First Impressions: AreaRAE Plus and AreaRAE Pro

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The AreaRAE Pro is poised to set a new standard in wireless gas detection.

When RAE Systems first released the AreaRAE in 2001, it's wireless capability was revolutionary in gas detection. But technology has changed a lot since then. Many of us were still running 56K modems on our desktops and while our cell phones weren't quite bricks, they were far removed from the sleak and powerful smartphones just about all of us carry to day. No doubt the original AreaRAE has been a work horse for the past 15 years, but it was time for a reboot.

The new AreaRAE gas monitors from Honeywell build on the tradition of the original AreaRAE but offers several major improvements and updates, to keep the AreaRAE at the pinacle of wireless gas detection.

Two New Models:

The AreaRAE is now offered in two models: the AreaRAE Plus and the AreaRAE Pro. The major advantage of the Pro is that it offers a ppb resolution PID sensor, a gamma sensor option, and the included RAEMet environmental sensor. The Plus offers a 0.1ppm resolution PID sensor and the option to add a RAEMet sensor. The Plus is geared towards industry and environmental applications, while the Pro is ideal for hazmat and emergency response.

Redesigned Chassis:

The housing has been completely redesigned. It offers warning LEDs strategically placed to provide 360 degree visibilty. The 108db audible alarm is noticeably louder than most meters. One of the few downsides to the new line of AreaRAEs is the increase in size. While most technology trends smaller over time, the AreaRAE has gotten bigger, but not unnecessarily so. The increase in size is a worthwhile compromise to accomodate improved battery life, sensor capability, and wireless options.

Fortunately for users familiar with other RAE Systems instruments, the new AreaRAEs maintain the traditional 3-button operation and menus comparable to the MultiRAE line.

Expanded Sensor Options:

The new AreaRAE line sets itself apart in its configuration ability. Both the Plus and Pro models support a PID and up to 6 combustible or electrochemical sensors, which means the meters can monitor up to 7 gases simultaneously. In addition to these sensor options, The Pro can be outfitted with Gamma, which does not occupy a sensor slot.

The AreaRAE Plus shown in a Rapid Deployment Kit (RDK) which includes 4 AreaRAEs in a Pelican case.

Unprecedented Wireless Capability:

Keeping the focus on wireless gas detection, the AreaRAE is outfitted with unparalleled wireless capability. Every new AreaRAE comes standard long-range ISM radio to communicate directly to a RAE Link 3 Host and Mesh radio to transmit data from other wireless meters like the QRAE 3 and MultiRAE, essentially eliminating the need for an additinal RAELink Mesh in applications where the AreaRAE and other wireless instruments are used side by side.

GPS is now standard with every AreaRAE, and WiFi capability is now an option. While it is not currently available, low-energy Bluetooth will also be an option.

The Takeaway:

The AreaRAE and AreaRAE Pro are welcome upgrades to the already tested and proven AreaRAE brand. Paired with ProRAE Guardian software, the AreaRAE becomes part of a powerful and easily deployable gas detection system. The fact that the AreaRAEs can talk to other instruments like the ToxiRAE Pro, QRAE 3, and MultiRAE and relay this information back to a RAELink 3 allows for even more monitoring versatility for teams with a range of instruments.

For more information about the new AreaRAE Plus or Pro or to receive a quote, please fill out our AreaRAE Plus/Pro Questionnaire.

Joel W Nelson is a writer and web developer with over 9 years of gas detection and safety experience with All Safe Industries. When he's not pedaling his bike to work or on the trails, there's a good chance he's playing outside with his wife and sons.

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