Save the Date - 28 February: Toward an IoT Platform for Hazardous Locations

Save the Date - 28 February: Toward an IoT Platform for Hazardous Locations

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Aegex CEO to Present a Collaborative Study of Humans and Edge Technologies in Disaster Scenarios for Insight into Industrial IoT

Atlanta, Ga., USA. (Feb. 6, 2018) – As part of the HazardEx 2018 Conference & Exhibition, Aegex Technologies CEO Thomas Ventulett plans to present hands-on research conducted by Aegex, Verizon, Nokia and multiple technology partners that tested various edge technologies with first responders in realistic disaster scenarios during Operation Convergent Response (#OCR2017).

The first annual OCR event provided a unique opportunity to test Internet of Things (IoT) under extreme conditions, such as a staged chemical plant explosion, subway terrorism incident, neighborhood flood, cybersecurity attack, tornado disaster and hostage rescue. The results gave insight into the need for continued collaboration on IoT capabilities that can better manage not only emergency response, but everyday operations in hazardous industries.

As more and more industrial organizations are adopting IoT strategies and beginning their digital transformation to Industry 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing, they face challenges in adopting technologies due to regulatory restrictions for highly combustible atmospheres such as exist in some of the world’s largest and most critical industries -  oil & gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, energy, utilities, food processing, defense and others.
In ATEX/IECEx Zone 1 or Class I Division 1 hazardous areas worldwide, up to 15% of personnel do not have access to mobile devices unless they are certified “intrinsically safe,” or incapable of causing a spark that could ignite a combustible environment. Thus, the human “sensor" in hazardous area operations, who could conceivably detect perceived anomalies or problems in the maintenance, workflow, process or function of these operations, is relegated to recording observations with pencil and paper and then entering data manually into ERP systems hours or days later. Such lack of real-time communication and data management results in inefficiency, increased costs and elevated safety and asset risk, causing potential down-time and even loss of life in extreme cases.

By deploying new IoT technologies that allow people to use technology inside Zone 1/Division 1 hazardous areas, humans can actively interact with machines in real time to dramatically improve productivity, safety and the bottom line in hazardous operations. A new style of IoT platform built especially for hazardous area operations, would need to include various and affordable types of sensors to cover vast spaces, real-time communications, cloud computing, machine learning, rights management, security, big data storage, analytics and user-friendly visualization, all functioning in highly explosive conditions.

See Ventulett's presentation at 12:15pm on Day 1 of HazardEx 2018, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, during the Cybersecurity, IIoT & Industry 4.0 session in the Conference Room.

If you are unable to attend Ventulett’s presentation, make an appointment to meet him during the show or elsewhere in the UK that week.

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About Aegex Technologies, LLC

Aegex Technologies is a premier engineering and design services firm that specializes in creating intrinsically safe mobile solutions for hazardous industries. Our globally certified intrinsically safe Windows 10 tablet provides cloud connectivity to personnel working in some of the world’s most volatile environments, including ATEX/IECEx Zone 1 and C I, II, III D1 hazardous locations in oil & gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, utilities, public safety and other industries with potentially explosive atmospheres. Aegex’s Windows 10 intrinsically safe 10.1-inch tablets with customizable enterprise-class software and industry-specific applications are the basis for an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for hazardous locations. Visit

For more information about Aegex Technologies:See our OCR2017 video and overview video
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