika together with EDP has several innovative features. The first, concerns the use of external sensors (although internal sensors are also available), with a better signal quality and much more convenient when having to fit the tires to the wheels. Another new feature is the technological aspect of Remote Tire Guard. Thanks to a Wi-Fi or blue-tooth connection (depending on the type of control unit) between the sensors and the box installed on the vehicle, information is collected in no time. The control units can be customized, and the frequency with which data are collected and transmitted can be personalized; the sensors are equipped with an accelerometer that activates when the vehicle leaves, thus extending the life of the batteries. The collected data are then sent to a IP address or to a connected domain and at that point monitoring operations can be performer through a computer, smartphone or tablet. Basically, the vehicle is geo-located on a map and clicking on its icon opens a tab in which information are displayed on the type of route, the miles travelled and the speed. Thus fleet managers will be able to monitor the pressure and temperature in order to trace back the history of a tire. "The advantage - says Pasotti – is that fleet managers, but the same goes for a tire specialist who wants to offer this kind of service to his customers, can analyse the data collected and use them to plan maintenance operations or replace tires". The system, through algorithms that take into account temperature, residual tread with consequent hardening of the compound and lower rolling resistance and the average number of kilometres travelled, makes it possible to predict precisely when the tires need to be replaced and plan accordingly. The process is managed by "Qlik Sense", an advanced software that Fast Informatica, third partner of the Gfs joint venture, uses for business intelligence analysis. Qlik Sense is able to compare thousands of pieces of information in a fraction of a second. Operating the program is rather simple: once the Kpi's, or "key performance indicators" have been set, an interactive "dashboard" is created in which graphs and diagrams, tailor-made on the customer's needs, appear. The dashboard provides daily information on how far from the objectives a company has deviated and make the necessary corrections to improve the overall efficiency of the fleet.
GLOBAL FLEET SOLUTION TELEMATIKA
Gfs Telematika is a consulting firm. Its mission is to provide passenger and transport fleets with management strategies and tools, including tire maintenance. Through advanced technologies, stemming from the experience of the three companies that own it (Equattro, Edp and Fast Informatica), Gfs consultants suggest the most suitable solutions for each individual customer, ranging from supplying software for fleet services to analysing "business intelligence" on different combinations of data, up to personnel training. The services offered by Gfs Telematika are: training programs on tire management and mileage costing, cost analysis and tire management software, analysis of tire performance, maintenance experts, wheel nut retention systems and remote monitoring of tire pressures and vehicle geo-location.
ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESS
Edp, an international company based in Colombe, France, is a company active in the field of truck and Otr tires management systems. The company was created in 2001 by three engineers: Jean-Luc Giusti, CEO of Edp, Christophe Chiappe and Reynald Perrein. Edp now manages more than 300,000 registered trucks and 2 million tires around the world. The 14 employees, who work between Colombe and Bordeaux, work together with different groups such as: Profil Plus, First Stop, Point S and several manufacturers such as Michelin.