Verilocation has integrated tyre pressure and temperature monitoring system ContiPressureCheck into its telematics system to reduce tyre breakdowns, save fuel and extend tyre life.
The Continental Tyres system consists of sensors mounted inside the tyres which wirelessly send pressure and temperature information to the central receiver. Verilocation allows this information to be fed directly into its telematics system.
When pressure loss is identified in the tyre, a warning is sent to a nominated email address, while low and medium alerts also warn the driver via the Verilocation driver dashboard app, enabling them to find a safe place to pull over.
If tyre punctures are caught early enough, corrective action can be taken, preventing blowouts and saving vehicle downtime.
The Verilocation system also generates reports which fleet managers can use to ensure that tyre pressures are kept at optimum levels, which helps save on fuel and ensures that tyres last longer.
Bristol-based Paul Smart Transport, which has the product on trial, runs a fleet of 30 bulk tippers, all involved in the distribution of aggregates, asphalt and animal feeds / agricultural products throughout the UK.
Managing director Paul Smart already uses Verilocation’s tracking and telematics system and Driver ID. He said: “Being able to monitor tyre pressures and tyre temperature in real time will save us money. The primary saving is fuel and the secondary saving is the tyre life itself."
Smart is using one vehicle for the trial – a Scania G410 eight-wheeler. If the trial is successful the company “would put it on every vehicle and trailer in the fleet”, he said.
“We will need to evaluate the TPMS for a six-month period," added Smart. "If a tyre incurs a puncture causing the tyre to deflate the driver and our transport office would be notified immediately, allowing us to action a repair before the tyre fails completely.”