From lunar excursions to shopping at the local store, wireless radio communications have been popping up everywhere. For more than a quarter century, radio communications have been successfully replacing traditional hardwired communications in a variety of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications.
Aging infrastructure, new state and federal regulations, unfriendly neighbors, an aging workforce and heightened security restricting site access are burdening company operations with increasing costs and deteriorating operational excellence.
The new administration in Washington will mean changes at the Federal Communications Commission which will likely have a significant effect on oil and gas operators involved in the specialized field of energy telecommunications. Yet that is just one of the issues that concerns operators.