Reinventing the Gas Pipeline with Edge Computing

Challenges

As with any latest-generation Oil & Gas system, the customer, a gas transport services provider, needed a “future-proof” approach based on standard scalable and expandable hardware supplied by a large vendor ecosystem in the industrial sector, in order to prevent technological lock-in and guarantee easy obsolescence management without the risk of re-design.

What SECO Did

SECO presented a new generation of configurable and modular UMs and RTUs that are highly innovative for the Oil & Gas sector. These edge gateways combine the traditional  environment of legacy buses and devices with the world of Industrial IoT, guaranteeing openness, expandability and compatibility with the most modern technological, telco and cloud infrastructures.

 

Both solutions are modular, easily configurable, and, most interesting from an innovation standpoint, are based on the same open-source software platform: EDGEHOG OS, an expanded Linux-Yocto kernel with a wealth of functionalities that increase its security and guarantee its updatability, remote control, and, above all, the processing and sending of telemetry data and/or SCADA.

Results

What we achieved:

• A scalable and future-proof edge-computing solution: from low-power MPUs to high-performance CPUs

• Multiprotocol and modular: versatile, expandable standard industrial hardware

• Secure by design: technology compatible with safety-critical and mission-critical environments

• I/O expander: ability to interface with pre-existing third-party field systems

• No vendor hardware and software lock-in: the modular hardware solutions are based on industrial standards supplied by a large vendor ecosystem, guaranteeing optimal obsolescence management with no re-design risk; 

• Open-source and API microservices-based software compatible with any third-party applications.  

• Resilient architecture thanks to the implementation of digital twins and AI algorithms.

“Our new, integrated Edge Device + IIoT Platform solution lets us combine the world and know-how of Oil & Gas Utilities OT with those of IT, guaranteeing downward compatibility with current and future field devices and any cloud infrastructure.”

Gianluca Venere Chief Innovation Officer, SECO

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