EchoRFID is pleased to announce it has been awarded a patent for its “system and method for quality control, inspection and audit of utility assets” utilizing RFID tags. This adds significant value to EchoRFID’s current patent portfolio. The invention is a process for capturing, organizing and retrieving data related to utility assets. By using programmed RFID tags placed directly on the asset, companies can manage data for the abundance of utilities above and below ground. This process includes storing detailed critical information about utility assets including location, segment identification, repairs, maintenance documentation, testing validation, inspection and material certifications. The unique EchoRFID method also includes query retrieval of data stored using the unique identifier corresponding with one or more RFID tags. “Having this patent issued is a significant milestone for EchoRFID as well as our PIPETALKER® product,” said Layne Tucker, CEO and Founder of EchoRFID. “This patent protects our unique processes including how PIPETALKER provides materials, traceability, construction management and access to asset lifecycle records after initial construction.”

Read more about EchoRFID's Patent here at The PRWEB

REPORTING ON THE RFID SOLUTION - World Pipeline Magazine - September 2016

Today we are all very much aware of the increased visibility of the oil and gas industry in the news. Via printed media, television and the internet, the press reports every incident, making the public acutely aware of every negative event. As a result, the public has become very vocal and more involved in the regulatory approval process.

Steve Slusarenko (ProStar Geocorp Inc, Canada, Steve Soychak (SJKS Ventures, USA) and Layne Tucker (EchoRFID, USA) outline how RFID technology contributes to pipeline safety, regulatory compliance and the bottom line.

Read more 'Reporting on the RFID Solution here in The World Pipeline Magazine

GROUND CONTROL - RFID Journal - March/April 2016

Cities and towns worldwide are populated with a wide variety of cables, pipes and poles that supply us with electricity, gas and water. These assets, made of concrete, metal, plastic or wood, reside above and below ground. Every day, workers spend hours in the field inspecting the integrity of these items, doing essential maintenance and repairs, and ensuring other utility or construction firms working in the vicinity don't accidentally damage them. Much of that time is spent locating the assets and manually updating records. RFID can help utitlity companies save time and money by speeding their ability to locate and identify assets, thereby facilitating inspections and services.

Read more 'Ground Control' here in RFID Journal

- Inspectioneering Journal - January/Febuary 2016

Everyone in the Oil & Gas Industry knows that we are in the business of moving product from the ground to the consumer. This is a very complex process that requires many events to happen in the right place, at the right time, and in the right way. Many of these events involve numerous people, each potentially with different desires, needs, and opinions. It can be a very risky and costly process. Layne Tucker, Steve Slusarenko and Jim Anspach discuss the advances in technology and how they have presented the Oil & Gas Industry a new set of tools to provide improved management and access to critical information throughout the enterprise.

Read more 'New Technologies' here in Inspectioneering Journal

- Inspectioneering Journal - January/Febuary 2016

Emerging technologies, including Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), are readily available to be utilized to improve oil and gas pipeline asset management business processes. RFID in particular continues to help industry leaders with identification and compliance in the Energy space. The old days of using banding, bar coding, and ball peening numbers and colors have been greatly improved with the introduction of advanced RFID technology. These old technologies that are still used today however, continue to be time consuming and are prone to errors in data collection. Additionally, in the Energy space the tools and assets used are in a very rough and dirt filled environment, making the collection of the data even more difficult. RFID technology benefits from the ability to identify an item without line of site and acquire the part information in a matter of seconds. This creates a positive means to identify the part/tool, as well as the ability to record and update local and enterprise systems at the same time.

Read more 'Leveraging RFID Technologies' here in Inspectioneering Journal

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