Much like a cell phone tower connects to phones and rebroadcasting those communication signals to other towers, Quantum's Qnect picks up communication signals from deep underground, sometimes as deep as 14,000 feet, and rebroadcasts wirelessly to an area network. Unlike a cell tower, Qnect focuses on electrical data signals specifically created by specific drilling tools (EM-MWD) that are used to drill deep wells underground in applications such as geothermal and oil & natural gas exploration.
Quantum plans to combine Qnect’s downhole network interface with multiple receivers to provide a step change in downhole underground communications, which can be broadcast across a wide area that Operators can tap into like a cell phone network. In addition to its networking, Qnect also acts as a signal booster resulting in higher data speeds and lower power settings, thereby increasing the amount of information transmitted and reducing battery consumption and waste.
A Quantum service truck installs an EM Antenna into a wellhead.