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Wireless sensing technologies to boost the oil and gas pipeline monitoring sector

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World Pipelines,

The need to manage the serviceability and stability of an ageing pipeline infrastructure is driving the adoption of smart sensors in the oil and gas pipeline monitoring market. Advanced sensing systems that leverage new technologies, such as wireless sensing, energy harvesting, smart materials, embedded electronic computing, miniaturisation, robotic systems, and Big Data analytics intelligence, can increase return on investment, reduce down time, and improve public safety.

Sensors for Oil and Gas Pipeline Monitoring is part of Frost & Sullivan's TechVision (Sensors & Control) Growth Partnership Subscription. The study evaluates advances in sensing technologies and their impact on the oil and gas pipeline industry in the near, medium and long-terms. It captures sensor innovations from different dimensions, such as upstream, downstream and midstream. The insights will enable players to align themselves with the market trends and be early adopters of novel technologies.

"Wireless sensors are emerging as one of the strongest options for pipeline monitoring applications. With the adoption of wireless sensor network (WSN) technology, onboard computational sensing and wireless communication capabilities, the quality of monitoring will significantly improve. The WSN sensor nodes and algorithms can provide rich information for detection, location and assessment of structural damage caused by severe loading events and progressive environmental deterioration," noted Frost & Sullivan TechVision Research Analyst, Varun Babu. "WSNs can also monitor more data points and be reconfigured more easily than wired sensors."

Cost is a key issue that hampers the adoption of any new technology. However, funding support by government agencies and venture capitalists is expected to accelerate the commercialisation of prototypes.

"Innovators and start-ups should partner with device manufacturers to develop specific solutions," observed Frost & Sullivan TechVision Senior Research Analyst, Jabez Mendelson. "With the lack of an established technology ecosystem, there is a need for close co-operation between device developers, material suppliers, equipment vendors and foundries to develop common standards to facilitate reliable production processes."

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