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BIRD Foundation Provides Support for GTI-Nortec Asset Lifecycle Tracking System

BIRD Foundation Provides Support for GTI-Nortec Asset Lifecycle Tracking System

09/30/13 Des Plaines, IL

Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a leading U.S. research, development and training organization serving energy and environmental markets, and Nortec, a leading Israeli-based manufacturer and distributor of comprehensive custom solutions for identification and traceability in harsh environments, will join forces to develop and manufacture an innovative barcoding solution for underground asset lifecycle tracking.

On September 12, 2013, the Israel—U.S. Binational Industrial R&D (BIRD) Foundation, which promotes collaboration between Israeli and American companies for the purpose of joint product development, signed an agreement with GTI and Nortec awarding a significant grant to complete the development of technology to automate the process of documenting new pipe installations and old pipe replacements using mobile geospatial technology. Matching industry co-funding was provided by Nortec and Operations Technology Development (OTD), a North American not-for-profit organization which is funded by natural gas distribution companies to develop, test, and implement new technologies.

To assist the utility industry in integrating new geospatial technologies, GTI and Nortec are developing a system to fully automate the process of capturing asset attribute information using barcodes with real-time high-accuracy global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), and tablet computers to create traceable and complete records of new pipe installations directly in a GIS environment. The GTI-Nortec system leverages technology that GTI is creating for OTD. Notes Alicia Farag, GTI program manager, "We're focused on developing and implementing tools that will help reduce the cost and complexity of gathering high-quality data that is essential for lifecycle tracking, risk reduction and integrity management."

"By leveraging our expertise in creating traceability solutions, this new technology should significantly improve operators’ ability to collect fusion parameter data that enhances quality control and provides long-term trending insight," says Shahar Levi, Nortec Vice President of Business Development. "The enthusiasm of leading fusion machine manufacturers and large utilities in supporting the project is evidence of how important this technology is to the industry."

Adds Eddie Johnston, GTI Vice President of Research Operations, "We're excited about this opportunity to work with an international partner and support the expansion of innovations and best practices that bring clean and affordable natural gas to all regions of the world."

About Gas Technology Institute (GTI)
GTI is a leading research, development and training organization that has been addressing the nation's energy and environmental challenges by developing technology-based solutions for consumers, industry, and government for more than 70 years.

About Nortec
For more than 25 years, Nortec has been a leading supplier of total ID solutions, specializing in auto-apply products that can withstand extreme and harsh environmental challenges using an innovative approach in ID management. Nortec products are successfully used in various industries such as electrical, medical, aviation, energy, military, automotive, security and more.

About BIRD Foundation
The BIRD Foundation assists by helping to identify potential strategic partners, facilitating introductions, and providing financial support, working in cooperation with the Chief Scientist's Office at the Ministry of Economy in Israel and the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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