In today’s world, internet access is considered a basic necessity for most businesses— and Energy and Utility companies are no exception. The problem? These companies are often operating from a remote rig site that is hundreds (or even thousands) of miles away from the nearest urban center.
What does this mean for their connectivity? More often than not, it means starting from scratch. In some cases, basic communication equipment is left behind by a construction crew, but it is rarely capable of meeting the current and future needs of the company.
Many industrial companies attempt to utilize existing telecommunication infrastructure and systems only to realize— after operations have commenced— that they simply aren’t adequately engineered to meet their demands.
Below are a Few of the Most Concerning Indicators of Inadequate Telecommunications Infrastructure:
- Slow data transfer times
- Systems that become overloaded when multiple applications or operational systems are running
- Poor or inconsistent cell phone coverage
- Frequent system security threats or theft due to lack of surveillance
- Unreliable data backup processes
The Importance of a Strong Telecom System
The decision to invest in a robust, advanced telecom system can benefit a business in a multitude of ways. Let’s take a closer look at a few of these desirable outcomes.
1.Real-Time Data Flow
When existing telecom systems and networks fail to provide the bandwidth required, the business pays the price in the form of lost productivity. In fact, one study found companies lose 20 to 30 percent in revenue every year due to network inefficiencies.
For industrial teams working at remote sites this concern is amplified by the fact there aren’t any alternative networks to tap into. If the existing solution doesn’t work, it will likely be impossible to move data at all.
With a strong telecom system, however, performance skyrockets and user experience is drastically improved. Whether a team is streaming live video footage, sending large documents, or running several complex operating systems at once— strategic telecom design and engineering can account for these activities and ensure maximum, uninterrupted functionality at all times.
2.Private and Secure Wireless Communication Access
The viability and continued success of a remote utility or energy job site is dependent upon the company’s ability to protect their telecommunications infrastructure and the data contained within it. If the telecom system becomes compromised in any way, it can disrupt regular operations and leave the business in far worse condition.
Fortunately, a highly-qualified telecommunications engineering firm can show you how to protect your systems and critical infrastructure. From limiting access to authorized personnel only, to putting authentication processes in place and utilizing data encryption methods— you’ll walk away understanding how to implement a broad spectrum of other security strategies.
3.Merging Automation and Telecom Technologies
Automation isn’t just the latest industrial engineering buzzword. It’s a proven transformation strategy with the power to optimize operational processes— resulting in increased efficiency, cost savings, and consistency (among other benefits).
When coupled with a telecom strategy, a strong automation system becomes virtually unstoppable. The likelihood of human error is greatly reduced, inefficient practices can be replaced with automated frameworks, and it becomes much easier for the business to secure and maintain a competitive advantage.
Imagine being able to consistently operate your business 24 hours a day, without hiring more workers. This is just one example of what automation can achieve. By automating business processes, specifically, companies can ensure notifications are sent to appropriate team members when specific triggers occur, upload reports to a cloud-based database, send SMS messages to employee cell phones, and a wide range of other tasks— all without the need for human input.
How to Get Started
The most knowledgeable and proficient engineers understand that there’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” telecommunications solution. Each job site is a unique challenge with its own set of factors to consider.
When we start working with a client on a telecom project, we start by analyzing their current pain points and business requirements. It is only after we have completed a thorough assessment of any existing systems, structures, and equipment that we move forward to the planning, design and implementation phases.
To put the variation of telecom solutions into perspective, one system could merely require an antenna to improve cellular service, while another could require a 400-foot radio tower (which will need to sit on 15-20 acres of land) in order to achieve their greater operational goals.
If you are a utility or energy company that has identified the need to enhance your existing telecommunications infrastructure (or invest in an entirely new solution) we encourage you to reach out today. Our dedicated team of expert engineers understand the importance of a strong telecom system and can ensure you receive world-class results.