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October 9th, 2019

Thuraya's Successful Solutions for IoT/M2M, Remote and Offshore Oilfields at OilComm 2019

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, traveled from Abu Dhabi, UAE, to Huston, Texas, to display its top satellite solutions for land and offshore energy applications, as well as seeking new partners to expand its growing IoT/M2M ecosystem. The trip was worth it for the successful solutions that Thuraya brought to the Houston-based event for oil and gas professionals to explore trending innovations in the communications and digital industries.

Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), supplies always-on IP connectivity,  that enables smart connectivity for remote operations on a wide range of protocols such as narrowband IP, circuit switched data and voice over IP (VoIP).

At OilComm 2019, the company introduced an upgrade of its highly successful T2M-DUAL solution that was originally designed for fleet management and logistics. Facilitating simultaneous data collection from both fixed and mobile assets, the IoT/M2M terminal now supports a wide range of applications such as rail tracking, SCADA and pipeline monitoring, smart grid and metering, security, surveillance, weather station monitoring, hydro and environmental management. 

In addition, Thuraya brought a new fleet of solutions that delivered the reassurance of constant connectivity on offshore platforms, including oil rigs and petroleum tankers. The VSAT+ is an all-weather, high-bandwidth service that caters to complex operations such as office-at-sea, crew welfare, vessel databases, cargo conditions reporting, chart and software updates. Benefiting from a strong alliance provided by Thuraya, ITC Global, iDirect and Hughes, it provides Ku-band VSAT with critical L-band back up so that services are available at all times. 

Shawkat Ahmed, Chief Commercial Officer said that Thuraya extends the possibilities of smart connectivity — covering machine learning, automation, tracking and monitoring — to ever more remote and harsher environments — on land and at sea. Faced with challenges on numerous fronts, global energy players are looking to streamline their operations to stay competitive, maximize revenue and reduce environmental impact. Shawkat continued, that oil and gas operators urgently need sustainable solutions to regulate uptime, productivity and total cost of ownership. With an advanced M2M portfolio featuring per byte billing, dual mode Sat-GSM option, Satellite IP data and circuit switched connectivity; they cater to all fixed and mobile use cases.    
Designed specifically for harsh maritime environments, Thuraya SeaStar meets the evolving needs of small-scale operators. The SeaStar solution offers voice, SMS, data and tracking, on an easy and intuitive interface, based on the Android operating system. It is ideal for smaller and medium vessels, although its appeal also extends to other operators looking for support systems.