Increase Safety of Inspection Operations with ZistosHD

Zistos manufactures a line of remote video inspection tools that can play a big role in increasing worker safety.

Using a remote video inspection tool to inspect storage vessels and equipment for maintenance issues and other problems has many benefits. It can help improve quality, limit liability and prevent failures of critical equipment.

But the most important benefits that remote video inspection tools can provide are dramatically reducing the risk of industrial accidents and improving overall worker safety. This is especially true when dealing with confined spaces, heavy machinery and working at heights.

Confined spaces are inherently dangerous places for people to work. Despite OSHA regulations and modern work methods that put an emphasis on safety protocol, there are still dozens of confined space accidents that have occurred in recent years. These accidents resulted in serious injury, and even death to the workers involved, and sadly, most – if not all – were avoidable.

The same can be said for workers injured in falls from heights and accidents involving a man tangled up in a machine.

In many instances, confined space, machine proximity safety and fall protection equipment procedures and training were in place, and available to the individuals who were the victims of these accidents.

Then why did these accidents still happen? One simple answer – people are people!

Even the most highly trained individuals will at some time in their career execute a lack of judgement, take a shortcut, or for some reason ignore training and consequences and end up a victim.

The best way to ensure that workers stay safe is to whenever possible – keep them out of, and away from environments that can cause injury.

This is where remote video inspection tools can help. Many industrial operations are initiated with a visual inspection of an area, equipment, or environment. When the area of inspection is hazardous, the use of a remote inspection tool can keep the individual situated in a safe environment.

Examples of this are operations such as;

  • Inspecting the interior of a truck or rail tanker
  • Looking inside an underground vault
  • Inspecting a large processing vessel
  • Examining an area at height, such as an elevated conveyor, or plumbing fixtures, snubbers, and valves in power plants

The idea is that when performing this initial inspection, you can keep the individual off of a ladder, off of scaffolding, away from dangerous machinery, and out of confined spaces. Use a remote video inspection tool, such as the ones manufactured by Zistos Corporation, to visually inspect these dangerous areas. By limiting the risk exposure to a worker, you minimize their risk of injury and increase overall safety.

The bottom line – in many instances, the use of Zistos remote video inspection tools can help keep your work force safe and reduce the potential for industrial accidents. Please contact us to learn how our equipment might help you maximize the safety of your operation.

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ZistosHD Optical Zoom Cameras

A valuable feature of any remote video inspection system is the ability to zoom in and get a close-up of a point of interest without having the operator be in close physically proximity. In some instances, getting close to the point of interest is not possible because it is either impossible to access, or getting into a close inspection position is dangerous to the inspector.

The ZistosHD systems offer a true optical zoom feature that can magnify the image to many times its true size. Optical zoom uses a series of adjustable lenses that are controlled by the operator to magnify an image. Digital zoom cameras magnify an image by artificially increasing the number of pixels to make an object appear larger. Digital zoom cameras reduce the resolution of an image when they magnify its size. Optical cameras maintain the highest image resolution, even when they are at maximum magnification. The ZistosHD zoom cameras utilize optical zoom and maintain full resolution at maximum zoom settings.

Zistos’ zoom cameras are available in 10X (WPC-2.5Z-HD) and 30X (WPC-3.5Z-HD) optical magnification options. These cameras are housed in rugged, waterproof housings. Both have audio listening capabilities, self-illuminating LEDs, and provide high definition 1080p images and video. Our 10X camera has both white light and IR (WPC-2.5ZIR-HD) illumination options. The cameras can be fixed with additional side illuminators.  The systems can also be equipped with a talkback speaker box for full duplex audio. This allows the operator to listen and communicate back with others who may be in the inspection location. These zoom cameras are compatible with all ZistosHD systems.

The ZistosHD wireless bridge accessory allows the system to interface to a standard cell-modem, (a product that is offered by most major cellular carriers). This allows transmission of real-time video from anywhere that has cell coverage – to anywhere that has internet access!

We would welcome the opportunity to set up a virtual product demonstration so you and your team can see the ZistosHD Portable Pole Camera System with our optical zoom camera in operation. These sessions can take as little as 15 minutes and can be scheduled at your convenience.

Google Cloud Integration with ZistosHD Pole Camera Systems

One of the design objectives for the new ZistosHD Pole Camera System was to provide a simple way to remotely share recorded images and videos. Traditionally this was accomplished by offloading images and videos onto a computer by either removing the system’s SD memory card or using a USB cable to transfer files. While the files reside on the computer, they can be emailed to the specific individuals for review. This process works, but we were hoping to come up with a mechanism that would provide faster access to the files for those who may be situated in remote locations.

To achieve this desired result, we utilized Google Cloud services along with the ZistosHD Pole Camera System’s dedicated imaging application. A Google Cloud account needs to be set up in advance. The ZistosHD tablet normally connects to a dedicated network created by the system’s handle. Following the Google account creation, the ZistosHD tablet can be configured to access a secondary network with internet access. This network can be a local WiFi network used in an office, facility, or even a WiFi based cell modem. Once setup is complete, all that needs to be done to upload images and videos to your Google account is simply turning off the ZistosHD pole camera with the tablet still powered on.

When the pole camera is turned off, the tablet will automatically connect to the local secondary network. It will then begin syncing the images and videos to your Google account. Once the sync is complete, just turn the handle back on and you are instantaneously ready to continue using the system to inspect, surveil, or search. The time for this process to complete will vary and depends on the amount of data, along with the bandwidth of the network connection.

With this process, anyone with access – and only those with access – to your secure Google account can access your photos and videos anywhere with an internet connection. This Google Cloud account can also act as an archive for your collection of videos and images that can be accessed from anywhere.

The ZistosHD products can now share and archive images and videos anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection by just connecting a Google account to our system tablet. This solution facilitates image sharing with anyone/anywhere, and it is accomplished with a single push of a button.

The ZistosHD Handle

The HD Handle is the common modular component of the ZistosHD family of pole camera inspection products. It houses all of the controls, power, and WiFi transmitters for the system to function. The HD handle attaches to any ZistosHD camera pole or cable on one end, and the battery module is seated in the handle on the opposite end. The ZistosHD handle is designed with an ergonomic hand grip and offers easily accessible and intuitive keypad controls. These features allow the system to be operated by a single individual, with a minimal amount of training on system use and function.

The 9-button keypad on the ZistosHD handle module is designed to be actuated by the operator’s thumb. The 9 buttons include; Illumination Up & Down, Zoom In & Out, Motorized Pan Up & Down, Special Function, Snapshot and Record Video Start/Stop (see above image for button locations). The special function button’s purpose will vary with system configuration. The ZistosHD systems also offer full control redundancy. All of the keypad control functions are also available for the operator to select using touch screen menu overlays on the display module.

The rechargeable batteries that power the system reside in ZistosHD handle. The rechargeable L-ion batteries offer extended run-times. They also feature an integral LCD display that can alert the operator on the battery charge levels – even when the system is powered off (Learn more about our batteries here). The handle also contains the system’s WiFi radio that is configured with dual antennas. This design feature optimizes wireless performance and maximizes transmission and reception range.

Other communication accessories are available, such as a hardwired connection adapter cables and our optional WiFi bridge module. The WiFi bridge allows our system to connect with other external wireless networks. The various wireless and wired communication system options increase the overall system capability. They allow the video images to be viewed and shared by individuals who are both local and remotely situated.

All in all, the ZistosHD Handle is the module that allows full-control of our systems. It houses the control actuator buttons, power and transmitters needed for system function. Its impact resistant, lightweight and ergonomical design make all of the ZistosHD systems highly effective and easy to operate.

Digital vs Optical Zoom

Zistos has recently introduced a line of high-definition pole camera systems that have many new features and benefits. Our new systems feature securely encrypted wireless video, they support full HD resolution (1080P) and include a large battery to extend use time in the field (approx. 6hrs minimum). We have designed a full array of interchangeable options and accessories that further expand the system’s capabilities. Suitable applications for our new ZistosHD system include: Tactical Surveillance, Technical Rescue, Industrial Inspection and Vehicle/Cargo Search.

One of the options that is available for these new systems is a camera that features optical zoom capabilities. Optical zoom utilizes lenses to magnify the visual image. This method has significant advantages over cameras that are limited to digital zoom capabilities.

Cameras that utilize optical zoom have the ability to magnify an image without any loss of resolution. Digital zoom expands the image by using software to double up the existing pixel content in the image. This magnifies the image by increasing the size of the pixels in the image and thus reducing the number of pixels that make up the image. This makes the image appear larger, but at the expense of resolution. Images that use digital zoom will often look reasonable after a 2X, or sometimes even a 4X magnification, (depending on the size of the image sensor). Often the images will become too coarse, or pixelated to see any meaningful detail. The more digital magnification that is applied to the image, the worse the image quality gets. Optical zoom allows the user to zoom in without any loss of resolution. When you view an image with a camera that utilizes optical zoom, the picture maintains resolution and image quality regardless of zoom magnification. The ZistosHD line has zoom cameras that feature optical zoom capabilities that range up to 30X.  

When looking for victims in a rubble pile, searching attics for a subject, inspecting large storage vessels from a distance or searching the back of cargo truck for hidden contraband, having a quality image that maintains good visual detail is the most important aspect of a video pole camera system. The ZistosHD pole camera systems that are configured with the Optical Zoom camera options allow the operator to assess the smallest of image details and enable them to make critical decisions based on their visual assessment of the video.

For more information or a no obligation product demonstration, Virtual or In-Person, please don’t hesitate to reach out by phone: (631) 434-1370, email: info@zistos.com or website: www.zistos.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.