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An Event for the Energy, Mining and Construction Sectors

A conference hosted by RFID Journal will educate companies in these industries about how RFID can deliver benefits today, and a standards workshop following the event will help them shape how the technologies are used.
By Mark Roberti

Manufacturers of oil pipes and other components will not place tags in their products while making them if some companies want to use high-frequency (HF) tags to track pipes while others want to use ultrahigh-frequency (UHF). No one type of RFID system—passive or active—will work for all applications. But the industry must agree on how to use RFID for different applications, so that it does not end up with a hodgepodge of technologies that deliver a fraction of the benefits they could offer.

BP, Petrobras, Shell, Total and Woodside realized this and, in May 2013, came together to form the Global RFID Committee for Oil & Gas. The committee's mission is to promote the standardization of RFID and other automatic identification and data-capture (AIDC) technologies within the oil and gas sector (see Energy Industry Leaders Promote RFID Adoption).

The group plans to hold a standards workshop on Aug. 14, immediately following our event. The aim is to set up subcommittees to begin working toward a standardized way of implementing RFID across the energy sector. The group held a pre-meeting at our RFID Journal LIVE! 2014 conference and exhibition, on Apr. 9, to solicit input from energy companies and solution providers. This input will help guide the efforts of the working groups that will be set up in Perth.

RFID can be used internally to benefit any large company with many assets to track and manage. But the benefits expand dramatically when entire industries use the same technologies, because that drives down costs and allows supply chain partners to use the same tags for internal benefits. If you work in energy, mining or construction, I hope you will join us for the conference and exhibition in Australia, and participate in the standards workshop.

Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal. If you would like to comment on this article, click on the link below. To read more of Mark's opinions, visit the RFID Journal Blog, the Editor's Note archive or RFID Connect.

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