Tyre Express, Microsoft partner for tyre performance management solution

Tyre-ExpressCommercial vehicle fleet operators in India will be able to increase operational efficiency by tracking tyre performance using an Internet-of-Things-based (IoT) Tyre Performance Management Solution developed by Tyre Express, start up in lifecycle management for fleet operators, together with tech giant Microsoft. The solution is powered by the Azure IoT Hub.

In India, procurement of new tyres for a commercial vehicle approximately costs about Rs100,000 to Rs150,000 (US$1,800 to US$2,200). Fluctuations in pressure and temperature can have a dramatic effect on the life span of a tyre. Tyre pressure varies across vehicles depending on the model, size, and other factors depending on whether one travels on a light or fully loaded vehicle.

“Tyres are one of the largest consumables for fleet operators after fuel. Operating a vehicle with tyre pressure that is 20% below rated pressure increases fuel consumption by 5-10% and reduces tyre life by 15% to 20%. The new IoT platform helps customers monitor tyre performance in real time and track inventory. Microsoft Azure enables us to create a superior customer experience by allowing us to seamlessly integrate our devices with the cloud, store, and analyse data. It enables us to visualise the same in the form of easy-to-understand dashboards. We can help customers take suitable action based on such inputs to improve operational efficiency, reduce costs, and improve profitability,” said Brijesh Shukla, Co-Founder, Tyre Express.

Narendra Bhandari, General Manager – Developer Experience and Evangelism, Microsoft India, said: “Tyre performance tracking can control premature tyre failure in vehicle, a direct impact to fleet productivity, costs and on time performance. Microsoft and Tyre Express have combined the power of IoT and Analytics for this innovative and game changing offering for the commercial vehicle industry.”

The aggregator hub gathers data that is periodically sent to the Azure IoT hub for further processing and analytics. When a message enters the Microsoft Azure IoT Hub, the Stream Analytics casts the data to appropriate data types and sends it to Power BI for a visual demo and to an SQL database.