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SHOW LIVE DAY 1: RFID-enabled drive-over tread monitoring system
Tyrata Inc

Tyrata Inc (Booth 8066) is demonstrating its IntelliTread Drive-Over System (DOS) with integrated RFID technology at this week’s Tire Technology Expo in Hannover, Germany. The RFID technology 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, not only eliminating the labor associated with manual tread measurements, but also improving accuracy, enabling scalability and helping to identify significant cost reduction opportunities for fleet managers.

Tyrata is utilizing innovative RFID solutions from FineLine Technologies (Booth 8066) to track, trace and validate vehicle tires. Each tire is properly identified via the FineLine RFID solution, and monitored for tread wear via the DOS.

The non-invasive, easy-to-install tire wear monitoring system can measure tread depth on a variety of tire sizes, from passenger and light truck to commercial truck and bus radial (TBR) tires. The real-time measurement is collected when a vehicle drives over the low-profile, speed-bump-like unit, and the data is automatically correlated with each individual tire using the RFID tag. The DOS is based on solid-state sensor technology, and is low maintenance and insensitive to road and tire debris. Customers purchase DOS data for tires on a monthly basis with no upfront hardware costs and no additional maintenance or software fees.

“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, VP of sales and marketing. “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, director RFID business development, FineLine Technologies. “We believe that the two products provide an unprecedented opportunity to create value for any customer wishing to extend tire-tracking automation with tread-depth data and other tire maintenance information.”

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

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