Tony Kington, President & CEOImagine an inspector who works at a 2-acre oil & gas extraction field. As part of his morning task, the inspector is due to check the status of more than 10,000 equipment assets. Since these assets need to be serviced or replaced quarterly or bi-annually, the inspector must have the means to both track and anticipate the location and movement of every last piece of equipment. It’s a matter of safety—if a 20,000 lb. pressure valve isn’t replaced when it should be, the extraction field is exposed to the risk of a catastrophic accident. How would the inspector track the health levels of so many equipment assets? The answer would be embedding the equipment on the field with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags that “check in” with an app on the inspector’s handheld device. However, regular market vendor RFID tags won’t suffice in the face of extreme conditions. The oil & gas industry needs rugged RFID hardware that can survive the rigors of harsh drilling environments, track compliance requirements, and integrate with an existing ERP system.
Omni-ID, a pioneer in the application of IoT technology in the oil & gas sector, specializes in creating customized RFID tags that can withstand a significant amount of mechanical wear and tear. Having developed patented technologies for on-metal tagging to enhance asset tracking, inventory management, and material flow management, Omni-ID has emerged as the go-to RFID solution for oil & gas companies. “At every layer of our operations—from engineering to manufacturing, and product validation—we are geared up to serve the oil & gas industry with customized solutions,” explains Tony Kington, CEO, Omni-ID. Whether it’s by facilitating seamless hydrofracking compliance for info-sharing between oil field owners and specialists or designing RFID tags to fit every valve, joint, swedge, or tubular pipe, Omni-ID’s solutions are reducing labor and improving safety for its clients.
In its drive to bring innovations to serve the oil & gas industry, Omni-ID is on the brink of launching a new suite of products that utilize the Lower Frequency RFID protocol. With an in-built GPS unit combined with sensors, the new RFID technology will cover read distances for up to 6 miles.
The objective is to provide Oil & Gas companies a flexible product that allows them to accurately locate assets over a large area, for a minimum infrastructure cost
“This technology will allow GPS locations of assets to be read and reported back to a central system over a range of five miles by a single read point,” says Kington. Based on a low-power wide-area network (LPWAN), the product will incorporate a lower chip for communication, to effectively reduce infrastructure costs. The product can be integrated into any mass-market asset management or ERP system. “The objective is to provide oil & gas companies a flexible product that allows them to accurately locate assets over a large area, for a minimum infrastructure cost,” adds Kington.
Besides the low-frequency RFID, Omni-ID will be introducing a new line of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices that will have read characteristics for up to 100 meters. Since Bluetooth technology is prevalent among a myriad of devices, the product has the potential of reaching scores of new applications where RFID tracking could not be utilized. In addition, Omni-ID already has a broad portfolio of passive UHF RFID products that possess the read capability of up to 30 feet.
Driving ahead, Omni-ID was recently acknowledged at the RFID Journal LIVE Show with awards for products designed specifically for—the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and the Prysmian Group. Both demonstrated the true value that RFID Technology delivers to their industry. “As the original patent holders for on-metal RFID tagging, innovation is part of our DNA. We will continue bringing the best in IoT hardware to the industrial market,” concludes Kington.