Savi, a Lockheed Martin company, has formed an alliance with Shipcom Wireless and KBR Wireless to offer a software solution that uses RFID technology to track and manage supplies transported between onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities worldwide.
The solution is designed to help the oil and gas industry minimize rig downtime, enhance asset utilization, reduce manual processing, and lessen data errors, write-offs, shrinkage and theft.
The system uses Savi’s SmartChain Enterprise Platform and Asset Management application along with active RFID tags from Savi and passive RFID tags from KBR, which can be affixed to all kinds of oil and gas assets. As a result, supplies and equipment will be automatically located and managed as they are moved from onshore operations facilities, through port transfer facilities, and finally to offshore rigs.
Typical supplies equipment such as risers, choke valves, wire rope, stud tensioners, slings and wellheads, in addition to various containment and transport units that store and deliver material to the oil platforms.
The system can also utilize environmental sensors to monitor security breaches as well as heat and humidity conditions inside the container that might affect supplies. Real-time information about the contents and security status of the containers can also be integrated into government customs and national security systems.