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Advances in wireless communications technology have made a significant impact on the global data and messaging communications chain. Consequently, satellite messaging services, provided by global low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite networks, have become a reality in the commercial marketplace. As a result, businesses around the world now have the opportunity to track remote and mobile assets; to monitor remote utility meters and oil and gas storage tanks, wells and pipelines; and to stay in touch with remote workers anywhere on the planet. This paper will provide utility and energy industry professionals with a general overview of LEO satellite messaging systems and modern distributed-GIS technology while focusing specifically on pipeline applications that leverage LEO messaging services, ArcSDE and ArcGIS Server to provide timely, efficient, web-based access to vital data constantly being generated in spatially dispersed areas. By connecting remote field operations to the home office, via the Internet and satellite, utility and energy companies can be more efficient.