Confined spaces can be inherently dangerous; in fact, each year about 100 U.S. workers die from confined space incidents involving a wide range of hazards. Any maintenance or repair task starts with an engineer or technician making a visual assessment of conditions of both the equipment and environment. A Zistos Industrial Inspection System can increase efficiency and help reduce such loss of life and related injuries by providing complete visual assessment of tanks, large vessels, vaults, voids, and other confined/difficult to reach or hazardous areas without a confined space entry.
With our security needs increasing, especially in remote places, Zistos Corporation can help you with the right application for your remote surveillance equipment needs. Our rapidly deployable surveillance systems are self-powered and offer complete vision solutions that are wireless and easily transported.
Our newest system, The Backpack Surveillance Tower (BST) is a portable, one man battery operated, wireless network surveillance system with a pan-tilt-zoom camera that is mounted on a collapsible four-meter mast. The system facilitates surveillance of a wide area from a high angle of view. The BST deploys quickly from a backpack, which allows one individual to transport it over rough or wooded terrain. The 13 ft. tower unfolds easily from storage and can be setup by a single individual. The pole is stabilized using guy-wires and ground spikes included in the kit. Multiple BST systems can be networked together and can be monitored from a ruggedized laptop computer available with the kit and can also interface with any standard digital device – laptop, tablet, or smartphone – with Wi-Fi capability. Continue reading “Ready, Set, Go…Zistos Backpack Surveillance Tower A Step Above”
Zistos increases safety and saves money.
As part of a complete line of portable video inspection tools used to penetrate confined spaces, Zistos has crossed an important threshold in the industry. Management personnel in the industry recognize the cost and complexity in maintaining compliance when OSHA regulations are mandated relative to an industrial process or operation. These standards and procedures were created to help insure the safety of workers performing tasks that may be hazardous or when operating in dangerous environments such as a confined space.
“We have introduced an approach for operations in confined spaces that can dramatically increase safety and, at the same time, can also actually reduce operating costs while maintaining compliance with regulations,” says Bob Levine, President of Zistos Corporation of Holbrook, NY in this brief, informative video, including how a Zistos industrial inspection system can pay for itself within a very short time period.
The risk of relying on equipment made for best-case scenarios…
This Zistos design philosophy stems from over a decade’s experience and the many lessons learned by our engineers and end users in building portable video inspection systems. As a result, instead of designing for a best-case scenario, Zistos equipment has always been designed to operate in a worst case scenario. In other words we do our best to ensure that, when you really need it, it will work as intended.
Zistos applications include physical security, tactical law enforcement, urban search and rescue, military and industrial inspection. This means rugged and dependable under any conditions. While they may not have the flashy look of some consumer-grade products, our design build, flexibility and reliability make the critical difference when the equipment used must perform in the field.
The Zistos design approach to building its equipment is based on key factors and problem avoidance:
Wireless vs. wired. Many of the wireless video systems on the market utilize analog video transmitters and receivers that are similar in design and performance to inexpensive consumer electronic systems wrapped around high tech looking enclosures. Many of these wireless solutions are of poor quality, easily detected and can be easily intercepted. They are also prone to a multitude of operational problems based on environment. There are many consumer products/technologies that can detect and intercept wireless video transmission. There are even applications for smart phones that can threaten wireless video security. Video signals can easily be detected, acquired, viewed and recorded by outside parties, media and even adversaries. Although we offer wireless as an option, the built-in wired configuration employed by Zistos avoids all of these risks.
As a provider of visual assessment technology, Zistos looks at every application from a cost-benefit standpoint, comparing them in cases where remote visual inspection tools were used, and when they weren’t. The outcomes are completely different.
In the first case, an undiscovered foreign object and resulting contaminant found its way into a large storage vessel used in the manufacture of a food product.
Previously, a visual inspection was done by an inspector who could only peer into the fill opening of the vessel with a flashlight; he wasn’t allowed to enter the confined space for both safety and sanitary considerations. Continue reading “Finding cost-benefits in a confined space”