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SkyBitz UL certification helps land cyanide tracking contract

Steve Rogerson
July 27, 2016
Commercial telematics company SkyBitz’s Galaxy GTP4050 global asset tracking product has scored a double by achieving UL913 certification and being picked by sodium cyanide producer Cyanco to track specially designed trailers.
The UL913 certification is for intrinsically safe apparatus for use in Class I, II, III, division one, hazardous locations. The process, which required rigorous preparation and testing, has helped SkyBitz offer its customers a much wider set of use cases for this product. 
With the UL913 stamp, the two-way communications, GPS-satellite asset tag product is certified intrinsically safe for Europe (Atex), International (IECEx), US and Canada (UL). It suits businesses with global operations and assets in hazardous locations (hazloc) or that haul hazardous materials (hazmat), providing complete visibility of their assets even in the most remote locations.
Cyanco selected the GTP4050 to help its track its specially designed trailers used to transport its product serving the gold mining industry.
“We have various types of equipment spread throughout the globe that we need to track at all times because of the hazardous materials they hold,” said Alvaro Garcia, supply chain operations coordinator at Cyanco. “Safety is of utmost importance and everyone we work with has to be certified to be able to move our hazmat product, SkyBitz allows us to set up landmarks and sends our team notifications of when our equipment and product have arrived at various locations for proof of delivery. SkyBitz helps us maintain complete visibility over our product, which is especially helpful if it deviates into an area where we can’t get a hold of the driver.”
The GTP4050 was first released last month and the Virginia-based company claims it is the world’s first two-way global satellite communications and UL 913, IECEx, Atex Zone 0 certified tracking device.
Users can configure the device over the air to change reporting on the fly. Managers can receive exception-based alerts, configure the device to shut off or decrease reporting for periods of time to save even more power and unnecessary reporting. Alternatively, the device can be programmed to increase alerts when security breaches occur.
The product is suitable for tracking oil, gas and chemical equipment that is often in remote and hazloc for long periods of time without any external power source. The certification includes the ability for users to change the device’s batteries while in hazloc, which improves reliability and lowers overall cost of operation.
“Achieving these intrinsic safety certifications means our customers with unpowered assets containing hazmat or moving in and around hazardous locations can focus on gaining better efficiencies in their operations and not worry about the safety, compliance or losing track of their assets,” said Henry Popplewell, president of SkyBitz. “I’m proud of our team for reaching this goal we have been all striving towards, making a best-in-class product equipped to satisfy customers with intrinsic safety concerns in the US and globally.”
Cyanco produces sodium cyanide with a total capacity of 148,000 metric tons. The company was formed in 2008 when Oaktree Capital Management acquired Nevada Chemicals and purchased Degussa’s (Evonik’s) sodium cyanide business in the USA and Canada.
SkyBitz is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telular.