Hazardous Area Surveillance / Explosion 'Proof' Cameras

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Feb 16, 2012

Placing surveillance cameras in hazardous (highly flammable) environments have far more demanding requirements than typical surveillance use. Liability risks are much higher and the cost of equipment that meets this requirement can be dramatically more expensive. In this note, we discuss these requirements, how they are determined, and the different options available for satisfying them.

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