Wireless world

Communications announcements from Anybus, Blackline Safety, Tampnet, Iridium, LightPointe, Fairfield Geotechnologies, Siemens, Sierra Wireless, Speedcast.

AnybusWireless Bolt is an all-in-one package featuring, connector, communication processor and integrated antenna that provides external Bluetooth or WiFi access to an industrial device. The device attaches to a machine or cabinet and provides BYOD connectivity over a 100m range.

Blackline Safety’s G7c is a combined personal gas detector and two-way radio with a ‘push-to-talk’ function. The new device complements Blackline’s cloud-hosted user portal, an online regulatory compliance dashboard and analytics software.

Speaking at the 2018 OilComm/FleetComm conference, Anders Tysdal discussed Tampnet’s expansion from its North Sea roots to the Gulf of Mexico. Tampnet will soon have 60+ base stations operational, covering nearly 96,526 square miles and 98% of all manned offshore assets in the GoM with a 4G LTE service. The North Sea Tampnet was recently enhanced with a dedicated high-speed, low-latency 4G system from Marlink.

Iridium Communications has launched its Iridium Certus broadband service, the first new capability activated from the company’s $3 billion Iridium NEXT satellite replacement program. Certus is a global broadband service offering on-the-move internet and high-quality voice access. In a separate announcement, Icom is to add its push-to-talk handheld radio to the Iridium network.

LightPointe has announced the AireLink 60 10 Gig, a high capacity, full-duplex 60 GHz backhaul radio with a low latency, full-duplex 10 Gbps bandwidth.

Fairfield Geotechnologies has selected Marlink to provide a customized VSAT solution for two ocean bottom node seismic survey vessels operating on behalf of its oil and gas industry clients. Marlink also provides an onboard wireless internet service via the Marlink’s Xchange. Xchange was also deployed recently on Transpetrol’s tanker fleet. Announced last year, Marlink’s XChange Cloud is a secure and scalable platform for the transfer and synchronization of files between ship and shore. Application scenarios include storing and sharing status reports from on board engine monitoring systems for input to operator’s ERP and maintenance management systems.

Siemens has announced a novel form of data transmission that uses power cables to transmit data along with current. The powerline technology is a functionality of Siemens Sivacon 8PS ‘busbar’ trunking system.

Sierra WirelessAirLink RV55 LTE-A Pro cellular router connects critical remote assets, infrastructure and mobile workforces. The cellular IoT solutions is a compact, rugged router for scada, distribution management systems and service vehicle fleets.

Speedcast is installing a ‘multi-million dollar’ telecom system for Noble Energy’s Leviathan Eastern Mediterranean gas platform. The solution integrates multiple onboard communications and security systems. Scope of work spans telecommunications cabinets, company LAN, Wi-Fi, VoIP, CCTV, structured cabling, radio systems, 4G/LTE, IPTV, weather observation system and emergency satellite phones.

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