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IoT & M2M Oil & Gas

August 11, 2022

Ground Control Recognized as Top 10 Oil & Gas Solution Provider

We’re delighted to announce that Ground Control has been recognised as one of the Top 10 Oil & Gas Solution Providers in 2022.

We have always taken pride in being a partner that truly understands both ends of data communications. Taking ownership of the overall solution and working with our customers to identify not just required volume and frequency of data transmission, but what device compatibility is required and how the data is to be used; to achieve operational goals. We have been creating and delivering advanced connectivity solutions to the Oil & Gas industry for over 20 years.


Solutions for the Oil & Gas sector

We deliver remote connectivity solutions to power Oil & Gas IIoT applications and support global, off-grid operations. Simply put, our solutions help to deliver more reliable data, better safety, cost management and enhanced security.

Popular use cases include remote monitoring and control, pipeline management, asset tracking and lone worker enablement and safety; and facilitating each, is robust, advanced connectivity.

The real value of connectivity

From asset management through to remote performance monitoring and maintenance, the IIoT ecosystem is delivering efficiencies and productivity to meet the demands of an ever-evolving energy landscape.

McKinsey & Company project that advanced connectivity to optimise drilling and production throughput and improve maintenance and field operations, could add $250 billion to the industry’s upstream operations by 2030.

This focus on connectivity, as opposed to IIoT more generally, is key. Despite the myriad of measurable benefits IIoT offers, everything will fall at the first hurdle if connectivity isn’t addressed as a priority. Data enables smarter and faster decisions, but data gaps and interruptions can lead to poor, costly business decisions. To truly harness the value of digitalisation in the field, operators must maintain near real-time, reliable data delivery from all assets within the Oil & Gas supply chain, at all times.

Given the often hostile and remote nature of the environments in which Oil & Gas plants are situated, terrestrial connectivity is not always available, nor reliable. This is where Ground Control really adds value. Using cellular and satellite networks, we specialise in connecting hard-to-reach people, machines and things.

Introducing Iridium Certus® 100

Ideal for IoT and M2M applications, the Iridium Certus® 100 service is facilitated by Iridium’s constellation of 66 LEO satellites. Providing pole-to-pole coverage, with the benefit of lower latency.

Offering IP data speeds of up to 88 Kbps, antennas can be small and lightweight, and do not have to be pointed to pick up Iridium satellites. This enables faultless connectivity to be achieved – even in mountainous or wooded areas.

The Certus-Enabled RockREMOTE

Designed for Industrial IoT, the RockREMOTE leverages the Iridium Certus® network and LTE cellular connectivity, end-to-end networking and the powerful Cloudloop platform, to solve remote M2M / IoT connectivity challenges for Oil & Gas. It can be tailored to address a variety of fixed and mobile communications challenges within the Oil & Gas sector.

With serial, Ethernet, and GPIO connectivity to any IoT / M2M devices, it’s ideal for legacy installations; but equally has powerful integrated processing, storage and security features that pave the way for edge computing.

RockREMOTE is a particularly interesting solution for Oil & Gas as its exception reporting capabilities open up a whole new world for optimisation, while significantly reducing costs. By setting parameters to send data only if values change, clients are in a much stronger position to manage their data footprint and thus connectivity costs.

RockREMOTE with annotations
The RockREMOTE is a great solution for:

  • Monitoring the performance of pressure pumps in the hydraulic fracturing process
  • Capturing the data from flowback well tests
  • Capturing production data

    Also popular with the Oil & Gas sector



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    Promoting better lone worker safety, the RockSTAR is a Two-Way Messenger global communication device and tracking system. Working far beyond the reach of Wi-Fi and GSM networks, companies can deliver peace of mind, with location updates, up to every 15 seconds.

    Hughes 9502

    BGAN M2M-capable terminals like the Hughes 9502, are low cost - typically with billable unit costs of 1 to 2 cents per kilobyte, and low power (.01 to 4 watts). Offered in one-piece or two-piece form factors, there is also a variant compliant for operation in Hazardous environments.

    Discover the value add of better connectivity

    Going digital in the Oil & Gas sector is getting easier. But many companies still fall at the first hurdle - connectivity. We have supported our Oil & Gas customers' digital projects, IIoT applications and connectivity requirements for 20 years. So, truly - we’ve got you covered.

    Interested to see what value better connectivity could deliver for your operations? Contact us today to book a no obligation discovery call.