Weatherford, Intel collaborate on digital oilfield technologies

10/3/2017

BARCELONA -- Weatherford International plc joined Intel Corporation at the IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona to showcase the collaboration between the oilfield services provider and the technology giant, and to demonstrate the benefits of bringing Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to the oil field.

Colin Tait, director of Information Technology at Weatherford, stood alongside Jonathan Ballon, V.P. in the Internet of Things Markets and Channels at Intel Corp., during Ballon’s keynote on day one of the conference. The executives discussed how IoT-enabled oilfield devices can improve the efficiency and profitability of production operations, from surface equipment to the back office.

As a use-case example, the companies demonstrated how data collected by sensors on production equipment in the field can be transmitted to the cloud, or to a data center, by the Weatherford IoT gateway. The Intel Secure Device Onboard service is used to securely onboard sensors and the Weatherford IoT gateway to Intel Wind River Helix Device Cloud for device management. After flowing through the gateway, sensor data can be visualized and analyzed using the Weatherford ForeSite production optimization software. The ForeSite platform, released by Weatherford in May 2017, connects and analyzes data from across the production ecosystem to maximize asset performance.

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