VALENCIA, Calif. - 9/11 changed a lot of companies, and Wilson Inspection X-Ray Services, based in Corpus Christi, Texas, was no exception.
For over two decades, Wilson Inspection X-Ray Services has been delivering its non-destructive testing services to the petroleum, nuclear and other industries. These industries must adhere to strict state requirements and Department of Transportation radiography standards regarding safety and operations.
Each of Wilson Inspection's 44 trucks is a completely self-contained mobile darkroom lab complete with chemicals, film and radioactive devices that use x-rays to inspect and test welds in pipelines, wells, refineries and other structures to ensure there won't be any ruptures before pumping begins.
"The nature of our service requires our trucks to carry hazardous materials," explained Lee West, radiation safety and security officer at Wilson Inspection. "After 9/11, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued new regulations mandating we account for all of our trucks all of the time to prevent anybody, especially terrorists, from hijacking our materials.
"This was a major challenge for us because our vehicles are scattered throughout thousands of square miles in south Texas including large remote areas without cell phone towers, so communicating with drivers is next to impossible.
"The only practical solution was to install GPS devices on all our vehicles."
The LiveViewGPS solution
"Of all the companies I talked to, LiveViewGPS was the most receptive and the most understanding," said West. "They were eager to work with us in finding the right solution that helped us track our fleet and comply with all the regulations. Their integrated Live Trac System of hardware and software was perfect for our needs.
"Because of compliance issues, we keep two back-up Live Trac G-5 units activated on our shelves. If one of the vehicle trackers breaks down in the field, we can replace it immediately. When we originally talked to other companies about keeping activated units as backups, they told us they didn't do that. When we asked LiveViewGPS, they said no problem and delivered the units."
"Our number one concern is security," West stated. "Now we can track and locate every vehicle 24/7. If a vehicle breaks down in no-man's land, our GPS system pinpoints their location so we can help them quickly. If a vehicle is someplace it shouldn't be, we'll spot it. If a vehicle should be stolen, we can immediately send its latitude and longitude coordinates to the authorities.
"Conforming to NRC regulations should always be this easy."
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