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VCOM CO / Visibility Stand Alone Monitor for Tunnels

With low cost of ownership and minimal maintenance required the VCOM is a robust unit that satisfies the common requirement for a single sensor solution for monitoring both Carbon Monoxide and visibility in road tunnels.

The VCOM tunnel monitor measures the concentration of carbon monoxide (CO) in tunnel atmospheres and makes a visible opacity measurement to determine the visibility within the tunnel. These measurements can be used as part of an air quality management system for ventilation control and/or secondary smoke detection within a traffic tunnel or other confined space.

A VCOM sensor consists of a Transmitter (TX) and Receiver (RX) mounted “facing” each other on the wall or ceiling of the tunnel. The sensors are located at various points along the length of the tunnel. The distance between the sensors varies depending on national or regional legislation but typically they are installed 250 – 500 m apart. The TX emits two optical beams, one visible (green) for the visibility measurement and the other infrared (IR) for CO measurement. Both optical beams are received by the RX, where the signals are conditioned and processed on independent internal optical benches.

Features:

  • Proven infrared spectroscopy technique for measurement of carbon monoxide (CO)
  • Visibility measurement using proven light transmission opacity technique
  • Temperature compensated measurements to ensure stable readings across all tunnel conditions
  • Choice of interface options enabling easy integration into tunnel control system
  • IP65 / NEMA 4X rated external enclosure supplied with quick release dust protection tubes and wall brackets
  • Supplied complete with PC based utility software for set-up and control of the instrument
  • Optional Operator Interface with display and keypad

Benefits:

  • Designed specifically for monitoring in tunnels
  • Rugged design to withstand corrosive atmosphere and regular tunnel washing
  • Simple installation and alignment
  • Low maintenance requirements
  • Right or left hanging option to enable compliance with regulations governing tunnel light emissions facing on-coming traffic flow
  • Flexible integration options

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