Tirematics™ encompasses all Bridgestone’s connected tyre solutions: IT systems that use sensors to remotely monitor, transmit and analyse real-time information, such as the pressure and temperature of commercial truck and bus tyres.
The Tirematics™ fleet solution provides added value to fleet operators by taking a proactive approach to tyre maintenance, before serious problems arise, helping to reduce vehicle downtime and roadside breakdowns, while optimising tyre life and fuel economy.
“Bridgestone’s Tirematics is a practical, cost effective fleet oriented solution with great impact on tyre performance, fuel economy and breakdown prevention” says Neil Purves, Senior Manager Solution Business Systems, Bridgestone Europe.
Expanding on the existing Tirematics connected tyre solution, Bridgestone is now trialling a system to bring further benefits to the fleet. In addition to tyre pressure and temperature information, this also provides relevant vehicle data to the server, on a continuous basis, not just when a vehicle checks in through the gate. This data allows Bridgestone’s advanced data processing system to react quicker to pressure issues, informing the fleet and breakdown service if a tyre is rapidly deflating. The system also enables advanced algorithms to generate predictive maintenance scheduling.
The (Q)Be© STATION is a “driving through” gate based on the patented Micro.sp® technology. It enables a fast monitoring of TPMS Micro.sp® sensors installed in tires.
Data from sensors is collected by the 2 receivers, each one fitted into a tower, while truck vehicles do not need to stop (dynamic monitoring) passing through the dedicated 10m2 approx gate area, and it is later delivered to the database for the relevant analysis of pressure, temperature and battery status.
The (Q)Be© installation consists of 1 master tower and 1 slave tower and adopts a multiple wireless communication platform that enables the system to collect in “real time” data coming through the Micro.sp® wireless sensors installed in tire stems or truck extensors (BST1712-XT); a GSM device is installed into the master tower to communicate with the remote central data collector.
The 2 towers adopt a flexible architecture and may be programmed to operate as a master (Q)Be© or slave (Q)Be© towers: the Master tower, through a wireless communication system based on a standard ISM frequency band (Q)Be© data exchange network, is set to poll the slave and the collected data coming through the (Q)Be© is filtered and delivered over the air via GPRS to the central IT platform database (Tirematics services) where data is finally analyzed and opportunely filtered.
Proactive alerts and regular maintenance reports allow the fleet and service provider to keep the fleet running efficiently at its optimal level.
Some truck fleets have already reported reductions of 75% in tyre-related roadside breakdowns. In addition, fleets potentially save around 0.5% in fuel consumption due to the improved inflation condition of their fleet.
Bridgestone believes Tirematics will also lead to significant cost savings on tyre maintenance since monitoring tyre information with a remote eliminates the need to check pressure with manual labour. More efficient maintenance will in turn allow tyres to be used for longer and more safely, reducing the number of tyres discarded prematurely and the total number consumed. With Bridgestone’s Tirematics solutions, fleet operators can therefore expect further cost reductions through more efficient operations.
Bridgestone has been providing a TPMS-based tyre pressure monitoring service as part of its fleet service programme since 2013, via the ‘sensors and gate’ system on display at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016.
Every time a vehicle passes through the gate, special valves on the vehicle tyres send pressure data via the GSM network to the Bridgestone fleet data server. Tyre pressure is evaluated in real-time and if it falls outside the pre-defined limits, an email is automatically generated to the fleet and service provider, so that immediate action can be taken. Reports can also be automatically created. More than 100,000 tyres are currently monitored through the server, with over 25,000 tyres measured daily.