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Oil & Gas Middle East previews the latest wireless handheld device from Motorola.

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By  Administrator Published  July 16, 2008

Oil & Gas Middle East previews the latest wireless handheld device from Motorola.

We currently live in the so-called Information Age, a time when a seamless amount of data is transported through nothing but thin air, connecting people regardless of location and distance.

For the upstream oil and gas industry wireless technologies have only recently begun to make their mark, and with the imminent release of the Motorola MC75, it seems that the wireless revolution has truly arrived.

Motorola's new handheld MC75 is the latest addition to their portfolio of EDAs (Enterprise Digital Solutions), a multiple function mobile device built for rugged environments. The key new features of the product, which replaces its predecessor the MC70, includes a two mega pixel camera, a 3.5" high resolution screen, 3G capabilities, GPS navigation, larger memory and Windows Mobile operating system.

According to Motorola's Enterprise Mobility press release, the MC75 will "increase worker productivity and efficiency, reduce operational coasts and errors, and enhance customer service by delivering voice, data, GPS navigation, and camera based capture."

Oil and Gas Middle East spoke with Tarek Hassaniyeh, regional sales manager for Motorola's Enterprise Mobility business, about the new device. "What's so great about the MC75 is that it uses the latest communication features like 3G, which utilises HSDPA [High Speed Downlink Packet Access] at about 100kb per second, so you can send information and data and at the same time communicate.

A lot of customers in the oil and gas sector will have field technicians going out on the rigs doing their jobs. What they will be able to do is capture information, images or videos about what is happening in a situation, and then send it in a secure and fast manner with this device," said Hassaniyeh.

The possibilities for industry workers do not end there thanks to the GPS capabilities of the device. According to Hassaniyeh this will mean workers will no longer get lost or have any excuse for being late, as location and route optimization can be provided by the MC75. This may be particularly useful for desert locations which have been difficult to locate in the past.

"If you're in a situation where someone is trying to locate a rig in the middle of the desert, at the moment they have scouts who know the area and the desert. With the GPS they will know where the location is because they can track it via GPS, and then it will direct them," he said.

"What's very important to the company is to make sure they can mange the large number of field technicians that they have in multiple different locations. If they are doing things in a manually, to enter information onto the system will take days. However, with such a device the information can be uploaded to the system in real-time," said Hassaniyeh.

"And it is not only about capturing information but also having the ability to retrieve information from the company's system, so they never need to leave the job site," he added.

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