Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Laird antennas target M2M monitoring in oil and gas segment

Steve Rogerson
October 25, 2016



UK technology company Laird has released four IP67 rated Yagi antennas to increase reliability of M2M wireless remote monitoring in extremely harsh operating environments such as in the oil and gas industry.
 
Progressive utilities, oil and gas companies, water districts and others use wireless remote monitoring to transmit information instantly and monitor remote terminal units (RTUs) to and from a central location. Eliminating travel expenses and personnel resources dedicated to obtain physically routine operational and diagnostic data at remote sites can significantly reduce labour costs and improve operational efficiency and safety.
 
Although these M2M units have been in operation for years, ensuring better online and uptime for these RTUs in extremely harsh environments continues to be a major challenge. NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) rated RTU enclosures have historically been installed to provide protection against windblown dust and rain, splashing water, and hose-directed water. Until now compatible fully compliant IP67 rated Yagi antennas were not available in the marketplace.
 
Laird's engineers secured market driven customer feedback and successfully developed an antenna design to meet these needs. This design provides internal matching of the antenna connector and coaxial cable resulting in a fully compliant IP67 family of YF series Yagi antennas.
 
"Antenna durability and reliability in extremely harsh operating conditions has long been the nemesis for many M2M applications," said Jack Cowper, Laird's senior vice president. "YF series Yagi antennas reaffirm our on-going commitment to deliver market driven solutions that resolve operational critical customer needs."
 
The antennas are available in 450-490MHz, 9.1 and 12.2dBi gain and 880-960MHz, 8.6 and 12.2dBi configurations. All are available in either gold or fully black anodised corrosion resistant finishes and come with a five-year product warranty.
 
Laird supplies products to all sectors of the electronics industry including connected transport, connected industry, connected medical, telecoms and computing, and mobile device markets. The company employs more than 9000 people in more than 50 facilities located in 19 countries.