Photography by: courtesy Continental

GERMAN TYRE manufacturer Continental says its bus and truck fleet tyre-management system has “exceeded expectations”, with administrative outlay reduced and fast processes standardised across European borders, it confirms.

The Cesar fleet administration system was specially developed for Conti360° Fleet Services.

Run in conjunction with commercial vehicle rental company Pema, the digital Continental-developed system has allowed Pema to successfully control tyre management across its entire fleet of 18,000 vehicles, throughout multiple European countries, the company says.

Citing its increased transparency helping to reduce downtime and maximise service life, Cesar – the digital fleet administration system - was integrated into Pema’s system landscape in 2018, allowing vehicle and service-relevant data to be continuously exchanged and updated via a special interface.

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One year later, Wolfgang Beuleke, team lead Tire Management at Pema, is delighted with the system, commenting: "The benefits of handling all tyre management activities via the interface with Cesar have exceeded our expectations."

"First, the increased transparency helps us to ensure the service level agreements concluded individually with our customers are complied with at all times. Administrative outlay has been reduced and fast processes standardised across borders have been introduced."

"Second, we benefit enormously from the data analysis. Thanks to the knowledge gained, we have significantly reduced our service costs and downtime, ensured application-optimised fitment and increased average mileage."

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The Cesar fleet administration system was specially developed for Conti360° Fleet Services – Continental’s professional, all-inclusive tyre service – and has been continuously optimised ever since, the company confirms.

Vehicle and tyre-related data is recorded in the system and processed centrally. Users can access the latest data at any time, no matter where they are, apparently.

"On the basis of individual customer requirements, Cesar uses automated workflows to map a range of service cases, so that the appropriate measures can be quickly implemented – whether in the fleet’s dedicated workshop, at the depot, or out on the highway," explained Thomas Wolf, head of International Fleet Business for EMEA.

"By analysing the data supplied in ContiFleetReporting we can also provide Pema with recommendations designed to help them to control tyre management processes for their fleets in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Poland, with maximum efficiency."

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Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods, it states.

Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation, it explains. In 2018, Continental generated sales of €44.4 billion and currently employs around 245,000 people in 60 countries and markets.

The tyre division’s portfolio includes services for the tyre trade and for fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for commercial vehicle tyres.

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