Oil & Gas Booming with the Help of Wireless Sensor Network
San Diego, CA July 11, 2012— Wireless Sensor Networking (WSN) has emerged as a key technology for accelerating oil and gas exploration and advancing the latest extraction techniques, according to a recently published report by ON World, a global technology research firm.
North America may be on its way to becoming energy independent, largely due to shale oil and gas fields, horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing and advancements with sensor and wireless technologies. In addition to using wide area wireless networks to manage pipelines and production from remote locations, oil and gas companies are also turning to wireless sensor networks (WSN) for faster and more flexible sensing and control solutions.
"Oil and gas represents some of the most inhospitable environments with intense and challenging communications requirements," says Mareca Hatler, ON World's research director. "As early adopters, oil and gas companies have demonstrated that WSN solves critical monitoring and control solutions in the most difficult locations."
A few of the oil and gas applications that are currently benefiting from WSN technologies include the following:
Pipelines & Corrosion Monitoring
ON World recently completed a survey with 216 industrial automation professionals in collaboration with the International Society of Automation (ISA), HART Communication Foundation (HCF) and the Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance (WINA). Over half of the respondents are involved with oil and gas and 81% of the oil and gas respondents are planning WSN applications within the next 18 months. In addition, 8% of the oil and gas companies have deployed over 1,000 wireless field devices.
ON World's report, "Oil & Gas Wireless Sensor Networks," covers the global market for wireless sensor networking in oil and gas exploration, pipelines, refining and petrochemicals. It includes 5-year forecasts by geography, by target market, by application, and by technology (e.g. 802.15.4, ZigBee, WiFi, and point-to-point/multipoint wireless) as well as the survey results, an extensive technology evaluation, and a competitive analysis of 70 companies.
More information and a free executive summary is available from: http://www.onworld.com/oilandgas
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