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LSM FSM Fleet Safety & Tracking Manager offers the Australian market a purpose-built solution that integrates with other LSM developed risk mitigation controls designed and engineered to keep operators and their vehicles moving efficiently and always safely.

Reducing equipment operating costs and increasing productivity numbers are generally recognised as daily pressures, along with a host of other factors, with which commercial vehicle fleets measure their ongoing performance indicators.

If that wasn’t enough, these challenges, despite operations being at or nearing peak capacity, must all be met while adhering to the strict requirements of OH&S compliance.

It’s one thing to push the envelope for gains and another to do it safely and efficiently, which is to say repeatedly, time and again.

Having a centralised control system that affords proof of compliance is a start. As an Australian innovation, LSM FSM Fleet Safety & Tracking Manager technology is proudly developed, IP designed, maintained and managed locally by the team at LSM Technologies.

How it differentiates from standard telematics, however, makes it a world first. In concert, it pulls in a live view of alerts and data from a range of LSM Australian developed mitigation controls like Driver Fatigue & Distraction Monitoring, Collision Avoidance and Vehicle Interactions, Quality Cabin Environmental Monitoring, Compliance and Event Recording analysis and a Tyre Condition Monitoring System.

These Australian developed mitigation controls are seamlessly and simultaneously integrated into LSM Sentinel (pat.pend.) VSS Vehicle Safety System Central Logic Contoler.

More importantly, the integration into the Sentinel VSS means the driver of the vehicle need only worry about using one display.

Attention, consequently, can be better focused on what needs to happen inside the cab so that productivity improvements and crucial risk mitigation checks don’t suffer while the predominant operational management tasks of extending component service life, reducing equipment damage and providing proof of compliance can all be better achieved.

“As a back-to-base management solution, the FSM technology is scalable from a single vehicle up to thousands of mobile assets,” says Peter Woodford, LSM Technologies CEO & Engineering Director.

“FSM Fleet Safety Manager works as an intuitive web browser interface with a single click access to fleet dashboards, customised reports, compliance tools as well as real-time, user-defined alerts. These alerts can be provided immediately as required via SMS and email, anywhere in the world, 24/7.”

The user therefore can access scheduled and automatic reporting with trending data, analysis and compliance reporting including historical data storage for as long as required.

Remote data back-to-base is accessed by a web browser and viewed on any PC, Tablet, or even a smart phone.

Tyre Monitoring Systems is one of a score of safety mitigation controls offered by LSM Technologies, currently in demand by industry.

In recent years, inadequate tyre inflation has been rightly identified as a leading cause of tyre failure — a major contributor not only of accident events but often a giveaway of compliance negligence.

Since 2011, 33 per cent of truck fire losses to 2020, have been caused by tyre/well end failure or fault according to statistics compiled by the National Transport Accident Research Centre.

Figures per National Transport Insurance confirm, moreover, one in every 20 large losses of truck-trailer combinations are a direct result of mechanical failure.

Steer tyre failure incidents contributed to more than half of mechanical failures, resulting in vehicles having high speed crashes with little to no opportunity for the driver to respond before striking barriers or leaving the roadway.

While tyre pressure management is crucial, it is also time-consuming.

In Australia environmental extremes can have a severe impact on the condition of the tyres themselves.

As these changes occur in medias res, especially when trailing equipment is fully loaded, the physical act of monitoring the tyres can itself become a dangerous proposition.

Systems like the LSM TyreGuard MTR360, a multi-combination tyre monitoring system have proven to deliver major gains in both safety and efficiency by communicating measurements for the pressure and temperature of tyres/wheels. It’s critical now, given trends in recent accident data, to reduce the cost per kilometre of tyres. By doing so operators and fleet managers reduce fire risks.

“Whether moving or parked, the TMSystem constantly monitors the pressure and temperature of every tyre,” says Peter. “Having been purpose-built for the extreme and variable conditions of Australia, the LSM TyreGuard MTR360 offers the highest levels of accuracy, durability, reliability and protection for tyres, vehicles and their occupants.”

Excessive wheel temperatures, to highlight one primary cause, indicate possible poor bearing condition and perhaps lubrication or brake failure, such as dragging brakes or poor brake balance.

All of which can result in a fire if the temperature of the wheel or tyre components reaches ignition point. An alert is issued if the pre-set pressure, while in operation, is not satisfied.

Using Wheel Sensors communicating via radio signals that are charged by wheel motion, LSM TyreGuard MTR360 monitors tyre and rim conditions, maintenance needs and track wear, all of which can assist in predicting the service life of the tyre.

“With LSM Technologies FSM Fleet Safety & Tracking Manager, a live online data portal means we can see information about every single tyre, at any given time, all from the one location remotely,” says Peter. “That means drivers and fleet managers can receive live verification prior, during and after haulage movements.”

LSM TyreGuard MTR360 is uniquely suited to monitor and report live tyre pressures and temperatures for road transport like that of multi-combination roadtrains utilising up to eight tows (trailers/dollies) at once.

A TyreGuard Transceiver is installed on each tow asset and its wireless tyre sensors. Up to 20 tyres can be programmed to the Transceiver.

“Each TyreGuard Transceiver relays its tyre sensor data in a daisy-chain process to the TyreGuard MTR360 hub located in the prime mover where the tyre data can be viewed by the operator on the in-cabin monitor,” explains Peter. “The in-cabin monitor will provide the operator with the exact position and problem tyre on the retrospective axle of the eight tow assets and prime mover.”

Alerts and warnings are both static, during prestart checks, and dynamic when the vehicle is out on the road, helping drivers avoid blow-outs, which can lead to equipment damage, tyre fire, costly downtime and lowered insurance premiums.

Eliminating the risk of tyre fires, across the industry, for all types of heavy vehicles, make the TyreGuard MTR360 more than just a tool of incident prevention especially in dangerous goods transport applications where catastrophic failure of the tank occurs during a fire.

In a new era of evidence-based compliance it’s a technology befitting the moment.

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