Critical Communications for Oil and Gas Safety

By Ray Savich   March 24, 2016

At Cambium Networks, we’re proud that our equipment has helped connect hundreds of oil and gas environments over the past decade.

For this industry in particular, where hazardous conditions and off-the-grid projects abound, it’s critical to maintain high system availability and a safe operating environment. Any number of disasters could arise in the absence of durable network equipment and a strong communications infrastructure.

As the only wireless broadband leader with ATEX/HAZLOC certifications for oil and gas networks, Cambium Networks is committed to guiding our customers through even the most rugged, unorthodox deployments. And we’ve learned a lot about what makes for a successful, secure system.

There’s a lot to consider, but I believe the best practices can be broken down into three main categories:

  • Improving system availability and safety using wireless communications: From video surveillance to over-water and non-line of sight communications, there are many ways in which wireless technology can ensure safety at the highest level.
  • Employing the right technology: Wireless Ethernet Point-to-Point (PTP) and Point-to-Multipoint (PMP) solutions are engineered to provide carrier-grade, high-speed, secure connectivity in virtually any environment. Plus, backhaul links like the PTP 650 deliver reliable networks over long distances and high-interference environments – even across deserts and seas.
  • Ensuring secure communications: Encryption, roles-based identity management, and “save and restore” disaster recovery tools are just a few of the security protocols that oil and gas network engineers should absolutely consider.

Interested in learning more about the ideal oil and gas network? You’re in luck. We’ve put together the complete guide to safe and secure communications in Oil + Gas Monitor. Take a look, and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.