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Orange and Sensile Technologies partner to monitor oil and gas storage tanks

IT and communications services provider Orange Business Services has won a three-year contract with Sensile Technologies for M2M connectivity, including 25,000 SIM cards, to support its two remote monitoring products worldwide – NETRIS®2 and GASLink®

Headquartered in Switzerland, Sensile Technologies is a leading provider of solutions for the remote monitoring of tanks and meters in the oil and gas industry. Sensile Technologies monitors more than 60,000 tanks in industrial and business facilities across 60 countries, via a global network of highly-qualified technicians and local partners.

Until now, Sensile Technologies used 2G compatible devices to power its telemetry solutions. The contract with Orange Business Services extends this to cover 3G/4G devices, which future-proofs the solutions against 2G network shutdown and ensures seamless global coverage.

Sensile Technologies’ telemetry solutions – GASLink® and NETRIS®2 – play a key role in the monitoring process. They are installed directly in the oil or propane tank and regularly send tank level measurements via the GSM network to the cloud, where the data is automatically processed.

The up-to-date tank level data allows oil and propane merchants – and their haulers – to arrange deliveries automatically via planning tools. They get data directly in their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system from Sensile Technologies’ Oil Link cloud solution to trigger deliveries automatically. In addition, their customers can get access on smartphones to monitor consumption.

Through this, merchants and haulers can lower their logistics costs by at least 25 per cent, without the risk of customers running dry. In addition to mitigating the risk of running out of fuel, customers are also able to access a detailed visualisation and analysis of their logistics, enabling them to adapt their processes to reduce their costs further.

Jean-Marc Uehlinger, operational director, Sensile Technologies, said, “Leading oil and propane companies rely on our autonomous, robust, and easy-to-install systems. We have more than 60,000 in place on tanks in over 60 countries. Orange Business Services has proven itself as a reliable partner with the global footprint we need for our business. Their competitive flat-fee pricing was convincing as well.”

“With its telemetry solutions Sensile Technologies is helping drive the latest revolution in industry. In Industry 4.0, every part of the enterprise and each phase of the manufacturing cycle will be connected. The IoT and M2M play a key part in this revolution, and we manage 10mn connected objects for our customers worldwide, including over seven million active SIM cards,” added Anne-Sophie Lotgering, senior vice-president Europe, Russia & CIS, Orange Business Services.

In addition to using the 2G (SMS) network to transmit data, NETRIS®2 can also use 3G or 4G, as well as create a short-distance radio frequency connection, which functions in every location.