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Tire sensor technology may soon be available commercially

07 Apr 2016  | Paul Buckley

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London-based Silent Sensors is getting crucial support from technology and innovation centre, Centre for Process Innovation, to scale up its patented tire sensor technology. CPI's National Printable Electronics Centre will be helping Silent Sensors improve antennae designs and incorporate printed sensors in the tire-making process.

The technology is aiming to transform the way transport fleets currently track, monitor and manage tires. The system uses passive RFID sensor technology and can monitor tires using drive-over mats, hand-held readers or whilst on the road. The technology allows tires to be easily and regularly maintained throughout their life-cycle, leading to substantial improvements in vehicle performance, fuel efficiency and road safety.

"The Internet of Tires" system developed by Silent Sensors is able to provide tire ID, pressure, temperature and tread depth data in a fraction of a second. The system is under trial in the UK and Asia, and is easily integrated with third-party tire management systems, fleet management systems and enterprise resource planning systems.

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Figure 1: Technology to incorporate printed sensors in tires.

Silent Sensors is working with CPI to engage in a product development program, which will improve existing antennae designs and incorporate printed sensors into the tire manufacturing process and associated supply chain. Printed sensing is an interesting area for Silent Sensors as the flexible nature of printed electronics allows for robust, lightweight sensors to be embedded into curved structural designs whilst being manufactured in high volumes and at low cost.

Silent Sensors have joined five other companies who are currently located at CPI's National Printable Electronics Centre to help commercialise their printable electronics applications. Through engaging with CPI and their open access capability and expertise for printed sensing, Silent Sensors can significantly reduce the risks, costs and timescales associated with taking a new product to market.

"Twenty per cent of road accidents are caused by tire failures. The patented Silent Sensors technology will change the way transport fleets currently manage their tires. In addition when 25 per cent of a haulage company's costs are fuel, small fuel savings become big. We estimate that the commercialisation of the Silent Sensors system will result in between 2 and 6 per cent of fuel savings. Our aim is to work with CPI to develop a mass manufactured version of our current system. In the short time we have been at CPI, we have already generated a lot of new valuable intellectual property that we will be incorporating into future products and services," explained Marcus Taylor, CEO of Silent Sensors.

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