By Dan Steele, Director of OEM, FreeWave Technologies, Inc.
The oil and gas industry is changing. Not only are remote sites continuing to proliferate, the demands of 21st-Century technology and access requirements are expanding at an unprecedented pace. Today, it is no longer acceptable to have lags in data communication. The industry faces challenges moving forward, including remote monitoring of well heads and storage tanks, dealing with 24-hour production demands, and managing high costs in both time and money to manage far-flung sites.
Traditionally, companies were tasked with seeking multiple solutions to address these challenges – ad-hoc communication networks or combinations of networks to try to suit applications. But as wireless broadband has grown in popularity, and the M2M industry has evolved, today’s technology offers comprehensive solutions that suit almost any communication need in the field, both local and remote.