London-based Silent Sensors reports it has developed a new technology to measure tyre pressure and temperature. According to the company, the system uses passive RFID sensor technology and can monitor tyres using drive-over mats, hand-held readers or while on the road.
On 12 March the firm opened a new research and development office the UK National Printed Electronics Centre at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) in Sedgefield in order to scale up their patented tyre sensor technology. The technology allows tyres to be easily and regularly maintained throughout their lifecycle, leading to performance, fuel efficiency and road safety improvements, according to Silent Sensors.
The company refers to the technology as an ‘Internet of Tyres’ system because it provides tyre ID, pressure, temperature and tread depth data in a fraction of a second. The system is reportedly being trialled in the UK and Asia, and can be integrated with third-party tyre management systems, fleet management systems and enterprise resource planning systems.
Silent Sensors says it is working with the CPI to engage in a new product development programme that will improve existing antennae designs and incorporate printed sensors into the tyre manufacturing process. Currently Michelin is the only firm to have successfully achieved this process, but has made the process available to the rest of the market on licence.
Silent Sensors says its printed sensing technology allows for robust, lightweight sensors to be embedded into curved structural designs during manufacturing in high volumes and at low cost, the technology company said.