|At Sonatrach, Entelec and OTN provided solutions from telephony to video surveillance|
Sonatrach is an Algerian government-owned company formed to exploit the hydrocarbon resources of the country. Transport wise, the company makes use of pipeline networks, composed of several pieces of equipment that operate together to move products from location to location. Stations are built along these pipelines to control the flow of the liquid. In there, various kinds of services need to be available: from telephony to video surveillance.
There's just one problem: all of these systems show shortcomings in a pipeline environment, such as lack of bandwidth/capacity, insufficient reliability or limited flexibility and scalability. This is due to electromagnetic noise caused by trains or trackside equipment.
An effective solution is not only indifferent to this electromagnetic interference; it also provides excellent transmission security and substantially better bandwidth/distance performance. Open Transport Network (OTN) Systems develops, produces and sells optical fibres for private network solutions, an excellent option in this case. OTN delivered 320 network nodes in total to Sonatrach, yet the question was how they were going to be able to control all these nodes.
Thanks to a partnership of years, OTN Networks introduced Entelec to Sonatrach. After a few presentations and demonstrations, Sonatrach preferred Entelec's Sky-Walker Integration Platform over the products of two competitors. As from January 2011, another tailor made Sky-Walker Integration Platform will be helping to control and manage the pipelines of Algeria. On top of that, the connections will be flexible, fast and reliable because of OTN Systems' optical fibres.