A tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) enables fleet managers and drivers to vigilantly monitor their vehicles' condition, ensuring they operate safely and maintain optimal performance while carrying out jobs.

How does a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Work?

Tyre pressure monitoring systems are integrated into fleet vehicles to continuously assess tyre pressure or pressure variations over time, they then relay this data to the driver in real-time through a dashboard warning light indicating low pressure. 

When combined with fleet management software, TPMS transmits air pressure data to an online cloud database which is overseen by the fleet manager. In the event of tyre underinflation, notifications are promptly sent to the fleet manager who can then facilitate timely reinflation of the tyre.

These systems are typically categorised into two types: direct TPMS and indirect TPMS.

Direct TPMS

  • Monitors air pressure using hardware sensors, usually mounted within the wheel.

  • Can also monitor tyre temperature.

  • Collects tyre information and transmits it to a centralised database for analysis.

  • Alerts the driver via the dashboard when tyre pressure is lower than recommended.

Indirect TPMS

  • Does not measure physical pressure directly.

  • Uses software to evaluate signals from existing sensors such as the wheel speed and anti-lock braking system (ABS).

  • Detects differences in wheel speeds when a tyre is underinflated.

  • Triggers an indicator light to alert the driver of low tyre pressure.

What is the Purpose of a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System?

A TPMS provides effective tyre management, preemptively identifying issues like abnormal tyre pressure before they escalate into costly repairs or cause significant downtime. On top of this, underinflated tyres often lead to increased fuel consumption, making it imperative to maintain optimal pressure to save fuel and minimise tyre wear.

TPMS Solutions from MICHELIN Connected Fleet

By effectively managing tyre pressure, TPMS not only reduces a fleet’s operational costs but also enhances its road safety while minimising environmental impact. Alongside this, fewer breakdowns translate to less disruptions, ensuring overall more streamlined operations.

These comprehensive benefits are what urged us at MICHELIN Connected Fleet to develop TPMS solutions, aiming to optimise efficiency, safety, and sustainability across all aspects of fleet management with leading technology.

If you're interested in how our fleet TPMS solutions can support your fleet, then feel free to contact us today for more information.