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iNet unveils new satellite to boost connectivity offshore Guyana

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iNet Communications has unveiled a new satellite targeting improved connectivity for offshore operations spanning Guyana and the wider Caribbean Region.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), George Melville shared with OilNOW recently that iNet partnered with Eutelsat S.A. – a French satellite operator – to introduce the technology locally. Though he did not disclose a figure, Melville said the investment was in the millions.

He explained that the satellites can be easily installed on any floating oil platform to provide seamless connection to the entire vessel, and support vessels that may be docked miles away.

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“Our marine solution is a host of services that work in amalgamation to take offshore technology to the next level. Our connectivity is the backbone of this marine solution. Each solution is configured according to the information technology needs of each vessel,” he explained.

With ExxonMobil’s plans to install a fibre optic cable to service its offshore operations, Melville said Guyana is in a unique position. The satellite allows for over 30 units of 4K security cameras to be viewed in real-time onshore at its headquarters, concurrently. It also provides for real-time feed while simultaneously being backed up via Microsoft Azure.

“We provide the connectivity, the cameras, the networking and the cloud solution [and] high throughput AI data links for real-time responses to directional drilling projects. [We also] support intelligent monitoring of occupational safety and overall site security. We provide the connectivity, the AI monitoring system & the cloud solution. Our i-Net Marine link is capable of all that, and more,” Melville outlined.

The new prototype was on display at the Summit and according to the iNet CEO, it garnered major interest from oil industry players in the Region.

“We had some interesting meetings with a delegation from Brazil, and from Petrobras and with our solution and what they are doing there, we can more or less provide connectivity for the entire offshore area,” he added.

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