Utilities increasingly face health and safety issues, regulatory and compliance hurdles, aging infrastructure and other challenges. These are compounded when they must be addressed in explosive hazardous environments.
Geo-coding data at the leading edge of the utilities business, where explosive hazardous locations typically delay or prevent communication, provides utilities companies with new insights for improved performance.
Aegex’s mobile communications product portfolio allows onsite personnel and field forces to carry rugged tablets or PDAs full of powerful apps that solve utilities challenges safely, even in explosive hazardous areas.
A natural gas utility requires real-time communications to coordinate production, distribution and maintenance of its facilities, pipelines and customer sites. A mix of Aegex 10 tablets, from Intrinsically Safe to Enterprise Class, would allow all personnel in the production, distribution and maintenance chains to communicate and upload data to a cloud environment.
Employees in production facilities would be able to take measurements and monitor activities in a highly explosive environment with Aegex 10 IS tablets, while managers in on-site offices could receive updated information using the same platform. Maintenance personnel could safely document pipeline conditions using the Aegex IS tablets’ cameras and GPS function to mark specific locations of interest. The company’s service providers who check meters and reported leaks at customers’ homes could also replace their pencils-and-paper reports with the Aegex 10 IS tablet’s digital documents, and their call center managers could reroute resources according to changing needs in real time with Aegex tablets’ logistics functions. Transcription error and reporting time could be reduced with digital data capture on site. Deploying Aegex 10 IS tablets, the highest-certified devices, for every employee in the enterprise would be accessible with Aegex tablets’ low price points. Thus, the entire utility team could carry Aegex 10 IS tablets to eliminate risk at every step of their operation.