Real-time tire monitoring in trailers

Real-time tire monitoring in trailers

What is real-time tire monitoring and how does it affect your fleet management?

An automotive tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is an electronic system designed to monitor the air pressure of tires on vehicles. The TPMS provides real-time information about tire pressure to the driver, allowing them to take appropriate action if the pressure drops below safe levels.

TPMS systems typically consist of a pressure sensor, a wireless transmitter, and a receiver. The pressure sensor is attached to the valve stem of each tire and measures the pressure inside the tire. The wireless transmitter sends this information to the receiver, which is located at the vehicle’s dashboard. The receiver processes the information and displays the tire pressure readings to the driver.

Real-time TPMS monitoring is vital for heavy commercial vehicle management, especially for trucks working in industries with big, heavy, and multiple connected cargos. In these cases, tire monitoring allows for saving costs on fuel reduction and even lower CO2 emissions. These aspects are essential in the fast-growing market, such as Australian logistics, cargo transportation, raw materials transportation, on-road bulk haulage, and more.

Real-time tire monitoring in the Australian market

Cargo safety and security are essential for all logistics companies, which ensure that their customers’ goods will be transported in good condition, without any damages, etc. The Australian logistics market was valued at USD 81.28 billion in 2021, and it is expected to reach USD 114.32 billion by 2027, registering a growth rate of 5.85% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The market is driven by increasing investments in the logistics infrastructure, which has helped boost the country’s capacity over the years. An efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective freight and logistics industry enabled through partnerships with all levels of government supports Australia’s growing economy and quality of life aspirations. Due to these reasons, this part of cargo transportation became a significant topic in all the logistics and GPS trackers service providers’ businesses. Everyday Australian GPS trackers service providers try to fulfill their partners’ needs to ensure cargo safety and security. And collaborations with GPS tracker manufacturers became the key to modifying and adapting GPS trackers to suit all market requirements.

Special modification of Ruptela's HCV5 GPS tracker for Australian partners

As a GPS tracker manufacturer, we produce products not only with their first set but also adapt and develop devices based on our partners’ necessities. Not inception was the request from our partners Air Brake Corporation to create and adjust Ruptela’s advanced HCV5 device based on their and partner Pacific Telematics’ case. Pacific Telematics is a wholly owned Australian company, and its products are designed locally in Australia to suit the demands of the Australian Transport Industry. They are distributed exclusively through Air Brake Corporation, with unsurpassed experience of over thirty years in the industry.

The main aim of HCV5 device adaptation and development was to create a perfect device to monitor more than one trailer, set tire pressure, temperature, and other parameters, and track it in real time.

Together with Pacific Telematics, we clarified what core features and developments are needed for the HCV5 device to fulfill the client’s main request. From the technical side, there were these main specifics regarding what type of data this GPS tracker needs to monitor:

  • CAN Fuel usage, level & total fuel used
  • CAN engine RPM / SPEED
  • Faults
  • RSS and braking events
  • CAN axle weights
  • Engine temperature, Coolant level
  • Brake, clutch activation monitoring
  • Acceleration position, throttle used, etc.
  • VIN
  • Remote configuration and ability to lock unlock
  • Continental Pressure Check TPMS integrated*
  • Vehicle load data
  • GPS vehicle speed and actual wheel speed
  • State of Power supply
  • Stability alerts
  • ABS active alerts
  • Fault status of the braking system
  • Service intervals
  • Tire monitoring* (Pressure, temperature & leak rates)
  • Integration to monitor devices such as switches / sensors
Australian use case device photo
Australian use

Pacific Telematics Truck IQ and Trailer IQ GPS trackers powered by Ruptela

The solution was to create a GPS tracker on the base of the HCV5 device and adjust it accordingly to monitor more than one truck set tires, read CAN bus data, and monitor CAN bus and IBS data. Additionally, a revamped device has RS232/RS485 interfaces and over 10 configurable input/output monitoring configurations possible via digital inputs/outputs and analog inputs.

Moreover, we needed to find a solution to avoid environmental harm and successfully connect it to each trailer. Both companies put a lot of effort into finding the best way to monitor exact data, not lose the device’s efficiency, and avoid external damage in heavy cargo transportation, even in harsh conditions. Here was decided to put the device in the waterproof and dustproof box with 2 wires connection. It helps the driver avoid damage, save fuel costs and ensure cargo safety and security. Also, it allows connection and monitoring of more than 24 tires at one once, which expands the cargo size and gives the option to Pacific Telematics customers to lead the trailer plus 3x six-axle dogs.

Results and value of the real-time tire monitoring in partners' project

Each trailer is equipped with TPMS, 24 tires per trailer connected to TrailerIQ. This allows real-time tire monitoring back to base.

And based on recent updates, up to 32 tires can now be connected to a single controller and broadcasted in real-time using the BER module. In these combinations, it exploits the truck tires and reads them from the trailer. The main benefits of tire monitoring include but are not limited to:

  • Protecting your asset
  • Reducing running costs
  • Improving efficiency
  • Improving driver behavior
  • Mitigating risks from non-compliance


Our company, together with Air Brake Corporation and Pacific Telematics, continuously adapts and implements new features and expands HCV5 and Trailer IQ GPS trackers so that it helps our partners’ clients solve even more complex cargo management issues. It gradually expands the opportunities to ensure safety, security, tire pressure monitoring, and all other aspects of the logistics industry.

Our goal is to enlarge the number of simultaneously monitored tires to more than 32 currently available ones and deliver the most efficient results and even more concrete real-time tire monitoring data.