An oil and gas service provider performing sub-ocean floor surface imaging required critical ship-to-ship wireless broadband communications for a new fleet configuration demanding connectivity beyond the reach of their existing wireless network. The service provider uses wireless network connectivity to control and synchronize production activity throughout the fleet as well as provide inter-vessel data transfers.
These types of surveys have traditionally been limited to ship distances of less than 9 km and low data rates of 1.5Mbps or less. Increasing the distance between vessels allows for greater resolution of data and mapping of increased ocean depths. The higher bandwidth enables data analysts to perform analysis and data correction during production instead of waiting until surveys have been completed. That increased efficiency not only allows for a faster turn-around of post-production data but also a faster reaction time to any data collection methods that may need to be adjusted during the survey.
In collaboration with the customer, BATS designed a triple redundant mesh network solution that exceeded the requirements of the geophysical services company. BATS integrated a 5.8GHz point-to-point (AN80i) wireless broadband radio from Redline Communications with the BATS AMATS-300 self-aligning antenna and tracking system. This solution was able to maintain wireless links at distance in excess of 30 km providing from 10-18Mbps of throughput on each connection. Each of the four vessels in the fleet was configured with three AMATS-300 systems connecting each vessel to all others in the fleet in a mesh topology. This topology created the zero downtime resiliencies required in this demanding environment, as well as delivering aggregate speeds of up to 54Mbps between vessels
BATS Wireless is a leading technology provider, specializing in intelligent communications systems. BATS’ industry-first automated tracking and stabilization platform enables organizations to rapidly deploy massive capacity (Gb+), uninterrupted, fixed or mobile wireless networks over long distances without skilled technical resources.
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