Fleet tracking system to aid tire management

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Goodyear’s Proactive Solutions arm is launching a fleet-tracker application to enable fleets to manage all their assets, including trailers, more efficiently and effectively.

The company says it is a smart application that provides a detailed mileage information on tires and follow-up data on tread levels. This should enable fleets and service providers to determine the right time to replace tires and proactively plan tire maintenance without any downtime during operation. Goodyear claims the smart device will also help fleets to run their operations more sustainably by extending the tire lifetime and ensuring the tire casing remains in optimal condition for retreading.

André Weisz, managing director of Goodyear Proactive Solutions EMEA, explained, “The solution also facilitates the tracing of vehicles on the road or assets in remote locations. The battery-powered device can be installed in any type of vehicle and will facilitate the management of trailers in particular. This accessible solution sends a GPS-enabled signal that allows the fleet manager and service provider to improve the tracing of vehicles in operation or to locate a trailer parked for a longer time on a distant location.”

The tracking solution includes an internal memory to store over 55,000 records and transfers the collected data to the cloud using local mobile networks. In the event a vehicle equipped with the device is out of range, the memory capacity is large enough to ensure no data is lost. Additionally, a built-in three-axis accelerometer enables the system to enter ‘sleep mode’ and go into ultra-low-power state. The technology will be reactivated when movement of the vehicle is detected.

By default, the GPS sends a signal every 15 minutes and data upload takes place every two hours or when the vehicle stops or starts operation. The data transfer interval can be configured to cater to the specific needs of a fleet and type of transport.

Goodyear says customers will have access to detailed mileage and routing data per equipped vehicle via a customizable report, and can follow the total fleet history with the help of a dashboard on mobile and web applications.

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