Professionals in some industries, especially oil and gas fields, face threats to health and human safety daily. As such, strict know-how compliance codes and remote gas field monitoring are extremely need to make sure that best practices are always followed so that employees remain safe.
Organizations in the oil and gas industries fall under the criteria of extremely hazardous industries. This is because of the mechanically intensive nature of the work involved, and the flammability of the substances they extract from the earth, store in highly secured facilities, then send to customers. The same criteria for electrical utility companies, as power plants face a lot of the same fire hazards and risks for injury that oil and gas production facilities and extraction sites do.
Here are just some of the ways remote gasfield monitoring helps create safer working environments in hazardous industries, and greatly improve overall operational efficiency.
Security Monitoring, Compliance Enforcement
First of all, video surveillance makes sure that human lives are well-protected during any hazardous processes that may involve working with risky tools, performing assignments in confined spaces, exposure to toxic chemicals or fumes, or working in locations where fire, electricity and explosive materials guise a threat to safety. Real-time visual audit of these conditions can highly improve safety by keeping a watchful eye on activities that could have dreadful consequences should something go wrong. Security monitoring may be able to enhance response times to an incident, while also providing an informative visual representation for first responders, who can quickly take the needed safety measures while thinking of the best possible response to a threat.
Secondly, an enormous part of successfully preventing accidents – especially at extraction points for gas and oil – is following compliance codes provided by government organizations such as the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration. The aid of video surveillance may serve as a greater motivation for organizations to keep working environments at par. Likewise, workers may feel safer with the knowledge that they may be reprimanded if caught not following best practices on camera – for example, by entering a hard-hat area unprotected.
Remote Gas Field Monitoring, Reduced Travel
Video surveillance solutions provide new opportunities for remotely monitoring facilities – not only as it is maintained or serviced, but also on a daily basis. This is useful for several reasons. It can help security teams minimize the risk of unauthorized, forceful entry, either by an intruder, a lost visitor, or an employee with low-level clearance to tailgate into a sector of a facility – such as a power plant – in which he or she has less or no permission.
Remote security monitoring of critical field technology such as oil wells and rigs and gas lines is also highly important. Project coordinators and managers may want to rigorously check on these sites without the need of travelling halfway around the world to do so. In addition to creating a visual update, video surveillance nearly eliminates the need to travel to such a site.
According to a new report from Navigant Research, these are exactly the added benefits that are driving significant growth in the communication services and equipment markets for oil and gas. The report was given that as the price for oil and gas drops, organizations in this field will explore more ways in which technology such as video surveillance can greatly improve safety and work efficiency. In the not-too-distant future, and with the aid of video surveillance solutions, remote drilling maybe even more common than it currently is.
Enhanced resiliency and flexibility with mesh topology and wireless technology
Video surveillance is clearly an asset to the oil, gas and electricity field. However, there are some ways security monitoring can be furthermore enhanced, one of which is with the addition of mesh network technology. The beauty of a mesh topology is that it combines the use of multiple nodes that can rechannel network traffic should a disturbance happened in one area. This can be of great use at large drilling locations or in a sprawling power facility, especially in the event of a power failure or an emergency.
Wireless technology can also enhance video monitoring in certain situations. Offshore oil rigs, for example, can be remotely surveyed with the help of wireless surveillance solutions. Ease of deployment and flexibility to add more IP cameras as necessary creates more benefits to the safety of staff, security checks and overall operational competence.
Video surveillance is highly valuable to organizations in the oil, gas and electrical fields as it is. As surveillance technology continues to improve, so too will its ability to assist these main industries.