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Data can provide unprecedented insight into an oil rig or production well’s performance. The trouble is how to get the data to the headquarters to get processed and turn an ocean worth of data into actionable knowledge

IoT Energy image 2Drilling equipment generates thousands of data points per second. (Image source: Speedcast)

Throwing away the data

Today, drilling equipment generates thousands of data points per second.  A drilling rig alone is estimated to produce more than 1 terabyte of data per day, roughly equivalent to streaming 400 hours of high-definition videos. Refineries are home to hundreds of thousands of sensors generating more terabytes of data.  Most of that data is simply being thrown away, because moving it to where it can be analysed is seen as too difficult or costly.  

As a recent Energy Industry Council (EIC) webinar shows, the future in remote connectivity for the energy business is changing fast. Speedcast and Amazon Web Services (AWS) experts joined EIC to discuss how the latest LEO technologies can accelerate energy operations’ cloud journey.  

Get the data into the cloud with LEO

Two big developments that will make the difference are satellite constellations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and the accelerating integration of satellite services with the cloud. Orbiting much closer to earth with high-capacity bandwidth, some of the newest and most advanced LEO constellations can achieve speeds nine times that of traditional connectivity services, including GEO-based solutions – reaching as high as 350 Mbps. This advancement will offer near-real-time connectivity able to fully support IoT, augmented reality and virtual reality, and 3D digital twinning.  Through deep relationships with companies like Speedcast, AWS is providing the scalable processing capacity and advanced tools to turn petabytes of ones and zeros into knowledge critical to operational efficiency, productivity and profitability.  

Watch the on-demand version of the webinar today and learn about the technologies poised to transform energy operations in even the most remote corners of the world. .