Omni-ID RFID Tags Selected by Saipem to Improve Inventory Control in Oil and Gas Industry

Offshore Oil Industry Leader Embraces Passive RFID With the Selection of Omni-ID Max(TM) Tag, Enabling Increased Safety and Efficient Inventory Tracking

FOSTER CITY, CA--(Marketwire - January 25, 2010) -

News Facts:

  • Omni-ID, the leading supplier of high-performance passive UHF RFID tags, today announces that Saipem, a worldwide leading provider of construction and subsea engineering services to the offshore oil and gas industry, selected the Omni-ID Max™ passive RFID tag to efficiently and safely track its high-value metal assets. The Omni-ID and Saipem partnership, with support from integrator ACM-e SRL, brings the cost, productivity and tracking benefits of passive RFID technology to the offshore oil industry.

  • Saipem required a solution that could automate location tracking for its investment in large industrial equipment such as cranes and drilling rigs; ensure safety for Company personnel; and perform successfully in an environment surrounded by steel and saltwater. ATEX-compliant Omni-ID Max passive UHF RFID tags provide a solution for Saipem which meets all of these needs. With Omni-ID Max tags, Saipem can accurately track the location of valuable assets, saving time and money and also improving control of certificates for better insurance reporting purposes.

  • As a passive tag, the Omni-ID Max offers a standard read range of eight meters or more and a two meter read range with hand palm PC readers, all without the use of a battery. Most importantly, the tags can be read successfully even in offshore applications -- and eliminate the safety risk of personnel climbing huge oil pipes stacked in a facility to find an identification tag.

  • In addition to meeting Saipem's basic challenges, Omni-ID Max tags work on metal, plastic, or a combination of the two. Saipem needs to tag items such as floaters and buoys in addition to the vessels, cranes, pipes, and drilling equipment. Using a one-tag system for all equipment types enables greater cost savings and better productivity.

  • Omni-ID tags have also tested successfully in challenging environmental conditions. Saipem's bases around the globe can vary from -60° C to +50° C, and tags must work in all these conditions. Omni-ID tags have successfully been tested on large pipe stacks, a key component of future drilling projects, and can be used to monitor pipes using RFID from production until completion of the pipe-laying operations.

  • Omni-ID's established partnership with ACM-e played an integral part in the Saipem implementation becoming a reality. As a consulting company based out of Milan, Italy, ACM-e operates as a technical-engineering and managerial advisor in the field of maintenance engineering, logistics and other operations processes of business.


  • "The oil and gas industry has long been plagued as 'un-taggable' due to the presence of water and metal. However, at Omni-ID, we are driven to offer a passive RFID solution that has the ability to work in the harshest of environments -- even steel objects that live within large quantities of salt water," said Tom Pavela, President and CEO, Omni-ID. "Partnering with ACM-e and working with Saipem will enable greater visibility for RFID within this important market and will showcase how passive RFID is ready to meet the unique asset tracking challenges of the oil and gas industry."

  • "As a consulting leader in the area of logistics and maintenance engineering, ACM-e has its finger directly on the pulse of the EMEA oil and gas industry," said Mauro Bianchi, Direcotr, ACM-e. "After identifying and understanding what Saipem needed to successfully move its business forward, we knew that Omni-ID was the perfect fit. We feel confident that this collaborative solution will mark a significant shift in not only how Saipem achieves success, but will demonstrate the future of inventory control capabilities for the entire oil and gas market."

About Omni-ID
Omni-ID is the leading supplier of high-performance passive UHF RFID tags that deliver near-perfect read rates on, off and near metals and liquids. Using a fundamentally different approach to RFID design, Omni-ID created a patented technology structure that allows for continued innovation and product development. Omni-ID has built a global partner ecosystem with leading RFID technology companies to deliver complete RFID asset tracking, supply chain management, work-in-process and cargo and container tracking solutions. To complement its product line, Omni-ID has a full service bureau offering to ensure efficient and seamless deployment of RFID implementations. With offices in Foster City, Calif. and in the UK, along with a manufacturing facility in China, Omni-ID's mission is to drive the widespread adoption of RFID technology as the optimal tracking and identification solution. For more information, visit

About Saipem
Saipem is organized in three Business Units: Offshore, Onshore and Drilling, with a strong bias towards oil & gas related activities in remote areas and deepwater. Saipem is a leader in the provision of engineering, procurement, project management and construction services with distinctive capabilities in the design and the execution of large scale offshore and onshore projects and technological competencies such as gas monetization and heavy oil exploitation. For more information, visit

Based in Milan, ACM-e operates in all parts of Italy as technical-engineering and managerial advisor in the field of maintenance engineering, logistics and other operations processes of business. ACM-e develops innovative technological solutions, in its own areas of expertise, focusing on plant and equipment, infrastructure of large Italian and international companies. Furthermore, ACM-e as system integrator proposes and carries out technological Automatic Data Collection (ADC) solutions.

Contact Information: Contact: Chris Iafolla SHIFT Communications (617) 779-1857

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