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Redline to provide digital oilfield in Argentina

Iain Morris
November 4, 2014

Redline Communications has won a $1 million contract to provide a digital oilfield wireless network in Argentina.

The network will connect both people and machines across one of the country’s oilfields with the aim of improving productivity, efficiency and worker safety.

The communications player says it will use its Virtual Fiber technology to connect hundreds of multipurpose Wi-Fi hotspots as well as provide connectivity for the remote monitoring of well heads and collection and separation facilities.

Redline (Markham, Canada) claims its network has enough capacity to carry all of the voice, data and video traffic being generated, and will give employees and contractors access to corporate systems from anywhere.

The network will also support the use of real-time drilling applications and provide M2M connectivity for asset management.

Using the technology, sensors installed in equipment will be able to send notifications to a central server – from where information can be accessed by employees and contractors – regarding the performance status of the equipment.

“Delivering a multi-purpose wireless network across a wide area in rugged terrain is not an easy task,” said Louis Lambert, vice president of oil and gas sales for Redline. “Redline couples powerful network solutions that were designed specifically for oil and gas with deep industry knowledge and superb technical expertise to satisfy the most demanding customers.”

Work is to be carried out in partnership with a local telecoms operator that owns some of the licensed spectrum on which the connectivity services will depend.

Besides providing network products, Redline also intends to provide a range of technical services, including radiofrequency planning, network architecture development, network design and engineering.

The network is expected to be fully operational early next year.

Redline says its Virtual Fiber service is designed to operate in the most challenging locations and for mission-critical applications.

The company has already worked on “dozens” of large-scale digital oilfields, it said in a statement, and provides engineering and delivery services besides its “ruggedized” products.
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