Pirelli launches Cyber Fleet and Cyber Gate solutions
Pirelli has renewed its Cyber Fleet solution, launching the latest version at the 67th edition of the Hannover IAA Commercial Vehicle show. The new edition of the system focuses on two technologies – Cyber Fleet Smart and Cyber Fleet Gate. According to the company, these solutions have been designed to optimize management costs, increase safety and efficiency when it comes to tyres, reduce both vehicle downtime and CO2 emissions.
Both solutions are Bluetooth-based and are connected to the Pirelli Cloud, where tyre data is analyzed to supply information and predictions about fuel consumption, vehicle efficiency, and maintenance. The experience Pirelli gained from the first version of Cyber Fleet (launched in 2012) has reportedly allowed for a ground-up redesign of the system to bring it closer to the real needs of transport companies, bringing installation times practically down to zero.
The introduction of Cyber Fleet Smart and Cyber Fleet Gate will begin in the first quarter of 2019, starting from Italy and the United Kingdom, with Germany and Brazil following in the second quarter of the year.
The Cyber Fleet Smart system is a plug and play solution, composed of sensors fitted to the inner liner of the tire which communicate directly to a free Smart App which can be installed onto the smartphone of the fleet manager, vehicle driver, or owner. The users of the App can configure their fleets as they wish, and have updated vehicle data always at hand. Whenever the tires are checked sensors send information about pressures and temperatures directly to the Smart App and alarms are triggered in case of any issue. Tyre checks now take “a matter of seconds compared to the traditional 15/20 minutes required for the manual operation”.
Maintaining all of the Cyber Fleet Smart solution features, Cyber Fleet Gate is an evolution of the Smart and includes remote tyre monitoring. A ‘traffic light’ fitted at the warehouse captures data from the sensors and analyzes it in real time. A green light comes on if all the tyres are as they should be and a red one comes on if an intervention on one or more tyres is needed. Cyber Fleet Gate solution also relays information to Cyber Fleet Control, which is a web portal that can be consulted at any time by the fleet manager. Every time a vehicle enters or exits the warehouse, the tyres are checked and information is relayed back to the traffic light. A report also comes with the Gate solution and provides the fleet manager with useful data so that he can best manage his tires, improve the vehicle efficiency of his fleet, carry out preventative maintenance, and effectively decrease fuel consumption and increase both driver and road safety. As part of the future road map, Cyber Fleet Gate also allows the possibility of integration with the fleet’s management software.
Gianni Guidotti, Chief Technical Officer of Pirelli Cyber, commented: “Smart tyres, equipped with Cyber sensors which are able to extract key information on how tires interact with the road, represent a real revolution. The solutions that Pirelli Cyber has come up with for the fleet business offer some important advantages, such as road safety, fuel savings shouldn’t be underestimated either, as our fleet partners in the development of this platform made a 4% saving in fuel costs, based on 62,137 miles (an equivalent of more than 900 litres). These benefits result in a lower environmental impact thanks to reduced emissions from increased tyre life (circa 10%)”.