HANOVER, Germany — Pirelli & C. S.p.A. has revamped its Cyber Fleet solution, the digital system dedicated to monitoring and managing fleets, and is displaying the new products at the Hanover IAA Commercial Vehicles show, which runs through Sept. 27.
Pirelli is showcasing its latest generation of fleet solutions: Cyber Fleet Smart and Cyber Fleet Gate, both of which, Pirelli said, were designed to optimize management costs, increase safety and efficiency for tires, and reduce both vehicle stoppage times and CO2 emissions.
Cyber Fleet Smart and Cyber Fleet Gate, both of which launched in 2012, communicate via Bluetooth and speed up tire monitoring.They are connected to the Pirelli cloud, where tire data is analyzed to supply information and predictions about fuel consumption, vehicle efficiency and maintenance.
The redesign, Pirelli said, more aligns to the needs of transport companies, reducing installation times significantly.
The Cyber Fleet Smart system, a plug and play solution, includes sensors fitted to the inner liner of the tire that communicate directly to a free app, which can be installed onto the smartphone of the fleet manager, driver or owner.
Those with the app can configure fleets as they wish and have updated vehicle data at hand. Whenever the tires are checked, sensors relay information about pressures and temperatures directly to the app. Alarms sound in case of any issue. The time for tire checks is reduced, Pirelli said, from the usual 15-20 minutes required for the manual operation.
Tire status data is transmitted to the Pirelli cloud and shared with any devices that have been authorized. The customer is able to receive a tire usage report with information about the efficiency of his fleet. The system is easy to install, according to Pirelli, and requires no additional hardware or subscription.
The Cyber Fleet Smart solution includes "traffic light" fitted at the warehouse that captures data from the sensors and analyzes it in real time. A green light comes on if all the tires are normal, and a red one appears if intervention on one or more tires is needed.
Cyber Fleet Gate relays information to Cyber Fleet Control, which is a web portal that can be accessed by the fleet manager. Every time a vehicle enters or exits the warehouse, tires are checked and information is relayed back to the traffic light.
A report is generated, providing data so that fleet managers can best manage tires, improve fleet efficiency, perform preventative maintenance, and decrease fuel consumption. Cyber Fleet Gate also integrates with the fleet's management software.
Gianni Guidotti, chief technical officer of Pirelli Cyber, said sensors can extract key information on how tires interact with the road, helping fleet owners save money while ensuring safety. "...Fleet partners in the development of this platform made a 4 percent saving in fuel costs, based on 62,137 miles," Mr. Guidotti said. "These benefits result in a lower environmental impact thanks to reduced emissions from increased tire life."
The products will hit the market in the first quarter of 2019, beginning in Italy and the United Kingdom, with Germany and Brazil following in the second quarter of the year.