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July 13, 2018

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Gas Detection

Honeywell improves connectivity for existing portable gas detectors to usher in Connected Workers

Honeywell has announced a new Bluetooth-enabled device designed to bring connectivity to Honeywell BW portable, multi-gas detectors so that companies can monitor their employees’ safety remotely, respond to emergencies faster and avoid costly downtime.

Honeywell BW ConnectThe new offering, part of the manufactuer’s Connected Worker portfolio, allows companies to add connectivity to hundreds of thousands of gas detectors in service today.

The new Honeywell BW Connect attaches to Honeywell BW’s GasAlertMicroclip XL and X3 detectors, and GasAlertMax XT II detectors by sliding onto the charging port of the detector, and pairs to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Using the Honeywell Safety Communicator app, the detector relays information to the cloud, where it is accessible from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. Safety managers can monitor gas readings from anywhere in real time, and coordinate a faster response in case of an emergency.

“Real-time situational awareness helps create safer workplaces,” said Jasmine Apolinar, Product Marketing Specialist for portable gas detection at Honeywell Industrial Safety. “Honeywell BW Connect makes connectivity easy and affordable for the hundreds of thousands of BW gas detectors already in service around the world. It works with smartphones, which are becoming essential tools for workers.”

Connectivity provides workers with the assurance that their employer can monitor their well-being in dangerous situations. Having real-time data means safety managers can quickly assess a situation and provide the correct emergency response in a timely fashion. Connectivity also improves productivity and compliance, as it can link with remote-monitoring software automatically logging gas incidents, tracking detector testing schedules and generating compliance reports.

Honeywell says it is helping companies realise a Connected Worker vision through a range of offerings designed to improve worker and plant productivity and safety, minimise downtime, and ensure regulatory compliance. The solutions, which integrate seamlessly into plant operations, are designed to help eliminate manual processes and ensure regulatory compliance; maximise accuracy and efficiency; and minimise safety costs and prevent incidents.

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