Rajant, a provider of kinetic mesh technology, and communications services and solutions provider BT signed a global framework agreement that will bring Rajant’s technology to BT’s network capabilities.
The agreement will allow organizations to connect and gather data from thousands of devices such as sensors, autonomous vehicles, industrial machinery, high-definition cameras, VoIP systems and others to their corporate networks and data centers, Rajant said in a Sept. 2 press statement.
“As businesses take advantage of the Internet of Things to deliver efficiency and automation, the importance of a secure, resilient and adaptive network with no single point of failure, especially in industrial operations, is critical, since downtime may be counted in millions of dollars an hour.”
Bob Schena, CEO and founder of Rajant, told Rigzone that the goal of the agreement would combine Rajant’s industrial technology with BT’s reliable communication capacity, giving Rajant access to BT’s network of customers in over 170 countries. Hubertus von Roenne, vice president of BT’s global industry practices, said in a Sept. 2 press statement that the agreement would further extend the reach of BT’s network deeper into its customer operations.
Schena told Rigzone that the company’s extremely rugged and reliable wireless networks allow industries such as oil and gas, mining and chemicals to have reliable communications while operating in challenging, remote environments. Rajant’s technology achieves this goal by not only having devices that can roam, but towers that roam, meaning that all elements of the network can move continuously.
From a technology perspective, there’s a thrust in the world to push everything up into the cloud, Schena said.
“Certainly for the oil industry, there is a lot of calculation and analysis that takes places outside of the oilfield.”
One of the approaches has been to retrieve data from oilfields by satellite, which is effective, but expensive, said Schena. Instead of doing everything in the cloud, Rajant’s technology allows companies to work at the edge. The company’s technology is mature, but continuing to get better on a regular basis. Rajant is now on its eighth generation of its operating system on the software side, and in its tenth generation on the hardware side, said Schena.
Rajant’s technology not only allows for the application and storage of data on the network itself, but provides a high level of security for onshore and offshore oil and gas networks. Schena sees a great need for technology to monitor security and to predict and solve problems ahead of time, particularly for offshore, in case of a physical attack or cyberattack on an offshore facility or an environmental incident such as 2010’s Deepwater Horizon. In the Gulf of Mexico, 3,000 oil platforms were meshed together for security reasons in response to the Deepwater Horizon incident. These platforms generally are unprotected by sonar and radio, and despite best efforts by the U.S. Coast Guard, watching all platforms all the time isn’t feasible.
“Given what we see going on around the world, people should pay attention to security in a way that was unnecessary before,” Schena said.
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