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Wal-Mart has been threatening for years to gets its suppliers to include a Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) tag on all their products. A few experimental grocery stores have them; you just wheel your grocery cart out the door, and a machine prints out a receipt on the way-no bar code scanning. This writer recently received a call from a company that specialized in RFID tracking of oilfield assets, such as rig assets and chemical tanks.
Not many folks doubt that at some point in the near future, bar codes will give way to RFID as the fastest way to identify an object. Soon, you’ll hear about new laws that will have to be passed to address privacy and security concerns. Unlike bar codes, RFIDs can be read through coats, purses and wallets. But what does any of this have to do with drilling and completion?
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