Ubisense launches IS location tracking tags for personnel safety in the oil and gas indust...


Ubisense, the global leader in precise Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS), announces that its Intrinsically Safe (IS) Tag has been awarded ATEX and UL913 (HAZLOC) certification for use within potentially explosive environments.

Ubisense has developed small, rugged devices designed for tracking personnel and objects in hazardous industrial environments, such as mines or petrochemical refineries, where the atmosphere can be potentially explosive.

Devices used within these volatile areas must be certified to show that their components cannot produce or hold enough energy to create dangerous sparks. Extensive testing has demonstrated that the Ubisense IS Tag meets the UL913 (HAZLOC) and ATEX intrinsic safety requirements applicable, respectively, to the US and European Union.  The Ubisense IS Tag is immediately available as part of Ubisense’s Plant Access Manager personnel safety solution.

Using the new IS Tag, the Ubisense Plant Access Manager RTLS safety solution can locate personnel and equipment to an accuracy of up to 15cm in 3D. This level of performance enables accurate location of personnel in emergency situations, ensuring employee safety during evacuation and pinpointing individuals who may be trapped or in need of assistance.

S3 ID, the world leader in oil and gas personnel location, provides mustering, tracking and hazard preparedness solutions for their customers such as bp, Shell and Statoil. “S3 ID views the Ubisense RTLS as a key part of personnel mustering systems in challenging environments,” said S3 ID CEO, Derek Gennard. “We have been successfully testing this product for the past two years within our systems, in a variety of applications, and will be using it in a number of solutions for well-known petrochemical organisations.”

"We are delighted that the Ubisense equipment has achieved such a high level of certification,” commented Andy Ward, Ubisense Chief Technology Officer. “We already have a number of large contracts with petrochemical and mining customers for this product, and we look forward to deploying these mission-critical employee safety solutions.”



About Ubisense

Ubisense is the world leader in Precise Real-Time Location Systems and Consulting Services, tracking people and assets with unmatched accuracy, and giving enterprises the power to bring visibility and control to previously intractable business processes. With over 500 customers Worldwide, Ubisense is revolutionizing industries today. For more information please visit www.ubisense.net

About S3-ID

S3 ID is a Norwegian company with head office in Stavanger, Norway and operations centre in Rotherham, United Kingdom with regional sales and support offices in Singapore and Kazakhstan. The company provides real time personnel location awareness solutions specifically for the offshore and onshore oil and gas industries and mainly in hazardous area applications where ATEX certification is required. Customers benefit from increased safety, improved major incident preparedness and operational cost savings on reduced muster times and legislative documentation compliance.

Products which are mainly patented and ATEX certified include equipment for automated Person on Board(POB), muster registration, personnel tracking, access control and helicopter flight logistics.  S3 ID has products in successful operation with leading oil and gas companies including BP, Statoil, Hess, BHP and an estimated 7,000 personnel are currently tracked in real time by S3 ID systems.

Additional technical data

The full Intrinsic Safety certification specifications for the Ubisense IS Tag are:

ATEX: Ex II 2 G D Ex ia IIC T4
Ex iaD T135°C

UL913 (HAZLOC): Division 1 Class I, II, III
Groups A.B.C.D.E.G T4



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