Kazakhstan’s oil firm uses RFID to track workers

Kazakhstan’s oil firm uses RFID to track workers

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Kazakhstan: Agip Kazakhstan North Caspian Operating Company (Agip KCO) is deploying radio frequency identification (RFID) technology at its site in Kazakhstan, in order to track the locations of its personnel throughout the one-square-kilometre (0.38-square-mile) facility. The system is provided by British offshore tracking solutions company S3 ID. The system, which uses real-time location system (RTLS) hardware supplied by Ubisense, is expected to go live during the first quarter of 2013.

Agip KCO, a subsidiary of Italian oil and gas giant Eni, is constructing its new “D Island” complex and drilling site in the North Caspian Sea, off the coast of Kazakhstan. The oil field is expected to produce oil containing a high concentration of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), an extremely toxic and flammable gas.

“Because of its highly volatile and toxic nature,” stated Derek Gennard, S3 ID”s director, “if the H2S gas were to escape on D Island, it would be critical for the operations to be able to account for staff and move them to safety quickly. The new system is designed to do just that, by instantly locating personnel and automatically confirming those that have reached safety and mustered.”

Up to 1,000 staff members and vehicles on the D-Island complex will be wearing or carrying battery-powered Ubisense Series 7000 personnel tags, each transmitting a 6 GHz to 8 GHz ultra-wideband (UWB) signal encoded with a unique ID number. The site is divided into six operational zones, each with its own S3 ID Location Event Engine Server (LEES) managing up to 256 readers. When the readers capture the ID number of a personnel tag, their Ubisense software will calculate that tag”s location and forward that information to the server for their specific zone. The location data is then displayed on a series of connected computers, which will display icons indicating workers” locations.

If the technology works as intended, Agip KCO will be able to quickly locate personnel during an emergency, as well as ensure that all staff members leave a hazardous area safely. Moreover, the software”s reporting capabilities will also allow management to identify any problems involving mustering or other events requiring the movement of personnel, or to devise ways in which to make those events more efficient.

Source: RFID Journal