Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Argentinian oilfield extends wireless network services

Steve Rogerson
February 4, 2015
An Argentinian oilfieldis spending more than US$1m for the second phase of a wireless network to connect people and machines. The technology is being supplied by Canadian firm Redline Communications,a provider of mission-critical wireless networks for the oil and gas industry.
This expansion will double the size of the current network, which is already bringing a ubiquitous umbrella of connectivity, and which has converted the previous field operation into a digital oilfield. Redline's wide-area wireless Virtual Fiber is the backbone that provides connectivity for a range of applications, including the remote monitoring of well heads and collection and separation facilities.
The network delivers the capacity to carry the operator's voice, data and video traffic on a single backbone, giving employees and contractors access to corporate systems from anywhere, delivering real-time drilling applications, and providing M2M connectivity for remote monitoring and management of assets. The ability to change parameters remotely and in real time to optimise the rate of production at the well site increases uptime and improves production without adding costs.
"This network expansion order was the direct result of our ability to demonstrate that our wireless solutions deliver real bottom line benefits to oil and gas operators," said Louis Lambert, vice-president of oil and gas sales for Redline. "In a time of lower oil prices, efficiency gains are one of the biggest drivers of automation for oil and gas operators, and Redline delivers measurable results. We are seeing continued success with both new and existing oil and gas customers as they strive to reduce costs and increase production."
In addition to network products, Redline will provide a range of technical services, including radio frequency planning, network architecture development, network design and engineering. This second phase, which will improve productivity, efficiency and worker safety, is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of this year.