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Methods of Gathering Electronic Gas Measurement (EGM) Data

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May 19, 2017

This paper is intended to discuss various methods used to collect Electronic Gas Measurement (EGM) data. There are quite a few options on the market today when it comes to remote measurement data collection in the Natural Gas industry. Due to advancements in technology, we have seen changes in most all the options available making each product viable and made to serve a particular niche. Depending on your company’s philosophy and direction, the data collection equipment may be as simple as a hard line phone modem or as advanced as satellite monitoring. We have seen a large rise and then decline of spread spectrum radio networks due to the sheer number of radio networks and realized interference. Quite a few companies are choosing to move from serial and go with IP technology all the way to the RTU in an effort to bridge multiple networks and protocols. Licensed radio networks have been around for quite some time and are still being utilized in certain geographical areas where the power in a particular frequency band is essential to meet performance and reliability requirements. In very dense and remote areas, companies are forced to utilize satellite communications to ensure efficient communication to end devices. Satellite communication devices can prove costly but are often the only alternative when attempting remote data collection in some parts of the United States.

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