Abriox Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA), a high-tech specialist in remote monitoring, is urging U.S. pipeline operators to implement plans to transition through the end of 3G networks.
“Most pipeline operators rely on remote monitoring units [RMUs], which gather and transmit vital data on the integrity of pipelines, so timely decisions can be made to prevent corrosion risks before they become big problems,” says Sean Daniels, CEO of Abriox.
“Pipeline corrosion can mean anything from a minor repair, which can still be costly to manage if the pipeline is located in a challenging geographical location, to a serious breach of integrity—which could potentially result in major economic and environmental impacts,” Daniels continues. “Many cellular communication providers are retiring their 3G networks by the end of 2022, at the very latest. Some are doing so even sooner: AT&T is stopping its 3G service in February next year.”
“Given the global chip shortage, which is affecting the production and supply of many devices, it’s important that pipeline operators act sooner rather than later to review which RMUs and other technology may need to be replaced or upgraded.”
To support the company’s existing MERLIN6 RMU clients, Abriox has launched an upgrade program allowing customers to send back their units. Abriox engineers will then upgrade the units to ensure they are 4G and even 5G compatible. All upgraded units come with a one-year warranty.
“Simply unplug the units, return them to us, and we aim for a five-day turnaround to upgrade them and then send them back,” Daniels says.
Abriox says its core expertise is the development of remote monitoring systems for oil, gas, and petrochemical companies. The company aims to help its customers improve the efficiency of their fuel distribution networks by providing demonstrable asset management, safety, economic, environmental, and compliance benefits.
Source: Abriox, www.abriox.com.