Fugro Shores Up Its Communications with Clear-Com
To streamline and enhance communications among its teams and these clients, Fugro is rolling out a combination of Clear-Com® IP and wireless intercom technologies including the Eclipse® HX Digital Matrix Delta Frame equipped with E-IPA Interface Cards, LQ® Series of IP Interfaces and the Agent-IC® Mobile App.
The first Fugro site to receive this enhanced communications network is the company’s Aberdeen, UK facility. This new center opened its doors in late 2019 and has provided the perfect test bed for wider implementation across the organization.
“On any given day, we could be helping clients transition their operations and personnel from offshore to onshore, evaluating the efficiency of an asset or checking for anything out of the ordinary: damage, debris, oil or gas leaks,” said Hugh Fraser, Remote Operations Center Pilot for Fugro. “Performing inspection and monitoring here at the center or using autonomous vehicles eliminates the time and logistics associated with sending people offshore, in addition to reducing carbon footprint.”
Clients often sit in the ROC alongside Fraser and the Fugro team, accessing offshore data and collaborating with on-site personnel from the center. At other times, the ROC works with entire teams on a platform or vessel. Either way, the Clear-Com systems provide an easily configurable, reliable and high-quality line of communications, giving ROC teams safe access to offshore operations.
“They give us simplicity and quality,” Fraser said. “Everything is IP to IP, which is efficient, plus there is built-in compatibility with older systems. That’s often been challenging for us since some client vessels, for example, don't update their equipment very often.”
The Fugro team had barely unpacked its new Clear-Com systems in early 2020 when the COVID pandemic hit, leading them to explore new applications for intercoms. Remote and autonomous capabilities had already been increasing in use throughout the maritime industry in recent years, as a way of reducing human exposure to hazardous offshore environments and lowering overall greenhouse gas emissions.
Over the past months, the Fugro team has often supported clients who can’t go offshore due to COVID restrictions but still need to communicate remotely with personnel on multiple vessels.
For Fugro, using a combination of an all-IP Eclipse matrix system to control communications through the Agent-IC mobile app and link to LQ interface systems used offshore proved to be a seamless solution for keeping everyone in contact, enabling traditionally “on-site” roles to be performed from anywhere.
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a trusted global provider of professional real-time communications solutions and services since 1968. We innovate market proven technologies that link people together through wired and wireless systems.
Clear-Com was first to market portable wired intercom systems for live performances. Since then, our history of technological advancements and innovations has delivered significant improvements to the way people collaborate in professional settings where real-time communication matters. For the markets we serve -- broadcast, live performance, live events, sports, military, aerospace and government-- our communication products have consistently met the demands for high quality audio, reliability, scalability and low latency, while addressing communication requirements of varying size and complexity. Our reputation in the industry is not only based on our product achievements, but also on our consistent level of customer engagement and dedication to delivering the right solutions for specialized applications, with the expertise to make it work. Around the globe and across markets, Clear-Com’s innovations and solutions have received numerous awards and recognitions for ingenuity and impact to customers.