Keeping Tabs on Remote Pipeline Monitoring Stations via Cellular Broadband

Given the importance of pipeline monitoring stations and the remote nature of installation sites, the task of monitoring network elements at distant pipeline monitoring stations can often prove to be a challenge. While direct communication via secondary network cable, satellite communication and dial-up communication are sometimes not an option, cellular broadband communication via 3G/4G modem can provide a workable, out-of-band solution for managing network devices at remote pipeline installations.

In a typical remote pipeline monitoring application, engineers and support personnel at a central control location employ an Ethernet LAN backbone in order to communicate with sensors, security equipment and other network elements at each monitoring station. Under normal conditions, this provides pipeline administrators with a means to monitor conditions and events at hundreds of individual monitoring stations spread across hundreds of miles of open territory, and quickly respond to any problems detected.

Under ideal circumstances, this arrangement provides administrators with a clear picture of pipeline conditions. However, if primary in-band network communication fails, or if severe weather renders satellite communication unviable, then cellular broadband communication via 3G/4G modem can serve as an effective, out-of-band avenue to communicate with remote monitoring stations in order to restore primary in-band communication or check on conditions at the pipeline site.

In a pipeline management solution that includes an avenue for 3G/4G communication, pipeline administrators can communicate with the local area network at the remote pipeline monitoring station via cellular broadband when the primary, in-band means of communication is not available. Rather than dispatching a service team to correct network problems at the remote site, out-of-band communication via 3G/4G modem allows remote administrators to deal with problems at remote sites without leaving their offices. This not only saves the expense of a service call, but it also eliminates the downtime that would occur while waiting for the service team to arrive on-site.

Tags: , , ,

Comments are closed.