About Us

The Subsea Wireless Group (SWiG) is an international oil and gas industry network promoting interoperability for subsea wireless communications (radio frequency, acoustic, free-space optic, inductive power, hybrid).

Members are leaders amongst operators, integrators, and suppliers in the subsea communication domain. Close collaboration amongst stakeholders ensures standards are globally supported by the integrator-led use cases, meeting operator specifications, while assisting the focus of supplier-led technology development.

The Standards support a wide range of subsea applications, from acoustic telemetry between permanent or temporarily installed components, to the communication systems and supporting infrastructure enabling the introduction of semi and fully autonomous subsea vehicles.

Existing knowledge has been donated by members, and the availability of the results of supported research for use by member companies is ensuring that the development roadmap provides the supporting infrastructure to support the ambition to move to Interoperable De-carbonised Asset Integrity and Project Development.

Energy Operators founded the SWiG network and remained members to drive interoperability and interchangeability of underwater wireless technologies in the energy sector. Supporting initiatives that take a lead on the development of industry standards will positively affect the adoption of underwater wireless technology for the subsea economy.

Achieved and Delivered by SWiG

SWiG has delivered the following:

  • SWiGradio standard
  • Subsea technology needs analysis focused on:
    • Integrity Management
    • Structural Monitoring
    • Flow Assurance
    • Position Monitoring
  • A SWiG 101 course introducing radio frequency, acoustic and optical wireless subsea communication technologies (inductive & hybrid to be completed)
  • Case studies based on radio frequency and acoustic technologies
  • Use cases for acoustic technologies
  • Use cases for inductive data and power technologies
  • Use cases for optical technologies

Working Groups

To raise industry awareness and acceptance of through-water communications and encourage integration of these technologies in the oil and gas community, SWiG operates member-established Working Groups. These include:

  • Technology Capabilities – Identification of technology capabilities and support their development.  Resulted in SWiG 101 course
  • Standards – To develop a family of standards that support full interoperability between hardwired and wireless systems subsea
  • Subsea Technology Needs – Identify end user technology requirements for subsea communications