Oil and gas are still key to our power consumption needs and with renewable energy on the rise it still accounts for a small percentage when compared. So, we will take a look into how communications within the sector can be improved to enable better decision-making for greater safety and productivity.
When reviewing some of the main security concerns on an oilrig, we find that some may require immediate attention and may endanger human life, the environment, or have an adverse effect on company assets and/or reputation.
• Serious Accidents/ Fatalities
• Medical Evacuation
• Man Missing
• Hydrogen Sulphide
• Severe Environment/ Weather Conditions
• Fire or Explosion
• Loss of Well Control/ Blow Out
• Failure of the Rig Structure
Thirty years ago, communications between offshore facilities and onshore locations was limited to a basic two-way radio system and daily reports. Back then, oilfield workers stationed offshore were virtually cut off from the rest of the world. With the rise of DMR and IP Linked Radio systems, Endurance Technology® can now provide a communications system that not only allows for instant reliable and resilient communications onboard an oil rig but much more…
Whilst oilrigs have worked hard to increase safety for staff there were 263 dangerous occurrences reported in 2016 alone. This represents a serious threat to staff safety as well as downtime for the rig as a whole.
Extreme temperatures and ambient conditions such as moisture, blowing sand and dust can wreak havoc on communication networks, creating unique challenges for ensuring reliable communication. Furthermore, these sites are very small, so systems must be quite compact yet still reliably handle all the traffic.
Of course, all equipment placed onto an oilrig must be ATEX Rated to ensure protection against fire and explosion.
All of these emergency situations require instantaneous communications to effectively co-ordinate staff and emergency personnel. With the advancement in IP connected systems a radio system can be fully monitored remotely, including GPS information and Man Down data, enabling operators to reduce the overhead of sending staff out to a Rig whilst also reducing risk for that member of personnel.
Two-way radios can be broken down into two main areas - Licensed Radio & Unlicensed PMR446 Radio . Both of these types of radio operate in essentially the same way, but the output power of the radios, coverage area and number of other users on the channel varies.
So, what’s the difference between Licensed and Unlicensed? Unlicensed radios operate on PMR446 frequencies, and are limited by law to 0.5W of output power, that’s only 1/10th of the output of a licenced handheld radio. This limits the range of the radios, which, like any other radio, can vary greatly depending on the terrain and number of buildings in the area. License-free frequencies are common across most of Europe, which makes them ideal for use in both the UK and when oversees.
Licensed radios have a maximum output power of 5W for handportables, and 25W for vehicle mobile units. The increased power helps with increasing coverage, and as licensed spectrum is controlled by the local licensing authority (OFCOM in the UK), the chances of encountering other users or interference on your frequency are reduced. You need to pay for licensed frequencies, and the cost varies depending on what your requirements are, how congested the spectrum is, and where you are located. Contact us, and we’ll advise you on the best approach to take.
UHF (ultra-high frequency) and VHF (very high frequency) are both bands of frequency spectrum which can be used to make two-way radios communicate. Your decision will depend on a variety of factors; what frequency spectrum is available, have you got existing radios you’d like to integrate with, and which option will provide the best coverage and performance for your needs.
Most of the leading radios from Motorola Solutions and Hytera are available in both UHF and VHF, and your trusted advisor at Roadphone NRB will advise you on what’s best for you.
16-bit Basic Privacy, 40-bit Enhanced Privacy or 256-bit AES256 encryption
Connect your radio system to a SIP based phone system allowing you to make direct calls to desk phones
connects to alarm sources and sends text messages via the raido network if a threshold level is reached.
Indoors Location Tracking
GPS Signal drops indoors, a separate indoor tracking system can located users instantly.
Detailed event logging on the system which can be reviewed by approved users.
Alarms & Lone Worker
Messages at specific time intervals to confirm workers wellbeing, managers are reassured that their employees are safe.
GPS Location Tracking
Better respond to chalanges with up-to-date location information.
Make voice announcements from the control room, to groups or individuals.
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