The oil and gas industry has turned towards digital communication technologies for more efficient communication, remote monitoring, and real-time asset management on oil rigs and oil fields. This move to digitization has offered accelerated productivity, improved operational efficiency, and provided superior protection to workers in the industry. How do oil and gas companies attain this? They need a communication solution that improves operation safety, reduces operational costs, and manages risk more effectively.
LTE Cellular Communications
In the oil and gas industry, Long Term Evolution or LTE provides a 4G wireless communication up to 10x the speed of 3G networks. Further, the 5G wireless network is 10x faster than 4G LTE. With 5G or LTE, oil and gas operators can expand their broadband, non-line of sight (LOS) wireless networks, extending the reach of their communications for exploration, transportation, and production. Here are the benefits of using an LTE or 5G wireless communication solution:
- Connectivity: With its high-speed connectivity and low latency, LTE provides connectivity to every distant corner of the oil rig or refinery. It also helps in tracking people and automobiles with an accuracy of 1 cm. In Bring-Your-Own-Coverage (BYOC), the LTE base station can be easily deployed in several places, ensuring connectivity in the difficult-to-reach areas of the oil rig or refinery. Additionally, 5G has increased broadband speeds/capacity.
- Speed: LTE and 5G ensure the best voice quality and high-speed data, allowing workers to remotely join video conferencing calls or surf the internet for research. Oil and gas workers thus can work more efficiently and with high accuracy.
- Safety: Wireless Bluetooth® devices allow sharing voice, data, and other information between paired devices and are a safer option than wired connections.
- Communication: Wi-Fi is not designed for wide-area coverage and this solution has its limits. For a fully autonomous and high-performing work zone, clear communications are needed.
LTE or 5G provides broadband speeds with QoS management capabilities that enable real-time communications for critical monitoring, control, and automation. It offers a reliable broadband radio access network that can support the bandwidth-intensive video and data applications needed to improve the efficiency of upstream, midstream, and downstream operations, and mobile edge computing for low latency data processing at the edge for automation.
Private LTE is envisioned as standards-based Long-Term Evolution networks designed to serve operations like oil rigs and oil fields. They can be operated by traditional mobile operators or can be operated by third-party network providers. Industries like Oil and Gas require 100% clear communication between workers to ensure efficiency, safety, and smooth operation. These types of communication networks are required to be extremely robust, rugged, and flexible to offer a variety of features and meet several needs, such as monitoring and failure alert, offshore facility linking, and general data and video streaming. The control of customization in implementing a Private Cellular LTE Network makes it suitable for oil rigs and oil fields.
Sensear for LTE Cellular Networks
Traditional hearing protection earmuffs restrict workers’ ability to communicate effectively with each other. Sensear’s range of wireless Bluetooth® hearing protection headsets is compatible with LTE or 5G Cellular Networks, as well as two-way radio systems, as they offer both Bluetooth® and cable connectivity options to LTE and LMR devices respectively, simultaneously allowing interoperability between LTE and LMR.
Powered by SENS® Technology, Sensear’s smart industrial headsets provide oil and gas workers with seamless face-to-face communication in high-noise environments on Bluetooth® or two-way radio devices without having to scream, all while protecting hearing and providing 360° situational awareness.
Sensear’s line of Intrinsically Safe (IS and Ex) hearing protection headsets with Bluetooth® are certified to meet global standards (ATEX, IECEx, UL 913, CSA 157, TIA-4950, etc.), ensuring that oil and gas workers can communicate effectively and safely in high-noise, hazardous work environments. For more information on which smart headset or earplug is best for your environment, click on the Headset Selector Tool below. For more information on Sensear’s range of smart hearing protection or SENS® Technology, please contact one of our high-noise communication specialists today.
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