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LIVIGNO, Italy (Feb. 7, 2012)

Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. recently held a truck safety day to highlight its new sensor-equipped truck tyre — part of its Cyber Fleet system.

In partnership with Schrader Electronics, Pirelli Research & Development has developed an electronic sensor capable of monitoring the condition of a truck tyre while in motion. The sensor—called TMS (Tyre Mounted Sensor)—is fitted to the internal surface of a tire to collect data on tire pressure, temperature and identification.

The system then transmits data gathered by the sensor simultaneously to the truck driver and fleet manager.

The system allows a fleet the ability to carry out diagnostic and repair procedures, thus guaranteeing maximum safety for each heavy vehicle, the company said.

Testing of Cyber Fleet by European and South American fleets will begin in February, and Pirelli said the system should be ready for marketing in September.

This report appeared in European Rubber Journal, a UK-based sister publication of Tire Business.