Across the world workers take on jobs without having all the information they need to get them done safely. More often than employers would like to admit, this lack of important information compromises worker safety.
More and more companies are turning to gas detectors linked by mesh networks because they can connect workers and share gas readings without costly infrastructure or the hassles of IT setup.
Mesh networks use devices as nodes to efficiently transmit data. In a mesh network, the data hops from node to node until it reaches its destination. When it comes to safety, there’s nothing more important than having the right information at the right time, and mesh networks facilitate fast and simple information flow.
While other networks can fail if one device loses connection, mesh networks can be self-healing. Self-healing mesh networks, like the ones industrial scientific devices use, continue to transmit information across the network even if one node or device disconnects. This means workers will always have a connection to other workers on the network.
Advantages of mesh networks
Mesh networks give safety managers several benefits over other peer-to-peer wireless technologies:
- Improved site communications: Though gas hazards are an immediate issue for the workers exposed to them, they can also threaten others nearby. A mesh network like LENS Wireless extends worker visibility up to a mile away, so workers are always aware of hazards on site.
- Faster response times: With a mesh network, there’s no need to rely on a central controller or laptop to monitor peer readings. Every worker with a connected device can see peer readings and alarms, giving them immediate visibility into hazards so they can make smarter, faster and safer decisions.
- Safer emergency response: Would-be rescuer fatalities are still too common, but mesh networks can help change that. Connected gas monitors can ensure panic and man-down alarms are relayed to other workers in the area, so they can see what they’re about to encounter.
- Smarter decision making: Mesh networks ensure that every connected device receives peer alerts and gas readings. Traditional gas detectors cannot provide the same level of safety as their wireless counterparts, and mesh networks like LENS wireless, available in the Ventis Pro5 and Radius BZ1, are the solution to the most common wireless technology challenges safety managers face.
COMTEST represents Industrial Scientific (ISC) global provider of gas solutions. For more information call 010 595 1821