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02.06.2024

Starlink Connectivity for Oil & Gas Field Service

At many remote oil and gas field sites, cellular communications can be intermittment or non-existent. Starlink deployed in field service trucks or on portable office trailers can provide reliable voice and data connectivity at those sites.

With its high bandwidth and low cost data,  Starlink is becoming an alternative satellite communications technology vs VSAT, BGAN, or Iridium satellite solutions.  A advantage of Starlink compared to VSAT solutions is the low deployment cost as the result of small size and autopointing technology. No specially trained satellite technicians are required to point the antenna system.  The low cost data plans make Starlink deployments affordable compared Inmarsat BGAN and Iridium based satellite solutions.

Starlink being a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite system will have better coverage in rugged terrain with southerly obstructions compared to Geosynchroneous (GEO) satellite systems.

The SCADAlink SatConnect Gateway which integrates Starlink and Cellular communications technology in a rapid deploy solution is ideal for remote Industrial Applications such as Oil and Gas.

With Starlink connectivity, IP Telephony applications such as Telus Business Connect, Skype, WhatsApp or cellular over WiFi can be used for voice communication where cellular is unrealiable or does not work.  Field tests have shown that Starlink connectivity can provide improved mobile call connectivity.

Reliable VPN and WAN connectivity also allows for remote PLC/RTU/HMI  programming, configuration, and firmware updates.

Reliable high speed WAN connection ensures remote office work productivity as remote desktop, web applications, file services, and video conferencing can be used.