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30-40 % Productivity Increase within Oil and Gas

BARTEC PIXAVI and SAP enables 30-40 % productivity increase by using SAP Mobility Service and Maintenance applications running on BARTEC PIXAVI Impact X Intrinsically Safe Smartphone for hazardous areas. It is the first time this technology can be introduced to hazardous areas. 

This is a translation of an article published in the Norwegian Technical Weekly (Teknisk Ukeblad) Magazine on the 27th of December 2014. The article was also picked up by the Norwegian Financial Daily E24 and widely shared on social media. The Norwegian Technical Weekly is the leading technical magazine in Norway, read by over 300 000 readers each week.

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Link to the entire article (in Norwegian):

The technology can now be deployed offshore

 

High costs on the Norwegian continental shelf, combined with a falling oil price, makes cost reducing measures more relevant than ever. Combining two technological innovations can lead to just that.

The German software giant SAP have developed several types of business apps for mobile devices.

We have a strong emphasis on innovation, and focus on how mobile devices can be used for reducing costs, especially within service and maintenance, says Ole Einar Fosse, responsible for mobile applications for SAP Norway.

This type of software has not been able to be deployed offshore, due to the lack of smartphones with certification for hazardous area.

Earlier this year, BARTEC PIXAVI launched the “north sea” smartphone certified for hazardous area, and combined the technologies can now be used on oil installations.

 

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Increased efficiency

SAP points to their results on land based customers, and proves to have a solution that creates huge cost savings, especially when it comes to time spent on maintenance.

“Jernbaneverket” (Norwegian National Rail Administration) improved efficiency with 30-40 % by using mobile devices. In addition, they have reduced the time it takes to perform data collection from several weeks down to a few hours.

A good example of companies who wants this type of performance improvement is Statoil, with their efficiency improvement program called STEP (Statoil Technical Efficiency Program). Statoil have ambitions to reduce costs close to 8 billion NOK per year, starting from 2016, both time spent, and costs involved with maintenance and modifications will be reduced.

The software is standardized, with the possibility of customizations for each industry needs.

Avoiding errors

Today, relevant information such as notes, work orders and reports for service and maintenance tasks are filed using pen and paper. By using a smartphone device instead, you save time and the quality of the data is better explains Fosse.

He explains that adding the data directly into the database reduces transcription errors. In addition, the data is instantly available for others, enabling real time collaboration with other stakeholders.

Maintenance issues that arises, can quickly be added to the maintenance system. If an error is discovered, the user can upload an image, video and location instantly. This enables better planning and increased accuracy for service and maintenance, says Fosse.

Another benefit is less time spent traveling, which is especially important for large installations. Instead of traveling back to the office to report and get new tasks, work orders are sent electronically to the mobile device.

Distances and travel on the installation is reduced significantly. The mobile device tells you where to go next.

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Norwegian Technology

Mobile devices are very relevant for many industries, and there have been solutions available for many years. However, for Oil and Gas installations and operations within hazardous areas, the technology has not yet been available.

When BARTEC PIXAVI earlier this year launched the “north sea mobile” (Impact X), they launched the worlds first intrinsically safe smartphone for hazardous areas. This is the first smart device that can be used offshore.

There has been an increased interest in using these mobile devices on offshore installations. And with BARTEC PIXAVI technology, it is now possible. This is an innovation, since we never had any good explosion proof devices until now, explains Fosse.

SAP and BARTEC PIXAVI are now working on certifying the SAP mobile client on the BARTEC PIXAVI device.

There are many companies that are developing similar devices as the BARTEC PIXAVI phone, and Fosse explains that they are not exclusively bounded to a specific technology.

 

Available handsfree

BARTEC PIXAVI are continuously improving their products, including the explosion proof Impact X.

The smartphone, which was launched earlier this year, is explosion proof, and far more robust than a normal smartphone. It also has extra battery performance and a sunlight readable display.

BARTEC PIXAVI have a wrist cradle for mounting on the arm for completely handsfree operation.

By attaching the smartphone on the arm, you can use it for tasks that require hands free. The device can also be used with gloves. This opens up for new usage scenarios, says BARTEC PIXAVI CEO Christian Rokseth to Teknisk Ukeblad.

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Only one mobile device needed

One of the usage scenarios for the mobile device is business specific apps for use offshore.

A simple tasks such as reading email offshore or in explosive hazardous areas has not been possible earlier. Other simple tasks such as taking images and uploading them, gaining access to information in the cloud, and reading documents and blueprints has not been available. There are barcode reading apps for scanning barcodes and many other apps that can be used on the same mobile devices. The smart Impact X can therefore replace many mobile devices used today, says Christian Rokseth.

The SAP client is a good example of a specific application with a great benefit for the end user.

SAP is now performing a verification of the software running on our hardware. For us (BARTEC PIXAVI) this is an important message to the market. This verification will make it possible to use SAP applications in hazardous areas. We are therefore adding value to each others product. there have never been a solution like this for hazardous areas Christian points out.

In addition, BARTEC PIXAVI will launch a handsfree miniature helmet mounted HD camera for hazardous area. This camera (named Orbit X) will communicate with the smartphone, or it can be used as a standalone device. The camera can stream images and video, and supplement the Impact X.

Read more about the Impact X Intrinsically Safe Smartphone here.