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Reasons behind 6.8% increase in IoT devices for oil and gas

April 18, 2019 / Nicholas Nhede

The number of devices featuring cellular or satellite connectivity deployed in oil and gas applications is expected to reach 1.9 million units by 2023 from 1.3 million at the end of 2018. The main driver for an increase in the installations of IoT devices is the need for remote monitoring of tanks and industrial equipment in the midstream and downstream sectors. Shipments in the upstream sector will grow faster, although from a much smaller base, as cellular communications become an increasingly viable alternative to proprietary radio due to improved 4G LTE coverage in North America. Moreover, continued technological advances are expected to positively impact on the market, previously affected by the decrease in oil prices in recent years. Major automation vendors are investing heavily in the development of software platforms to support use cases surrounding predictive analytics and digital twins.