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Pertamina launches software to measure oil, gas flow

Indonesia’s state-owned oil and gas holding company, Pertamina, has launched software called PertafloSIM, which is designed to measure the flow of oil and gas through its pipelines from wells to the point of sale.

The software is an innovation by Pertamina’s engineers and technicians in cooperation with Research Consortium OPPINET of Indonesia’s Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).

Pertamina planning, investment and risk management director Heru Setiawan said the device would improve efficiency in the upstream business because the price of the software was below that of the commercial software previously rented by Pertamina.

“Currently, Pertamina is developing pipeline networks across a wide range of oil and gas blocks. The software will significantly support efficiency in the upstream sector,” Heru said, in a recent statement.

He said the performance of the software had been validated with data from the field, and added that the software offered solutions to various problems during operations.

“The software has had a trial application at Tambun field, which has a complex network – dry gas, black oil and multiphase compositional models,” Heru said, adding that Pertamina and the ITB had cooperated for the past 18 years to develop a device to measure the flow of oil and gas along the pipeline.

PertafloSIM has also been demonstrated to the regulatory special task force on upstream oil and gas (SKK Migas) and to the upstream director of Pertamina, the potential users of the software, Heru said. – The Jakarta Post 

Hyundai replaces car key with smartphone 

At the New York International Auto Show this week, Hyundai debuted the third-generation 2020 Sonata equipped with a company first: The Digital Key.

Though the Sonata has been around since the 1980s, the latest 2020 iteration comes with technology never before seen in any Hyundai model: a Digital Key feature.

This tool uses Near Field Communication tech to turn a smartphone into a key via a dedicated mobile application – there’s no need to carry around a traditional set.

Through the app, vehicle owners can select which smartphones have access to the car and for how long. Those that do can only control the Sonata when their phone is within a couple centimetres of the vehicle; However, the app can remotely manage (via Bluetooth) some car systems, like activating the panic alarm or starting the engine. 

The access various users have to the vehicle can be individually tailored by the car owner. Vehicle usage can be limited as well as access to particular features. Additionally, the key can be remotely revoked at any time. 

The Digital Key is only available to Android-powered devices; therefore, it comes with a set of traditional keys. 

The 2020 Sonata goes into production this September and will hit dealerships in October. – AFP 


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