Oil and gas companies and service providers around the world are under pressure to optimise operations, improve services and cut costs. One way in which this can be done is by adding or improving infrastructure. In order to do so, companies need to monitor and collect information about critical equipment involved in SCADA systems. This equipment, such as oil pipelines or gas wells, is often located in remote areas, both inland and offshore, and in multiple sites. One challenge posed by remote SCADA systems is the need to backhaul the SCADA and telemetry data to a central operations unit for analysis.
For applications in which relatively small amounts of data needs to be transmitted, often periodically as a ‘heartbeat’ signal, satellite terminals can be a cost effective way to manage the remote monitoring SCADA system. Most SCADA systems involve the collection of information about equipment or processes and transmission of the data over a communications network. Terrestrial cellular networks may be beneficial for some SCADA systems but geographical challenges often prevent their use in others. In these cases, alternative methods, such as satellite networks, are useful in communicating mission critical assessment data.
Satellite communications for SCADA equipment monitoring solves the challenge of remote locations, increases equipment efficiency, decreases operating costs and increases service differentiation.
For oil and gas companies there are several benefits to remote monitoring of equipment. These include:
- Reduced site visits by field teams
- Alerts to events sent in real time and automatically
- Increased visibility of operations
- Improved customer service
- Improved equipment reliability
- Increased worker safety
- Remote and automatic shutdown and re-enabling of equipment
- Cost effective and energy efficient
Satellite communications terminals are perfect for remote monitoring and control of SCADA systems. Information sent periodically about equipment health and behaviour allows oil and gas companies to save time, streamline processes, reduce costs and increase service differentiation. But, the monitoring process requires a satellite solution that fits the current system. Wireless Innovation has the experience and the expertise to design and create networks for hybrid solutions, mixing protocols, hardware and interface types over single communications links.
Wireless Innovation provides global satellite and cellular end-to-end solutions. Wireless Innovation’s comprehensive range of products from the world’s leading manufacturers coupled with global coverage from the world’s leading service providers mean it is well placed to solve SCADA/Telemetry communications challenges. The Wireless Innovation engineers have the experience and the expertise to successfully deploy bespoke solutions, which can then be managed easily through WILPort, its comprehensive device management platform.
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