Continental upgrades ContiConnect – Advanced version coming
The haulage industry is facing rising cost pressures and efficient fleet management is becoming an irreplaceable ingredient in many logistics firms’ recipes for success. Continental is now introducing an upgraded version of its ContiConnect tyre management solution that comes complete with a comprehensive tyre asset management offering. It says this system provides made-to-measure tools designed to make fleet management efficient, convenient, sustainable and future-focused.
Continental currently offers a Standard package for tyre pressure and temperature measurement, and at a later date will complement this with an Advanced version capable of capturing a range of additional data such as tread depth and tyre condition.
Predictive maintenance & data-driven tyre diagnostics
The process of transferring the existing ContiConnect customer base to the new system began earlier this year. “With the successful migration of existing customers to the revamped ContiConnect, we have laid the foundations for future-focused tyre asset management,” says Ralf Benack, head of Fleet Solutions EMEA at Continental. “The new On-Site App brings ContiConnect 2.0 directly to the user’s smartphone, making it much more user-friendly. The Driver App, On-Site App and new web portal mean Continental offers exactly the right solution for every purpose and every user.”
According to Continental, haulage companies will benefit from higher fleet efficiency, reduced costs and time savings as they can proactively schedule maintenance work and workshop visits. This helps to prevent unforeseen breakdowns and stops them having to take trucks off the road. Benack highlights a further advantage: “Since ContiConnect enables better tyre maintenance, fleets can save fuel and avoid early tyre replacement and on-road breakdowns, leading to a reduction in CO2 emissions.”
Clearer & simpler to interpret
ContiConnect 2.0 has already proved itself in practical trials with selected customers. “The new portal is clearer and simpler to interpret, and the issues are displayed more explicitly,” states Paul Broker, fleet engineering director at Cambridgeshire-based G.Webb Haulage Ltd. “That’s great for us in a busy office. We’re able to extract the vital information that we need quickly and pass this through to the workshop to begin repair preparations. It seems like a simple improvement, but it has a massively practical benefit for us.”
As a long-time beneficiary of the Continental Digital Solutions range, G.Webb had the practical knowledge and experience to support Continental in a critical stage of the system’s development. “The Continental Digital Solutions package has transformed the way we work,” adds Broker. For example, there is much more predictability in workshop loading. “We rarely get blowouts now, where once it was a frequent occurrence.” Adding more data about tread depths, remaining mileage and general rubber condition will further improve working processes.