|Content Type||Conference Paper|
|Title||Exploring New Options In Battery Powered Remote Monitoring|
|Authors||Craig Held, FreeWave Technologies|
|Source||CORROSION 2012, March 11 - 15, 2012 , Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Copyright||2012. NACE International|
|Keywords||Cathodic protection, remote monitoring, automation, pipe-to-soil, A/C interference, spread spectrum, frequency hopping, SCADA, rectifier|
Today, several issues are coming together to make cathodic protection monitoring a more mission critical need than ever before. These include: the need for better efficiency in the deployment of human assets; mitigation not only measurement; increased scrutiny on how well the assets entrusted are being monitored and protected; and, the increased penetration of development into remote locations while the growing population is forcing infrastructure development needs more broadly and penetrating already developed areas. Cathodic protection monitoring technology has come a long way from its manual beginning. Over the course of a few years, automated remote monitoring has increased in popularity as a viable solution for pipeline, energy and utility operators. While it can be overwhelming to choose a network provider, decision makers must thoroughly examine their options and be aware of advancements in cathodic protection remote monitoring. Understanding needs for security, observing pipe-to-soil requirements, and maintaining awareness of potential A/C interference are key areas that an operator should evaluate when selecting an automated cathodic protection system.
New technologies introduced over the past several years have streamlined the processes for cathodic protection monitoring. Previously a time-consuming manual method was the only option; pipeline operators now have a handful of options. Automated remote monitoring in particular has increased in popularity as a viable solution for pipeline, energy and utility operators. Many of these technologies can bring data from a remote location, directly to a computer or smartphone. At the touch of a button, operators are able to understand the status of their entire pipeline system. In a market saturated with options, some much more reliable and efficient than others, it is critical for operators to be well-informed and understand which technologies are available and best suited for their communications network and its impact on their cathodic protection efforts.
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