Ethernet Enables Midstream Oil Networks
The midstream oil and gas markets, primarily transport and storage, typically use three types of networks. The first type is for control and for safety shutdown systems, typically starting at the controller level and extending down to I/O and instruments. The second type is for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, starting at the controller level and extending up to MES and to ERP systems. The third type of network is for Intranets, which are used for internal communications such as VoIP, dedicated email servers and file transfers.
In modern communication systems, Ethernet is used in all three network types to enable easier and tighter integration between all levels of the corporation. Physically connected and wireless Ethernet networks provide a competitive advantage by providing a low cost and widely supported infrastructure across the enterprise.