RFID News Roundup

By Rich Handley

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.

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.

CircuitWorx, Thingstream Partner on IoT Connectivity Products

CircuitWorx, an electronics and software design house, has announced that it has partnered with Thingstream, a global Internet of Things (IoT) Communication-as-a-Service (CaaS) provider. This will enable the firm to design and develop products and solutions featuring IoT connectivity.

CircuitWorx provides electronic design and manufacturing solutions from proof-of-concept to mass manufacture, for sectors including consumer electronics, industrial processing and control, medical and automotive. The partnership with Thingstream allows CircuitWorx to design products that include an IoT CaaS platform using low-power GSM coverage to more than 190 countries worldwide.

"As an electronics and software design company working across multiple verticals and globally, we need to offer a low-power IoT connectivity solution," said Carl Matthews, CircuitWorx's co-founder, in a prepared statement. "Thingstream makes connectivity easy and affordable, meaning we can design and build knowing the connectivity piece is taken care of."

"CircuitWorx handles innovative projects from boards to finished products," added Neil Hamilton, Thingstream's chief business development officer, in the prepared statement. "Our IoT Communication-as-a-Service platform simplifies the connectivity element, delivering predictable pricing visibility on a global scale. We'd recommend CircuitWorx to any organisation looking to design a connected product."

Kudelski Group Integrates IoT Platform With GSMA Security Tech

Kudelski Group, a digital security provider, has announced the integration of its IoT Security Platform with GSMA's IoT SAFE (SIM Applet for Secure End-2-End Communication) capability. The integration will enable IoT device manufacturers and IoT service providers to leverage the SIM as a standardized hardware root-of-trust to protect IoT data communications. Kudelski's IoT Security Platform implementation of IoT SAFE supports all key features of GSMA's guideline and specifications, supporting both pre-shared keys and PKI implementations.

Kudelski's platform will provision the SIM with long-term secret keys and manage the lifecycle of security credentials. In addition to end-to-end data encryption (at rest and in motion), Kudelski's solution enables remote management functionalities and cloud platform onboarding, as well as the authorization of premium device features, remote attestation and other features. It also provides fine-grained control over access to data, both on the device and in the cloud.

"We have fully embraced the GSMA specifications for IoT security as they contain a number of key security design principles we have employed for more than 30 years to protect our customers' premium business models on connected devices," said Patrick Hauert, Kudelski Group's VP of IoT security, in a prepared statement. "Supporting a SIM-based root of trust was one of the first security options we developed when we launched our platform last year, so it's only natural for us to support IoT SAFE as one of the several form factors we offer."

"For over 25 years the SIM has been the root of trust for the mobile industry, its security constantly evolving over this period so that today the SIM secures over 1.4 billion connected devices," added Graham Trickey, GSMA's head of IoT, in the prepared statement. "IoT SAFE extends the security capabilities of the SIM even further to secure new Internet of Things services end-to-end, underpinning a new generation of IoT services and billions of new IoT devices."

The IoT Security Platform is intended to provide end-to-end protection for IoT devices, the company reports, securely and sustainably enabling new business models and operational efficiencies. It provides device security, data security, access management and active security to safeguard the entire product lifecycle. The platform has been adopted by communication service providers, as well as consumer electronics, medical, asset-tracking, and Industrial IoT partners and clients.

Zigbee Alliance Adds Bureau Veritas to Its Testing House Roster

The Zigbee Alliance, an organization of hundreds of companies that create, maintain and deliver open, global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced that Bureau Veritas, a provider of testing, certification and global market access services, now provides Zigbee testing services from its wireless and IoT laboratory in California.

Bureau Veritas supports manufacturers in the smart home, building automation, industrial, new mobility, connected person, mobile health and other wireless-enabled industries with testing, certification and global market access. The company is focused on providing a network of wireless test facilities across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Manufacturers have access to its portfolio of innovation services and digital solutions that embrace technologies to optimize efficiency, improve safety and get safe, secure and reliable products to market and in the hands of consumers.

"As leading wireless test specialists, we are proud to add Zigbee Alliance testing services to our wide portfolio of IoT offerings," said Eddie Parsons, the manager of Bureau Veritas North America's Wireless/IoT Laboratory, in a prepared statement. "Wireless designers and integrators trust us for our extensive technical knowledge and range of third-party testing capabilities that enable timely market access with the confidence that products work as expected."

"As the IoT industry progresses in a collaborative manner, effective product testing and certification becomes even more important for companies seeking to gain a share of this new wave of IoT prosperity and consumer acceptance that's coming to the smart home, building and city markets," added Jon Harros, the Zigbee Alliance's director of certification and testing programs, in the prepared statement. "Bureau Veritas gives innovators another esteemed authorized testing house to work through to support brand credibility, value, and customer connections."

K2 Software, Celonis Team Up to Accelerate Digital Business Transformation

K2 Software, a provider of intelligent process-automation systems, and Celonis, a supplier of artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced process mining and process excellence software, have announced a partnership. The partnership will leverage process mining to accelerate digital transformation results for enterprises worldwide that are focused on mission-critical processes, the companies report.

The integration of K2's deep-domain expertise and digital process automation capabilities with Celonis's process-mining capabilities will enable enterprises to better define and eliminate bottlenecks and inefficiencies, the partners indicate. Customers can extract data from their operational systems and leverage AI and machine-learning techniques to optimize and adapt their business processes to accelerate digital transformation and deliver improved outcomes.

"What's unique about this partnership is that K2 opens up a broader market of mid-sized companies that can benefit from our technology. K2 is democratizing the data to drive intelligent process automation so that it's no longer just for large corporations," said Marc Kinast, Celonis's VP of global business development, in a prepared statement. "Jointly, we can provide a more controlled 'process-first' approach to automation, which will enable customers to effectively transform business operations with powerful analytics."

Senet, T-Systems Partner on IoT Solution Bundles

Senet, a provider of cloud-based software and services platforms that enable global connectivity and on-demand network build-outs for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced an integrated solution and strategic partnership with T-Systems North America (TSNA), an independent provider of digital services and integrated solutions for business customers.

T-Systems currently offers solution bundles including LoRaWAN sensors, gateways, Senet network connectivity plans and integration with T-Systems' Cloud of Things IoT platform for application management and expansion. Supporting both indoor and outdoor vertical applications, these IoT bundles provide data in real time, enabling enterprises to make crucial business decisions.

Bundles include security (detects motion, presence, and open/close states in restricted spaces), carbon dioxide detection (indoor pollutant detection prevents human exposure to CO2), water leak detection (detects moisture and water for flood avoidance), comfort management (visible light sensing with temperature and humidity monitoring for smart room applications), illumination management (environmental light sensing automates lighting in offices and large indoor spaces), desk or chair occupancy (monitors individual desk/chair usage to maximize space use), irrigation control (provides volumetric water content, temperature, and electric conductivity measurements for agriculture and smart city applications), refrigeration (measures refrigerator temperatures for regulatory compliance and product inventory management), and a panic button (emergency notification system for workplace staff).

"End to end solutions in a fragmented Internet of Things universe is what T-Systems offers to not only innovate, but add value to customers across all industries," said Alex Martinez, T-Systems' head of emerging technologies, in a prepared statement. "Our ability to provide accurate and repeatable valuable data and selecting the best ecosystem partners, like Senet, delivers a win-win for our mutual end-customers."

These fully integrated solutions ensure interoperability and ease of deployment, the companies report. Flexible network deployment models, access to cloud-based tools for application management, and professional services and support allow customers to scale their deployments and implement additional IoT solutions on the same LoRaWAN network as their business needs expand.

"Our partnership with T-Systems is an example of how the LoRaWAN ecosystem has rapidly matured to provide fully integrated solutions and tangible benefits to customers across markets," added Bruce Chatterley, Senet's CEO, in the prepared statement. "With fewer steps to acquire, deploy, and scale end-to-end IoT solutions, we're creating new opportunities for innovation by helping connect devices and data to applications and action."

Transparency Market Research Issues Report on RFID Tags and Labels

According to a report issued by Transparency Market Research, the global market for radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and labels is bringing changes to the retail sector. The integration of technologies such as RFID in retail operations could invite a massive demand in the market, the firm indicates. In addition, RFID tags and labels are increasingly being used in government-owned inventories, as well as in the aerospace and defense sectors, for the purpose of tracking and identifying objects.

The report notes that RFID labels have a high market attractiveness in the foreseeable future. It evaluates the global tag and label market, taking into account several growth factors, along with market deterrents, segmentation and the vendor landscape. RFID labels made from 100 percent recycled paper could support the sustainability objectives of businesses and empower manufacturers with cost savings, according to the report. RFID labels could be modified on the basis of material composition and inherent design for the purpose of decreasing product costs. This is expected to be practiced by both new entrants and established players during their product-development activities.

North America is predicted to be a leading market for RFID tags and labels, which are being used in a number of end-use industries, including IT, livestock, wildlife, sports, surveillance, security, logistics, transportation, automotive, retail and healthcare. Commercial tags could have a strong demand in the country, the report notes, due to the rising need for efficient inventory management, while healthcare tags are anticipated to draw a high demand because of the need to monitor medical personnel, patients and assets. Outside North America, the tag and label market could find opportunities in other regions as well, the report states, such as Japan, Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ), the Middle East and Africa (MEA), Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

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