SEATTLE — Zonar, a provider of smart fleet-management technology, has revealed the initial integration of Continental’s ContiPressureCheck, a system designed to measure tire pressure and send alerts in real time into Zonar’s fleet management software Ground Traffic Control.
The collaborative offering from Continental and Zonar helps decrease the risk of tire breakdowns, reduce overall fuel consumption and extend tire life, ultimately providing cost savings and improving safety outcomes for companies using Zonar’s smart fleet management solutions, according to Paul Williams, Continental's executive vice president for commercial vehicle tires in the Americas.
“Tire pressure is one of the most critical aspects of tire safety and removal mileage. Failure to properly maintain tire pressure can create a huge financial burden and decrease safety for drivers,” Williams said. “Partnering with Zonar to integrate the ContiPressureCheck technology into its smart fleet management solutions is a natural progression for our companies and represents a major step forward in improving fleet operations for companies of all sizes.”
Williams said ContiPressureCheck is integrated into Zonar’s Ground Traffic Control, which provides organizations with the most accessible real-time picture of its fleet operations, with high-definition GPS fleet tracking providing live delivery of vehicle performance, subsystem and diagnostic information.
By integrating information from the ContiPressureCheck system with Ground Traffic Control, fleet managers are alerted for low tire pressure via text, email notifications or reports in Ground Traffic Control. Fault codes can be read remotely by fleet operations at the same time the driver sees an in-vehicle indicator lamp to streamline preventative maintenance and on-road performance.
To access tire data in Ground Traffic Control, the fleet simply needs to install the ContiPressureCheck tire pressure monitoring system, consisting of tire sensors, a central processor, and an optional in-cab display.
A constant 20 percent underinflation in a commercial vehicle tire increases tread wear by 25 percent and reduces the tire lifetime by 30 percent, according to the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Association. This results in significant increase in tire costs for a fleet. It also increases fuel costs: underinflation of just 10 psi reduces fuel economy by one percent. Tire-related costs are the single largest maintenance expense item for commercial vehicle fleet operations, and improper tire inflation increases total tire-related costs by approximately $600 to $800 annually per tractor-trailer combination.
Williams said key Benefits of ContiPressureCheck include:
“Ensuring the safety of drivers and decreasing fleet maintenance costs is a core priority as we constantly look to improve our smart fleet management solutions,” said Larry Jordan, chief product officer at Zonar. “Integrating the ContiPressureCheck system into our offering is a proof both Zonar and Continental greatly profit from their cooperation by combining their solutions. It also marks another milestone for the Zonar and our goal to extend our platform to include more partner services, enabling fleet businesses to run at peak performance.”
Jordan said future benefits of the Zonar and ContiPressureCheck integration will include tire data being made visible as a bird’s-eye view on drivers in-cab displays, display of tire temperature and in-cab alerts.
For more information on Zonar and ContiPressureCheck, visit zonarsystems.com/contipressurecheck