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Wireless connectivity raises the bar for worker safety

Wireless connectivity raises the bar for worker safety

Auckland-based gas detection equipment supplier, Entec is now offering a new range of portable gas detectors, fitted with wireless peer-to-peer connectivity.

Entec is the New Zealand distributor for Industrial Scientific, a leading manufacturer of gas detection equipment based in Pittsburgh, PA. The latest range of portable gas detectors, introduced to the NZ market by Entec are the Ventis Pro series, available in 4-gas and 5-gas configurations.

The new Ventis Pro features a rugged design, built to operate in even the harshest environments. In addition to this, and arguably the most impressive new feature, is the LENS™ Wireless technology.

LENS™ Wireless is a proprietary technology developed by Industrial Scientific and it provides direct connection of up to 25 instruments “right out of the box”, without the need for additional site infrastructure or configuration work.

Traditionally, when a gas detectors’ alarm is triggered, the audible alarm is heard by the wearer and those nearby. However, if the wearer is incapacitated and there is no-one else within earshot, the alarm may not be immediately detected. LENS™ Wireless technology solves these issues.

With Ventis Pro portable gas detectors connected together with LENS™ Wireless, an alarm event on one instrument is relayed to all other connected instruments. For example, if Bill is underground in a services duct and his instrument detects a low level of oxygen, Bill’s detector will sound an alarm and his safety watch colleague Steve, standing at the manhole, will also be alerted by his own detector going into alarm.

Furthermore, the gas readings on Bill’s detector can be displayed in real-time on Steve’s detector, meaning he can keep a close eye on the air quality to which his colleague is exposed. Alternatively if Bill’s detector is triggered by either the panic button being pushed or the man-down function being activated, this is also relayed throughout the entire team.

This leads to a significant increase in the speed and quality of the emergency response. Alarm events get to responders quicker, responders are informed of the nature of the event; and they can ensure they are adequately prepared before they go in to help.

The Ventis Pro gas detectors afford workers the ability to better look out for one another and be greater informed in their response to any emergencies. New Zealand businesses have been quick to get on board with this new technology, with Entec already receiving orders from a diverse range of businesses such as a tunnelling contractor, a gas processing plant, a commercial building construction crew and a geothermal energy company.
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