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Texas Midland Reporter-Telegram – Our mobile app in action in Texas oilfields with BP, Shell and others

November 26, 2012

Smartphones or tablets can collect, upload oilfield data

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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 5:45 pm

Paul Wiseman

As smart phones become smarter and tablet computers become more common, more and more oil patch companies are using these devices to speed the collection and transmittal of field data. With the right forms on board, these devices can be used to collect safety, inventory or other data, which can then be uploaded to a server.

ProntoForms, a system of mobile-based forms for a variety of industries including oil and gas, comes from Canadian firm TrueContext, which developed the idea about six years ago for use in Palm Pilots. Forms are now available for all mobile operating systems, according to Tim Moran, the company’s senior vice president of sales. Moran is based in Austin and the company has a number of clients in the Permian Basin.

TrueContext founder and president Alvaro Pombo had moved from Colombia to Ottawa to work in the oil industry many years ago. Having switched to working with Palm, Pombo in 2001 had the idea to create forms for use in that device, and left there to start TrueContext.

Originally, the company custom-designed Palm-based forms for large corporations and, said Moran, struggled for its first five to six years of existence. Then Pombo struck upon a way to mass-produce and market those forms to mid-size and smaller companies, which is when the idea took off. In the custom-design days, the company had approximately 100 very large clients. Today TrueContext boasts more than 2,000 clients in the U.S. and in various countries around the world, with communications giant AT&T as a reseller for the forms and a presence in India, Chile, Germany and elsewhere.

Today, the average oil and gas client company has 10-20 employees, but the big companies are still on board. Oxy, BP, Shell and others are on the client list.


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