Energized Oil and Gas Industry Choosing Wireless Sensors, Internet of Things Says ON World

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With potential savings of 80 percent, wireless sensors have become the preferred option for oil and gas remote monitoring, according to a recently published study by ON World.

New drilling techniques combined with advances with SCADA remote monitoring and wireless sensor network technologies have made North America one of the world’s top producer.

With potential savings of 80 percent, wireless sensors are becoming the default option for oil and gas remote monitoring, according to a recently published study by ON World.

“Over the past decade, new drilling techniques combined with advances with remote monitoring and wireless sensor network technologies have made North America one of the world’s top producers,” says Jeff Kreegar, ON World’s chief technologist.

In this same time frame, hundreds of thousands of wireless sensors have been securely and reliably deployed in large numbers from offshore platforms to arctic oilfields. With potential savings of up to 80% of the total infrastructure costs, wireless sensor networking (WSN) is becoming the preferred option over wired sensors for wellhead automation, remote equipment monitoring and asset management as well as safety, health and environmental monitoring.

The oil and gas downturn has benefited non-traditional wireless applications such as asset monitoring, gas detection and steam trap monitoring. It has also accelerated adoption for standards based systems using WirelessHART and ISA100.11a worldwide and resulted in growing demand for Low Power Wide Area (LPWAN) technologies such as LoRa, SigFox, RPMA, LTE-M1 and NB-IoT. With stronger growth predicted for the oil and gas industry under the Trump administration, opportunities for wireless will accelerate in both retrofit and new installations.

Interest in ISA100 has been growing over the past two years due to its layered IPv6 based architecture that supports application flexibility, standards based backhaul networks and tunneling of other technologies including HART. ISA100.11a’s ability to support faster response times for wireless sensor networks has also allowed companies such as GasSecure (Dräger), Riken Keiki and New Cosmos Electric-- with infrastructure and control system partners Yokogawa and Honeywell-- to provide all-wireless gas detectors, something that was not feasible a few years ago.

Ingenu’s Random Phase Multiple Access (RPMA) technology operates at the global 2.4GHz frequency providing multi-mile network range and high gateway node densities that is well suited to oil and gas applications. Shell Nigeria saved $1 million in infrastructure costs by using RPMA for a wellhead monitoring and pipeline surveillance in a pipeline facility the Niger Delta.

ON World’s network tests found that LPWAN technologies can be used for advanced remote monitoring and control applications with multi-year battery lifetimes including near real-time pressure sensing in environments with high node density and precision indoor/outdoor asset tracking using coin cell batteries.

ON World’s Oil and Gas Wireless Sensor Networks study is based on input from 150+ individuals across the whole oil and gas value chain. For more information, go to: http://www.onworld.com/oilandgas

About ON World:
ON World (http://www.onworld.com) provides global business intelligence on Internet of Things markets.

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Mareca Hatler
p: 858-259-2397
e: mareca.hatler(at)onworld.com

Mary Purvis
p: 858-259-2397
e: purvis(at)onworld.com

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