Tyrata’s IntelliTread to help with bus fleet maintenance

May 21, 2020
The Tyrata Drive-Over System delivers no-touch tire maintenance.

A comprehensive test and evaluation protocol demonstrating the viability of Tyrata’s Drive-Over Systtem (DOS) and data analytics has been completed by Durham City Transit Company (DCTC) and Tyrata, Inc.

The solid-state DOS automatically collects and analyzes tire tread depth as buses drive over the low-profile, speedbump-like sensor.

The DOS required no human intervention or changes to DCTC’s facilities or bus operations. Solid-state sensors that measure the tire tread thickness proved resilient to debris and required no maintenance. Tyrata says its DOS algorithms improved measurement accuracy.

"We gather tire data every day, so even in this short time the volume of collected tire tread data has been impressive. Large data sets allow us to employ machine learning to continuously [improve the] accuracy of predictive analysis," said David Koester, Tyrata vice president of engineering. "We have met all our technical milestones and are thankful to the city of Durham and the DCTC for providing us an opportunity to complete this field test."

IntelliTread™ DOS automates critical safety processes that are typically labor-intensive. The system frees up human resources to perform other tasks while providing daily feedback to optimize decision making and tire safety. DOS is offered on a software/data pay-as-you-go basis with no hardware costs. Depending on the specific fleet company situation, a positive return on investment (ROI) is achieved within a few months, says Tyrata.

"We are pleased with DOS performance and look forward to leveraging this locally developed technology to further optimize tire maintenance and adhere to our safety standards," said Bob Losiniecki, maintenance director of DCTC.