Communication Solutions at OTC 2014: A Show Recap

Date: May 22, 2014 | Category: Intrinsically Safe Headset

This year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) was an amazing event. According to the show organizers, “attendance at the annual conference reached a 46-year high of 108,300, the highest in show history and up 3.3% from last year.

Obviously, our perspective is on communication solutions for the oil and gas industry. With that in mind, here are just a few of the observations made by the Sensear team throughout the 4 days in Houston:

  • OTC is becoming more of a global event than in years past. In fact, Offshore Technology Conference organizers said that international companies made up 44% of exhibitors, and we felt like the attendee demographics followed suit
  • Communicating while wearing hearing protection is becoming more of a global focus within the oil and gas industry
  • Hearing protection alone is not sufficient but needs to be coupled with communications ability with true situational awareness to provide a truly safe offshore environment
  • Intrinsically safe equipment certifications are increasingly critical in the oil and gas industry to protect a company’s physical assets and workers
  • On-rig, person-to-person communications tends to be an afterthought in the budgeting process
  • Communications solutions for high-noise environments are continuing to get more sophisticated, with more need for integration with today’s communication devices

We enjoyed our time in Houston, renewing past connections and making new ones. If we can help you with your communications solutions needs, don’t hesitate to contact us. A high-noise communications specialist will be happy to assist you.

Should you want to investigate some of these topics further, here are a few associated blog articles: