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OilComm / FleetComm Highlights Solutions for Business Continuity

Author: John Brader, VP & GM, Satellite Services/Wednesday, November 29, 2017/Categories: Business Continuity

The SageNet team is getting ready to head to OilComm and FleetComm 2017, to be held Dec. 6 and 7 at the Marriott Westchase in Houston. The event was originally slated for Oct. 4 and 5, but was rescheduled due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. Many people in the oil and gas, maritime, commercial trucking, shipping, and logistics industries were impacted by the disaster, both personally and professionally.

OilComm and FleetComm bring together communication professionals from these industries to discuss the challenges they face and explore new connectivity options. Hurricane Harvey has shined a bright spotlight on the need for seamless, rugged communications and network technology that can ensure reliable connectivity in a disaster. Several of the OilComm and FleetComm conference sessions focus on solutions that can facilitate business continuity planning.

Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) makes it possible to aggregate multiple WAN connectivity options (broadband Internet, telco circuits, 4G/LTE and satellite) into a hybrid solution that’s managed by a centralized controller. All connections are active simultaneously, and the controller has the intelligence to automatically route WAN traffic to the best connection based upon availability and performance. The result is a more resilient WAN that can survive service provider outages and slowdowns. As a bonus, SD-WAN can reduce connectivity costs, enhance security, increase agility and simplify the management of remote locations.

Satellite services create a communication network that’s impervious to disasters on land. While many organizations will require a dedicated VSAT network, bandwidth sharing can provide cost-effective access to satellite connectivity. A number of options are available to meet different requirements and use cases. In addition, Quick Deploy VSATs can be used to re-establish communications quickly in a disaster for organizations that don’t have dedicated or shared VSAT services in place.

Many organizations in the energy and transportation sectors are using sensors, drones and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices to monitor and manage their far-flung assets. Edge computing supports the IoT by bringing processing power closer to those devices. With edge computing, organizations can create a distributed analytics environment that’s capable of analyzing data locally in real time. When operators receive data more quickly they can spot problems faster, and take steps to ensure the availability of equipment and vehicles. Edge computing also helps to reduce network transport costs and increase efficiency.

SageNet has been a proud sponsor of OilComm for many years. With our headquarters here in Tulsa, Okla., we have strong ties to the oil and gas industry and extensive expertise in communication and technology solutions for the energy and transportation sectors. We are here to help organizations implement a highly available, high-performance network infrastructure that supports voice communications and Internet connectivity across the extended enterprise.

We hope you’ll stop by to visit SageNet at Booth 128 in the Exhibit Hall at OilComm and FleetComm.

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