RFID Solution Fights Counterfeit Tyres
(Akron/Tire Review – RFID Update) A new RFID system by Advanced ID and SkyeTek is being touted as a potential solution to counterfeit and grey market tyres.
SkyeTek’s UHF RFID reader modules used in Advanced ID readers can capture tyre tag identification data for authentication. The readers integrate with the company’s software to provide tyre performance data and other information to help manufacturers, distributors, and fleet operators manage tyre inventories.
“We think maybe one out of five tyres is counterfeit or came from the grey market, and is not manufactured to the standards of the world’s top manufacturers,” Advanced ID CEO Dan Finch. “It’s a big problem that the industry doesn’t talk about a lot, in part because it has traditionally required expensive identification and tracking solutions.”
RFID tags can be safely attached to tyres to provide identification and to integrate with sensors to store data on pressure, wear and other conditions. There are several industry and international standards for tyre identification that are compatible with the EPC system so tyres can be uniquely identified and authenticated throughout the supply chain. Finch said all major tyre manufacturers are conducting RFID trials, and many fleet operators and smaller tyre manufacturers, distributors, and leasing agents are also piloting RFID.
“Low cost solution devices and systems are expected to lead the way for migration to the era of tyre RFID,” Dr. Patrick King, global electronics strategist for Michelin, is quoted in the announcement. “This is particularly true for commercial tyres and applications, and the publishing of global tyre standards recently have helped to set the stage for adoption,” said King, referring to AIAG B11, Tyre and Wheel Data Standard and ISO 17367 Embedded RFID Standard.
Michelin estimated that 50,000 to 70,000 counterfeit truck tyres were sold in Europe in an 18-month period. The company urged the European Commission to take action, according to the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association.
Advanced ID provides RFID tags that can be embedded into tyres as well as patches that can be applied in the aftermarket. It manufactures handheld and fixed position readers, using reader modules from SkyeTek and others. The company’s software applications can track tyre inventories, monitor tyres as they drive in and out of depots, and provide advanced management capabilities.
In July the company acquired Pneu-Logic, which provides automated tyre inspection and management solutions. Finch estimates Advanced ID’s RFID-based tyre monitoring and asset management systems can save fleet operators 20 per cent to 25 per cent on tyre and fuel costs.
SkyeTek and Advanced ID collaborated to develop the new reader. Finch said it provides both excellent performance and the intermediate ranges typically needed for tyre ID applications. It also conforms to EPC Gen2, AIAG B11, and ISO standards.