DCS adds streaming video
DeltaV integrates live video display and process values on a single screen to allow operators a complete view of the process area.
Emerson Process Management has advanced its Smart Wireless solutions by integrating video streams from Industrial Video & Control Co.'s (IVC) Relay Server with the DeltaV digital automation system . The company says that for process manufacturers, the benefits of having a live video feed embedded within the DeltaV operating displays include:
• Allows operators to monitor hazardous areas, and enables an additional "all-clear" visual before a process start-up, shut-down, or turn-around;
• Provides additional eyes on the process area, remote plant areas, or site perimeter;
• Live visuals of the process being controlled alongside the process measurements; and
• Video monitoring of plant emissions, with exact start and stop times for excursions.
Emerson contends that video surveillance is becoming an indispensible part of process plant safety, security and operations. Using wireless technology, mission-critical video feeds can now be delivered to the control room, office buildings, and other areas with flexibility that is much more difficult and expensive with a wired approach. Live video feeds can augment the operator's control of volatile processes.
IVC offers a range of industrial video solutions that include enterprise-class camera management software and rugged IP camera hardware. For hazardous areas, IVC has developed ATEX Zones 1 and 2, Class 1 Division 1 and 2 pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ), fixed, and high megapixel cameras. IVC's software provides powerful and flexible features for viewing and controlling cameras from multiple locations, as well as sophisticated storage and automatic alarm functions.
The operator will now be able to view multiple video feeds within the context of the operate screen, and with onscreen buttons switch cameras or manipulate the PTZ camera's view. IVC's View Station software can also be used to provide operators many additional features including video system automation, alarm management, and live and stored video viewing and control.
Emerson says it can provide services to install, qualify, and support these wireless offerings as well as integrate wireless products from other wireless partners, providing process manufacturers with a single point of contact for their wireless needs.
-Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com
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