Technology developer Librestream has worked with Wood to help develop the Onsight Cube, a rugged personnel camera that can share thermal and image data in real time
From fitness and health trackers to augmented reality, wearable technologies are one of the biggest areas of focus as companies examine how they can help workforces work smarter.
For oil and gas workers, the benefits tend to be HSE and training-related – for example, using virtual or augmented reality to brief workers on a repair job, or guide them around a rig – but wearables also provide instant access to a live feed of information or data from work sites.
As a case in point, this month Wood announced the development of a new camera technology designed to stream video and store data from work at remote locations – including from offshore. Aimed largely at oil and gas and renewables operators, the technology has been designed in partnership with Canadian technology developer Librestream Technologies.
Based on Libestream’s Onsight platform, the Onsight Cube is a rugged package – comprised of a thermal camera, and onboard secure storage – that can be worn on a helmet, chest mount or a mono-pod to access high or difficult-to-reach areas. The camera connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to a smart phone handset or tablet – even smart glasses – and allows the user to switch between thermal imaging and HD video, and share either with remote colleagues in real time.
With optimised visuals for inspecting, diagnosing and troubleshooting complex assets, the camera system allows central decision-makers to review worker status and collaborate to find solutions. The goal is to improve the quality and speed of the work, reducing overall turnaround time and avoiding unnecessary mobilisation of additional personnel to remote locations.
However, this is more than an industry-branded GoPro. The protective casing enables the Onsight Cube to withstand industrial applications, and is suitable for use in ATEX environments, and temperatures ranging from -20 to +55.
The system also includes an integrated light ring and laser aim pointer to ensure high-quality visuals even in poorly lit environments.
Wood’s CEO of Asset Solutions in Europe, Africa, Asia & Australia Dave Stewart commented: “This product is the result of a successful collaboration combining Wood’s oil and gas expertise with Librestream’s real-time mobile video technology. By investing in leading-edge digital solutions for the energy industry and leveraging Librestream’s technology portfolio, we are enhancing our service offering and delivering more efficient solutions to customers from desktop to worksite.”
Librestream CEO Kerry Thacher added: “The Cube is another example of our commitment to delivering a complete platform for the industrial and mobile worker. We recognise that workers in the field require both software and specialised hardware to meet their needs and the Onsight Cube is a significant leap forward in hazardous-location collaboration. This new capability now enables use cases that were previously impossible to implement.”
In 2017, Wood extended a collaborative agreement with Librestream. One solution to come from this relationship is Wood’s “eXpert” technology which has been successfully deployed on behalf of major operators in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Middle East on a range of projects such as plant shutdowns, routine maintenance inspections, live construction progress reporting and factory acceptance testing. The Onsight Cube is compatible with eXpert and adds additional functionality in oil and gas environments.