The Oil and gas industry knows better than most to leverage technologies to make major breakthroughs. Sugar Loaf Field in Brazil, Ghawar Oil Field in Saudi Arabia and all other big and small oil field discoveries have been possible thanks to significant progresses in technology. With sites in remotest of locations, assets spread over hundreds of miles, and people working across geographies, the industry is always in look for technology that can best cater to their requirements. Moreover, ever-increasing data gathering and analysis, real-time collaboration and operability needs constantly push companies to explore newer technology options. In the last few years or so companies engaged in oil & gas industry is increasingly banking on mobile technology to manage its complex system, smoothen information flow from remotest location and be connected all the time. Mobile devices and apps are becoming a big enabler in the industry.
|In an Oil & Gas CIO survey, over 73% of CIOs consider mobile as their top priorities with 55% believe mobile technology will greatly enhance operations. Moreover, by 2015, it is estimated that $8 billion will be spent on oil and gas mobile apps.|
One of the major drivers behind mobility adoption in Oil & Gas industry is necessity of data and information flow. The field personnel can capture and send data from remote locations using their handheld devices, enable analysis at workstations and ensure regular information flow across the chain. Mobile also supports real-time operability thereby providing greater visibility across the processes and infrastructure and helping decision makers react to an evolving situation. Mobile technology also enables location based information which is a prime necessity in an asset intensive industry stretched over large areas. Smartphones and apps also help collaboration between a large numbers of people dispersed across geographies.
In future, with the more pronounced usage of other mobile enabling technologies like M2M and Augmented Reality, the industry will have more to do with mobility. The miniature devices are set to play a crucial role in the industry in times to come.
Tags: Oil & Gas Mobility