In the era of drones and sensors, the oil and gas industry is experiencing a major transformation in the workflow across all phases of the supply chain process—predictive maintenance, pipeline monitoring, location intelligence, and automated workflows. With the oil prices slipping to levels below $30 a barrel and pressure from management to cut operational costs, oil and gas companies are required to make do with less, stay innovative and also optimize on every employee and asset. For this purpose, enterprises utilize mobile technology, which helps streamline operations, cut down expense, optimize workflows and processes. “CIOs today believe that mobility revolutionizes the operational environment, and greatly helps firms to share and collect data from mobile workers in real time to dramatically improve the efficiency, safety of operations, and their workflows,” exclaims Abeezar Tyebji, CEO, Shipcom Wireless. The Houston based firm, Shipcom, excels in implementing mobile and other innovative solutions that solve real-world problems, and also transform a company’s workflow processes.

The firm offers real-time operational intelligence and visibility to help organizations get location data as well as information to the ‘right people’ at the ‘right time’ in the ‘right context’ to efficiently carry out business processes. This not only enables companies to identify the current location of their resources but also track and monitor their equipment and workers’ status.

In over 18 years of the company’s operations, Shipcom has developed solutions on a common platform that is scalable, technology agnostic, and compliant with global standards. One of its offerings, CATAMARAN is a standards-based solution and an extensible enterprise platform for application software. The solution delivers automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) facility and integration. It also concentrates on providing real-time data handling and integration capabilities, asset location and visibility dashboards, mobility, and uses a forward-thinking process, rules and alert engine for the design, building and management of ‘role-based’ applications. “CATAMARAN helps accommodate extremely high volumes of data collection, while utilizing business rules and filters to provide ‘meaningful’ views of the information represented via dashboards, consoles, and the CATAMARAN Visualizer, an asset mapping application,” explains Tyebji.

Smart sensors have the ability to automate or control processes and systems, resulting in productive business outcomes

The CATAMARAN enterprise framework allows integration of technologies across departments, eliminating silos within industry and extending human resources systems to the mobile workers. Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) continues to be a major focus in the Oil and Gas industry. Shipcom’s CATAMARAN Worker Safety and Personnel Accountability is a context aware mobile application that is used to increase efficiency, manage resources better, and decrease the response time to incidents and accidents. “With our solution, you can easily deliver emergency aid to your employees’ precise location,” articulates Tyebji. Additionally, the solution is immensely beneficial for safety monitoring of personnel and one can use its awareness and intelligence to dispatch assistance for a pin-point response.

Shipcom, through its rich industry experience believes in leveraging trends within the mobile and location aware technology arena such as senor networks and smart sensors. “Smart sensors have the ability to automate or control processes and systems, resulting in productive business outcomes. We harness this quickly in the oil and gas domain, by integrating gas detectors worn by workers with location aware systems,” says Tyebji.

In the years to come, with the vision to provide greater long-term value, Shipcom’s solutions embedded with sensors and connected systems will continue to provide the ability to determine conditions of in-service equipments. This feature will enable clients to predict when the maintenance should be performed, provide real time data on the state and location of an asset, and interact with enterprise applications to trigger workflows essential for efficient operations. “Doing so, we focus at creating new business transforming applications for mobile platforms,” beams Tyebji.