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In the pipeline industry, real-time monitoring is becoming a big business. Systems monitor pipeline integrity, temperature, vibration, leaks, personnel and equipment, as well as watch for intruders. These systems use a variety of communication methods, including fiber optic cable strung along the pipeline, cellular, satellite, wireless and Ethernet.
The Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3) provides many advantages over conventional protocols in a wide range of natural gas applications including the monitoring and control of pipelines, gathering systems and distribution systems. Here are some key reasons why one should consider applying DNP3 for communications with pipeline remote devices.
(subhed)What Is DNP3?