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      • CONNECTING REFINERY WORKERS TO COLLEAGUES AND DATA | CRITICAL COMMUNICATIONS WORLD 2015 | AUTHOR TUNDE WILLIAMS

        Published Dec 09 2016, 8:26 PM by Clare McFarlane

        MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS AT CRITICAL COMMUNICATIONS WORLD 2015
        FIRA GRAN VIA, BARCELONA | 19 – 21 May
        Booth A301

        Experience has shown us that when it comes to communication those working within the oil and gas sector are often asking the same three questions:-

        "How can I link our field workers to a borderless network that makes collaboration easy and resolves problems faster?"

        "How can I connect emergency response teams to the right information at the right time, providing maximum protection for our workers and assets?"

        AND

        "How can I anticipate asset failures and maximise uptime?"

        If this is you and you’re planning on going to CCW then plan a little time to come and see me and the rest of the Motorola Solutions team – you could just find the answer and solutions you are looking for.

        With our insights into the Oil and Gas industry, and our expertise in developing industry leading ATEX products, Motorola Solutions understands your key operational processes and the challenges these present, especially in the current climate of reducing oil prices. Our voice and data solutions respond to these challenges and are customised to your demanding operational environment in order to maximise uptime, productivity and worker safety.

        Find out more about Motorola Solutions at CCW and book some time to come and see us >>


        Tunde Willaims, Head of Field & Solutions Marketing, Europe & Africa, Motorola Solutions
        Connect with Tunde on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/olatunde-williams/5/282/67a

      • Fit for 2015 – embracing a mobility strategy in oil and gas for improved operational efficiency and revenue preservation - Author Tunde Williams

        Published Dec 09 2016, 8:26 PM by Clare McFarlane

        MOBILITY TO REVOLUTIONISE THE OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENT OF OILFIELDS?

        There is no escaping the fact that with the oil price at its current level, the rise in non-economic fields and facilities is bringing forward decisions to decommission. But as operators limit investments and extend cuts to preserve revenue they are failing to address core operational issues. According to Oil & Gas IQ there is an almost 90% consensus that mobility will revolutionise the operational environment around oilfields and infrastructure. However, just over half believe that the depressed price of oil will directly impact the amount of money spent on mobility programmes, so there is a real threat if market predictions hold true that the pace of change could be hampered and slowed, at least until 2018.

        Throughout the recession successful corporate organisations adopted two key battle strategies: they applied leaner processes and they invested their way out of recession. One strategy was to identify and then deploy technology that helped streamline processes and increase collaboration. Crucially much of this was outsourced, providing an alternative to the crippling capital expenditure which tethered organisations and reduced capability to adapt to a changing business environment. Right now the oil and gas industry is facing a very similar challenge, and it can take an early lead from those lessons already learned by other large enterprises.

        Rather than closing or mothballing facilities, which is a short term solution, oil and gas companies can take a more proactive approach, maintaining installations in order to preserve both market reactivity and ongoing revenue streams. For this to be a realistic option requires operational costs to be lowered, crucially without impacting health and safety. With around 60% of oil and gas companies committing to roll out a mobility strategy the implication is that there remains recognition within the industry of the need for preserving live assets and making them work to their advantage. This is because they understand that communications technology represents a vital function in day to day operations and is increasingly a key tool for reducing downtime and meeting tough business goals created by market oversupply and falling oil prices.

        As oil and gas producers examine how to improve the efficiency of their operation and evaluate whether they are 'fit for 50' (meaning operators are profitable at US$50/barrel), resolving to migrate to digital two-way radios and digitalising workflows are two cost effective, and rapid-to-deploy methods for improving operations. When a trusted vendor is engaged, there are also multiple opportunities to develop easier to manage OPEX driven strategies such as hosted or managed services, build own operate (BOO) or communications as a service (CaaS). In this way costs become more predictable, with an annualised spend that enables oil and gas producers to more consciously plan for new mobility strategies that can help focus efforts on enhancing operating efficiency, preserving margins and maintaining production that fulfils market demand.

        To learn more about how Motorola Solutions can further support the oil and gas industry visit here.

        Improving Safety and Productivity in Oil and Gas Operations

        If you’d like to join the conversation about how to maximise the efficiency of the digital oilfield in today's ever-changing environment, we’d be delighted to welcome you to the Motorola Solutions Community EMEA LinkedIn Group.


        Tunde Willaims, Head of Field & Solutions Marketing, Europe & Africa, Motorola Solutions
        Connect with Tunde on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/olatunde-williams/5/282/67a

      • COMMUNICATIONS IN HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTS - Author Mark La Pensee

        Published Dec 09 2016, 8:26 PM by Clare McFarlane

        Communication in Hazardous Environments

        We are a society of consumers. We grow, extract and process materials and food stuffs into those everyday products that we take for granted. But when was the last time you even considered how complicated, difficult or even dangerous the processes might be behind food on our table or the latest must have gadget? The truth is that many of the goods we use in our daily lives will have passed through a hazardous environment of one sort of another during their creation and this presents a considerable challenge for those who secure the raw materials and the manufacturers of these products.

        Understanding what constitutes “a hazardous environment” is a critical consideration when meeting the communications and operational requirements for these manufacturers:

        ‘An environment is defined as potentially hazardous if three conditions are met: there is a fuel source, perhaps a gas, a vapour, some sort of ignitable dust; oxygen and an ignition source.’

        The inherent danger of working in a gas plant or an oil processing facility may seem obvious, but you might be surprised to discover that a paper or flour mill can prove to be an equally dangerous working environment if the correct controls and safety are not stringently applied. It is easy to identify the stages in a product’s creation where a hazardous environment is encountered, be it the refinement of fuel which powers our vehicles, the production of chemicals we use in detergents, or the processing of metal ores used in our computers or the milling of the flour we eat. Every aspect of our lives is touched with products from these environments.

        The scale of production means that many of the facilities encompass large, complex environments that require integrated communication systems to facilitate effective and safe operations. This drives the ever increasing demand for highly reliable, easy to use and intrinsically safe communication equipment. Intrinsic safety is a protection technique used in a wide variety of electrical equipment, allowing safe operation by limiting the energy available for accidental ignition in the presence of Oxygen and a Fuel. ATEX/IECEX radios are a prime example of communication devices that are designed and optimised to meet these very unique and challenging demands.

        In conjunction with the intrinsic safety capabilities of a radio, it is vital to address the very particular needs of the user to establish their usability requirements. Invariably, hazardous environments are loud, dirty, hostile places and these conditions will further define the uniqueness of an ATEX communications device.

        CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSIONS WE HAVE HAD WITH END USERS TO UNDERSTAND THE SPECIFICS OF THE CHALLENGE:

        - In what sort of background noise levels do you operate?
        Many users will operate in a plant environment with extremely high ambient noise levels, often exceeding +95dB. This drives the need for loud, clear audio from the speaker in conjunction with a comprehensive accessory portfolio, tailored to the user’s needs such as a heady duty headset.

        - Do you require the use of any particular specialist accessories?
        Fire fighters use ATEX products in response to certain hazardous situations. They may be entering a burning building, which is a loud environment in its own right. To ensure clear communications at all times in these instances, users may adopt skull mics and integrated speakers for use with their fire equipment.

        - Where will you be operating?
        Be it a plant, an oil field, a chemical production facility in the Middle East or Siberia, it is very likely customers will be wearing protective clothing whilst in the hazardous environment. This drives the need for ease of use and optimisations to minimise problems due to lack of tactility through gloves.

        - What is the size of your operation?
        An oil field or gas field can be huge. Some sites in the Middle East are in excess of 500km2 . Such large geographical communication deployments demand the best in capabilities to ensure effective user coverage and minimal ’dead spots’.

        - How long will you be away from ’base’?
        Many such sites where an ATEX environment exists are not necessarily close to a charging station or power socket. This drives the need for excellent battery life to maximise the usage time whilst in the field.

        These are the requirements which drove the creation of the highly successful MTP850Ex ATEX TETRA radio that, since its launch in 2009, has continued to be extremely popular with our customers around the globe, recently passing the industry leading milestone of 100,000 TETRA units in market.

        In this article, we have just scratched the surface of the ATEX user needs. In the months to come we will explore the specifics in more detail and discover how we help our customers operate in the most extreme working environments on the planet.

        Download this case study when demonstrates the importance of effective ATEX communications equipment in the management of major gas plant: Gassco

        If you’d like to join the conversation about communication in hazardous environments, we’d be delighted to welcome you to the Motorola Solutions Community EMEA LinkedIn Group.


        Mark La Pensee
        Head of TETRA Subscribers
        Product Management