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IntelliView rolls out automated methane leak detection system

Video artificial intelligence specialist IntelliView Technologies has launched the Dual Camera Analytic Module – Methane, the company’s first machine vision system designed for continuous monitoring and autonomous real-time detection of methane leaks.

The DCAM-M consists of a thermal imager, a visual sensor and built-in image processing software. The fixed-format optical gas imaging (OGI) camera integrates the GF77a Gas Find IR, FLIR System’s uncooled infrared sensor that is spectrally filtered to visualise methane, sulphur dioxide and nitrous oxide in any light conditions.

Driven by artificial intelligence, the system constantly looks for leaking methane gas and generates immediate notification accompanied by image and video of the gas. The ability to detect leaks early and remotely allows operators of unmanned natural gas production facilities to respond quickly and reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint.

“As a company focused on driving the cost-performance envelop to protect personnel, assets and the environment through automated solutions, IntelliView needed an affordable methane imager that covered a wide range of detection requirements but also backed by a reputation of technological innovation,” said Chris Beadle, sales and marketing vice-president of IntelliView. “The groundbreaking GF77a, an alternative to the more expensive cooled variants and other gas cloud imaging sensors, was instrumental in the development of our first methane detection system for addressing the GHG challenge.”

By partnering with FLIR, IntelliView has been able to make the DCAM-M accessible to more energy companies, helping to support the industry’s methane mitigation initiatives and safety goals.

“FLIR is pleased to be partnered with IntelliView to launch this revolutionary new product, the DCAM-M, which utilises the FLIR GF77a as its core sensor,” added Rob Milner, manager for national science, automation, optical gas imaging and sUAS at FLIR Systems. “By providing the ability to immediately alarm on dangerous large methane leaks we will fulfil our mission to save lives and livelihoods.”

Other benefits of the system include cost savings from reduced or averted carbon fees and regulatory fines, fewer site visits, minimised product loss, improved operation efficiency and strengthened infrastructure integrity.