Digital video upgrade keys into safety, security

Monday, June 7, 2010 @ 01:06 PM gHale

Honeywell unveiled enhancements to its digital video technology used by manufacturers to monitor their processes.
Digital Video Manger (DVM) R400 features an upgraded system architecture that allows operators to easily manage multiple video subsystems deployed across global facilities from a central location. DVM also integrates with Honeywell’s OneWireless mesh network to allow plants to cost-effectively install cameras in virtually any location, further simplifying the installation and configuration process.
DVM, a component of Honeywell’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS), is a digital video sensor and surveillance system that extends plant monitoring capabilities and integrates video stream and analytics with process control applications. This allows oil refineries, paper mills and power generation plants to observe hazardous or inaccessible areas from a distance and detect events beyond traditional sensor capabilities. Plants also can monitor workers and validate potential environmental and safety incidents. On top of that, DVM is also a part of Honeywell’s overall industrial security portfolio that helps facilities detect and deter potential threats.
“No one at a process manufacturing site wants to be blindsided by an avoidable or undetected incident that leads to unplanned downtime, or worse, a dangerous situation, so DVM serves as a critical tool for detection and response,” said Scott Hillman, global solutions director, Honeywell Process Solutions.
DVM’s distributed video architecture simplifies operation by enabling multiple distributed servers to act as a single system without additional engineering requirements. It can also reduce downtime caused by single points of failure, as well as cuts down on bandwidth and storage requirements. When combined with OneWireless, a single wireless network that accommodates multiple wireless devices and applications, DVM allows plants to expand their video monitoring systems as needed.
DVM allows operators to easily toggle between process information and video streams, or to see video and process data combined into a single view. If a video camera detects a potential pipeline leak, it can alert an operator to navigate from the alarm summary to the relevant display. The operator can then initiate a rapid response.
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