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30 December 2014

Manage your trailer with an app


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Drivers of articulated vehicles needing to capture data from the trailer, or operate equipment on it such as a lifting axle, have historically had to rely on built-in physical data links between tractor unit and trailer.

Now braking specialist Knorr Bremse has developed a system that allows drivers to interact with trailer functions wirelessly from an ordinary smartphone or mobile computer/tablet.

The driver simply installs an app called iTAP app, which is available from the Google Play or Apple iTunes store, using a Wi-Fi interface to contact the iTAP system on the trailer. This in turn transmits the commands to the brake control and chassis management systems. 

As examples of what is possible, the companies say the driver can check the tyre pressure and temperature at each individual wheel, or control the lift axle and use intelligent air suspension to raise or lower the trailer or select a pre-programmed ramp height. It is even possible to view the output from a Wi-Fi linked reversing camera.

The next phase of the project involves Knorr Bremse and TIP Trailer Services, who are collaborating on a system to capture braking information and relay it back to the operator, using public Wi-Fi access points to transmit the data to what is being called the FleetRemote server.

At the IAA motor show in Germany this autumn the system received the Trailer Innovation Award 2015 in the Smart Trailer category. 

 

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