Jim Black, Managing Director of J J Black Consultancy Limited, which has developed the service, explains: “As the service allows energy companies to see all assets in any geographical area - including those assets that they do not own or operate - it means that, in the event of an emergency, for example a vessel in distress, the oil company can identify the nearest asset, such as another vessel, crew boat, or even drilling rig, and then contact the local authorities, usually the coastguard, to request assistance. This can save a considerable amount of time, money and potential threat to life in the early stages of an emergency response.”
Jim adds: “One of the key benefits of this new service is that senior executives in head offices in London, Houston or elsewhere can respond to an emergency, at least initially, via remote access over the internet, without having to get on a plane and go to the location of the emergency. This will save oil and other energy companies significant sums in responding to a major emergency.”
He adds: “Outside any emergency, the Single Platform System also allows energy companies the facility to track the physical locations of their assets such as vessels, tugs, crew boats, containers, drilling rigs, cranes, and company vehicles. This means that assets can be deployed more efficiently which can save companies millions of pounds or dollars in their operations.”
J J Black Consultancy Limited, which has offices in the UK but operates in the USA, the Caribbean, and East and West Africa, specialises in developing comprehensive asset tracking and fleet management software for energy companies.
A major international oil company with interests in Africa has already bought the new service, says Mr Black.
“The Single Platform System can even show the temperature of a vehicle’s engine or where people are located on a vessel - sometimes critical factors for an oil company in responding to an emergency.”
“Other features of the service include setting a ‘geo-fence’
“The Single Platform System is a merger of a comprehensive asset management system and an automatic identification system to allow companies to make the best use of their assets and minimise waste in allocating and deploying these assets and then make it easier and quicker to respond effectively and efficiently to any emergency,” Mr Black concludes.
The company also provides another service called ICAMS which is an asset tracking and management system for use in the aviation, maritime and ground transport sectors. ICAMS integrates with the Single Platform System.
For further information or a free demonstration about the Single Platform System, please contact J J Black Consultancy on 00 44 (0)161 850 5080.