Redline Communications (News - Alert) Group has announced a significant contract with an American oil and gas company for a high-capacity wireless network for communications between wells, other assets and drilling rigs in the oilfield, and its centralized control offices.
Calling this contract a major achievement for Redline, Eric Melka, CEO at Redline, said that the company has been selected as the network backbone for yet another oilfield project with this customer.
The oil company is already using Redline’s system in other parts of the world. Currently, it’s expanding its operations to Oman and selected Redline once again to meet its exacting communications requirements.
With Redline’s advanced wireless broadband system, the company’s personnel can monitor and control oil field production. This includes the ability to capture data in real-time from thousands of M2M sensors at remote sites.
Built using Redline's RDL-3000 and ELTE-MT systems, the Virtual Fiber network system provides the ability to instantly adjust to the living oil field as a whole based on a variety of sensor data, including pressure, temperature and flow, according to company officials.
Thanks to this capability, the oil company can optimally run each well or each drill to maximize drilling efficiency and uptime as well as minimize breakdowns from drilling too quickly through hard rock or other obstacles that could hamper the drilling activity.
Bojan Subasic, associate vice president development and production at Redline, noted that major oil and gas producers worldwide are turning to real-time monitoring and control capabilities to expand production at new, existing and mature oilfields.
"A leading-edge wireless network makes the digital oil field possible and Redline's unique system architecture, based on the most advanced technology available today, combines powerful software and rugged hardware to support the M2M, security, communications and other critical real-time applications -- all with the assurance that the network can grow to meet future customer needs,” Subasic said.
The company has begun the delivery of products and services associated with the contract, which is expected to represent nearly 10 percent of Redline’s annual revenue for 2012. The full deployment of the network is expected to take up to 18 months.
Redline Communications is a provider of Virtual Fiber, a specialized broadband wireless system used to deploy and extend secure networks, enable M2M applications, connect digital oilfields and smart grids, facilitate and enhance public safety networks and bring Internet access.
Earlier in August, the company offered a Rapid Auto Steering (RAS) Smart Antenna System for remote regions.
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Edited by Rachel Ramsey