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Scanprobe Supports Brockham Emergency Response Team (BERT)


Posted on: July 10th, 2015

The  volunteer Brockham Emergency Response Team (BERT) established following the dreadful flooding in the village of Christmas 2013 has been buoyed by the generous support of Scanprobe of Kenley (Caterham) who have provided a Maxprobe Pipeline Inspection System. The equipment has a camera connected with a computer that allows for the inspection of culverts and drains with the ability to record what is going on in hidden places that may lead to flooding. This evidence can be used to fix the problem or be transmitted to Surrey County Highways. The camera was purchased with the generous support of Scanprobe,  additional fundraising from an event at the Royal Oak, Brockham, the Community Foundation of Surrey and the Gatwick Airport Community Trust.

 

The chairman of BERT Bob Thomas said, “BERT are delighted by the support of Scanprobe who along with the financial support of Brockham people and the two charities have allowed us to purchase this remarkable piece of equipment, which will enhance the effectiveness of the Team for many years to come. It is anticipated that BERT will soon start progressive surveys of the key culverts and drains within the Brockham area as part of our maintenance on behalf of the community and steer the statutory services to problems that we cannot resolve alone.” Scanprobe are to visit Brockham to train members of BERT in the use of the equipment.

Maxprobe drain camera

Left to right Clive Flegg Sales Manager Scanprobe, Jon Barry the MD of Scanprobe and Bob Thomas Chairman of BERT



Why MaxProbe?


Posted on: July 4th, 2015

Latest innovation.

 

For the past 3 years the Scanprobe Technical team have had meetings and put their creative and brilliant ideas together to design a CCTV drainage system that will shape the future.  From their company headquarters in Surrey, the Maxprobe was born.

 

Unlike current Units on the market, the Maxprobe offers updatable software, so your system will never be left behind with the fast pace of technology.

 

How is this going to benefit yourselves as customers you ask?

 

 

maxprobe pushrod drain system

Maxprobe Pipe Inspection System with Wincan Embedded Reporting Software as standard

The idea was born by Scanprobe’s in house research and development technical technician Alex Rose. At the start he had the idea and pushed for longevity in a system that always offer the latest software similar to a pc. This means if you require personal touches it can be done via the click of a button. Updates from Wincan V8, Wincan VX all updated as standard.

 

This also means that we don’t sit still and always look to improve the Maxprobe’s usability (with updates offered via email) you can keep up to date with the latest and most innovative software offered to the drainage community. 

 

One of the main issues to come to the design table was being able to see the picture in direct sunshine. “We’re constantly having to shield the monitor with our jackets” said Toby Green (the head of Scanprobe CCTV on-site surveying team).

With this in mind the design team at Scanprobe tested in excess of 50 LCD screens to find the most suited to the harsh conditions of the drainage world. The 10.4” sunlight-readable screen was a revelation, not only was it larger than most competitors, it offered a fantastic image when viewed in direct sunlight.

 

The next problem faced by the team was the issue of rain and snow. “It has to be waterproof to at least IP54” demanded Harry (the head of Scanprobe’s customer service dept). With this issue in mind the keypad was the first to embrace the changes required. Existing units on the market have kept the old membrane design. Which is fine for ingress protection but very slow and antiquated when typing.

 

The first option Scanprobe discussed was touch screen. Excellent in clean dry conditions but, (as we all know!) drainage is far from clean and certainly not dry. Let’s be clear having engineers taking off their gloves to touch screens in the field of drainage is completely ludicrous. Also if touch screens get wet the text/image will become unstable making the unit impractical and profitless. After much deliberation, a fully waterproof rubber qwerty keypad was decided on. This gives you the advantage of typing quickly and easily with the confidence that rain and snow won’t affect its usability.

 

After sealing the LCD screen and some other modifications, not only did the Maxprobe pass IP54 testing it was given an IP64 tested certificate.

maxprobe screens

Storage was the next hurdle. The common denominator was which device would offer the best recording facility. A lot of the discussion was based on the issues of reliability. With this in mind the team agreed a solid-state drive was the most unassailable option. So 32gb of internal storage would be offered as standard with the option to increase this to 1 terabyte. With regard to exporting data, the team decided to offer as much choice as possible. With this in mind X2 USB ports, X1 SD port, an Ethernet port and Wi-Fi was installed as standard.

 

The Wi-Fi offers the concept of emailing complete surveys direct to the client via a cloud for them to download to their PC. This is something Scanprobe is working closely with Win-can over and hope to release this shortly.

 

 

Welcome to the world of Maxprobe! With its Futureproof capabilities, stunning range of embedded surveying software and truly next generation style and feel, buying the Maxprobe is just the start. Come on the technical journey with us and the Maxprobe will be the last camera you will need to purchase.

 



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