At the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston this month, Rajant Corp. floated its proposed ‘GulfMesh,’ (GM) broadband network for the Gulf of Mexico. GM will be based on Rajant’s ‘BreadCrumb’ nodes and ‘InstaMesh’ software and will cover the area from Brownsville, Texas to the Florida panhandle. Target users include oil platforms, marine vessels and helicopters which would connect to the network for Wi-Fi access, ship-to-shore communications and other IP-based services. BreadCrumb clusters on wells, pipelines or platforms can be connected via satellite transponder to satisfy a full range of communications needs. Rajant also showcased its ‘RAPTR’ solution, a quickly-installed radio network offering 25 Mbps bandwidth over a six mile range and 5 Mbps at ten miles. More from www.oilit.com/links/1105_24.
Meanwhile at the Entelec tradeshow in Houston this month, FreeWave Technologies was demoing its new licensed LRS Series radios which are claimed to make optimum use of available bandwidth in narrow-band UHF channels ‘without the protocol overhead of native-IP radios.’ Chief marketing officer Ashish Sharma, claimed that FreeWave is ‘the leading provider of wireless data radios for oil and gas with more than 50 percent of all new installations and 250,000 radios deployed.’ The LRS unit has EU certification for use in more than 27 European countries, plus Canada, Mexico and New Zealand. More from www.oilit.com/links/1105_25.
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