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Michelin moves to accelerate RFID adoption in tires

Michelin, a leader in the movement to incorporate RFID in commercial tire fleets and passenger car tires, has announced that it will make its patents available free of charge in an effort to accelerate RFID adoption in the tire sector.

Michelin has been an internationally recognized leader for creating and fostering harmonized international standards for RFID in tires, and recognizes that the adoption of a single worldwide standard is a key element to accelerate the deployment of RFID technology.

In line with FRAND licensing policies, Michelin will expect reciprocity from any entity which may be concerned by the adoption of such standards.

Michelin hopes to drive RFID adoption in tires by making its patents available to all tire manufacturers.

“RFID technology has been around for many years,” says Terry Gettys, executive vice president of research and development at Michelin. “During the London Olympic Games last year, Michelin tire embedded RFID technology was used on buses to improve safety and operation efficiency.

“We believe that the most important enabler to a broader integration of such technology within the transportation industry is the adoption of a global standard. This small step should help us get there.”

Since its pilot in London, Michelin has pursued the deployment of embedded RFID in truck tires, with the eventual goal of using the tire ID to manage and optimize the full life cycle of each truck tire. That means that the RFID tag must remain fully functional and linked to a tire for several years of usage.

Michelin has piloted RFID on tires for more than seven years, including embedding tags on 50,000 tires that have logged more than 3.4 billion miles to test the technology for monitoring tire pressure and maintenance.

Last month RFID 24-7 reported that Korea-based Kumho Tire Co. intends to embed RFID tags on every tire it produces, a move that will save the company millions in efficiency gains and cost savings in logistics, production and quality control.

Early this year Kumho began to tag all truck and bus tires manufactured in its Gwangju and Gokseong plants in South Korea and on OE passenger car tires supplied to BMW. RFID tags will be built into all domestic market passenger car tires during the second half of 2013, and all manufacturing sites in South Korea and overseas will adopt the RFID system by the end of next year.

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