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The U.S. Shale Gas Boom Is a Great Opportunity for RFID

The technology promises to make production safer, easier and more profitable, and to change the way in which the oil and gas industry does business.
By Konrad Konarski
Finally, a very important application of RFID RTLS technology for the United States' vast shale deposits is improving personnel safety. The innate dangers of the shale industry make it one of more dangerous sectors in which to work. Shale plays can span thousands of square miles, which can make it even more difficult to guarantee workers' safety. RTLS solutions with enhanced sensor technologies that can detect falls and hydrogen sulfide emissions, as well as provide two-way communication, are helping emergency responders to effectively react to personnel in danger. Unlike their traditional GPS counterparts, RFID systems provide location tracking in regions where it would otherwise be difficult or impossible to accurately locate an individual. What's more, such systems are built intrinsically safe to address the native requirements for electronics at the well.

Boyne Shale storage yard: RFID-tagged pallets of hydraulic-fracturing chemicals

There are many other use cases of RFID technology with quantifiable business value and proven technology options. These include the preventive maintenance of pumps, the utilization of manifold assets and the actuation of tools.

Marcellus Shale site: sand transportation to the well

Whether you are a team lead, a health, safety, security, environment (HSSE) coordinator, a regional GM, or a field employee at an oil and gas organization operating in the shale industry, it is in your best interest to learn more about how radio frequency identification can enhance your workflows, and make your job safer, easier and more profitable. RFID is a technology that has matured in the oil and gas space, and is changing the way that the industry does business.

RTLS solutions can help facilitate personnel safety.

Konrad Konarski has more than 15 years of field experience in the oil and gas industry. His professional career has involved the oversight, support, assessment, program management and rollout of information technology hardware and software systems at more than 50 oilfields on five continents. He has been engaged throughout his career with a variety of advisory councils and strategic initiatives within the petroleum and energy market space. As the cofounder of the Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group (OGR), he has helped enable oil and gas technology innovation and market adoption of wireless, GPS and RFID technologies, with the support of the group's founding members, which include ExxonMobil, BP, Dow Chemical and FMC Technologies.

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