Connected multi-gas detector improves safety for tunnelling and mining industries

Hayley Everett
Dräger has launched a mobile gas detector, the X-am 2800. Photo via Dräger.

Medical and safety technology developer Dräger has launched a mobile gas detector, the X-am 2800, which connects with the company’s Gas Detection Connect cloud to automate the real-time sharing of live data regarding gases that rescue services are exposed to in emergency situations.


According to Dräger, the launch further strengthens the firm’s commitment to developing technology that enhances the safety of personnel in the tunnelling and mining industries.


When using the X-am 2800, users can choose from sensors for flammable gases and vapours, as well as oxygen, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulphide, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide. Approved for use in Ex zone 0, a classified area in which an explosive gas atmosphere is present continuously or for long period, the X-am 2800 has been tested according to protection class IP68. The gas detector features a newly engineered CatEX sensor, which has been independently drop test certified at a height of more than two metres, to ensure a robust and resilient design which is critical in emergency rescue environments.


With integrated Bluetooth connectivity, live gas readings and alerts that can be transferred in real-time to Dräger’s Gas Detection Connect cloud solution, the gas detector provides users with secure access to critical data at anytime and from anywhere through an internet browser.


Efficient fleet management is provided by the cloud-connected Dräger X-dock test station, which automates the process of detector testing and calibration. All data on testing, calibration and device event history can be automatically transferred to Gas Detection Connect and reported on, supporting fire services to ensure service personnel equipment is consistent, reliable and accurate.


Accessories from the popular Dräger X-am series can still be used with the X-am 2800, including the charger, the X-dock station, and sampling pump. The durable Dräger sensors and the rechargeable, easy-to-replace power supply ensure that the device remains operational for many years. Moreover, the X-am 2800 was engineered with sustainability in mind. The technical documentation and packaging have been designed to save paper, and the number of instruction manuals can be reduced when ordering two or more units in the modular version.


Liz Millward, Marketing Manager, Emergency and Rescue Services at Dräger Safety UK, said that the release of the X-am 2800 builds upon the modern-day focus on connectivity and data within contemporary firefighting: “The role of a manufacturer today is to utilise all available technologies to support the safety of mining, tunnelling and rescue operations, placing the health and wellbeing of our service personnel at the forefront of all that we do.


“With an added focus on connectivity, we can provide a robust, futureproofed solution to be used now and for years to come.”

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