ZF Openmatics and Maxion Wheels have announced the joint development of the world’s first fully integrated wheel sensor system. The Smart Wheel Connectivity Solution will, the companies say, track, analyse and broadcast key data such as tyre pressure, temperature, wheel load and other wheel and tyre performance metrics to drivers, fleet operators, mobility providers and infrastructure authorities. The solution is suited for a variety of vehicle types, from buses, trucks and even agricultural machinery.
The Smart Wheel Connectivity Solution combines Maxion Wheels’ MaxSmart wheel sensor technology with ZF Openmatics’ integrated TAG sensor platform. Mounted directly to each wheel rim of the vehicle, the Bluetooth tags track humidity, tyre temperature, air pressure and vehicle load as well as wheel position, speed and vibration across nine axis. Information is collected in real time and wirelessly transmitted to the vehicle’s telematics onboard unit before being transferred to the ZF Cloud. The data can then be read and analysed via PC, smart devices or sent to a third-party system of the customer’s choice. By fully integrating each different data sensor into one easy-to-use TAG, ZF and Maxion say they offer unparalleled, true 360° monitoring possibilities.
“As a result of the unique load sensor attached to the wheel, the tyre and wheel information collected via the Smart Wheel Connectivity Solution will enable a variety of new safety and efficiency use and business cases,” said Pieter Klinkers, CEO of Maxion Wheels. “By partnering with ZF Openmatics, we unite our wheel leadership with their intelligent sensor and telematics expertise. This lets us offer an integrated solution that will help prevent potentially dangerous and costly tyre and wheel-end failures, as well as provide drivers and fleet operators with critical vehicle performance data needed to optimise their business.”