Real-time Asset Data Capture via Bluetooth in a Mobile App
The customer is a midstream energy sector company established in 2012 and based in The Woodlands, Texas. The company provides gathering, processing, and transportation services for natural gas, crude oil, and produced water. Its operations are spread across several shale plays, including the Appalachian Basin, the Williston Basin, the DJ Basin, and the Permian Basin. The company’s services are focused on providing midstream solutions to producers in the upstream sector, enabling them to move their products efficiently and cost-effectively to downstream markets. These services include gas gathering, compression, and processing; crude oil gathering, storage, and transportation; and water gathering and disposal.
The customer required a mobile application that could work offline (using Bluetooth technology) but still detect nearby assets and their statuses. The app should also be able to retrieve data from it and store it so it can be synced once it has an internet connection. Technicians tend to work under tough conditions, so simplicity and ease of use were not a broad wish, but a key component of the entire user experience.
The development of a robust field app that can digitally recognize iBeacons on installed devices in the field has brought about significant advancements in the way production and operations are managed. With the low-energy proximity sensor feature integrated into the app, operators can now monitor the status and meter readings of their instruments remotely, without having to physically go to the location.
One major advantage of this app is the real-time tracking feature, which provides operators with up-to-date information on the performance of their equipment. With this information, they can identify potential bottlenecks and address them before they become a crisis. This feature allows for better planning, optimized production, and improved efficiency, as issues can be detected and resolved quickly.
Furthermore, the app’s ability to digitally recognize iBeacons on installed devices in the field ensures that data is accurate and reliable. With this level of accuracy, operators can make informed decisions based on real-time data, leading to improved overall productivity and profitability.