An Intrinsically Safe Drone is an unmanned remote controlled device used to assist in inspecting or working in Hazardous environment.

Intrinsically safe equipment is defined as “equipment and wiring which is incapable of releasing sufficient electrical or thermal energy under normal or abnormal conditions to cause ignition of a specific hazardous atmospheric mixture in its most easily ignited concentration.” This is achieved by limiting the amount of power available to the electrical equipment in the hazardous area to a level below that which will ignite the gases.

Using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or UAV has its fair share of upsides in a lot of Industries and an Intrinsically Safe Drone is not exempted. The development of Drones has come a long way and with various degrees of autonomy, it is becoming one of the top solutions when working in a potentially explosive environment.

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Oil & Gas and all Hazardous or Explosive environments require an extreme level of safety when performing inspections or specific tasks to protect your investment and employees.


If you send a human to inspect a very tall hazardous area, the need for tools such as step ladders or scaffolding will require planning, shutting down the area, inspection, building the safety equipment (fall arrests, hand railings, etc.), and careful timed approach to prevent accident or loss of life. This is going to generate a huge downtime and downtimes equal loss of financials.

 This is where you should consider getting an Intrinsically Safe Drone.


Design and Rating

It must be specifically designed for NEC/CEC markets, as well as ATEX/IECEx. Listed for the United States, Canada and Europe, the unit must come with explosion proof ratings: Class I, Divisions 1 & 2 Groups A, B, C, D and Class II, Divisions 1 & 2 Groups E, F, G. (E.g. IECEX Class 1 Division 1 or ATEX Zone 0). Besides, it is capable of facing the most extreme temperatures and even bounces off the container wall to the surface without damage and without loss of control. You can say it has to have Resilience and Fault tolerance.


Specification to look for:

HD or 4K Camera (depending on your needs)

IR Camera

Remote Gas monitoring

Real Time Temperature Monitoring

External LED Indicator Lights

Advanced avionic controls

Intrinsically safe electronics and engines

Water resistant IP Rating

Long signal range

High Flight time



 To learn more about Intrinsically Safe Drone or any other Intrinsically Safe, Explosion Proof or Hazardous Area products, please contact our experts at: or call us on 832-699-6726


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