Fotech Solutions, the linear asset monitoring technology expert, is participating in the fifth annual Global Pipeline Integrity & Technology Summit (20th-21st April, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), where it will be highlighting how its advanced Distributed Acoustic Sensor (DAS) technology can add a significant layer of intelligence to pipeline operators’ safety, security and maintenance operations.

Fotech Solutions, the linear asset monitoring technology expert, is participating in the fifth annual Global Pipeline Integrity & Technology Summit (20th-21st April, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), where it will be highlighting how its advanced Distributed Acoustic Sensor (DAS) technology can add a significant layer of intelligence to pipeline operators’ safety, security and maintenance operations.

Fotech will be showcasing its LivePIPE™ monitoring system that enables real-time detection of threats to oil and gas pipelines using standard fibre optic cables installed near to the pipelines. The system can be configured to notify pipeline operators of specific and significant threats, while actively ignoring activity that is non-threatening to a pipelines’ integrity. Fotech’s Helios DAS technology is an important preventative technology that helps to maintain the sustainability and profitability of oil transportation.

Chris Shannon, CEO, Fotech Solutions, commented: “With a significant number of deployments LivePIPE is already delivering far more comprehensive and reliable monitoring to pipeline operators around the world. Protecting oil and gas pipelines continues to be a high priority due to the potential loss of revenue, danger to local communities and environmental damage that comes with an accident or theft event. DAS offers a step change for the industry in how it mitigates those risks and that is why we continue to push for the technology to be seen as integral to the security and maintenance of all pipelines.”

Helios DAS from Fotech converts an optical fibre up to 40km long into the equivalent of tens of thousands of individual vibration sensors. Real-time detection of the vibrations caused by acoustic disturbance at each point along the fibre enables operators to ‘visualise’ and record what’s happening along the full length of a pipeline with greater clarity than ever before. By analysing the frequency, amplitude and temporal characteristics of the disturbance, Fotech’s LivePIPE™ system uses DAS to determine what the potential threat actually is in real-time, alerting operators so that mitigating action can be taken.

Focusing on the theme "Technology that integrates Excellence", the 5th Annual Global Pipeline Integrity & Technology Summit will feature insightful discussions regarding current market needs in order to face the challenges and issues concerning the global oil & gas pipeline industry.

Fotech’s spokespeople will be available in the exhibition area to demonstrate how the LivePIPE™ solution can protect against malicious attacks, accidental damage and oil siphoning activities.