Network General’s drillers’ data logger

Equipment manufacturer to embed network traffic sniffer in ‘Cyberbase’ drilling control chairs.

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has integrated high speed data logging technology from Network General into its ‘Cyberbase’ drilling command centre. Cyberbase gives drillers complete control of the rig from a single chair. Network General’s ‘Sniffer InfiniStream’ data logger is used to track back and solve operational ‘anomalies.’


Frode Roed, senior engineer at NOV said, ‘Safety is always our number one concern. The machinery controlled by Cyberbase is safety critical and for this reason it is essential that we monitor all operations to identify any potential problems early. InfiniStream makes this possible and is key to avoiding unnecessary and costly halting or postponing of rig operations. Unwanted drilling events are efficiently investigated and flexible reports generated in no time as part of the system.’


Cyberbase chairs include a set of joysticks and keypads whose functionality is dynamically tracked on-screen as tasks change. Key information is then relayed back to remote operation centers on the mainland. Following successful integration tests earlier this year, InfiniStream will be embedded in future Cyberbase chairs and retrofitted to others already in operation.


Sniffer InfiniStream is a component of Network General’s NetworkDNA platform for captures and manages network traffic. NetworkDNA’s agents collect data from a variety of sources into a federated performance management database (PMDB). An API and web services integration enabler deliver a ‘single source of network truth’ in the form of real-time system and network performance metrics, and ‘back-in-time’ analysis.

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