How FieldServer Gateway Technology Can Help Improve Hazard Detection and Worker Safety

June 6, 2022
Richard Theron

When it comes to unmanned remote locations, some scenarios can make it hard to keep them in check and well supported. If combustible gas escapes or vapor hazards are present, there are no workers to endanger; however, facilities, equipment, and surrounding areas are still at risk.

Without someone on site to monitor the situation, who’s to know when something is amiss? Being in the dark like this can lead to a cascading effect, ranging from small, undetected leaks to catastrophic disaster.

Yet it’s the safety professional’s job to know what’s happening, where it’s happening, who’s in charge, and what should be done to intervene. It boils down to this: The right information delivered to the right people at the right time is critical to taking the right action.


The right information delivered to the right people at the right time is critical to taking the right action.

The new HazardWatch FX-12 Fire and Gas Detection System, when installed with a FieldServer ProtoAir gateway and connected to the MSA Grid cloud platform, empowers safety personnel to make better, faster decisions – well before a minor situation becomes a major incident.

Why FieldServer and the Grid?

While being in the field has its advantages, such as being able to monitor situations more closely, it also has its disadvantages. Not only does it take personnel away from other facilities or jobsites where they may be needed, it can be both costly and time consuming to dispatch them.

With FieldServer and the Grid in your toolbox, there’s little left to chance. Instead of wondering what’s happening in a specific location or dispatching workers to the site, FieldServer and the Grid let you proactively monitor a situation from wherever you are. Even better, real-time remote notifications alert you to potential hazards so you can act swiftly and decisively.


FieldServer and the Grid let you proactively monitor a situation from wherever you are. Real-time remote notifications alert you to potential hazards so you can act swiftly and decisively.

Even better, FieldServer and the Grid offer secure remote connectivity, as well as support all your connected IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) devices without the need to be in the field.

You Can Provide Safety Support Anytime, Anywhere

It’s humanly impossible to be everywhere all the time. Technology, on the other hand, can be anywhere you need it to be. Which means that your support people, no matter where they’re located, can perform a lot of the support tasks they need to without delay and without the need to travel to the jobsite.

Take, for example, the HazardWatch® FX-12 System, MSA’s FM-approved fire and gas detection system. This intelligent system is designed with Rockwell Automation’s industry-proven Allen-Bradley ControlLogix™ programmable logic controller (PLC) technology and MSA’s advanced gas and flame detection devices. This stand-alone fire and gas alarm panel features a touchscreen operator interface. By integrating it with the FieldServer gateway and the Grid’s cloud capabilities, remote monitoring is now possible for personnel who may not be at the jobsite.

Together, this smart, state-of-the-art fire and gas solution can provide complete visibility and more, including:

  • Connecting to systems for commissioning
  • Enabling remote troubleshooting
  • Viewing of the touchscreen

Add in the FieldVEU dashboard, and you can have remote visualization of the FX-12 system, too. The FieldVEU app integrates seamlessly with the Grid’s cloud platform, enabling instant access to essential data, plus on-the-go notifications from Cloud-registered FieldServer gateways.

See for Yourself

If you’re in the oil & gas, fire and safety, or life safety systems business, this is a powerful safety solution that you must see first-hand.

We’re introducing the HazardWatch FX-12 Fire and Gas System at the 2022 NFPA Conference & Expo in Boston, June 6-8, 2022, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Visit us at Booth #458 for demos and discussions about:

  • Fire & Gas System Solutions
  • Flame & Gas Detection Devices
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions
  • Remote Monitoring Equipment

At MSA, our business is safety. We offer a wide variety of gas and flame detection solutions to meet your flame, oxygen, combustible, and toxic gas detection needs. Our system experts design, test, and manufacture NFPA 72-compliant fire and gas systems. Our FieldServer IIoT gateways are ideal for enabling 24/7 cloud-based monitoring and troubleshooting. Contact us to learn more.

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Richard Theron
Richard Theron is the product line manager for FieldServer at MSA, where he works intimately with companies in the building automation, industrial automation, energy management and life safety markets to help them cloud-enable their equipment.

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