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Chevron achieves efficiencies and cost saving

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Business value Solution Opportunity CHEVRON ACHIEVES EFFICIENCIES AND COST-SAVINGS WITH LoRaWAN ® IN OIL & GAS "In the end, the economics of these wireless, low-power, WAN opportunities were a no-brainer, so we just did it. We achieved a significant return on investment (ROI) and reduced drive time, while optimizing the supply chain using easily deployable technology. In general, LoRaWAN is an order of magnitude less costly than traditional radios and wireless and is an open standard, so we're looking at other use cases for it, such as routine operating duties." -–Jonathan Polly, solutions operations architect at Chevron • The solution was to add "smart lids" to take level readings and transmit data over a long-range wide-area network (LoRaWAN) using nodes with up to 5 years batteries that can transmit over 10 miles in ideal conditions. This procedure was both cheaper and faster than traditional instrumentation and cellular networks. • San Joaquin Valley Business Unit's investment in the LoRaWAN deployment, spanning 30 MultiTech gateways in 6 upstream oil production fields in California and an initial deployment of 3,000 devices, paid for itself entirely in the first year. • Now investigating use of LoRaWAN to monitor temperature, pressure, vibration and soil samples. • 18,000 wells and devices in the field to operate and maintain, with many data points were still manually collected. • Chevron was looking for a paradigm shift in terms of low-cost instrumentation and monitoring that was usually done manually and that could operate in a 5 mile range, on 5 years of battery life and at low device cost.

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