Earlier this January, Berntsen International Inc. was granted a patent for its inventive application of RFID and other technologies to the world of underground asset management.
The new patent describes a system capable of sharing and coordinating information in real time using RFID tags, virtual storage, and wireless linking capabilities to connect users in the field to a centralized database.
With similar systems currently available, InfraMarker presents a few unique differentiators outlined in the patent summary.
The Berntsen patent “provides a method of greatly expanding the amount of data that can be provided by RFID marker/tag and increasing access to that data by a system of ‘virtual storage’ that links each RFID marker/tag to a record of a central database that may be contemporaneously and wirelessly accessed.”
Berntsen’s InfraMarker System - built using the technology described in the patent – links information written to an underground RFID tag with a cloud database containing additional information about that asset. The information is available in real-time to users in the field or at the office via a mobile app and web portal. While similar systems focus on just one component of asset management, InfraMarker is the first to include RFID locating with field asset management as a truly comprehensive solution
Features cited in the patent include:
The InfraMarker System combines a data collection mobile app, patented RFID tag technology, and cloud data management, to form an easy way to mark, locate, and manage necessary asset points.
InfraMarker benefits are significant.
Berntsen underground RFID tags are easily located and read thanks to the patented magnet-RFID combination design. While systems exist to trace underground utility lines, there are fewer options available to mark and relocate important asset points on the line such as valves, conflicts, or weld-points.
The InfraMarker app or tags are available separately or combined to form a state of the practice utility marking system.
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