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Friday, July 06, 2018

Intel Quark gateway chosen for first Japanese tyre IoT service

By Nick Flaherty

An intelligent, industrial gateway from ADLINK Technology has  been selected for the Nihon Michelin-Softbank IoT tire control system. 

Interestingly the gateway is based on Intel's Quark SoC X1021 and Wind River Intelligent Device Platform XT 3.1. While the part is still shipping, the Quark family has been discontinued for industrial applications, and Wind River is now a separate copany from Intel.

The Michelin Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Cloud Service is the first IoT tire monitoring system in Japan by a tire maker and provides improved safety and efficiency, as well as cost savings benefits, for industries such as fleet management and construction.

The TPMS system contains sensors that measure a tire’s air pressure and temperature, sending out alerts when these deviate from their standard levels. ADLINK’s compact fanless industrial IoT gateway, the MXE-110i serve as the vehicle-mounted communications device while Softbank provides the IoT platform within the Michelin infrastructure and overall system. The TPMS handles vehicles of all classes, including camper vans, light trucks, heavy vehicles, trailers and buses.

When factors within the tire are outside of normal tolerance levels, the ADLINK MXE-110i will send an email over-the-cloud to the end customer’s operations manager and the Michelin tire vendor. An alert will also go out automatically to the Michelin Rescue Network, which can dispatch a vehicle to provide assistance.

“The beauty of this system is that both the driver of the vehicle and the operations manager can monitor all of the vehicle’s data right on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer,” said Vincent Tseng, general manager of ADLINK’s Asia Pacific region. “This information is invaluable for preventing blowouts and other problems. It increases safety and saves both human and monetary resources ”

“Japan faces societal issues such as reduction in the working population and the aging of society. Particularly serious is the lack of staffing in the transportation, construction and agriculture industries. The improvement of productivity and reduction of workload are matters of great urgency,” said Paul Perriniaux, Managing & Representative Director of Nihon Michelin Tire Co., Ltd. “At Michelin we believe it our duty to contribute through our tire and related services, such as our TPMS.”

SoftBank anticipates business growth not just in communications infrastructure and services but also in the IoT field for mobility such as ride-sharing and automatic driving.

“In facing the coming future of 5G and IoT, we support the development of new services for our customers as an IoT service platform for the further ‘value-fication’ of data,” said Yasuyuki Imai, representative director & COO of SoftBank Corp.

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