Schlumberger teams with ERF for wireless communications

‘Broadband trailer’ brings high-end communications to remote North American drill sites.

Schlumberger has signed an exclusive reseller agreement with League City, Texas-based ERF Wireless to expand broadband and Wimax communications in North America to the US and Canadian oil patch. Schlumberger is to extend the footprint of its IPresence and IPerformer services with ERF Wireless’ high-speed, low-latency wireless coverage.

Slavo Pastor, VP Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS) said, ‘This deal will provide cost effective ubiquitous communications to the oil and gas industry and will increase real-time activities and collaboration between remote sites and office-based asset teams.’

ERF Wireless CEO John Nagel added, ‘The new broadband service will let energy companies realize their digital oilfield initiatives and increase productivity, safety and crew welfare.’ ERF Wireless’ wireless broadband services are deployed with a broadband trailer located at the drill site or pipeline facility. The network delivers real-time data, VoIP, video conferencing, surveillance and monitoring. Schlumberger’s own communications offering includes satellite, wireless, terrestrial, data and voice solutions.

This article originally appeared in Oil IT Journal 2009 Issue # 1.

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