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Rockwell buys wireless wellhead monitoring specialist

30 October, 2013

Rockwell Automation is buying vMonitor, which specialises in wireless systems for the oil and gas industry and is claimed to have the world’s largest installed base of wireless wellhead monitoring systems, with more than 6,000 oil and gas well sites around the world. The details of the transaction have not been released.

vMonitor has about 120 employees at offices in Houston, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, and other Middle East locations. It supplies monitoring and control systems for wellhead and upstream applications that combine wireless instrumentation and communication with visualisation software to help users to make more informed decisions and to improve production.

“Strategically, vMonitor’s world-class digital oilfield technology and services, combined with our comprehensive portfolio of solutions, strengthen our ability to deliver end-to-end projects for the oil and gas sector,” says Terry Gebert, vice president and general manager of Rockwell Automation Global Solutions. “Equally important, vMonitor’s capabilities will accelerate our development of similar process solutions and remote monitoring services for water/wastewater, mining and other industries globally.”

vMonitor’s technologies include an all-wireless portfolio of wellhead sensors and transmitters, remote terminal units, gateways and modems, as well as turnkey monitoring and control systems and services.

The acquisition is expected to close within two months. vMonitor will then become part of Rockwell Automation’s Control Products & Solutions business.

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