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Blackline Safety eliminates hassle and expense of two-way radios, launches 'push-to-talk' feature

Britney Carswell October 18, 2018

World’s first combined gas detector and two-way radio replaces both ‘beep-and- flash’ gas monitors and hand-held radios with one connected device

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Calgary, Canada — No longer will commercial and industrial safety personnel need to purchase, wear or manage separate radios or walkie-talkies. Blackline Safety Corp. (TSXV: BLN) — the leader in connected safety technology — launches ‘push-to-talk’ for its G7c personal gas detector. With the push of a button, employees can use a single device to collaborate with co-workers just like a traditional walkie-talkie.

“After listening to dozens of customers in energy, telecom, utilities and aerospace sectors, we are the first to bring to market the tool that industry is asking for — a gas detector with built-in two-way radio,” said Sean Stinson, VP Sales & Product Management at Blackline Safety. “This is a significant accomplishment that took our in-house engineering team over 12 months to create and launch. The result is the world’s most versatile connected gas detector that enables efficient employee communications, converging two devices into one while saving the added expense of a two-way radio.”

Just over a year ago, Blackline shipped the world’s first cellular-connected gas detector with field-replaceable gas sensor cartridges. Push-to-talk communication is the latest addition to Blackline’s G7 platform that leverages integrated cellular communications, connecting employees to the Blackline Safety Network and a live safety monitoring team. No matter if it’s a gas leak, injury or health event, G7c automatically notifies monitoring personnel, triggering a real-time emergency response directly to the employee’s location. With push-to-talk, Blackline has expanded its G7 program in a new direction that significantly improves employee efficiency and productivity.

With G7c priced at $489 USD and push-to-talk with gas detection service plans starting at just $30/month, Blackline saves businesses thousands of dollars over the life of their equipment. Combining connected gas detection and two-way radio functionality, Blackline’s G7 platform provides businesses with peace of mind, helps to control costs and keep teams safe.

Rather than the usual 16 or 32 channels offered by many conventional two-way radios, G7c push-to-talk delivers 100 channels for communication between teams, across facilities and even between different countries — all without need for Wi-Fi or other costly infrastructure. G7c devices work right out of the box, automatically connecting to wireless networks in over 100 countries.

Push-to-talk radio calling will begin shipping in December 2018 as part of Blackline’s G7 Insight gas detector program that replaces traditional ‘beep-and-flash’ gas detectors with a connected solution. This new program includes a G7c device, Blackline’s cloud-hosted user portal, an online regulatory compliance dashboard and Blackline Analytics software, making it easy to manage a world-class gas detection program. G7 Insight was recently named OH&S Magazine New Product of the Year in the categories of Internet of Things and Industrial Hygiene — Gas Monitors.

Blackline Safety will be demonstrating G7c push-to-talk capability in booth #4501 at the National Safety Council’s Congress & Expo. This event will be held from October 22–24 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. To learn about Blackline Safety, visit www.blacklinesafety.com and follow on Twitter @blacklinesafety.

About Blackline Safety: Blackline Safety is a global connected safety technology leader. Providing comprehensive live- monitoring and wireless gas detection, we help teams working in hazardous environments respond to emergencies in real-time and manage efficient evacuations, accounting for everyone’s safety along the way. With millions invested in technology research and development, Blackline Safety is recognized for quality and innovation. Our talented team of designers and engineers create and manufacture in-house — from wearable technology and personal gas detectors to cloud-hosted infrastructure and web- based interfaces for global industry. We deliver the world’s first turn-key, work-anywhere, connected safety monitoring solution with gas detection, 3G wireless, satellite communications, two-way speakerphone, employee messaging and live monitoring to meet the demanding safety challenges and increase productivity of organizations in over 100 countries. For more information, visit www.BlacklineSafety.com.

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