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Motion launches tablet for offshore sector


Motion Software has launched 1 ATEX-compliant tablet for use in hazardous areas in the offshore oil and gas industry

The UK-based company said it expected heightened demand for its zone 1 ATEX-compliant tablet solution following a sharp rise in the use of tablets offshore in 2013.

According to the company, mobile devices including Windows 8, Android and Apple tablets are becoming an ever more familiar feature of front-line work, in areas ranging from asset tracking and stock control to integrity and inspection work.

“What was once seen as a leisure tool or something to play games on is now becoming pivotal equipment for supporting business operations,” said Andrew Ayton, software manager at Motion Software.

According to Motion Software, the tablets have a number of benefits from asset tracking to being deployed in onshore operations such as warehouse or depots. In addition, tablets and other handheld devices can complement tagging processes such as barcoding and radio frequency identification (RFID).

“The availability of zone 1 ATEX-compliant tablet will open up new opportunities for oil and gas companies looking to increase efficiency, collaborate and collect data for tasks performed in high-risk areas,” said Ayton.

The screen of zone 1 ATEX-compliant tablet will enable desktop applications to become mobile in hazardous areas, allowing workers to view and interact with a series of systems including those for data collection, access to documents, technical drawings and even video conferencing.