Atlanta, Ga. (September 28, 2016) – Aegex Technologies LLC has launched the world’s first IoT Platform built specifically for regulated hazardous locations, where explosive atmospheres require Internet of Things equipment that is certified intrinsically safe, or incapable of causing an explosion.
The new Aegex IoT Platform for Hazardous Locations includes Aegex’s universally certified intrinsically safe Windows 10 enterprise tablet, an array of intrinsically safe sensors, and other hardware and software components that, together, capture, transmit and analyze big data in oil & gas refineries, chemical manufacturing plants and other “meta-scale” industrial facilities to help improve operations for better safety and productivity.
Aegex CEO Thomas P. Ventulett announced the new platform during a Sept. 28 reception at its world headquarters hosted by the Microsoft Innovation Center and the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 group at the FlatironCity building in Atlanta, Ga., USA. In attendance were hundreds of guests and attendees of the Microsoft Ignite global conference.
The Aegex IoT Platform is the next major component in the company’s portfolio of Internet of Everything (IoE) solutions for hazardous and explosive industrial environments. Aegex’s flagship IoE product is the Aegex10 Intrinsically Safe Tablet, the world’s first Windows 10 tablet globally certified for hazardous locations where high concentrations of flammable gases, vapors or dusts are likely to occur in normal operation, such as in oil & gas, petrochemical, and other industries with explosive atmospheres.
The new platform includes:
the Aegex10 IS Tablet;
industrial applications and APIs that make the tablet a powerful communications and data management tool;
intrinsically safe sensors that detect gases, temperatures, wind speeds and other facility data;
intrinsically safe wearables that monitor worker health and ability; and
user interface and analytics systems that manage and interpret data captured by the Aegex devices.
Aegex is testing this IoT Platform for Hazardous Locations in cooperation with Microsoft and other technology partners in a “smart city” at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga.
“We have learned that to manage a meta-scale IoT platform, particularly one where hazardous or explosive materials are present, you have to consider multiple, constantly changing factors that make these expansive operations unique,” Ventulett said. “The only test facility that meets hazardous industries’ unique challenges is the world’s largest privately held “city” for training first responders, special forces and other teams for disaster planning and recovery: The Guardian Centers.”
Aegex has installed at the Guardian Centers more than 80 IS sensors of 30+ different types that feed data to a central hub for processing and analysis. A Microsoft Power BI dashboard displays the test data to turn it into useable information, which is shared via the cloud with Microsoft Azure.
Through this realistic testing process at the Guardian Centers, Aegex expects to perfect its IoT for Hazardous Locations and provide proof of concept for customers in the oil & gas, aerospace, chemical manufacturing, logistics, mining, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, public safety, utilities, and other global industries with hazardous location environments.
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About Aegex Technologies, LLC
Aegex Technologies provides intrinsically safe mobile and IoT solutions for hazardous locations in the oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, public safety and utilities industries. Aegex’s unified mobile platform enables enterprises to customize our Windows 10 intrinsically safe 10.1-inch tablets with enterprise-class software and industry-specific applications to meet the mobility needs of all personnel in multiple zones of hazardous locations.
Aegex’s world headquarters is in the Flatiron Building in Atlanta, Ga., USA. It also has a European headquarters in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; engineering and production facilities in Hungary; and sales offices in Southampton, United Kingdom, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The company’s flagship IoT product, the Aegex10 Intrinsically Safe Tablet, is the first Windows 10 tablet to gain certifications for ATEX and IECEx Zone 1 and Class I, II, III Division 1 hazardous locations. These approvals made the Aegex10 the world’s first Windows 10 tablet globally certified for HazLoc operations where high concentrations of flammable gases, vapors or dusts are likely to occur in normal operation, such as in oil and gas, chemical manufacturing, and other industries with highly explosive environments.
While most mobile devices are not permitted in highly volatile zones of hazardous locations because they could cause a spark, Aegex’s 10.1-inch tablets are certified intrinsically safe, or incapable of igniting an explosion. With full roaming capabilities, the Aegex10 4G LTE version is the only truly universal device for hazardous environments. Its Microsoft operating system and Intel architecture give the Aegex tablet unsurpassed Cloud, software and hardware support worldwide.
Aegex10 intrinsically safe tablets synchronize with an organization’s Internet of Things to allow users to transmit real-time data from within the most hazardous zones of their operations. Such cloud-based connectivity improves safety, efficiency and compliance and lowers risk, resulting in decreased downtime and optimized operations.
Aegex tablets bring certified enterprise mobility solutions to HazLoc environments. With a uniform platform, the devices are customizable for any team member in a HazLoc operation, from personnel in explosive zones to their managers who are off-site. In addition to running enterprise programs such as Microsoft Azure, Office and Outlook, customers can select task-specific applications and accessories from the Aegex portfolio to tailor the tablets for their particular workforce needs.