Camera Systems Keeping A Watchful Eye, Even in Hazardous Areas

Editor: Dominik Stephan

A new camera system allows plant operators to have an eye at their process at all times: R. Stahl's Open CCTV enables surveillance solutions supporting almost any combination of hardware and software – Even in hazardous and industrial areas.

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R. Stahl's Camera Systems enables surveillance solutions supporting almost any combination of hardware and software.
R. Stahl's Camera Systems enables surveillance solutions supporting almost any combination of hardware and software.
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Operate CCTV equipment of various manufacturers in one system: R. Stahl's Open CCTV System has been designed for the combined operation of hardware in hazardous and industrial areas. It enables system developers and operators to overcome what used to be typical limitations: Open CCTV System can integrate not only explosion-protected cameras and other technology from R. Stahl, but almost any other hardware to implement customised monitoring solutions specifically tailored to various areas of application (e.g. in drilling rigs, refineries, pharmaceutical plants, etc.).

Zoom cameras or thermal imaging can be as smoothly integrated as redundant power supplies, UPS systems, alarm processing technology or redundant servers. The system also allows for easy expansion of existing systems, for instance if increased safety standards call for inspection windows, or require an additional surveillance e.g. of tank farms, loading bays, platforms, or cranes.

Lightweight,, Waterproof and Versatile

As R. Stahl manufactures a wide selection of explosion-protected cameras as key components of any CCTV solution. Most are based on the SNF technology, where static, sensor-controlled pressurisation with nitrogen (N2) prevents the ingress of moisture or dust into the camera interior. The cameras are therefore completely water-proof, which greatly increases their life-expectancy and availability. SNF cameras are furthermore extremely light-weight, compact and easy to operate, and tolerate even extreme ambient temperatures (­40°C to +75°C).

Depending on the number of cameras, recording requirements, necessary interfaces, security patrol routines etc., the manufacturer can attach software of different degrees of complexity to suit the individual Open CCTV solution. In addition to devising project-specific systems R. Stahl Camera Systems provides a full service up to the implementation stage, comprising everything except installation.

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