20 July, 2021 – Abriox Inc, the multi award-winning high-tech specialist in remote monitoring, is urging USA pipeline operators to implement plans to transition through the 3G sunset now.

“Most pipeline operators rely on remote monitoring units (RMUs) which gather and transmit vital data on the integrity of the pipelines so timely decisions can be made to prevent corrosion risks before they become big problems,” said Abriox Chief Executive Officer Sean Daniels.

“Pipeline corrosion can mean anything from a minor repair, which can still be costly to manage if the pipeline is located in a challenging geographical location, to a serious breach of integrity which could potentially result in major economic and environmental impacts.

“Many cellular communication providers are retiring their 3G networks by the end of 2022 at the very latest. Some are doing so even sooner: AT&T is stopping its 3G service in February next year.

“Given the global chip shortage which is affecting the production and supply of many devices, it’s important pipeline operators act sooner rather than later to review which RMUs and other technology may need to be replaced or upgraded.

“To support our existing MERLIN6 RMU clients, Abriox has launched an upgrade program which enables our customers to send their MERLIN6 units back to us and our engineers will upgrade the units to ensure they are 4G and even 5G compatible. All upgraded units come with a one-year warranty.

“Simply unplug the units, return them to us and we aim for a five-day turnaround to upgrade them and then send them back,” Sean added.

For more information on Abriox's upgrade service, please click here.