PARIS—Michelin and French aircraft systems manufacturer Safran Group introduced what they described as "the world's first" connected aircraft tire during the Paris Air Show, held June 19-25.
Cooperation between the two French groups started two years ago to develop PresSense, which is a wireless solution that functions as an embedded system. PresSense comprises an electronic pressure sensor installed within the tire to improve and simplify ground maintenance operations, according to a June 20 Michelin statement.
An electronic pressure sensor in the tire collects information on the inflation pressure and the digital data is transferred remotely by a reader connected to a smartphone, and then to the maintenance database.
This, Michelin said, is a simpler process compared to conventional maintenance which requires manual pressure collection through the wheel valve and a manometer.
"We are pleased to partner with Michelin…, (a firm) truly experienced in tire innovation and connectivity. Together we will be able to offer our customers a reliable, efficient and time-saving solution," said Vincent Mascre, CEO of Safran Landing Systems.
Frank Moreau president of Michelin Aircraft Tire, said the development of the new product was a "real technological innovation, answering Michelin's clients' needs."
The deployment of the PresSense project is scheduled for 2019.