Explosion Protection Goes Cloud Computing

In the Cloud, not up in Smoke – Cloud Based Explosion Protection

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No Onsite Data Storage Needed

Since Hazardmon does not need an on-site server or PLC, it does not cause upkeep and upgrade costs. Requiring no additional or backup hardware, the F500 unit sends data directly to our server in the cloud. All the data is stored in the cloud and backed up in multiple locations making the data extremely secure, 4B states.

A local back-up of the stored data is not necessary – this also has the advantage that, should an explosion occur, all data is stored off-site and will not be lost. It should therefore be possible analyse the data and use it as evidence in determining the cause of explosion. 4B constantly updates the webserver, including improvements based on user experience. “With this product you get the peace of mind that your facility will always be at the leading edge of technology!” the manufacturer states.

Only Working Controls Provide Explosion Protection

It is important to periodically check that the electronics monitoring system will in fact detect an alarm when a dangerous condition occurs. The current standard in the industry is for the technicians to walk around the site and test sensors. A paper report is then generated and in some cases this report is converted to an excel spreadsheet or similar. There is still absolutely no guarantee that the technician actually performed any of the testing.

HazardMon’s automated sensor test tool function on the website now ensures test procedures are carried out, logged and reports automatically generated, facilitating sensor testing for technicians and giving confidence to site managers. This feature provides documented evidence that each sensor has been tested to ensure it is working correctly and is capable of generating an alarm when needed.

The user needs to go to the maintenance tab of the website and click on a sensor that needs to be tested. The website then temporarily stops the alarm notifications for this sensor, so that no nuisance alarm notifications are sent out. The user then has 5 minutes to cause and alarm and 5 minutes to clear the alarm. The whole process is fully automated and a report can be generated at the end of the process in just a couple of clicks.

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