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Axis to introduce explosion-protected camera at the Global Energy Show in Calgary

June 5, 2023  By  SP&T Staff

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Axis Communications has announced the AXIS P1468-XLE Explosion-Protected Bullet Camera designed specifically for Zone and Division 2 hazardous locations. The camera is designed for Zone 2, 22 and Class I/II/III Division 2 according to international standards (ATEX, IECEx, NEC), said the company. The camera will make its debut at the Global Energy Show, which will be held in Calgary, June 13-15.

Axis said the P1468-XLE uses the ‘Ex e’ protection method, an explosion-protection approach referred to as ‘increased safety’ or ‘non-incendive’.

AXIS P1468-XLE is an impact- and weather-resistant fixed camera which delivers image quality in 4K resolution, through Lightfinder 2.0, Forensic WDR, and OptimizedIR. The camera is compact and lightweight, and as easy to install as a standard camera, according to Axis.

AXIS P1468-XLE has been designed in line with North American and European directives for equipment intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. By design, the camera is unable to provide sufficient energy to ignite gas or dust in the atmosphere to cause an explosion, therefore removing the need for any traditional explosion-protected enclosure.

The multitasking camera provides health and safety benefits including early detection of smoke and fire, ensuring that personal protective equipment (PPE) is being worn and used, and monitoring restricted areas. In operational efficiency, the camera can be used for visual verification of various processes and as part of an advanced data-driven sensory network.

Explaining why the company has chosen to create a camera specifically designed for Zone/Division 2 hazardous locations, Jesper Olavi, global product manager at Axis, said: “For customers who have wanted to use video surveillance in Zone/Division 2 hazardous locations, the only realistic solution so far has been to use explosion-protected cameras certified for Zone/Division 1 hazardous locations. But these heavy-duty enclosures are over-engineered and unnecessarily expensive for Zone 2/Division 2 hazardous locations. With the launch of AXIS P1468-XLE, customers will have the chance to bring high-quality video surveillance and advanced analytics into locations where they were previously rarely used due to the prohibitive cost.”

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