Over the past few decades, the world has seen a speedy evolution of mobile generation technology. From ‘only voice’ analog 1G mobile network to the rise of mobile internet experience and focus on wireless World Wide Web (WWW) – the mobile space has surely changed a lot. With that, the way we use our mobile devices has also transformed. Leveraging the on-the-go technology and increased efficiency as a result of it, mobile technology has become a key part of operators’ day-to-day decision making. Ever since Petrolink’s inception 30 years ago, we have always put our clients at the heart of our operations and evolved and innovated our solutions to best suit their needs. Adapting to the next generation mobile technology to help our clients unlock value from their data is no different.
The Birth of PetroVue Mobile
The first version of PetroVue Mobile was released in 2016. As a native cross-platform mobile application, PetroVue Mobile allows users to access their well data on-the-go. The app connects directly to the WITSML store and displays time and depth-based data for all active wells.
Since the first release, the team has continuously worked on making the app more intuitive, fast, simple yet powerful; generating greater value for our clients. Today, PetroVue Mobile is one of the most advanced mobile applications for drilling data monitoring helping our clients anywhere, anytime. With features such as advanced alerts, notifications, and chat messages for improved collaboration, over the past few years, PetroVue Mobile has successfully helped our clients make timely decisions and minimize non-productive time.
As a company, we understand the significant role mobile applications play in every industry as part of the 4 IR. We continuously thrive to improve and enhance the capabilities of PetroVue Mobile by analyzing the feedback from our customers and market demand. This allows us to ensure that we are at the forefront of evolving the oil and energy industry by providing enterprise mobility.
The Role of 5G in The Digital Oilfield
5G is the newest generation of mobile technology. It promises faster data transfer, higher connection density, significantly lower latency, energy savings, and a lot more. But why is this significant?
Around 175 billion apps are downloaded annually. On average, a person now has more than 80 apps installed on their phone, using 9 apps daily and 30 every month. 5G is predicted to transform the entire mobile industry and is also one of the fastest-growing enterprise mobility trends. This will have a significant impact on the way apps work and will provide businesses with enhanced adaptability in terms of remote working, enterprise solutions, cloud services and connected devices. This includes the following:
- Up to 10Gbps data rate (10 to 100x speed improvement over 4G and 4.5G networks)
- 1-millisecond latency
- 1000x bandwidth per unit area
- Up to 100x number of connected devices per unit area (compared to 4G LTE)
- 99.999% availability
- 100% coverage
- 90% reduction in network energy usage
- Up to 10-year battery life for low power IoT device
This all means that users can do a lot more in PetroVue Mobile and get greater value. With the adoption of the 5G network, the users will be able to analyze data with almost negligible latency and take critical decisions ahead of time. It will also improve data availability, minimize application lags and improve the overall UX, making each click much faster. The speed of 5G will enable users to perform advanced actions directly from PetroVue Mobile without the need to open their laptops or desktops. Improved speed will also ensure high density of data visualization seamlessly and will allow for faster collaboration with colleagues or crew on the rig or in the office.
In few years’ time, users will be able to ensure safety and enhance productivity of their well, all from their phone. Imagine if you could use augmented reality to mitigate the issues in your drilling well while sitting at home with the use of a mobile device. Innovation like this will change the future of the Energy industry and with PetroVue Mobile we strive to be at the forefront of it.