Oil & Gas should make better use of infrastructure, IT solutions, says Huawei
Intelligent monitoring, secure networks will help energy companies better address risks
The energy sector in the Middle East needs to increase adoption of advanced IT solutions in areas such as digital oilfield and intelligent pipeline technology, according to Huawei, to improve the security of operations.
The company believes that more investment is needed in secure networks to be able to resist cyber attacks, along with communications infrastructure that can support monitoring solutions which can detect and isolate faults or attacks at all stages. By investing in the right technology, oil and gas companies can protect their oil pipelines, rigs and plants against sabotage, illegal tapping and cyber-attacks.
Joe So, vice president of sales, Enterprise Business, Huawei Middle East said: "Technology has the ability to replace the role of human site inspectors who risk their lives working in extremely hazardous conditions. Not only is oil exploration becoming more competitive with theft of sensitive data a recurring threat, but oil projects usually take place in hazardous terrains and parts of the world that sometimes experience political instability. Oil companies need to ensure they have a secure and reliable infrastructure, which allows for the use of wireless technology, to deal with the deluge of data travelling from offshore to onshore sites. By having a unified ICT system, operators will be able to intelligently and automatically capture key performance refinery and pipeline data without the needs for engineers to risk spending time in the field.
"Rather than quickly buying solutions off the shelf, oil and gas companies need to look at customizing their solutions based on their individual requirements so that their network can respond to the sensitivity of its business and priorities."
Huawei offers specific ICT solutions tailored to the oil and gas sector ranging from wireless technology, Emergency Command Center Solutions, CCTV and Unified Tele-Presence Services.
Huawei's Emergency Command Centre (ECC) solutions allow oil and gas companies to monitor their oil delivery fleets and ensure their cargo is safe. An important component of Huawei's ECC solutions is CCTV systems, which ensure workforce safety and the protection of assets by preventing intrusions, terrorism, thefts and data leakage. With energy sector workers often sent offshore for long periods of time, energy companies are increasingly seeing a compelling case for investing in telepresence and video conference facilities.