Earlier this year the firm unveiled two new monitoring technologies designed to help companies in the offshore industry keep tabs on people and products while they’re in transit. DropTag uses a compact puck attached to goods before shipping to log information about conditions during the journey, such as vibrations, temperature and humidity. The system, which is designed to work with smartphones, transmits info back to base and can trigger alerts when preset thresholds are exceeded. The second technology, dubbed Trace, is designed to track the location of people indoors, even without the availability of GPS or radio signals. It’s geared for highly metallic structures such as ships and oil platforms, which can be difficult environments to accurately track people. "A lot of subsea equipment has sealed hydraulics, for example, so temperature monitoring in extreme conditions is crucial. And being able to locate personnel quickly and accurately in an emergency can save lives," said Dr. Frances Metcalfe, associate director, oil and gas, at Cambridge Consultants, in a statement.