By: Thomas Ventulett, CEO of Aegex Technologies LLC
I was invited to speak to a group last night about how incorporating intrinsically safe mobile technologies into the Internet of Things can transform the way oil and gas companies do business. I pointed out some of the important lessons that we at Aegex have learned about the industry’s needs and the right formula for successful mobility deployment in this sector:
With these points in mind, Aegex has developed a Windows-based intrinsically safe tablet. Regular mobile devices that already offer all of these features cannot enter hazardous locations like oil and gas operations because they present too great a risk of spark. So the first step in helping an oil and gas company take advantage of real-time collaborative technologies is to put them into a device that can safely be used in HazLoc environments.
At a time when oil is half the price of last year, efficiency is the new normal. That’s why the ever-present push towards IoT makes sense. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype and power of the Internet of Things. But the implementation is the hard part. To connect everything, you must first:
At Aegex, we think we have all the elements for success in IoT for hazardous industries:
It all begins with the intrinsically safe device. The next step is changing the workplace culture to want to use the IS device, rather than the clipboard or two-way radio, so that oil & gas operations or other hazardous industries can take advantage of all the efficiencies that mobility has to offer.