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October 18, 2014 | Ermes introduces new radiation-resistant video camera

Ermes, which runs a joint lab with CEA LIST, has released its new Viza 50 video camera. The radiation-hardened camera can tolerate doses of 50 gKy, offering remote operators invaluable assistance with inspection and maintenance tasks in radioactive environments.

201411 01The Viza 50 will round out Ermes’ current catalog of hardened cameras.

The analog Viza 50 is two to three times smaller and lighter than the current state of the art. It delivers PAL and NTSC signals that can be displayed directly by traditional video monitors. The camera is constructed in two modules—one on the operator side and the other in the radioactive environment.

CEA LIST provided know-how—technology bricks proven to withstand accumulated doses of ionizing radiation—crucial for the development of the second module. One of CEA LIST’s notable enhancements was to the electronic architecture regeneration system.

Ermes intends to target several nuclear-industry applications with the Viza 50, from accident response and decommissioning through to plant process monitoring and control. The company has already generated sales leads in Europe, Asia, and the United States.