RED DEER, AlbertaThe Canadian entrepreneur behind the Go Tire Inc. mobile tire-fitting franchise is bringing to market a mobile phone app that he claims will allow dealers to register tires remotely.
The new app, called TireDOT Registry, is tied into a Web-based registration vehicle that captures all data in a secure cloud-based system, according to Craig Howes, founder of Go Tire and a principal in TireForce Solutions Ltd., a new company set up to foster the development of TireDOTregistry and other electronic business solutions.
The registry allows the user to record a tire's Tire Identification Number (TIN) through a variety of means and receive instant confirmation that the tire's registered with the manufacturer or designated agent for importers, according to TireForce, the new company overseeing the developments.
The app's user can enter the data manually, by scanning the barcode, using RFID scanning or image capture, or even a Web portal, TireForce said. Registration can be done via smart-phone, tablet or website.
TireForce said it is charging $15 per month per outlet or $150 for a year contract for the app.
The fee includes a dealer registration page (for exampletiredotregistry.com/dealername)and will connect to a dealer's existing point-of-sale system through a third-party data interface (API), TireForce said.
According to Mr. Howes, the idea for TireDOTRegistry started with the Go Tire mobile tire-fitting business, where he and his development team discovered there was a need for a convenient way to handle tire registration. TireDOTRegistry is just one of several business applications TireForce is working on, Mr. Howes said.
Another is TireEngine, a cloud-based interface that connects subscribing retailers to a number of subscribing wholesalers, giving the retailer real-time access to a much wider inventory.