Speaking at the Carnegie Mellon software engineering institute’s 2016 Saturn conference earlier this year, Jørn Ølmheim presented Statoil’s experience of the devices, challenges and opportunities of the internet of things. Statoil’s poster child is its Ocean Observatory, a window on multi sensor data for environmental monitoring with video of the sea floor and echo sounder tracking of ‘biomass’ a.k.a. fish. Workers too are plugged into the network to monitor exposure to workplace sound levels. Statoil proposes a seven layer IoT architecture, from fog computing at the edge, into the cloud and through to big data and business applications.
IoT spans the operations/IT boundary. Ølmheim sees OT as maturing and assuming functionality that is today in the IT camp. One thing unlikely to change is the role of the historian which is seen to act as a buffer between OT and IT for some time. An enigmatic slide concluded the presentation, with the anatomy of a ‘thing,’ a sematic web derived object that models anything! Oil IT Journal readers will hear echoes of earlier initiatives which live-on in the EU-backed Optique project. Progress on this €14 million R&D program will be reported during the SPE Intelligent Energy event in Aberdeen this September. More presentations on the SEI architecture technology user network.
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