Tulsa-based eLynx Technologies, the leading provider of web-based monitoring and field automation services to the oil and gas industry, introduces an enhanced GPS capable version of the i4D to the market. The i4D is a four-input discrete alarming device that uses Iridium’s global satellite network for its communication, so it can be used in even the most remote locations where cellular coverage may be intermittent or even non-existent.
Recent applications of the device included monitoring run status and providing a key metric of run time averages for mobile equipment such as oilfield compressors and generators. Now, this new GPS-enabled version provides users with a real-time location as well. The location information is automatically sent to eLynx and can be populated into the SCADALynx mapping tool.
The i4D antenna only has to have a view of the open sky in order to communicate status changes associated with compressors, tank levels, pumps, and any other well site equipment. Real-time alarm notifications are then transmitted to operators via text, email or voice callout, with minimal latency.
Reliability is critical with alarming devices. The i4D has two built-in features that enable operators to rely on it for their critical alarming needs. The device will transmit a signal once a week to let you know it is functioning and the device will send its battery level every time it transmits data.
“Where critical alarms have to get through to the operators, the i4D has proven to be an excellent solution,” noted Ray McDaniel, Manager of Sales Engineering for eLynx. “The addition of GPS, which was prompted by customer demand, really broadens the potential applications for this exception based alarming device.”