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Hazardex 2017 Conference - Real-Time Location Systems: technology, safety, and asset management

Author : John Hartley - Extronics

04 November 2016

RTLS has been on the horizon for several years. Why is it now a reality for companies in the hazardous process industries wanting to improve their productivity?

This presentation will look at improvements in RTLS technologies over recent years, and how the growth of complementary technologies, such as Wi-Fi, has enabled RTLS deployments to demonstrate clear business improvements and higher ROI. This presentation will put those developments into context by highlighting a case study of using Wi-Fi and RTLS to increase efficiency during turnaround periods.

RTLS technology itself is continually improving, with a wide variety of options available using active RFID, GPS, BLE, and more. Such developments are increasingly driven by feedback from end users and are leading to greater usability and reliability, such as a reduction in potential for false alarms and human error. Alongside those advances, modern Wi-Fi standards have reduced the effect of RF multipath on signal strength, making it more applicable for the highly metallic environments often found at industrial facilities.

Progression of wireless technology itself is a factor as well. This presentation will also look at other business use cases for Wi-Fi; adoption of wireless technology is an increasing trend within the process industries, as shown in the growing prominence of concepts such as the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0, designed to further automation and enhance communication capabilities.

This presentation will use the Digital Turnaround delivered to an oil processing facility in North America by Accenture as a case study of combining Wi-Fi connectivity and improved RTLS technology to track workers, trace assets, and capture data to increase efficiency, reduce overall turnaround duration, and maximise ROI (

About the Speaker

John Hartley is Managing Director of Extronics Ltd and cut his teeth at Siemens before going on to found Extronics in 1992. He has over 30 years’ experience of working in the process industries, especially hazardous areas such as in the oil and gas and chemical sectors. With a technical grounding in automation and instrumentation, wireless networks, and RFID systems including RTLS, John is passionate about innovation and the adoption of modern technologies.

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