Cellular Based SCADA System as a Service

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Existing Cellular Infrastructure Supports Millions of M2M Connections The national 3G/4G carriers have made a huge investment in network expansion and technology improvements over the past few years with Verizon and ATT together spending over $13B in 2013 alone. These upgrades have enabled a myriad of new high-bandwidth internet services and devices including many cellular-based Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications. In fact, there are now over 60M cellular M2M connections in the U.S. with this number expected to exceed 100M by 2016. Much of this investment by the carriers has taken place in rural and remote areas opening new possibilities and capabilities…

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What is SCADA SaaS?

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What is SCADA as a Service℠? SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) refers to industrial control systems at the core of many systems deployed by industries that we come in contact with everyday such as water, transportation, manufacturing, and even oil and gas.  SCADA systems are used to gather, monitor, and analyze critical data which is usually managed by a centralized control center. These systems are complex because they include a myriad of hardware and software components using differing communication protocols and require a number of outside vendors and specialists to integrate the technologies and are thus very expensive to deploy…

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The Importance of Methane Leak Detection

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The Importance of Methane Leak Detection On March 28, 2014 the Obama Administration released a key element called for in the President’s Climate Action Plan: a Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. The strategy commits to new steps to cut emissions of methane gas, and outlines efforts to improve the measurement of these emissions. The plan establishes steps to further cut methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector. Methane emissions were previously listed as one of many on the schedule of volatile organic compounds (VOC). This started to change with California making methane reduction a separate strategy item on…

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Oilfield Tank Monitoring

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The PetroCloud Tank Watch solutions provide a complete liquid inventory management system. This empowers producers by giving them complete control over their liquid inventory and distribution. Our oilfield tank monitoring system provides the following features: Eliminate manual tank gauging Web-based data recording and trending analysis Enhanced public cellular communication for reliable connectivity Accurate measurement of interface level Sensors are Class 1 Division 1 and made in USA Open architecture support for various tank monitor sensors including the following: Single or dual float, high-precision, magnetostrictive sensors Hydrostatic pressure sensors Radar and ultrasonic sensors Support for Multiple Tank Monitoring Technologies: The unique PetroCloud…

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M2M for Oil and Gas Industry

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M2M for Oil and Gas As the oil and gas reserves continue to become more difficult to reach due to their isolated locations, and regulations on the industry become increasingly more severe, there is a major need to be met. M2M applications are perfect for meeting these needs and providing several more substantial improvements. The most prominent examples of M2M for oil and gas revolve around systems for oilfield surveillance, oilfield security, and remote tank monitoring. The pressure on the oil and gas industry to develop safer and more efficient processes for drilling and transportation has grown exponentially since the BP…

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Why is Oil and Gas Surveillance Important?

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Oil and Gas surveillance allows olfield owners and operators to monitor their location 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This type of advanced and sophisticated system not only includes video surveillance, but also allows you to remotely control tanks, pump jacks, valves and other devices on site. While installing a new surveillance system may be time consuming, it is one that comes with a plethora of benefits. The Benefits of Surveillance for the Oil and Gas Industry Security The first and most obvious benefit to oilfield surveillance is the added security. Solar powered or site powered cameras allow you…

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What is M2M and Why is it Important?

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Understanding the Importance of M2M You’ve probably heard the term before, but what is M2M? M2M stands for machine to machine, and this term is most commonly referred to as a part of industrial operations in which companies are trying to connect sensors and devices for greater efficiency. M2M is typically known as a type of technology that allows different devices and sensors to share information and connect without the requirement of any human work for this process. This is often associated with the internet of things, or IoT, which refers to the general idea of connectivity between hardware devices….

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