Technology that has been used by the US army to track heavy munitions as they are mobilised throughout the world has been harnessed to serve the energy industry. Aberdeen-based Motion Software, has won the exclusive Scottish distributor rights for cutting-edge GPS technology, which critically for the industry operates with no external power source.
Motion Managing Director Stephen Burt sees considerable potential for the tracking product as firms look to further tighten their focus on asset management and logistics.
He said: The product can be used across a whole range of businesses where stock or transport is tracked. Its of particular interest to the oil and gas industry, because the unit requires no external power source and is ATEX compliant. Its also extremely easy to install, and can withstand extreme conditions, which is reflected in its US Military certification.
Rigorous testing has proved it capable of withstanding extremes of temperature, from -40C to 85C. It is also robust enough to operate in humid climes, and in terrain where dust and sand are prevalent.
It offers obvious benefits in terms of increasing asset utilisation and improving efficiency. Firms can tell in an instant where goods or equipment are at any given moment. Insurance companies often discount based on installation of the device.
Equipment used in potentially explosive atmospheres within the EU is required to comply with the ATEX directive.
Mr Burt added that the technology, which has already prompted inquiries from a number of firms, sits well alongside Motions range of aspire software, which supports the full suite of services, including asset management and stock control.
The GPS system uses a low-profile wireless unit that can be installed in minutes and has an integral 10-year battery. The unit can be fitted covertly inside any trailer, container, generator or engineering plant.
The device communicates via a network of Low Earth Orbit satellites, which offers reliable coverage and no blackspots. Data can be accessed on screen, in map form, with detail down to street level.
Motion Software will be exhibiting for the first time at Septembers Offshore Europe event at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. The company will be based at stand A21.
The company, which recently secured contracts for work in Aberdeen, Dubai, Norway and Perth, Australia, has been awarded Microsoft Gold Partner status in recognition of its innovative implementation and deployment of its technology.