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Enabling Connectivity across a Dispersed Landscape

North West Redwater (NWR) intended to build, manage and operate a new bitumen refinery. The new refinery was being built across six square kilometers and would include over 100 contracting companies participating in the construction phase of the project. NWR wanted to provide connectivity to the 100 contracting companies over a dispersed remote area in order to simplify the contractor onboarding process, decrease operating costs, and control the project schedule.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • Cisco
    Cisco designs and sells broad lines of products, provides services and delivers integrated solutions to develop and connect networks around the world, building the Internet. Over the last 30 plus years, they have been the world’s leader in connecting people, things and technologies - to each other and to the Internet - realizing their vision of changing the way the world works, lives, plays and learns. Today, Cisco have over 70,000 employees in over 400 offices worldwide who design, produce, sell, and deliver integrated products, services, and solutions. Over time, they have expanded to new markets that are a natural extension of their core networking business, as the network has become the platform for automating, orchestrating, integrating, and delivering an ever-increasing array of information technology (IT)–based products and services. Revenue: $49.2 billion (2015) NASDAQ: CSCO Subsidiaries/ Business Units: - Jasper - OpenDNS - CloudLock
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Logistics & Warehousing
  • CUSTOMER
  • North West Redwater (NWR) is a large oil and gas refinery based in Red Water Alberta, with more than 2,000 employees.
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • SOLUTION
  • By using the Redline RDL-3000 and the Redline RDL-3000 eLTEMT subscriber with Cisco 1552 Outdoor AP’s in strategic locations around the site, the NWR Partnership is able to provide connectivity to each contracting company regardless of where they are situated on the site.
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  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Emerging (technology has been on the market for > 2 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Data Management - Data Collection]
    A centralized communication platform that provides safety, security and project continuity was enabled to provide connectivity to each contracting company.
    Impact #2
    [Efficiency Improvement - Labor Safety]
    Alerts for dangerous weather and other problems are sent to all devices in the field during emergencies, improving worker safety and minimizing distruption to operations.
    Impact #3
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • Benefit #1
    The Cisco and Redline network solutions eliminated lost connectivity cost upwards of $50,000 per day.
  • USE CASES
  • Process Control & Optimization (PCO)
    Process Control and Optimization (PCO) is the discipline of adjusting a process to maintain or optimize a specified set of parameters without violating process constraints.The PCO market is being driven by rising demand for energy efficient production processes, safety and security concerns, and the development of IoT systems that can reliably predict process deviations.Fundamentally, there are three parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance:- Equipment optimizationThe first step is to verify that the existing equipment is being used to its fullest advantage by examining operating data to identify equipment bottlenecks.- Operating proceduresOperating procedures may vary widely from person-to-person or from shift-to-shift. Automation of the plant can help significantly. But automation will be of no help if the operators take control and run the plant in manual.- Control optimizationIn a typical processing plant, such as a chemical plant or oil refinery, there are hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Each control loop is responsible for controlling one part of the process, such as maintaining a temperature, level, or flow. If the control loop is not properly designed and tuned, the process runs below its optimum. The process will be more expensive to operate, and equipment will wear out prematurely. For each control loop to run optimally, identification of sensor, valve, and tuning problems is important. It has been well documented that over 35% of control loops typically have problems. The process of continuously monitoring and optimizing the entire plant is sometimes called performance supervision.
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