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InfraMarker Adds GPS, Cloud Services to Manage Buried Assets
The company says the new edition of its RFID-enabled solution will bring underground assets into the Internet of Things.
InfraMarker tags, manufactured by Omni-ID, contain a passive EPC Class 1 Gen 2 RFID inlay and, according to Rushing, "incorporate a magnet that will last forever. Users can employ the T41 XRG to edit data stored on the tag, or delete the tag record in the software. Three choices of tags allow a user to tailor the system to a project environment's specific demands. Berntsen International offers packages for various applications.
Rushing trumpets the system's ease of use in the field, stating, "Comparable systems require large field operations equipment, specialized training and cumbersome downloading to a customer's management system. The InfraMarker system operates with a standard smartphone and less-than-shoebox-size RFID antenna, intuitive software for writing and reading tags, integrated video to ease locating, and cloud-based software to automatically link the field to the office in near-real time." The external RFID reader weighs less than two pounds and can be carried in one hand.
A Trial Run
Klonsinski describes a college campus deployment that "started with marking weld-points on high-pressure steam lines. The customer realized that these were the areas where leaks were most likely to occur… the InfraMarker marking has expanded to include other key asset points, such as elbow, tees and stubs."
Rushing cites the Auburn University study as evidence of the system's ease of use. Berntsen International offers onsite training as part of its startup packages, in tandem with online training videos. However, Klonsinski notes, the hardware and software were designed "to be as easy and intuitive as possible… we have minimized the need for operator workaround. This helps reduce the need for training." Reliability is also a selling point, he adds. The tags are sealed to the IP68 standard, thereby providing protection against whatever environmental conditions they may encounter. "Even so," Rushing admits, "a chip, like any electronic component, might be expected [to] fail," though he posits that the system is fail-safed by the permanent magnet and GPS.
Locating underground assets is a high-stakes proposition. According to the company, the new release of the InfraMarker system aims to make it easier for municipalities, utilities and contractors to find them reliably. In so doing, it may reduce the incidence of expensive and tragic mishaps.
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