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Ashtead secures deal with nCentric to supply wireless technology

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Ashtead Technology has secured a worldwide agreement with a leader in remote communications technology, nCentric.

The deal will see Ashtead Technology supply seamless video streaming and data transmissions for large-scale, wireless dynamic mesh networks from its offices across the globe.

Tim Sheehan, Commercial Director at Ashtead Technology, said: “Capturing data from remote locations is still a major challenge for the industry. Today, most communications from oil and gas platforms and vessels to shore depend on expensive satellite links. The nCentric technology delivers a cost effective, efficient and reliable wireless network in large, hard-to-reach geographical areas.”

The nCentric technology can be used to monitor offshore operations, increase communication and can relay high definition footage from Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in real-time. The system can be configured remotely and can be monitored from an onshore location.

Mr Sheehan added: “The wireless communication allows operators to track vessel movements. The system can be quickly and easily installed, unlike traditional cable networks, which can be expensive and in some cases impossible. Harsh offshore conditions combined with remote and isolated locations means that communication lifelines are increasingly important to manage fleet and vessel operations as well as maintain crew safety. The need to implement secure, fast and reliable communications systems to monitor activity and track production is a vital part of any offshore operation.”

Marc Vereecken, Sales Manager for nCentric, said: “By developing our own patented products and solutions, nCentric has a strong competitive advantage both in terms of technology and pricing compared to other telecommunication companies in the market. Most projects consist of installing and managing our communication equipment for one or more parties involved in an offshore construction project, thus enabling multiple boats or infrastructures to communicate together, exchange real time IP data and video images.”

“Working in partnership with Ashtead Technology, we can specifically address the overall communication requirements of platforms, vessels and other assets operating in remote areas, providing high bandwidth and low latency communication solutions that result in more efficient and safer operations,” Vereecken continued.

Through the delivery of enhanced technical support services, the increased capabilities of its teams across the business and the addition of the latest technology, Ashtead Technology delivers a range of value-added services which include the supply of offshore personnel, equipment sales, complete asset management, calibration, repair and maintenance, custom engineering, cable moulding and training.

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