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Explosion proof digital camera launched

By Tim Sandle     Mar 28, 2017 in Technology
Austin - A high resolution explosion proof digital camera has been launched this week from Larson Electronics, a Texas based company. The camera is designed for security and remote observation in both indoor and outdoor environments.
The camera has been developed for both daytime and nighttime use, and for indoor and outdoor environments. The camera comes with a mechanical infrared cut filter. Also bundled in with the product is a motion detection sensor. The device storage capacity is 64GB of storage. The primary aim of the camera is for it to be used in hazardous areas. The protective outer shell of the camera does not detract from its ability to provide crisp high-resolution images. The full name for the device is “EXPCRM-IP-POE-DPTZ Explosion Proof Digital Pan Tilt Zoom Camera.”
The image quality is the product of a 1.27 mm optical lens capable of producing up to 6.0 mega pixel (3072 x 2048) resolution images. The camera runs off a relatively low power requirement of 12V DC.
With the use in hazardous areas, Rob Bresnahan, who heads up Larson Electronics, explains “durability is an extremely important feature when it comes to the equipment used in hazardous work locations.”
The durability is enhanced through copper-free aluminum housing and the explosion proof rating comes from the unit being fully digital meaning there are no moving parts. Waterproof features are also part of the construction and the camera has an IP66 waterproof rating. With IP ratings the numbers that follow IP each have a specific meaning. The first number indicates the degree of protection (of people) from moving parts. The number second defines the protection level that the enclosure enjoys from various forms of moisture (from drips, sprays, submersion and so on).
There are several viewing modes, including fisheye, horizontal panoramic and ePTZ quad view. With these the 360° fisheye panoramic surround view provides a wider coverage and helps to eliminate blind spots. The 180° panoramic view gives the user end-to-end horizontal coverage. For taking pictures in low-light conditions infrared light emitting diodes can be activated to provide coverage of up to 49' in dark hazardous locations. The infrared function is controlled through smart technology.
As to where such a camera might be used, applications include vessel, tank and reactor monitoring, together with the remote observation of external facilities, offshore and land based rigs. To these uses indoor and outdoor security and other applicable hazardous locations can be added.
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