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Oil, Gas and Pipeline Monitoring & Control

The Oil & Gas industry is improving at a rapid pace as a result of better technological infrastructure. Modern innovations in this field allows this industry to create more efficient processes throughout its systems. This article highlights a few of the many ways spectrum services can enhance the Oil & Gas sector.

  1. Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs)

    Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) consist of interconnected sensor nodes that communicate wirelessly to collect data about the surrounding environment. For the oil and gas industry, WSNs allow facilities to detect and report anomalous events like the positions of leakage, corrosion, or any other damage. Data insights gathered by these sensors is where oil and gas operators can see the most benefits. These devices enable new insights into plant operation and innovative solutions that aid the oil and gas industry in Improving platform safety, optimizing operations, and reducing operating costs. At a pivotal time for the oil and gas industry, WSNs are connecting stranded assets, streamlining operations, dramatically increasing safety standards, and reducing deployment costs.

  1. LTE NB-IoT

    LTE NB-IoT technology offers enhanced benefits with greater coverage and connectivity at a significantly lower cost compared to unlicensed solutions. Because of its minimal power consumption, this growing technology can extend battery powered devices to a lifespan of up to 10 years. The importance of NB-IoT technology is growing rapidly in the Oil & Gas industry, as it is a part of new cellular standards that provides stronger coverage over an extensive area. With the potential to provide real time data analysis, NB-IoT devices can accurately manage and troubleshoot when needed, decreasing operational downtime while significantly reducing costs as well. Because NB-IoT devices are directly accessible with minimal infrastructure, it improves flexibility and allows for wider deployment.

  2. Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA)

    Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) is a system of software and hardware elements that allows Oil & Gas companies to:

    1. Control industrial processes locally or at remote locations, permitting access to monitor, gather, and process real time data
    2. Directly interact with devices such as sensors, valves, pumps, and more through human machine interface software

    SCADA systems are crucial for the Oil & Gas sector since they help maintain efficiency, process data for smarter decisions, and communicate system issues to help mitigate downtime.

  3. Distribution Automation (DA)

    Distribution Automation (DA) is the process of automating and analyzing data, and provides the Oil & Gas industry opportunities to:

    1. Monitor processes such as fault detection and correction within a network
    2. Provide data insights enabling a significant reduction of System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI)
  4. Land Mobile Radio (LMR)

    Land Mobile Radio (LMR) is a dual communication system between transceivers, enabling secure and instant transparency. It is designed for extreme reliability in large areas, transmits enhanced data faster between locations, and works seamlessly with the technologies you currently have, including infrastructure, dispatch, and software applications.

Overall, spectrum infrastructure provides a bright future to maximize efficiency of WSNs, and improvements will continue to transform the Oil & Gas industry.

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