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Webfleet and Bridgestone develop tyre pressure monitoring system

Webfleet tyre pressure monitoring system

Webfleet Solutions is introducing an integrated tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) solution for trucks and buses.

The joint development between Webfleet and its parent company Bridgestone, provides predictive tyre management integrated into the Webfleet fleet management solution.

Designed for heavy commercial vehicles, such as trucks and buses, Webfleet TPMS utilises sensors that monitor tyre pressure levels and tyre temperature.

The information is sent to the Webfleet telematics service platform for analysis. When an issue is detected, Webfleet alerts the fleet manager in the office and/or the driver in the cab in real time.

Paul Verheijen, vice president product management of Bridgestone Mobility Solutions, said: “The majority of heavy truck breakdowns on European roads are caused by tyre-related issues such as underinflated tyres.

“Manual pressure checks are time consuming and slow leaks are very difficult for drivers to detect. Webfleet TPMS is not only digitising and automating this entire process, but it also directly enables the fleet operator to make fast, informed decisions to improve road safety and reduce tyre-related costs and downtime.”

The notifications that are triggered when abnormal tyre pressure or temperature is detected are colour coded. The colours reflect the severity of the issue, which helps users to determine the right course of action, said Webfleet.

Webfleet said the sensors enable the TPMS solution to detect under or over inflation before it’s visible and can be fitted without removing the tyre.

Jan-Maarten de Vries, chief executive officer at Bridgestone Mobility Solutions, said: “By adding real time tyre insights to Webfleet, transport companies have control and visibility over their entire fleet operation – all from one interface.

“For years, business fleets have been using telematics solutions to understand and leverage their vehicle data. Now, we are using this telematics data to optimise tyre performance.”

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