When it comes to meeting today’s increasing demand for oil and gas, a new standard for high-level communications in industries like liquid natural gas, offshore oil, mining and refining has emerged. Despite operating in some of the world’s harshest environments, plants, refineries and even drilling vessels must be equipped to handle communicative workloads similar to what you might expect at a metropolitan office building. While crews are on site, energy executives back at corporate headquarters expect up-to-the-moment statistics, live video feeds and consistent feedback. With so much at stake, oil and gas companies now view high-performance communications networks as arteries that meet their mission-critical needs. Downtime, if only for a few minutes, could bear severe consequences.