Process Control systems are embarking on a new wave of opportunities driven by Information Technology developments in infrastructure and system integration. Currently, most process and control systems consist of multiple, separate networks with limited interconnectivity. On the other hand, and due to the rapid developments of Information Technology, desktop computer system, Internet and Ethernet technologies are becoming increasingly suitable for use in the Manufacturing and Process Control sectors. This means that for the first time computer and communication structures based on Ethernet/Internet technology can be extended throughout the entire company. This paper provides an overview of the network, technology, and topologies utilized for an optimal High Speed Network for Oil and Gas Field Data Acquisition systems.

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