Recovering lost inventory in the oilfield - novel RFID solution developed at SAITJune 12, 2015
To work in rugged and remote areas, the oil-and-gas, transmission-line and pipeline industries build temporary access roads and work sites by laying down thousands of pick-up sized wooden mats. Often stacked to provide stable ground, these mats can easily get lost in the muddy terrain.
GEM Services is working with SAIT's RADLab team to develop radio-frequency identification (RFID) technologies to track, monitor and map its inventory of mats in the field. The resulting patentable, ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID SmartMat tag will be able to withstand wet and extreme environmental conditions; this will allow for better asset tracking and recovery of the mats from the field for cleaning and re-use.