Continental Tyres PJ Malaysia Sdn Bhd had made the worldwide debut of the ContiConnect at Setia City Convention Centre earlier today. The digital tyre monitoring platform allows fleet managers to track closely on their vehicles’ tyre pressures and temperature data for the entire fleet all in a single web portal. Continental’s Commercial Tire Vehicles division bridged the gap between tyre manufacture and integrated solutions provider in the form of ContiConnect.
The ContiConnect was developed with the key objective of lowering overall driving costs for commercial vehicle fleets. ContiConnect helps fleets lower their costs and increase uptime in multiple ways: saving maintenance time, protecting tyres from long-term damage, reducing tire-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 yard helps protect the tyre from long-term damage, ensuring maximum removal miles and improved casing retreadability. Continental’s tire sensors can identify creeping air loss, one of the major causes of tyre failure, helping to reduce tire-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 tire life, and helps to prevent tyre blowouts for optimal safety. Tyres are considered a important reoccurring cost for commercial fleets.
Nikolai Setzer, member of the Executive Board at Continental and head of the Tire division, said: “ContiConnect is the starting point for Continental to become a profound partner for tyre-related data services. With this digital tire monitoring platform we take a huge step forward in our evolution from a premium tire 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 earthmoving tires.”
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 tire to prevent damage from kerbing, theft, and ensuring that the sensor can accurately detect 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 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 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 optimize fleet efficiency,” said Philippe Barabinot, Head of Sales & Marketing, Business Region APAC Truck Tires.
“This is an important step Continental is taking towards becoming an integrated solutions provider,” he added.
Continental offers a range of digital tire monitoring systems to fit a fleet’s individual business needs. The ContiPressureCheck™ tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is simple to install and constantly displays real-time tire 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.