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WiFi Asset Tracking

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Objective

Asset tracking can lead to enormous savings in industrial environments such as oil fields and refineries. Examples include ensuring rental equipment is removed from job sites expediently, reducing the amount of equipment needed overall, and reducing time spent searching for equipment. Although we've successfully tested non-WiFi asset tracking technologies in dense metal and opened environments, we found WiFi tracking systems only work well in opened environments. A new WiFi tracking technology has recently become available which we expect to test soon.




Process

  • Plan and manage project
  • Develop requirements
  • Create test plan
  • Coordinate vendors, on-site personnel
  • Coordinate access to process areas of the refinery
  • Run test program
  • Write final report and recommendation



The Recommendation

None of the WiFi systems tested were able to provide locations in the dense metal environment of a refinery with enough accuracy to be useful. Our recommendation to the client was to not invest in this technology. We recommended to the vendors that they work to improve their products and contact us when they have done so.

 
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