Yokogawa and Statoil Join hands to Develop a Field Wireless System

By CIOReview | Wednesday, March 9, 2016

TOKYO, JAPAN: Yokogawa Electric Corporation, A $3.5 billion company which is a force to reckon with in the field of cutting-edge research and innovation, has announced to jointly develop a field wireless system with Statoil ASA. Statoil and Yokogawa will draw on their respective strengths in plant operations and ISA100 Wireless 1 field wireless technology to develop a system that can map noise levels in real time at Statoil's plants and upstream (exploration and production) facilities, as part of the company's Wireless Noise Surveillance Project (WiNoS). By introducing this system, Statoil will be able to obtain real-time noise information during work in noisy areas, and utilize the data for better risk control of noise exposure of personnel.

Statoil, a Norwegian energy company and Yokogawa aim to develop a system that will help Statoil in risk management of noise exposure and achieve compliance with the OHSAS 18001 specification 2. This system will use an ISA100 Wireless field wireless network to collect data from noise sensors distributed throughout a plant. In real time, this data will be imposed on a map of the plant that can be viewed in a central control room or via a cloud service. The data can be saved and accessed at any time for analysis.

Yokogawa will provide its technology and products to build the ISA100 Wireless communication system, and Statoil will utilize its expertise to determine the overall system specifications and conduct field tests. Technologies contributed by other Norwegian companies and research institutes will be used to develop the sensors and data visualization graphics.

Masatoshi Nakahara, Yokogawa director and senior vice president who is head of the IA Platform Business Headquarters, commented: "It is crucially important and a matter of urgent concern for company managers to optimize their management of HSE. Based on this agreement, Yokogawa will seek to develop an ideal system in Norway, Europe's largest producer of oil and gas. To achieve this HSE objective, Yokogawa will combine its wireless technology and know-how with the knowledge and expertise possessed by Statoil, a world-class energy company that is well known for its innovations in oil exploration and production technology. We believe this effort will lead to solutions that help our customers."