Wood says new offshore camera tech removes humans from ‘hazardous’ areas

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Wood has announced the development of new wearable camera technology for the offshore oil and gas sector, able to go to previously inaccessible areas.

Developed in conjunction with Canadian tech firm Librestream, Wood said the Onsite Cube camera can be worn on a helmet, as a chest mount or separately mounted.

It can send real-time video footage, audio, images and thermographic footage.

Wood said the new camera would allow the oil and gas sector to “improve the speed of problem solving” and avoid people accessing remote locations, which can often be dangerous.

Designed with a protective casing to withstand industrial applications, the technology comprises a thermal camera, onboard secure storage and can operate in harsh environments including from -20 to +55°.

Dave Stewart, Wood’s CEO of asset solutions in Europe, Africa, Asia & Australia, said: “Wood and Librestream have established a solid partnership to produce a growing suite of innovative technologies and share a common vision regarding the impact that digital technology can have on safety and productivity in oil and gas operations.

“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.”

Kerry Thacher, CEO of Librestream, 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.”