Corvalent announces oil and gas IoT and edge computing platform
Fulfilling the promise of matching one of the most advanced Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platforms with highly-performant enterprise-level applications combined with world-leading industrial PC's, Corvalent has announced CAT-APM. Short for "Connected Asset Technologies-Application Performance Management," CAT-APM's Oil and Gas Well-Monitoring system is well-suited for remote monitoring of Oil and Gas (upstream), Wind, and Solar energy production using customer's existing sensors, or those provided by Corvalent.
"The Oil and Gas business has been a little slower to embrace Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies to improve efficiency, prevent and predict equipment outages, improve safety, and manage their fleets of vehicles," said Senior Product Manager Alan R. Weiss. "Now that they are diving in, they're finding that many vendors want to complicate IoT, remote monitoring, and fleet management. We don't believe this needs to be excessively complicated.
"Our approach to software takes advantage of our deep knowledge of computing hardware and operational technologies. We use the same philosophy for our hardware as our software: completely customizable," Weiss noted. "Rather than complicated, expensive, and difficult to use applications, or worse yet building your own homegrown solution taking years to deploy, we work with customers to build exactly what they want and need, and deliver that in months rather than years," Weiss explained.
For more than 26 years, the Cedar Park, Texas-based Corvalent has been a leading industrial supplier of long-life motherboards, Servers, Edge and Gateway systems. With CAT-APM, they are moving into vertical market applications for IoT using their powerful Edge computers and industrial-strength sensors, providing a complete end-to-end solution.
"The Corvalent Platform and enterprise-grade applications exhibit security, flexibility and allow for its edge- computing as well as on-premises server or cloud computing," said Ed Trevis, Corvalent President and CEO. "We believe strongly that a lot of processing will be done both in the cloud and on the edge of the IoT, and having a Platform that completely supports both transparently results in a much more fault-tolerant system with practically no down-time due to connectivity disruptions."
"Our Oil and Gas customers have fracking trucks, and by equipping these expensive trucks with sensors we can detect location using GPS but also potential breakdowns due to excessive shaking. That's how we expanded into Fleet Management with geofencing. Because these energy companies also have buildings on-site in the oil patch, we naturally extended CAT-APM to support Building Automation, too. No one wants an air conditioning unit to suddenly conk-out in, say, the Permian Basin in summer," Weiss added. "But more than that, we can track mobile assets such as fracking trucks, and help the customer reduce the amount of down time and asset misallocations dues to having to keep many fracking trucks on-site in case one breaks," noted CEO Trevis.
"Many companies are rapidly adding wind and solar to their energy portfolios, and we support them with fit-for-purpose solutions," added Weiss. "We're taking appointments now to demonstrate our solutions and to work with selected customers to design, build, deploy, and operationalize these digital transformation technologies."
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Industries such as construction, mining, energy, utilities and forestry, face many challenges when it comes to tracking assets and employees. Equipment often has to be transferred between locations, or monitored while it is dormant during off seasons. Lone workers may have to travel long distances or visit multiple sites during the course of their activities. And, all of this is further complicated today with shifting supply chains and economic realities putting further strain on the bottom line.