Innovative Tyre Management System technology to enable intelligent tyres that reduce carbon emissions and improve safety

Wilton, UK – The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), the UK’s technology innovation providers for process manufacturing, today announced that it is collaborating with Bath University and Silent Sensors to develop a key component for the future of intelligent tyres, using piezoelectric energy harvesting. This component will be part of the innovative Silent Sensors Tyre Management System (TMS) for vehicles. The technology, which is being funded by InnovateUK, will enable the production of TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems) sensors that can extract energy from the tyre. These new TPMS sensors represent a vital step towards the development of tyres with fully integrated traceability and sensing features. Such intelligent tyres will enhance vehicle safety, as well as reducing carbon emissions and fuel costs.

Regulations within the automotive industry have tightened and there is a higher number of light and heavy-duty vehicles on the roads today than ever before. Consequently, there is an increasing demand for fleet operators to monitor and reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of their vehicles. Suboptimal tyre inflation negatively affects road vehicle safety, fuel consumption and carbon emissions, but regular manual tyre checks are time consuming and expensive. Operators are increasingly looking for advanced tyres with TMS technology that provides accurate, real-time data on tyre condition. The UK Tyre Pressure Monitoring System market (TPMS) is set to grow from £28m in 2017 to £56m in 2020/21 and the result of the collaboration between CPI, Silent Sensors and Bath University is set to meet this growing need.

Silent Sensors – which specialises in tracking and sensor technology for the Intelligent Tyre – will develop energy harvesting and sensing technology to optimise tyre performance via the new TMS. Data from the tyre sensors will be used at the edge of the IoT network to give vehicles the reflexes needed to stay safe and efficient; the data will also be fed into the cloud for analytics and transactional requirements such as carbon trading or paying by the kilometre.

“Our goal is to deliver the Intelligent Tyre is our goal in the next two years and the piezoelectric materials that Bath University has developed show great promise,” said Marcus Taylor, CEO and Co-Founder of Silent Sensors. “Within our TMS tyre sensors we have energy harvesting and storage, micro-controllers, short range radio and sensor arrays that will enable future autonomous vehicles to use their tyres to detect information about the environment. Our partnership with CPI ensures that we will be able to scale up as demand in the market for these components grows – as it inevitably will in the next five years."

Professor Chris Bowen, University of Bath, stated “We will explore a range of piezoelectric materials and composite systems to covert mechanical vibrations and strains into electrical energy for intelligent tyre sensors. The ability to harvest energy from tyres can have significant benefits through reducing weight, reliance on batteries, the environmental impact and maintenance."

The collaboration depends on Silent Sensors being able to use CPI’s world-class manufacturing facilities at the National Printable Electronics Centre, for the scale up and commercialisation of innovative printed electronic products. The project will involve the creation of power management and sensing devices as well as a printed kinetic harvesting element. The novel active harvesting elements will be co-developed by Silent Sensors, Bath University and CPI. The practical work includes fabrication and testing to understand the power that can be harvested, the operating temperature window and the lifetime of the EH/S transducer.

“We have the assets and knowledge at CPI to progress this autonomous and integrated sensor system from research scale to pilot production levels,” said Mark Beckwith, Business Development Manager, Centre for Process Innovation. “We are excited to be a part of this collaboration with Silent Sensors and Bath University. By developing this specialist TMS technology for fleet operators, the potential to improve vehicle safety as well as greatly reduce carbon emissions really becomes a reality.”


Useful Reference For Understanding IOT Protocols Work

May 19, 2016

This is a very useful summary of which protocol does what.

Protocol Overview

Devices must communicate with each other (D2D). Device data then must be collected and sent to the server infrastructure (D2S). That server infrastructure has to share device data (S2S), possibly providing it back to devices, to analysis programs, or to people. From 30,000 feet, the protocols can be described in this framework as:

• MQTT: a protocol for collecting device data and communicating it to servers (D2S)

• XMPP: a protocol best for connecting devices to people, a special case of the D2S pattern, since people are connected to the servers

• DDS: a fast bus for integrating intelligent machines (D2D)

• AMQP: a queuing system designed to connect servers to each other (S2S)

Goodyear previews concept tyres in time for 2030

Goodyear showed two new “connected” concept tires at the Geneva International Motor Show—the IntelliGrip and the ball-shaped Eagle 360. Both tires are designed with connected sensors for autonomous driving and safety.

IOT or how to digest massive amounts of information

Useful compare and contrast of the Amazon and Microsoft IOT offerings which also helps understand the building blocks required to ingest, store, process, visualise and manage systems. I like the differentiation between hot and cold data streams for realtime and future analysis. The Microsoft IOT Hub and the AWS IOT take different approaches to achieve the same ends but what is refreshing is the lack of prescriptive adherence to proprietary protocols allowing the use of the right protocol for the right job whether it be MQTT, AMQP or HTTP/REST. Worth a read to give yourself some clarity on what choices you can make between these two heavy weights.

Concert Tickets are Out, Concert RFID tags are in

Tickets will soon be a thing of the past with the increasing popularity of RFID tags and with Eventbrite acquiring Scintilla to have its own capability it will be interesting to track the change of events from the small to the very large. I suspect the ticket touts will be the first to cry foul when a ticket is linked to a specific identity making it difficult to falsify as well as put crazy mark ups. Other spin off benefits will be the ability to track and trace how people use the facilities on offer like merchandise or conveniences.