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2014-10-15 19:19:45 IVP IVP

Since the early 2005's, Tire-Safeguard products have been selected for participating in many government TPMS studies.

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has been conducting TPMS studies for commercial vehicles since the early 2000’s. Actual TPMS system tests started in 2005 with Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH), a global strategy and technology consulting firm, being the primary contractor carrying out the testing assignments for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

  • Track Test
    In the spring of 2005, BAH has conducted a study that focuses on testing the overall performance of a representative sample of commercial tire inflation and monitoring products. In separate week-long testing periods, the study team installed total of nine different tire pressure monitoring and automatic inflation systems on an 18-wheel tractor and on a motorcoach, and tested both vehicles on a test track at the Transportation Research Center (TRC) in East Liberty, Ohio.Tire-Safeguard participated in this test with a tractor-trailer system installed on the 18-wheeler, whereas SmarTire and PressurePro systems were tested on the 8-tire motorcoach.
  • Field Test
    In August of 2006, BAH started a year-long test to evaluate brake and tire sensors on commercial vehicles in revenue generating service. This assignment builds on previous track test and is carried out with transition buses.  US DOT interested in performing study with transit buses because of their harsh environmental conditions- low speeds, frequent stops, and high axle loadings. Data generated is applicable to trucks because brakes and tires are similar. Three products were selected among the nine previously tested systems: Tire-Safeguard, WABCO IVTM, and Michelin eTire. Four systems of each product were installed on a total of 12 buses at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
  • Field Operation Test
    BAH is preparing a year-long Field Operational Test with the FMCSA on tire pressure monitoring systems. The test will be installed on a fleet of 18-wheel tractor-trailer combos and monitored over the course of a year as they operate under normal highway conditions. Again Tire-Safeguard is invited to participate; this time two of our many different TPMS technologies will be selected, with 20 systems for each type will be installed for the test.
  • Compliance Test
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) is conducting yet another TPMS test at the Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC) for a study of compliance on future implementation of TPMS technology with commercial carriers. In March of 2008 VRTC has procured two Tire-Safeguard systems, one external flow-through and one internal rim-mounted, for tests in their Ohio facility.
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