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Remote Monitoring Service Protects in Hazardous Exposures

Friday, February 17, 2012

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A new multi-company collaboration couples the latest gas detection technology with wireless remote monitoring of employees working in potentially hazardous environments.

The Accenture Life Safety Solution is designed to continuously monitor employees working in plant environments in the oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical, metals, utilities and other sectors.

 Ventis LS
The service uses Industrial Scientific’s multiple-gas detection unit, among other technologies.

The system incorporates Industrial Scientific’s Ventis LS multi-gas detector and its service known as iNet, as well as technologies and processes from Accenture, AeroScout and Cisco.

“Using Wi-Fi and location-based technologies to remotely monitor those working in potentially hazardous environments, this wireless solution helps keep people safer,” according to Accenture.

How it Works

The Ventis LS has the ability to detect up to four gases, including H2S, O2, LEL, CO, SO2 and NO2. In potentially hazardous conditions, the instrument alerts users through audible, visual and vibrating alarms.

The gas level information is then transmitted over Cisco’s Unified Wireless Network using the detector’s integrated Wi-Fi Tag from AeroScout.

The information is sent to a control room, where an operator can react to the data.

Because of the detector’s wireless technology, the operator can quickly locate the employee in danger and organize rescue operations, the companies say. A separate alert would be sent to the control room if lack of motion is detected or if the individual activates the detector’s panic button.

Operators can also go outside the plant with the same functionality, using a combination of Wi-Fi and cellular communications.

Field Testing

The solution was initially field tested at two units at Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s refinery in Robinson, IL. Later, it was deployed through the remaining refinery units, tank farm and outside the refinery fence line to include remote workers.

“Our deployment of this pioneering solution follows extensive evaluation of its functionality and costs,” said Don McCord, operations manager, Illinois Refining Division, MPC.

“The tested solution gives our workers a greater sense of confidence that their safety is being monitored in ways that have never been possible before in our industry. In addition, its proven cost effectiveness has allowed us to deploy the solution across the entire refinery.”

More information: www.indsci.com/accenture-life-safety-solution/.

   

Tagged categories: Confined space; Gas detectors; Hazards; Health and safety; Industrial Scientific

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