RAE Systems

January 05, 2011 08:32 ET

RAE Systems' Wireless Gas-Monitoring Solution Adopted by Major U.S. Oil Refinery

Rapidly Deployed System Keeps Onsite Workers Safe During a Refinery Expansion With ProRAE Guardian and MeshGuard

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 5, 2011) - RAE Systems Inc. (NYSE Amex: RAE) today announced a major U.S. oil refinery is the latest to employ RAE Systems' ProRAE Guardian software and MeshGuard wireless gas-detection system. The rapidly deployable solution protects the health and safety of onsite work crews and contractors from hazardous and potentially flammable atmospheric gases (see today's news release detailing the latest updates to RAE Systems' ProRAE Guardian safety-monitoring software).

The cost-effective and expandable solution combines the advanced safety-monitoring software with rapidly deployable wireless monitors to protect the perimeter of the oil-refinery facility during a large construction project to install a Continuous Catalytic Reformer (CCR) unit. The RAE Systems solution saves this customer time and money compared to using fixed-detection systems by eliminating the need to trench, bury and permit cables. Additionally, the RAE Systems solution gives safety professionals greater visibility and control of their safety network.

"This is a perfect example of how a dependable wireless system can improve the way safety managers do their jobs," said Yan Banducci, RAE System's MeshGuard product manager. "ProRAE Guardian helps them make faster, more informed decisions by giving them more visibility and control of their gas-detection network while the MeshGuard system dramatically reduces installation time and costs."

Installation and support services for this oil-and-gas industry application were provided by Argus-Hazco, a RAE Systems' distributor and authorized service center that offers an extensive line of industrial health, safety and environmental monitoring equipment, supplies and services.

Better Visibility and Control
The RAE Systems solution utilizes the latest update to RAE Systems' field-proven ProRAE Guardian software, a real-time instrument monitoring, management and control program that provides mobile-command center functionality with comprehensive real-time display of gas-and-radiation data at any time and from any location. It gives incident commanders and industrial safety professionals rapid access to threat-detection information for fast and better decision-making, and quick responses to alarms.

The newly updated ProRAE Guardian now supports easy-to-deploy cascade and continuous operation modes, along with the ability to remotely track up to 500 wireless monitors at once. At the U.S. production facility, more than 80 intrinsically safe detectors are used to secure the area using ProRAE Guardian software to provide a single, map-based display of aggregated information, which can be viewed from anywhere and at anytime.

Reliable, Rapid Deployments
The wireless MeshGuard system is part of RAE Systems' growing portfolio of wireless gas-detection solutions that quickly pays for itself by eliminating the need to trench cables, and is easily installed and operational in as little as one hour. It provides rapid deployment in a wide range of industrial-safety and remote-monitoring applications, and remains operational even if a node in the network fails.

At the oil-refinery, MeshGuard monitors are mounted on movable poles so the system can be easily reconfigured in minutes as the work location shifts. This saves time and money compared with the high costs of trenching underground cables required to install fixed-detection systems.

About RAE Systems
RAE Systems Inc. (NYSE Amex: RAE) is a leading global provider of rapidly deployable, connected, intelligent gas-detection systems that enable real-time safety and security threat detection. RAE Systems products are used in more than 120 countries by many of the world's leading corporations and government agencies.

RAE Systems offers a full line of wirelessly enabled solutions, including personal, hand-held, transportable, and fixed instruments designed to meet the needs of any usage scenario. Applications include energy production, refining, industrial and environmental safety, public-venue safety and government first-responder markets.

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