Can Digital Tires Make Roads Safer?
With April being Distracted Driving Awareness Month, many IoT (Internet of Things) companies are making some big announcements that focus specifically on fleet and road safety. The question remains: will these advances lead to greater safety for construction—both on and off the jobsite?
Consider the case of connected construction tires. This type of technology offers a number of different benefits including: maximize vehicle uptime, greater transparency into operations, and prevent expensive breakdowns and accidents—which means greater safety on the job.
In this instance, the platform connects tire temperature and pressure data to a central Web portal via a wireless network, according to the companies.
Here’s how it works: Special sensors continuously monitor tire pressure and temperature data and send it to a receiver unit, which then transmits the data in realtime to the backend system where the program can analyze it.
This enables fleet managers to monitor the data of an entire fleet in realtime. Further, they can receive alerts via email or SMS if pressure or temperature is below the defined standard.
While this is one example, a number of tire manufacturers are coming to market with new advances in order to improve both road safety and fleet efficiency. Having access to critical data in realtime can help prevent accidents, making the construction jobsite a safer place.
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