Versatility in Handheld Chemical Detection

Everyone who has used a handheld chemical detector knows that the main purpose of it is to keep the users and those around them safe, in case of a chemical incident.

The chemical detector will measure the immediate atmosphere and give alarm when the concentration exceeds predetermined alarm limits.

Many detectors can also be used to actively survey the surroundings and for example search leaks in containers and pipelines.

All of these applications continue to be the main purpose of personal chemical detection equipment, but what if there could be more?

In single use, without utilizing any in-built communication features, ChemProX works as conventional handheld chemical detector. It can be used either in hand or it can be attached to protective gear with MOLLE-straps. ChemProX features an unique real-time trend display that warns the operator for areas with higher concentration of hazardous compounds, and it will alarm if the concentration level raises above alarm limit, providing audible and visual indication.

Multiple Ways of Utilizing ChemProX - Single Use

ChemProX UI in Single Use (from left to right): detection modes available, sensitivity level, trend display.

In group use, ChemProX’s in-built communication features can be utilized for creating a wireless detection network that is expandable up to 10 detectors per group. The data transmission between the group detectors is established by 256-bit encrypted secure radio data.

Multiple Ways of Utilizing ChemProX - Group Use

ChemProX in Group Use: infographics showcasing the devices interaction and data sharing in network usage.

ChemProX differentiates itself from other chemical detectors in versatility: the operator doesn’t actually need to be physically close to the detector in order to get information of possible chemical threats. This creates the potential for ChemProX to act as part of wireless unmanned networks of detectors, that can secure and monitor a delimited perimeter, or critical area.

ChemProX, Perimeter Monitoring Network Use

ChemProX in Unmanned Network Use: infographics showcasing the devices interaction and data sharing in an unmanned standoff network.

UGVs and UAVs (Unmanned Ground and Air Vehicles) such as robots or drones can be an essential tool for reconnaissance and emergency response missions, ensuring the safety of operators.

ChemProX can be easily integrated into Unmanned Air Vehicles and Unmanned Ground Vehicles. There is no need for external hardware or software: everything essential — from powering to interfacing, and data transmission — is in-built.

Multiple Ways of Utilizing ChemProX - UGV and UAV Use

ChemProX in Unmanned Ground & Air Vehicles Use: infographics showcasing the devices interaction and datasharing when integrated into drones or robots.

When talking about CBRN response capabilities, due to the short timeframes for decision making and consequent actions, training reveals to be an essential asset for the preparedness of any operator group.

With ChemProX it is really easy to switch on the simulation mode (clearly indicated by blue colour in the UI bars), and train the operators with two different training methods: chemical leak or cloud dispersion search (utilizing Bluetooth sources that simulate the dispersion of chemical clouds).

Multiple Ways of Utilizing ChemProX - Training Mode

ChemProX UI with Training Feature active (from left to right): measuring display during simulation, activate bluetooth sources for simulating chemical dispersion cloud, example of bluetooth sources.

Stay Tuned

In the upcoming blog posts we will explore these applications both conventional and those made possible by communication features of ChemProX in more detail. Stay tuned!

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Teemu Partanen

Handheld Chemical Detection Application Manager

I am Teemu and I have been working in the CBRN field since 2004, focusing mainly in chemical detection. From technical specialization to product management and sales support, as well as technical and practical CBRN training, I have been on top of the trends and market requirements of military and civil defence first responders.

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    • Environics Oy

      Thank you for your feedback Hannan, if you wish to receive further information on ChemProX or have direct contact with the Application Manager, kindly let us know!

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