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Aker Solutions Choose Perle Device Servers for Data Transmission Between Topside Oil Platforms and Subsea Equipment

With outage costs in excess of $1 million per day seamless communication between the platform and the underwater infrastructure is vital.

Nashville, TN, May 22, 2015 --( Perle Systems, a global manufacturer of advanced Serial to Ethernet and secure device networking solutions, reveals that Aker Solutions integrated Perle Device Servers into their SMACS6 Master Control Station to provide crucial serial to Ethernet connectivity between topside and subsea devices.

SCADA systems, PLCs and other industrial equipment that have serial data communication ports are popular in the oil & gas industry. However, as TCP/IP is now the standard in industrial environments, a method to reliably connect these serial devices to Ethernet is required.

The SMACS6 Master Control Station provides complete control and monitoring of subsea equipment, surface electrical and hydraulic power units. In the design phase of the SMAC6 MCS, Aker Solutions, needed to source a Serial Device Server that would provide connectivity for modems, switches and 3rd party serial devices while transmitting data to subsea modules. The amount of data throughput would be substantial.

Three leading Device Server manufacturers, including Perle Systems, were selected to undergo rigorous lab testing. Perle had the only Device Server capable of passing more than 1 million messages without errors.

Mark Stahlmann, Technical Engineer at Perle Systems, comments, “After an extended soak test – 17 hours and counting – the Perle IOLAN not only smashed the comms stats from the competitors, but it exceeded Aker’s expectations by outperforming with no lag time or errors.”

The new SMACS6 MCS, with integrated IOLAN Serial Device Servers, is currently installed and operating seamlessly on the Britannia Satellites platform.

Find out more details in the Aker Solutions Case Study on
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