|[November 26, 2012]
Oncam Grandeye Launches the World's First ExD-Certified 360-Degree Surveillance Camera Range
LONDON --(Business Wire)--
Oncam Grandeye, the award-winning industry leader in 360-degree
technology that enables cameras with total situational awareness, today
announced its launch of the world's first explosion-proof camera system
for 360-degree surveillance.
The durable explosive housing is a first in the industry, and will save many lives. (Photo: Oncam Grandeye)
The Evolution ExD camera range has been designed specifically for
operation in potentially explosive locations, as well as in harsh and
hazardous environmental conditions, such as on an oil rig or gas
For example, traditional surveillance cameras have been used on oil rigs
for years, but they have never had 360-degree cameras enabling total
situational awareness in hazardous areas. The challenge in providing the
very best 360-degree imaging has always been the design of the dome, and
Oncam Grandeye has taken the extra steps to ensure that the dome matches
the lens perfectly.
There are always risks associated with electrical devices because gases
and sparks emitted on the rigs can trigger an initial explosion, which
in turn may lead to further catastrophic explosions across the platform.
David Cawley, global product manager at Oncam Grandeye, said, "This
solution is the next step in the evolution of surveillance in hazardous
areas. Our 360-degree, explosion-proof designed camera system will
change the way surveillance is managed in these areas by providing total
situational awareness. It is the first camera of its kind on the market
and can be deployed in areas such as pipe racks, valve and pump rooms
and engine/battery rooms. But it's not just oil rigs that this caera
system has been designed for, it can be used in any hazardous
environment and situation."
Oncam Grandeye's explosion-proof housing has been awarded the
ExD-certified logo for electrical appliances used in the oil and gas
ExD certification is well known within the oil & gas industry, and means
that the external enclosure of flameproof equipment is designed to
withstand internal or external explosions. Sparks emitted can cause
major explosions if they come into contact with flammable gasses or
The casing is made of lightweight stainless steel that is well suited
for use within offshore and onshore environments. The camera and housing
come pre-configured, so no configuration is required to plug and play.
It is available to Oncam Grandeye's global markets, in single mode and
Oncam Grandeye was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Switzerland
with regional offices in, the UK, US, Turkey, Iraq and the Middle East.
The cornerstone of the Oncam security solution is a unique process that
enables video surveillance, acquisition, tracking and interrogation of
'suspicious' behavior enabling the verification of a potential threat.
This in-turn provides the necessary intelligence needed to make a
measured response to any critical situation. The unique line of 360° IP
cameras used in this process utilize award-winning, patented technology
that is recognized as the global industry leader in Total Situation
The ATEX Directive
As of July 2003, organizations in EU must follow the directives to
protect employees from explosion risk in areas with an explosive
ATEX Areas classified into zones (0, 1, 2 for gas-vapor-mist and 20, 21,
22 for dust) must be protected from effective sources of ignition.
Equipment and protective systems intended to be used in zoned areas must
meet the requirements of the ATEX directive.
The regulations apply to all equipment intended for use in explosive
atmospheres, whether electrical or mechanical, including protective
systems. The ATEX directive covers a large range of equipment,
potentially including equipment used on fixed offshore platforms, in
petrochemical plants, mines, flour mills and other areas where a
potentially explosive atmosphere may be present.
In very broad terms, there are three preconditions for the directive to
apply: the equipment a) must have its own effective source of ignition;
b) be intended for use in a potentially explosive atmosphere (air
mixtures); and c) be under normal atmospheric conditions.
Manufacturers/suppliers must ensure that their products meet essential
health and safety requirements and undergo appropriate conformity
procedures. This usually involves testing and certification by a
'third-party' certification body, known as a Notified Body. Once
certified, the equipment is marked by the 'CE' (meaning it complies with
ATEX and all other relevant directives) and 'Ex' symbol to identify it
as approved under the ATEX directive.
Certification ensures that the equipment or protective system is fit for
its intended purpose and that adequate information is supplied with it
to ensure that it can be used safely.
Evolution ExD camera can be used especially for:
Offshore, due to the quit small process area's
Valve and pump room area's
Loading arm area's
(hydraulic) Panel observation
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