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Geoforce, Inc., announced today that the latest version of its GT1 Satellite GPS Tracking device has received IECEx/ATEX Zone 0 certification – making it the world’s first satellite tracking device with that rating. The Zone 0 classification means that the GT1 can operate safely for unlimited periods of time, even in the most explosive environments found in oil and gas exploration and production.
In addition to IECX/ATEX Zone 0, the device also is certified to meet more than 40 other specific global standards for Intrinsic Safety, Electronics and Radio Compliance, and Environmental Compliance. In addition to ATEX standards for Europe, governing bodies in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia have added their endorsement.
Gaining IECEx/ATEX Zone 0 required Geoforce to pass a series of intense reviews of its design, its manufacturing facility and quality assurance, and numerous other Geoforce business processes. The certification is subject to annual audits by the IECEx/ATEX certification organizations.
“Achieving IECEx/ATEX Zone 0 rating is the culmination of an effort that lasted more than two years. Gaining Zone 0 certification has never been achieved before for a satellite tracking device – and the standards were daunting,” said Brandon Taylor, Chief Hardware Architect at Geoforce. “But the effort was worth it to provide our customers a single tracking device which is certified to operate safely for unlimited periods in any oil and gas operating environment for global operation.”
The latest version of the GT1 officially became available for sale on December 2, 2013, and can be purchased directly from Geoforce or through a limited group of Geoforce channel partners.
Geoforce’s equipment Track and Trace and asset utilization solutions are built for the unique requirements of the oil and gas industry. Geoforce provides operational support services in all of the key North American shale basins, the Gulf of Mexico and numerous international producing regions. Geoforce has deployments on six continents with over 300 companies. Their customers include many of the international super major operating companies, most of the major international oilfield services companies, as well as hundreds of mid-size and regionally-focused oil and gas operators, service providers, and equipment rental companies.
Geoforce’s intuitive, reliable and scalable solutions – developed through extensive oil and gas industry experience – include: efficient asset location and retrieval, rental invoice auditing, service delivery verification, inspection compliance, equipment maintenance alerts, and a host of others. Many oil and gas companies consider Geoforce to be a key operating partner, due to the depth of its industry focused solutions, which has resulted in Geoforce having the largest satellite asset tracking deployment in the oilfield.
Geoforce is headquartered near Dallas/Fort Worth international airport, with research and development offices in Bozeman, Montana. International subsidiary, Geoforce do Brasil, is located in Macae, Brazil.
Combining a cloud-based software platform with ruggedized GPS tracking devices, Geoforce’s Track and Trace solutions bring control to even the most remote field operations. Our asset tracking devices are built for the world’s toughest field operators in these industries: oil and gas, rail, construction, mining, transportation, government/defense, and agriculture. Today more than 1,300 customers track 150,000+ assets in almost 100 countries. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Geoforce operates a research and development office in Bozeman, Montana. Sales and support offices are maintained throughout the U.S. and in Brazil, Australia, and Canada.