How Connectivity is Shaping the Future of Gas Detection

Gas detection has changed significantly in recent years, with the connectivity of fixed systems and portable devices communicating with cloud-based servers to create an interactive system. The changes are transforming the idea of what industrial and worker safety means, as well as communication and productivity.

The beginning of gas detection technology started in the mining industry when one worker entered the mine with a wet blanket over his head for protection, carrying a flaming wick that would ignite in the presence of gas. Then Davy and Geordie lamps were created and following the use of canaries to provide early warnings of a gas leak. As technology advanced, so did the methods of gas detection. 

Recent changes began as the internet-of-things (IoT) integrated into industrial applications, providing large sets of data focusing on safety and quick decision-making scenarios. Cellular and satellite communications not only keep workers safer than in previous history, but empowers companies to realize the potential of implementing a digital system to other aspects of their business. The hesitation of executing this method in the past is due to the expenses of installing Wi-Fi systems, as well as their systems covering the business space only. Other connectivity options like mesh networks have limited range, and operating ranges cerate disruptions when monitors move out-of-range. 

However, teams are more inclined than before to implement digital products to their systems to make data-driven decisions while improving safety, performance, and efficiency. Leveraging the data from devices in the field can be accessed through dashboards and reports, creating easy access as well as readability of the information processed to ensure regulations are met with their systems, compliance with workplace practices and procedures, and employee behaviors to decrease risk with the potential to become dangerous and improve productivity and efficiency patterns. 

Achieving digital connectivity for your systems also increases employee situational awareness for potentially dangerous scenarios as well as increases efficiency during an emergency. Combined with notifications and location technology, workers can be confident in their ability to induct evacuation measures and account for all personal along the way. Adapting to technology created a more engaged, safer workspace anywhere.

Implementing digital connectivity also improves the company’s business model, processes, and culture at any level within the organization. Data transferred from devices into the database helps employees at all levels in fast decision-making situations. The data enables strategic thinking and scenario risk management, becoming proactive and optimizing workflow to better understand relationships between accidents and company procedures. The data collected also identifies possible gas exposure in areas not previously noted, expanding organizational charts and knowledge to improve worker movement. 

By utilizing more accurate and real-time data to address safety issues, productivity, and efficiency, companies can improve overall business operations, worker exposures and practices, as well as make meaningful decisions in time-limited scenarios and future preparations. The information collected can ensure confidence and knowing everything needed to get the job done. Otis Instruments offers a vast selection of Wired and WireFree easy-to-use, robust, and configurable gas detectors and monitors capable of detecting both toxic and non-toxic gases for diverse applications. We strive to provide products to maintain the health and safety of all users. For more information regarding gas detection systems, or need additional information regarding specific detection needs, contact Otis Instruments today!  

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