Librestream and Wood develop wearable camera technology for remote operations

Librestream’s Onsight Cube industrial wearable camera allows for hands-free collaboration in remote environments. Image: Librestream

Winnipeg-based technology company Librestream Technologies has developed new camera technology in partnership with Aberdeen, U.K.-based energy company Wood that can stream video and store data from remote work locations including offshore.

The Onsight Cube is a rugged camera that can be worn on a helmet, chest mount or a mono-pod to access high or difficult-to-reach areas, and connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to a handset.

The technology connects specialists in any location directly with remote worksites, transferring real-time data including audio, pictures, thermographic images and video. This allows decision-makers to review current status, issues and collaborate on resolutions which will improve the quality and speed of problem solving, reducing overall job turnaround time and avoiding the unnecessary mobilization of people to remote locations, the company said.

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 degrees.

“We recognize that workers in the field require both software and specialized 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,” Kerry Thacher, CEO of Librestream, said in a statement.

“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,” added Dave Stewart, Wood’s CEO of Asset Solutions in Europe, Africa, Asia & Australia. “This product is the result of a successful collaboration combining Wood’s oil and gas expertise with Librestream’s real-time mobile video technology.

In 2017, Wood extended its collaborative agreement with Librestream to continue its exclusive industry partnership, providing digitally-enabled solutions for global oil and gas customers.One such solution is Wood’s eXpert technology which has been deployed on behalf of major operators in the U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia and Middle East on a range of projects including plant shutdowns, routine maintenance inspections, live construction progress reporting and factory acceptance testing.

Fully compatible with eXpert, The Onsight Cube allows hands-free capture of high resolutions images, super-bright LED illumination and infra-red (thermal) vision capture and sharing. The camera will also be certified for safe use in all areas of oil and gas facilities, the company said.

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