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Undeniable Benefits of Level Monitoring in the Oil and Gas Sector

The Internet of Things can add automation, analytics and cognition capabilities to a connected industrial infrastructure, helping companies enhance their revenue streams.
By Sanjeev Verma
Jan 26, 2020

Oil and gas is not a small industry to scale. From crude exploration to transportation to refining and distribution, it encompasses a myriad of complex operations and processes that facilitate the transformation of raw crude into useful petroleum products.

The oil and gas sector lies beyond international boundaries and provides a massive contribution to the global economy. Its field of applications can even cross ground-based terrestrials and require the workforce to indulge in offshore oil production practices. Volatile market conditions and continuously fluctuating oil prices also impart a tremendous amount of pressure on oil and gas segments to boost the production rate. Furthermore, it is prone to other challenges associated with oil theft, meeting regulatory compliance and unexpected accidents like gas leaks.

To address and counter these challenges, oil companies are in constant search of new methods and tools. The Internet of Things (IoT) is one such technology that the oil and gas segment can use to optimize processes and elevate operational methodologies. This article will discuss IoT powered level-monitoring solutions and explain the benefits that this application of the IoT can present to the oil and gas industry.

Why Choose an IoT Level-Monitoring Solution?
Indeed, there are already several level-monitoring systems that either run on SCADA or programmable logic controllers (PLCs). However, such wired systems are complex and are only accessible within the vicinity of an enclosed facility. Moreover, they present numerous challenges in terms of difficult integration, topographical limitations and high maintenance costs.

The IoT, on the other hand, offers advanced telemetry functionalities that allow users to monitor different variables from far-off locations. On the following pages, we'll consider some of the benefits that an IoT-based wireless level-monitoring solution can provide to the oil and gas industries.

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