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Abu Dhabi oil company selects wireless network for instant communication with wellheads

Abu Dhabi oil company selects wireless network for instant communication with wellheads

Posted by Jeremy CowanMay 31, 2012

Toronto, Canada – Rugged industrial wireless products produced by Redline Communications Group, Inc., a provider of broadband wireless solutions for M2M communications, have been chosen to create a wireless infrastructure network for a major oil field operated in the United Arab Emirates by the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO).

Redline Communication Group’s systems integrator, Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) will deliver the complete and integrated digital oil field system that aims to provide reliable, real-time communications between the many sensors located on the wellheads and the control centre where the entire operation will be monitored and managed remotely.

This deal will once again combine Redline’s wireless systems with the critical systems integration capabilities offered by ALU. As part of this contract, Redline will provide the hardware, software and services required to create a ubiquitous wireless infrastructure.

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy Redline’s system, integrating it within the larger digital oil field system. Abu Dhabi’s ADCO operates onshore and in the UAE’s shallow coastal waters. The company produces from six oil fields in an area encompassing more than 21,000 square kilometers.

Redline’s rugged products will create a private high-speed private network blanketing a wide area, to deliver business system access to employees in the field and connecting SCADA devices, RTUs and sensors at the wellheads to control centres. This connectivity will bring real-time information to decision-makers, and allow them to collaborate and act more quickly on their decisions by controlling the wellheads remotely.

“Alcatel-Lucent and Redline have worked together successfully on other energy projects and we are excited to work with them on this deployment,” said Eric Melka, Redline’s CEO. “We know how well ALU can integrate our wireless networking system into the larger digital oil field system, and we know that ADCO will realise the benefits of this experience.”

Redline has had notable success as a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) long range, high speed wireless solutions for the energy market. Its industrial wireless products combine high capacity / low latency operation, ruggedness and high reliability in extreme environmental conditions, and the ability to be managed and upgraded over the air.

Redline Communications (TSX: RDL) is the innovator of Virtual Fiber™, a rugged broadband wireless solution used by companies and governments worldwide to cost-effectively deploy and manage distributed services and applications. Redline’s resilient products provide M2M connectivity over wide areas in even the harshest environments, and are used to facilitate and enhance public safety networks, deploy and extend secure networks, and connect digital oil fields and smart grids. The company has been delivering wireless systems to governments, the military, oil and gas, and the telecom industry for over a decade through certified partners in the Americas, Middle East, and Africa.

Alcatel-Lucent is an innovator in networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is home to Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost research centres, responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent was named one of MIT Technology Review’s 2012 Top 50 list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” for breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating costs on wireless networks while delivering lightning fast internet access. Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible.

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