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Hazardex 2019 Awards - PPTex Innovation

07 January 2019

D - PPTex: The best innovation in Personnel Protection Technologies (PPT) equipment incorporating electronic and technological systems that the user can wear, hold or use to improve safety within the process and high hazard industries.

Company: Blackline Safety Europe
Product: G7c - World’s First Gas Detector with PTT 2-way radio capability

No longer will commercial and industrial safety personnel need to purchase, wear or manage separate radios or walkie-talkies. Blackline Safety Corp. - the leader in connected safety technology - launches ‘push-to-talk’ for its G7c personal gas detector. With the push of a button, employees can use a single device to collaborate with co-workers just like a traditional walkie-talkie.

“After listening to dozens of customers in energy, telecom, utilities and aerospace sectors, we are the first to bring to market the tool that industry is asking for — a gas detector with built-in two-way radio,” said Sean Stinson, VP Sales & Product Management at Blackline Safety. “This is a significant accomplishment that took our in-house engineering team over 12 months to create and launch. The result is the world’s most versatile connected gas detector that enables efficient employee communications, converging two devices into one while saving the added expense of a two-way radio.”

Just over a year ago, Blackline shipped the world’s first cellular-connected gas detector with field-replaceable gas sensor cartridges. Push-to-talk communication is the latest addition to Blackline’s G7 platform that leverages integrated cellular communications, connecting employees to the Blackline Safety Network and a live safety monitoring team. No matter if it’s a gas leak, injury or health event, G7c automatically notifies monitoring personnel, triggering a real-time emergency response directly to the employee’s location. With push-to-talk, Blackline has expanded its G7 program in a new direction that significantly improves employee efficiency and productivity.

Rather than the usual 16 or 32 channels offered by many conventional two-way radios, G7c push-to-talk delivers 100 channels for communication between teams, across facilities and even between different countries — all without need for Wi-Fi or other costly infrastructure. G7c devices work right out of the box, automatically connecting to wireless networks in over 100 countries.

Push-to-talk radio calling began shipping in December 2018 as part of Blackline’s G7 Insight gas detector program that replaces traditional ‘beep-and-flash’ gas detectors with a connected solution. This new program includes a G7c device, Blackline’s cloud-hosted user portal, an online regulatory compliance dashboard and Blackline Analytics software, making it easy to manage a world-class gas detection program. G7 Insight was recently named OH&S Magazine New Product of the Year in the categories of Internet of Things and Industrial Hygiene — Gas Monitors.

Company: CorDEX
Product: TOUGHPIX DIGITHERM ATEX and IECEX certified company digital and thermal camera

The TOUGHPIX DIGITHERM cameras feature a rich set of new hardware, software and technical specifications designed from the ground up to set the highest standard in the industry. Manufactured from lightweight but tough, aircraft grade aluminium, every single component in the TOUGHPIX DIGITHERM has been selected with one goal in mind – quality that’s built to last.
With its industry leading, 5 megapixel visual sensor and ultrabright LED flash, TOUGHPIX DIGITHERM takes crystal clear, high resolution digital images in broad daylight a swell as darker environments. Not only this, but the cameras include a thermal imaging camera, meaning its duel functionality is the perfect hybrid for any occasion. Additionally, the cameras offer adaptive thermal blending, WIFI, onboard analysis tools, a removable memory card and removable battery.
Douglas Walker, Research Director said: “CorDEX have pioneered an intrinsically safe dual mode radiometric camera. DIGITHERM provides digital and thermal imaging in a compact tough package with a low entry cost. The high resolution visual image combined with the capable 80x60 IR image opens up many application areas. Problem hot spots are easily made visible and located accurately in tough environments.”

Company: MOBILE
Products: IS520.1 smartphone & IS910.1 tablet for hazardous areas

Automation, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) require us  to use modern mobile solutions - even in safety-critical environments. MOBILE GmbH, one of the world's leading and most innovative developers of mobile communication devices for safe use in hazardous areas, presents the IS520.1, an industrial smartphone that not only meets the important ATEX and IECEx standards for explosion protection but also the high performance and communication requirements for use in networked industries.
-  4,5“ (11.43 cm) HD RugDisplay-Glass multi capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixel
-  Android 7.1
-  4G (LTE)
-  Qualcomm 625 octa-core processor 2 GHz
-  3,600 mAh battery
-  2 cameras: 8 MP rear camera with autofocus and 5 MP front camera
-  3 GB, internal data memory of 32 GB (22 GB available)
-  MicroSD-card slot up to 32 GB
-  Bluetooth 4.1 LE

The IS910.1 combines the ruggedness of an IP68-certified tablet with ATEX and IECEx approvals for safe use in potentially explosive environments.
-  8" (20.32 cm) RugDisplay glass capacitive display with a maximum resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels
-  Android 8.0
-  4G (LTE)
-  Qualcomm 2.0 GHz octa-core processor
-  8,400 mAh battery
-  2 cameras: 8 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera
-  3 GB, internal data memory of 32 GB (24 GB available)
-  MicroSD-card slot up to 64 GB
-  Bluetooth 4.1 LE

Company: Oncam
Product: ExD Explosive Environment Camera Range

The ExD Explosive Environment camera range is the only 360-degree single-sensor camera with an explosion-protected housing. The range is designed to safeguard environments in markets such as oil and gas production and refineries, power and utilities, wastewater treatment, grain handling and storage, and other hazardous materials facilities.
The Oncam ExD camera range helps ensure the safety of the surrounding atmosphere by containing electrical sparks that can ignite and potentially cause significant harm to both people and assets. Designed to withstand the toughest conditions, the camera’s flame-proof housing has obtained various certifications across the globe:
* IECEx — The International Electrotechnical Commission certifies the ExD camera range at a “high” protection level, with the housing protecting an inner explosion from spreading into the air surrounding it.
*ATEX — The ATEX certification approves the use of the ExD in applicable hazardous environments (excluding mining) within the European Union

The Oncam ExD 360-degree camera range, which includes both 5MP and 12MP models, provides increased flexibility for customers in these markets to install a high-quality, single-sensor camera in an explosion-protected housing. The camera range also features heavy-duty, 316L stainless steel and is rated IP66, IP67 and IP68 against water and dust ingress.

Company: S3 ID
Product: Checkpoint personnel location system

The last few years have brought about a change in the requirements of our customers in the oil and gas sector. Greater demand has come from the Middle East, whereby companies need to locate their personnel more widely across platforms or vessels in zones, to provide a clear overview of where personnel are for safety reasons, as well as still requiring automated muster capability, which quickly provides head counts during an emergency. Additionally, these areas require equipment that can be operated to a higher temperature specification, and which has protection against corrosive sands and other substances.
To meet these demands, S3 ID developed Checkpoint, a product with zonal personnel location awareness over a longer tracking range. This provides the user key information on which level of a platform or vessel, personnel are located, as well as efficient mustering capability should an incident occur. This product used an innovative combination of explosion protection techniques, which enabled equipment to be smaller, lighter and therefore lower cost.
The Checkpoint range of products have been successfully deployed on projects in the Middle East, as well as in the North Sea.

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