Silent Sensors scales up printed 'Internet of Tyres’ sensor technology

April 05, 2016 // By PAUL BUCKLEY
Silent Sensors patented tyre sensor technology
Silent Sensors has moved to CPI’s National Printable Electronics Centre in the UK to scale up the London-based company's patented tyre sensor technology which has been developed to measure tyre pressure and temperature.

The technology is aiming to transform the way transport fleets currently track, monitor and manage tyres.

The system uses passive RFID sensor technology and can monitor tyres using drive-over mats, hand held readers or whilst on the road. The technology allows tyres 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 Tyres’ system developed by Silent Sensors is able to provide tyre ID, pressure, temperature and tread depth data in a fraction of a second. The system is currently being trialled in the UK and Asia and is easily integrated with third party tyre management systems, fleet management systems and enterprise resource planning systems.

Silent Sensors is working with technology and innovation centre, CPI to engage in a product development program which will improve existing antennae designs and incorporate printed sensors into the tyre 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 percent of road accidents are caused by tyre failures. The patented Silent Sensors technology will change the way transport fleets currently manage their tyres. In addition when twenty five percent 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 two and six percent of fuel savings. Our aim is to work with CPI