Energy monitoring with satellite IoT

New sensor-to-satellite technology from Wyld delivers global connectivity for oil and gas industry   

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Wyld Networks has announced the availability of its new range of low-power, sensor-to-satellite terminals and modules that make it possible to provide uninterrupted connectivity across oil and gas operations in remote locations where there is no alterative network coverage.

The Wyld Connect devices transfer data directly to terrestrial networks or through Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites as a result of partnership with Eutelsat. With 100 percent global coverage, Wyld Connect will help to deliver a more productive digitisation of energy infrastructure, which is essential to meet operational targets and corporate sustainability goals. The full sensor-to-satellite service will be available in the second half of 2022.

With the mining, oil and gas sectors under pressure to increase decarbonisation, global IoT connectivity means that sensors can be deployed in upstream, midstream and downstream operations, regardless of location, for the purpose of collecting vital data.

The Wyld Connect terminal can connect directly to existing sensors, while the small modules can be fully integrated into new IoT sensors as an embedded solution. By using the LoRaWAN®, low power wide area network technology, smart IoT applications can be deployed globally using terrestrial or satellite connectivity at very low cost.

Sensors can be powered by batteries with a lifetime of up to ten years and data is delivered through Wyld’s cloud-based Fusion platform, which also allows IoT sensors to be registered, configured, authenticated and managed remotely.

“Nearly all oil and gas operations are conducted in remote locations on land and sea, which makes continuous monitoring and measuring a massive challenge without ubiquitous global connectivity,” said Alastair Williamson, CEO at Cambridge-based Wyld Networks. “With an estimated 15% of the earth’s surface covered by existing mobile networks, low earth orbiting satellites combined with sensor-to-satellite technology provides the low-cost, efficient solution needed to transform these processes around the world.”

Wyld has already working in partnership with Chevron on a pilot solution to enable remote sensor connectivity within Chevron’s IoT infrastructure. The solution aims to improve efficiency by collecting data from IoT sensors in remote locations to help reduce equipment downtime and enable preventative maintenance.

In addition to partnering with Eutelsat to provide LoRaWAN coverage via its low earth orbiting satellites, Wyld is also partnering with leading terrestrial LoRaWAN network providers including American Tower and Senet.

“Existing low power wide area networks such as LoRaWAN are ideal to connect oil and gas assets and sensors that don’t need to send much data, but they currently rely on a limited terrestrial infrastructure,” said Luc Perard, Senior Vice President, IoT Business at Eutelsat. “Wyld’s new sensor-to-satellite LoRaWAN terminals and modules now make it possible to harness our network of LEO satellites to deliver low-cost, hybrid terrestrial and satellite connectivity over 100% of the earth’s surface, which is a game changer for monitoring remote energy infrastructure.”