The GRIP (Governor to Reduce Idle and Pollution) Idle Management System has been created to manage the time that a vehicle spends running in idle. The system is automated, the operator does not need to turn on or engage the system. Once the vehicle is in park or neutral and all system safety interlocks are in place, the system will automatically shut the engine off, keeping the ignition in the run position. The GRIP system works in conjunction with the vehicle’s CAN (Controller Area Network). It receives real time data on the vehicle’s functions including engine revolutions, transmission position, outside temperature, ignition positions and coolant temperature, to name a few. Other data required by the GRIP system is received through sensors added when the system is installed in the vehicle. The controller of the system then makes decisions based on the information it receives allowing it to start and stop the engine of the vehicle as required. Since the GRIP system monitors batteries and auxiliary optional equipment, it allows the operator to perform all tasks as usual and keeps the vehicle operating experience practically the same. The only difference being that the vehicle will be shut down for unnecessary idle without compromising the operator’s ability to do their job, their comfort or their safety.
BASIC GRIP SYSTEM
EXTERNAL COOLANT HEATER
HEATER REMOTE START
- The system will only function when the vehicle is in Park or Neutral and is not moving. The system must also see the vehicle CAN network communication in order to function, otherwise the vehicle stays operating as normal.
- The Operator Screen will only be functional when the vehicle is in Park or Neutral for distraction free driving.
- If the hood is opened for service, the GRIP system will not start the vehicle automatically. The vehicle can still be started or shut down with the key manually but all auto functions are disabled.
- When the GRIP system is in operation and the engine shuts down, the system controls the key position back to the “RUN” position so that the airbags, windshield wipers, lights, sirens and climate control systems are all still functioning.
- While the GRIP system is in operation it provides an accessory power signal to additional equipment so lights, sirens and radios all stay operational while the vehicle is off.
- If the Optional Door Start Function is enabled, the system will monitor the driver’s door and start the vehicle when the door is opened upon return to the vehicle. This can be triggered to only function when the take down lights are turned on or any other operation that can provide a signal to the system. This option ensures that the vehicle is always ready to go in any given situation where the officer’s safety is concerned or when a pulled over driver speeds away, as an example. When the officer gets back into the vehicle, the engine is running.
- If the Optional Door Open Start is enabled, the system will monitor the driver’s door and if it is left open for a specified time, the system will start the vehicle up and run for a specified time. In cases where an officer has had to take chase or step out to deal with a situation, the engine will start and stay ready for their return in case they need to take off quickly.
- If the Optional Seat Belt Start is enabled, the engine will start as soon as the driver’s seat belt is engaged. In today’s policing, officer safety takes precedence over all else and to encourage the use of the seat belt when a chase has commenced, this function will start the engine as soon as the driver’s seat belt is clicked in, to save time from clicking and starting the vehicle. The officer can now focus on the seat belt and know that the engine will start by itself when he does so.
- When the Seat Belt Off Only feature is enabled, the vehicle will only shut down when the operator has left the seat belt off.
- When the Anti-Theft Only feature is enabled, the vehicle will only shut down when the operator has pressed the anti-theft button and has removed the keys from the vehicle.
- If the Humidity Sensor has been installed and the feature enabled, the system will monitor the windshield for fogging and provide climate control to overcome any fogging.
- Settings and Options: The GRIP system has many features and functions that can be used for nearly every application. All of these features and functions can be set up differently, for every vehicle, by using the GRIP Service Tool.
- Climate Monitoring: The system is designed to monitor the temperature of the vehicle and provide heating or cooling by either starting the engine or using devices such as coolant pumps, fuel fired heaters or DC air conditioning systems, to run while the vehicle engine is off.
- On policing vehicles, the Climate Controls can be completely controlled to provide the best savings, the reduction of energy consumption as well as the best performance for personal comfort, by utilizing the optional Automatic Climate Control Kit. This optional feature will turn the blower on high to cool the cab down quickly or reach the rear passengers, if the operator is out of the vehicle. When the operator returns, the system will go back to the normal settings as desired.
- Battery Monitoring: Typically, it is necessary to add an additional battery to provide the required power to operate all the additional equipment that is added to the vehicle and to operate the vehicle itself. The system monitors the batteries on the vehicle and starts the engine as necessary to keep those batteries at a ready state of charge.
- If the optional Current Sensor is used, the engine will monitor the current returning to the batteries so the engine runs enough time to replenish the batteries.
- The Current Sensor can also be used to monitor a high load, such as a Power Inverter operating scene lights. The system will keep the engine running as long as that load exists instead of starting and stopping the vehicle frequently.
- The system will monitor the vehicle battery condition, such as when the battery droops in voltage when the key is turned off, signaling a poor battery condition.
- The vehicle could also have a shore power connection and the GRIP system can monitor the shore power and display on the screen when it is charging as well as prevent the vehicle from starting when it is plugged in, to ensure the cord is unplugged before driving.
- Operator Control: The system can be made to have as little or as much control from the operators as you choose. These can be manipulated using the Service Tool upon set up and installation.
- The Operator Screen may be automatically dimmed if the function is available on the vehicle and the operator can control the screen backlighting. In surveillance applications, the screen can be turned completely off.
- Configurable I/O: There are several inputs and outputs on the controller that can be utilized to add additional functions to the system. Using the Service Tool, you can utilize the GRIP controller to manage other components.
- The Anti-Theft Feature allows the operator to leave the vehicle, press a button either on the GRIP Operator Screen or by using the normal keypad from the lighting system and remove the keys. They can then secure the vehicle using the key. The system will continue to monitor the vehicle for battery and climate while they are away from the vehicle. When they return, they simply place the key in the ignition, turn it to “Run” or “Start” depending on whether the vehicle is running, and go. On vehicles with just a standard key, this feature is included with the kit, otherwise additional hardware may be required.
- When the system is in anti-theft, the shifter can be locked to ensure that the vehicle cannot be driven away and the engine will stall when placed into drive or reverse if the shifter lock is not used.
- The system is an onboard installation and does not have any connection to any other device so that officers are assured that their positions are not subject to a security risk.
- The system collects information accumulatively over the life of the vehicle. From the time of the installation, it records the usage or “Life” of the vehicle every time the key is turned to the “Run” position.
- It records the overall Vehicle Operations such as how much time the vehicle has been driving, static in Park and Neutral or how much time the vehicle has been off in Monitoring mode with no requirement for climate or battery.
- It records the time that additional equipment such as a coolant pump, fuel fired heater or DC air conditioning operates while the vehicle engine is off.
- It records the time that the vehicle has been idling for any reason whether it’s for climate, low battery or any of the safety starting features such as door start or humidity.
- It records possible override conditions such as the brake pedal being held while the vehicle is in drive or the park brake being engaged while the vehicle is in drive.
- It records the process counts such as how many times it started for door open or seat belt.
- It records the fuel consumption data. It will provide the overall average of fuel consumed during the vehicle operation at idle to provide real fuel consumption data straight from the vehicle.
- By using our Data Analysis Tool, you can take that data and turn it into realized savings information and emissions reduction. You can use that data to determine what additional equipment or change in behavior is required to achieve better results.
The GRIP has been designed to be non-invasive and with ease of installation in mind. The components for the system are easily mounted and the harnesses are clearly marked for locations. The GRIP incorporates a plug and play connection method with only one connection needing to be cut and connected into the ignition.
Reduction in Engine Hours
Reduction in GHG Emissions
Engine Wear Reduction
BENEFITS TO A FLEET
The information collected by the system will allow fleet managers and supervisors to observe the idling tendencies for their fleet in order to make educated decisions on program settings in order to further benefit their fleet. All of these adjustments can be made by a fleet supervisor or manager through the programming screen of the GRIP system. The system can also provide insight for how the vehicle is being used and the duty cycles of the vehicles. In many cases the data can help the fleet make decisions of whether certain vehicles are not used enough and therefore reduce the number of vehicles in the fleet.