PragmatIC RFID tag track waste tires

Two companies, Topolitica and PragmatIC, will participate in the second phase of the UK Government’s GovTeh, a government innovation programme designed to track and manage waste moving during recycling or disposal, and apply RFID tags to track waste tires.

Digital waste analysis company Topolytics provides its own software to manage a variety of projects, including tire disposal or recycling. The labeled tires will be read by PragmatIC’s HF RFID ConnectIC flexible chip. Waste management software captures data about each tire collected for recycling or reuse via RFID chips and handheld readers.

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Alastair Hanlon, commercial director of PragmatIC, said the deployment is valid for November 2019 for a period of 12 months and a smaller initial phase has been implemented since the beginning of this year.

PragmatIC ConnectIC’s RFID chip family includes two HF RFID products for paper and plastic. These products use a single-layer antenna design for markets such as food and beverage, personal and home care, supply chain management, and product certification.

The British government’s GovTeh is a government-funded project designed to solve cutting-edge public sector problems using cutting-edge technology. The project is managed by the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It focuses on how to better track junk items and ensure that the supply chain remains visible and efficient, avoiding losses.

The first phase of the GovTeh project lasted from November 2018 to March 2019, and a total of 5 technology companies participated in the second phase of financing competition. One of these companies, called Topolytics, provided their software, along with data from waste management companies, local authorities, and several other companies, who have partnered with these companies to deal with hazardous or other industrial waste.

The collected data can visualize different ways of tracking waste and supply chain models. “We understand how waste is currently managed from a data perspective,” said Michael Groves, CEO and founder of Topolytics.

Today, used tires and other trash are usually tracked on paper. This can be a cumbersome and complicated process, and it can cause a lot of waste. In the UK, 60 million old tires are discarded every year.

When a car retailer replaces a tire on a customer’s vehicle, the customer will pay a tire disposal fee. The waste management company then collects the tires and ships them to the warehouse, and the retailer pays the recycling fee. Waste management companies shred, recycle, reuse or discard used tires.

Using paper records to register tire collection sites and warehouse receipts of tires makes it difficult to track specific tire providers and tire conditions. Topolytics, a startup based in Edinburgh, Scotland, offers its WasteMap system, which shows the location and route of waste

in the supply chain as it flows to recycling or other locations, and includes analysis and reporting based on this data.

The goal of PragmatIC is to automatically track waste tires through RFID tags. The company produces a flexible, low-cost HF RFID tag chip. According to PragmatIC, their chips are thinner and more flexible than human hair, making them easy to integrate into products and labels.

For the use of used tires, the chip is integrated into an adhesive label attached to the tire sidewall. Hanlon said, “Using our chips can reduce the cost of deploying RFID. Because these chips are not silicon, manufacturing costs are lower.” PragmatIC also designs and manufactures portable RFID readers.

The PragmatIC project includes tracking tire receipts in a warehouse near Oxford. Hundreds of tires are marked in the garage, and a handheld reader is used to read the tags of each tire when they are received; and the tag information is read again during sorting (such as shredding or reuse).

The tire management section is overseen by the Tire Recycling Association, whose members process the most commonly used tires in the UK each year and help identify recycling companies that will participate in the project. The trial will use PragmatIC’s new ConnectIC product, the 13.56 MHz HF chip.

Each tag has a unique identification number that will link to the website of the retailer who reads the tag and can also record the date and time. This data is stored in cloud-based Topolytics software. The tags will be read again when unloaded in the warehouse, and the data will be submitted as planned after grouping according to the next process.

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