Technological advances, newly emergent standards, and hunger for more data at the right price are driving increased use of wireless sensor networks in the upstream oil and gas industry. Moreover, additional petroleum industry uses for wireless technology are seen in the areas of security, safety, and asset management. But as its use proliferates, so too will the need to comprehensively manage these wireless networks.
A key component of what’s often referred to as the “digital oil field” is remote monitoring and control of operations. Given recent advances in use of wireless technology, it can play a significant role in making remote operations practical and economical.