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Oilfield IoT Consortium

Meeting Information

Oilfield IoT Consortium hosts monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
These meeting’s take place in Calgary AB, and are also join-able online via join.me and phone call.

When

3rd Wednesday of each month at 9:00 AM, Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Upcoming Meetings:
November 20th, 2019 @ 9:00 AM MST
December 18th, 2019 @ 9:00 AM MST
January 15th, 2020 @ 9:00 AM MST

Where

Locally:

PTAC – Suite 400, 500 5th Ave SW, Calgary Alberta

Online:

join.me/PTAC

Via Phone Call:
+1 877 385 4099
Access code: 3206926

November 20th Meeting

This month’s discussion topic will be Challenges with IoT for Control.
Edge processors appear to be the heir apparent to PLCs and RTUs in the oil and gas industry. Many of these feature high speed processors that run one of the various flavours of Linux. Having a fully capable operating system allows for networking, remote management, and numerous system services. There are however a number real time control concerns that need to be considered:

• Timing critical operations
• Task prioritization
• Operating system interrupts
• Supervisory control location
• Dependency on wireless networks

Join us on November 20th for this exciting discussion!

• Introductions
• Group Discussion
• Networking

Presentation Archive

On October 16th we welcomed Kyle Mercer, Lead Application Specialist at Servelec Technologies to host a discussion on Cybersecurity in the New Frontier.

Discussion Abstract: As the number of interconnected systems increases so does the need for security. The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to make all aspects of life easier and/or better through the convergence of real-time analytics, machine learning, commodity sensors and embedded systems. However, this increased comfort has the potential to threaten privacy and security. In the industrial sector the consequences can range from minor inconvenience to loss of life, property and/or damage to the environment.

While the push to connect Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS) to a wider number of users and network services beyond the traditional isolated enclaves they were originally designed to live in is not new, the adoption of cybersecurity best practices has been slow. Since the beginning of the 21st Century the number and types of threats to IACS have steadily increased. Vendors, end users and government have been working to protect critical infrastructure, identify and address vulnerabilities and develop best practices and industry certifications to counter the rise of threats. As industrial systems were not originally designed to be interconnected, security of these systems has been very much an afterthought.

The emerging world of Industrial IoT represents a new frontier with the potential to transform how businesses operate by enabling rapid manufacturing, dynamic response to product demands, increased reliability, proactive maintenance and real-time optimization of production and supply chains to name a few. Unlike the challenges faced by traditional IACS, IIoT can and must be designed with cybersecurity in mind. At the same time, traditional IACS and IIoT will need to co-exist while balancing the need for increased security against other factors such as cost, ease or use and service life.

At the September monthly meeting we welcomed Suzzette Rainey of AutoSol and Valens D’Silva of Extreme Telematics Corp. to host a discussion on Configuration of Apps on Mass Deployed Devices.

suzette rainey

This brainstorming session addressed:

  • Different ways to configure apps and the pros and cons of each
  • Standardizing the configuration methods across apps
  • Configuring multiple apps on a singe device
  • Configuring a single app running on thousands of devices

Discussion Abstract: As software and hardware are decoupled, we begin to see systems with multiple applications (apps) per device running in containers. Each app needs to be deployed and then configured. We now have tools that manage the deployment of an app across thousands of devices, but we still expect administrators to log in to an app on each device to configure it. This becomes unmanageable on 100 devices, let alone 1000 or more devices. The problem is further compounded if each device is running 10 apps.

 

At the July meeting, the topic of discussion was Experimenting vs Scalable Operations.

In order to move forward more quickly we need to find ways to allow iterative development with an eye towards standardization. 

 

At the June meeting, the topic of discussion was software architecture of the Oilfield IoT Ecosystem.

We discussed the structure and flow of data between different stakeholders in the ecosystem as well as the APIs to pass data from the device management layer to monitoring systems. The discussion was driven by Mervyn Betts from BettsM.  

 

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Below is the Oilfield IoT Consortium Logo, and Oilfield IoT Member Badge. Both of these logo’s are available for download in a zipped folder containing the logo in a variety of file formats.

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