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Operations in the Oil and Gas industry function under extreme environmental conditions, located in remote areas, and spread across geographies. With its machine to machine (M2M) communication capabilities, LPWAN is evolving as a potential solution that can be successfully channeled to deliver a positive business impact on the Oil and Gas operations.

Digital oilfield

The high cost of deployment of advanced metering infrastructure for resource consumption control is the significant barrier for utility companies. As traditional technologies like GPRS, ZigBee and Wireless M-Bus still in consideration for such smart gas metering applications they do not provide the desired level of ROI.

With a new type of LWPAN wireless communication technology developed especially for smart metering and IoT application, utilities can overcome the difficulties of massive rolling out of AMI.

Using the concept of IoT communication and most robust LPWAN NB-Fi protocol WAVIoT has developed out-of-the-box solutions for smart gas consumption monitoring with plug and play meters and outstanding connectivity characteristics.Machine to machine (M2M) communication, driven by LPWAN, has huge potential for gaining popularity across O&G companies. It enables machines and systems to communicate with other devices. LPWAN and IoT can help companies reduce costs, improve performance, enhance safety, and drive operational efficiencies. IoT-enabled devices and systems can facilitate efficient O&G operations, with minimum human intervention, providing higher value than traditional technology and automation. Correctly implemented LPWAN solutions hold the potential to introduce efficiencies in upstream, midstream, and downstream operations.

NB-Fi provides 2 000+ sq.km. of coverage for digital oilfield assets.

IoT-enabled devices and systems can facilitate efficient O&G operations, with minimum human intervention, providing higher value than traditional technology and automation. Correctly implemented LPWAN solutions hold the potential to introduce efficiencies in upstream, midstream, and downstream operations.

WAVIoT technology for oil and gas

LPWAN integrated sensors deployed across the value chain – from exploration and production to the transportation of crude and refined oil – can bring in the much-needed visibility and workplace safety, with better control and maintenance of assets.

With the marriage of smart devices, advanced connectivity, and management platforms, IoT and M2M communication are gaining traction in supporting collaboration. Employed in many areas of the O&G industry to increase efficiency, the technology is catalyzing the development of new business practices. Its use has accelerated with mobile and cloud innovation, advances in Big Data, and predictive analytics based on in-memory computing. And it’s becoming more affordable and practical as the size and price of sensors shrink. O&G companies that embrace these innovative technologies can gain first-mover advantage.

Long-range oilfield asset monitoring scheme

Type of sensors for digital oirlfield remote assets:

    • Remote metering
    • Cathodic protection
    • Gas density
    • Pipeline pressure
    • Custody transfer meters

    • Fire / Gas / H2S alarms
    • Tank levels
    • Tank batteries
    • Temperature sensors
    • Control valves
    • Flow monitoring
    • Electricity consumption
    • Structural health & deformation
    • Air pollution

How can LPWAN drive the production efficiencies

IoT enabled tools, systems, devices, sensors, and other equipment, when inter-connected with monitoring systems, can extract meaningful process information for quick analysis – analysis that can enable efficient utilization of resources, and improve production efficiency, safety standards, transportation and other aspects.

Remotely sensed data

Sensors on drilling machines can capture data on pressure, temperature, density, flow rate, geological and seismic aspects.

Analysis of this data helps drive accurate equipment performance analysis for lifetime prediction and scheduled maintenance. This enables early detection of errors, reduced failure rate, efficient equipment performance and reduced downtime.

Sensor data, linked with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, drives efficient supply chain management, resulting in right-time raw material and spare parts ordering.

This operational efficiency, in turn, leads to efficient inventory and working capital management.

Long-range industrial remote preasure sensor
Oil and gas sensor monitoring

Safety improvement and analytics

Safety data from sensors helps monitor the release of toxic gases and enables prompt response to and analysis of incidents, thereby preventing unwanted accidents, ensuring compliance with safety regulations and standards, and of course, ensuring workforce health and safety.

Sensors mounted on equipment provide analysis data for well monitoring, fire and gas safety, emergency shutdown, and other processes, resulting in efficient production operations.

  • Increasing asset team productivity using standardised workflows and tools.
  • Delivering actionable information in the form of key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Implementing visualisation environments to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Real-time remote monitoring

Perform analytics on collected data to identify operating insights that can be used to enhance decision making.

IoT-enabled sensors not only facilitate an efficient supply chain but also accelerate go to market.

These sensors enable automatic monitoring of upstream, midstream and downstream processes, thereby reducing the complexity of a large portion of human work.

IoT Cloud platfrom for Industrial applications

Why NB-Fi is the best for digital oilfields

A lot of oIl and gas industrial systems is an ideal for LPWAN wireless technology due to the small power budget available, the long-range requirements, and the small data size needed for transmission.

  • Low cost for sensor integration and whole real-time monitoring system gives a high ROI on a large-scale project.
  • High scalability. A capacity of one single gateway is more than 2 000 000 sensors allows scaling system by simply plugging new end-devices  with no-mesh infrastructure costs.
  • Wide area. The range of a base station is 50+ km in the open country allows to a have a global network reach.
  • High autonomy. Very low energy consumption resulting in long lasting autonomous devices avoiding the high cost of battery replacement for 10 years.
  • Reliability. NB-Fi protocol specially designed for large-scale projects in a harsh environment with the use of the narrowband approach.
  • User-friendly. IoT cloud platform allows to get and manage data online. Easy integration with company IT-systems with open API.
  • High availability for worldwide deployments with the support of different ISM bands such as 915, 868, 500, 433 MHz and others.
  • Experience. NB-Fi proved technology by more than 500 000 WAVIoT smart sensors and controllers deployed worldwide.

Equipment for digital oilfield

NB-Fi Pre-programmed IoT Transceiver

Highly integrated bi-directional IoT transceiver module with the long-range NB-Fi protocol stack. Radiomodule brings IoT connectivity to any traditional device at low cost ensuring fast time-to-market of a new smart device. Read more

WAVIoT Serial Interface Modem

Universal WAVIoT Modem with a serial interface designed for integration with devices and controllers delivering long-range connectivity for IoT purposes, smart grids, lighting control, remote metering and a dozen of other smart applications. The modem featured with external feed option. Read more

WAVIoT Base Station BS210B

The base station designed for rolling-out long-range IoT network in the urban and rural environment.  Featured with whip antenna and full-duplex connectivity for bi-directional communication. Covering 800 sq. km area and aggregating the data from 2 000 000 smart devices and sensors. Read more


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