February 2019, Vol. 246, No. 2

Features

How the IIoT and Edge Computing are Transforming Pipeline Management

By John Fryer, Senior Director, Industry Solutions, Stratus Technologies  Energy pipeline operations serve a simple purpose: Move petroleum products from Point A to Point B. Fulfilling that mission, however, is far from simple. Moving millions of dollars of product through hundreds or thousands of miles of pipeline requires a complex network of pumps or compression stations managed by automated control systems, including SCADA systems.    A failure or leak at any point could lead to a disruption in supply or, worse yet, a regulatory violation leading to costly fines and, potentially, to a public relations nightmare  That risk is amplified by the f

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