Since many industrial facilities and other workplaces face the possibility of a toxic gas buildup, many now turn to detection systems that possess open path detection technology. One of the most innovative technological advances in gas detection technology, it has a number of benefits for companies, including performing well in harsh work environments as well as providing much quicker detection of dangerous gas levels. If your company is in need of a more advanced gas detection system, here is how open path gas detection benefits the oil and gas industry.

Transmitting to Mobile Devices

Since many facilities within the oil and gas industry are very large, engineers and technicians can find themselves spread out over long distances each day. When this occurs and a dangerous gas buildup happens in an area far away from them, it is crucial they be made aware of the development as soon as possible. To do so, open path detectors are now able to link to various types of mobile devices thanks to wireless technology. In doing so, personnel who carry smartphones or tablets with them can always be sure they will have the latest real-time data at their fingertips.

Confined Space Monitoring

Whether it is an offshore drilling platform, chemical plant, or oil refinery, chances are each of these facilities will contain many confined spaces where valuable equipment and other materials are kept. While many employees are often in these areas performing equipment repairs, installations, and troubleshooting, they often fail to realize these areas are very difficult to monitor when it comes to dangerous gas levels. To eliminate this problem, many companies now provide engineers, technicians, and safety personnel with a portable open path combustible gas detector. By having this device with them, employees can perform their tasks while still monitoring gas levels inside the area. Best of all, the data is also transmitted in real-time to on-site and off-site engineers for additional analysis.


As any company in the oil and gas industry knows, having equipment that is cost-efficient is a must to stay competitive in today’s economy. Fortunately, an open path gas detector is considered one of the most cost-efficient types of detection technology available today. With the combination of advanced electronics and wireless technology, the detectors need little if any maintenance, nor do they require frequent calibration adjustments. As an added bonus, a company often finds it only requires one open path infrared gas detector to adequately monitor an entire facility. Thus, by placing the detector in a central location, it becomes possible to have 24/7 real-time data that is always accurate and reliable.

While these are some of the most important benefits these detectors provide companies in the oil and gas industry, they are by no means the only ones. If you would like to learn more about other ways infrared detection technology can make your facility and its employees safer, contact GDS by filling out a contact form at or speaking with an Applications Engineer at 409-927-2980.