Vodafone and Continental to make roads safer

Continental is helping to make roads safer worldwide, with Vodafone’s support through its new digital tyre monitoring platform, ContiConnect.

The companies are using the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect commercial vehicle fleets to the digital tyre monitoring platform to improve road safety and vehicle efficiencies.

ContiConnect communicates tyre temperature and pressure data to a central web portal via the wireless network, allowing fleet managers to continuously monitor the data for their entire fleet.

If low temperature or high-pressure data is reported, the system automatically sends an alert to the driver and the central fleet manager, providing recommendations on resolving the issue.

Preventing tyre-related breakdowns

The new platform aims to help prevent expensive tyre-related breakdowns and accidents affecting commercial fleets and maximises vehicle uptime.

The Vodafone mobile communications network transmits the data securely, reliably in real-time to destinations around the world.

Special Continental sensors continuously monitor tyre pressure and temperature data and transmit it to a receiver unit.

The receiver unit then transmits the data in real-time to the Continental server where a software program analyses it.

If any of the values are critical, ContiConnect sends an alert so that the fleet manager can take action.

Improving the lifespan of tyres

ContiConnect is putting commercial vehicles in the ecological fast lane. The regular data streams that are sent to the fleet managers help them to plan tyre changes and maintenance far more efficiently, improving the operational performance and lifespan of the tyres.

Tyre pressure monitoring also contributes to protecting the environment because tyres that are operated at optimum pressure save fuel and reduce commercial vehicles’ CO2 output. For example, a tyre operating at just 80% pressure uses around 0.9 litres more fuel for every 100 kilometres driven.

Over an average distance covered of 120,000 kilometres per year, that’s 1,080 litres more fuel consumed for each tyre.

ContiConnect is currently deployed in US, Canada, Malaysia and Thailand with the rest of the world to follow.

Written from press release by Leah Alger