HP and Shell are working on a Mega Channel Seismic Survey System that will wirelessly connect millions of sensors ten meters apart from one another for oil and gas exploration. The system promises a highly detailed 4D image of oil and gas reservoirs below the earth’s surface.
The sensor networks will be comprised of HP MEMs accelerometers that are more than 1,000 times more sensitive than those in phones or car airbags. The density of the survey data with millions of sensors will greatly improve the scale and scope of current wired sensor networks that deploy thousands of sensors. The breakthrough comes in advancements with Wi-Fi-based network.