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RFID News Roundup

Tyrata unveils RFID-integrated tire tread monitoring system; CircuitWorx, Thingstream partner on IoT connectivity products; Kudelski Group integrates IoT platform with GSMA security tech; Zigbee Alliance adds Bureau Veritas to its testing house roster; K2 Software, Celonis team up to accelerate digital business transformation; Senet, T-Systems partner on IoT solution bundles; Transparency Market Research issues report on RFID tags and labels.
By Rich Handley
Mar 12, 2020

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Tyrata, FineLine Technologies; CircuitWorx, Thingstream; Kudelski Group, GSMA; the Zigbee Alliance, Bureau Veritas; K2 Software, Celonis; Senet, T-Systems North America; and Transparency Market Research.

Tyrata Unveils RFID-Integrated Tire Tread Monitoring System

Tyrata, a tire sensor and data-management company, recently demonstrated its IntelliTread Drive-Over System (DOS) with integrated RFID technology. RFID enables the DOS to correlate the tread-depth information of each individual tire as part of an asset-management system. The DOS fully automates tire tread monitoring, eliminating the labor associated with manual tread measurements, while improving accuracy, enabling scalability and identifying cost reductions for fleet managers.

Tyrata is utilizing RFID solutions from FineLine Technologies to track, trace and validate vehicle tires. Each tire is identified via RFID and is monitored for tread wear via the DOS. The system can measure tread depth on a variety of tire sizes, ranging from passenger and light truck to commercial truck and bus radial tires.

A real-time measurement is collected as a vehicle drives over the speedbump-like unit, and that data is automatically correlated with each individual tire via the RFID tag. The DOS is based on solid-state sensor technology and is low-maintenance and insensitive to road and tire debris. Customers can purchase DOS data for tires on a monthly basis with no upfront hardware costs and no additional maintenance or software fees, the company reports.

"In addition to providing fleet companies with the capability to automate tire-management processes, Tyrata's Drive-Over System is seen as a key enabler of tires-as-a-service, ride-sharing and other emerging business models," said Luka Lojk, Tyrata's VP of sales and marketing, in a prepared statement. "Moreover, with no up-front hardware or software costs, DOS should be a natural solution to deploy by any company seeking data-driven process and safety optimization."

"FineLine Technologies is pleased to showcase our state-of-the-art RFID technology integration with Tyrata's IntelliTread Drive-Over System," added Jan Svoboda, FineLine's director of RFID business development, in the prepared statement. "We believe that the two products provide an unprecedented opportunity to create value to any customer wishing to extend tire-tracking automation with tread-depth data and other tire maintenance information."

The DOS is now available for customer testing and is currently being validated with the Durham City Transportation Corp. bus system. The company anticipates the expansion of testing to additional transportation service organizations within the area of Durham, N.C., as well as other customers in the near future.

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