Oncam introduces ExD explosive environment camera range for hazardous areas

Oncam, the provider of 360-degree video capture and business intelligence technology, has released its new ExD explosive environment camera range which the company describes as “the only 360-degree single-sensor camera with an explosion-protected housing.”

The range is designed to safeguard environments in markets such as oil and gas production and refining, power supply and the utilities and wastewater treatment as well as other hazardous materials facilities.

To provide the best possible protection for hazardous areas, cameras installed as part of a comprehensive security plan must guarantee the appropriate level of safety and adhere to stringent regulations. The Oncam ExD camera range helps ensure the safety of the surrounding atmosphere by containing electrical sparks that can ignite and potentially cause significant harm to both people and assets.

Designed to withstand the toughest conditions, the cameras’ flame-proof housing has obtained various certifications across the globe:

*IECEx: The International Electrotechnical Commission certifies the ExD camera range at a ‘high’ protection level, with the housing protecting an inner explosion from spreading into the air surrounding it

*ATEX: The ATEX certification approves the use of the ExD in applicable hazardous environments (excluding mining) within the European Union

The Oncam ExD 360-degree camera range, which includes both 5 MP and 12 MP models, provides increased flexibility for customers in these markets to install a high-quality, single-sensor camera in an explosion-protected housing. The camera range also features heavy-duty, 316L stainless steel and is rated at IP66, IP67 and IP68 protection against water and dust ingress.

“The new ExD camera range is the perfect addition to our specialist cameras, which are targeted toward markets that require robust equipment to provide video capture in extreme conditions,” explained Jon Marsh, vice-president of products at Oncam. “The expanding list of certifications for these cameras, along with Oncam’s attention to the needs of these markets, allow us to provide high-quality, 360-degree coverage and intelligent video that increases situational awareness and protects critical assets from today’s myriad threats.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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