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Requirements, Drivers and Analysis of Wireless Sensor Network Solutions for the Oil & Gas Industry

Abstract

The IEEE 802.15.4 specification has enabled low-power, low-cost wireless sensor networks (WSNs) capable of robust and reliable communication. For the Oil & Gas industry, switching from wired to wireless sensors cost-efficiently eliminates the need for cables, allows data collection in remote or hostile areas, and enables new applications. However, there are concerns related to the use of WSNs, of which reliability, power consumption and standardization are most important. This paper identifies technical requirements for WSN deployment within the confines of the Oil & Gas industry. Experiments have been performed to determine whether or not currently available technologies fulfill these requirements. The conclusion of this work is that an open, and energy-efficient, standard is needed before WSNs can be fully utilized in the Oil & Gas industry.

Category

Academic lecture

Language

English

Author(s)

Affiliation

  • SINTEF Digital / Connectivity Technologies and Platforms

Presented at

12th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation

Place

Patras, Hellas

Date

25.09.2007 - 28.09.2007

Organizer

IEEE

Year

2007

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