About Us

The Subsea Wireless Group (SWiG) is an oil and gas industry network managed by OTM since 2011.

The SWiG members are working together to define standards that facilitate interoperability between users of subsea wireless technologies (radio frequency, acoustic, inductive,  optical and hybrid). SWiG will engage with relevant standards bodies, encourage the integration of wireless technologies, and promote best practices across the industry. The overall objectives of the group are to:

  • Promote interoperability between users of through water communications
  • To raise industry awareness and acceptance of through water communications
  • Identify areas where standards need to be developed and develop them for the industry for through water communications
  • Encourage the integration of through water communication technologies
  • Promote best practices across the industry
  • Promote knowledge transfer across the industry

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