As conventional hydrocarbon reserves decline, oil and gas companies worldwide are sustaining growth and maximizing profitability by building out rugged and reliable broadband wireless solutions for communications. In todayâ€™s mining operations, the challenge is in providing the required Wireless Broadband IP bandwidth to support everything from remote office infrastructure and SCADA to autonomous hauling, M2M, GPS and security. Traditional legacy Mesh Networks and wireless solutions have become outdated and offer insufficient bandwidth to operate at the required levels needed to support new applications.
As we move into the next phase of cost saving virtualization in mining scenarios, platforms like LTE and 5G will play a much larger role in allowing the Network Architect to design systems to take advantage of applications that will provide cost savings and increase safety and security. Interoperability between vendors will be crucial, as multiple applications can share an IT backbone.