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Ecom launches Smart-Ex 01 intrinsically safe Android 4.4 smartphone

23 October 2014

Ecom´s new intrinsically safe Smart-Ex 01 smartphone and  Ex-Handy 09 featurephone sets new paradigms in mobile worker collaboration, safety, security and ease of use in the Oil & Gas, Refining, Chemical, Pharmaceuticals, and other hazardous industries, as well as for their contractors and service providers. 

Following ecom's decades of experience as the world's first manufacturer and market leader for Zone 1 mobile phones, an entire new family of smartphones, aligned with Sonim Technologies, suitable for use in Zone 1/21 & Division 1, Zone 2/22 & Division 2, is being launched for worldwide use.

Taking advantage of the latest technology advances, the 4G/LTE enabled Smart-Ex 01 smartphone helps to simplify and streamline the way mobile workers operate and interact with each other, their remote experts, and their backend systems. This new way of working provides the opportunity for improved decision making and mobile worker collaboration - enabling more effective ways of working, to reduce risk, time and cost.

Capabilities supported include man-down alarm notification, online documents, digital photos and video, video streaming, integrated torchlight for poorly lit areas, and interfaces to wireless headsets and Bluetooth-enabled data collection ecosystems and beacons.

For users who need a more advanced mobile phone but not a Smartphone, the Ex-Handy 09 Featurephone is designed to meet this need - providing both push-button and touchscreen mobile phone capabilities plus the performance and connectivity to support simple and more intensive Android applications such as Lone Worker Protection, Push-to-Talk and other industrial apps.

Both devices include Google PlayStore certification, enabling access to a further 700,000 Android apps - giving you the flexibility to mould the device to meet your needs. And, unlike traditional devices for hazardous areas, device security can be kept securely up to date to prevent malware and other unwanted security threats adversely affecting your data and the uptime of your devices.

These next generation ultra-rugged Android Smartphones complement ecom's existing portfolio of PDAs, tablets and mobile phones, and are supplied with global ATEX/IECEx/NEC certification for use in Zone 1/21 & Class I Division 1 (and Zone 2/22 & Class I Division 2) hazardous areas around the world. Both are designed to bring the latest mobile communication and computing technologies into hazardous locations to address many of the challenges faced today.

Recognising that many different work tasks with growing requirements are performed in hazardous areas, ecom is offering an entire family of intrinsically safe phones - Smart-Ex 01, Ex-Handy 09 and the most popular intrinsically safe mobile phone Ex-Handy 08. Lots of peripherals and accessories suitable for worldwide use in Zone 1/Division 1, Zone 2/Division 2 complete the comprehensive portfolio.

The first in this series of state-of-the-art smartphones and featurephones will be available in production quantities in December 2014. As all users need to leverage existing cellular networks, both generic versions of the devices are already thoroughly tested and approved for use on several mobile phone networks, including those from AT&T, Bell and Telus.

Ultra-rugged, lightweight, compact, and using the latest Android Kitkat 4.4 operating system, the Smart-Ex 01 is a multi-purpose device suitable for use by several mobile worker roles on the same site performing a range of applications, including Audits & Inspection, Asset & Material Tracking, Operator Rounds, Condition Based Maintenance, Monitoring, Indoor/Outdoor Tracking & Navigation, Safety & Security, and Lone Worker Protection. And, the 4" capacitive multi-touch screen enables standard desktop applications and video conferencing to become not only mobile but also outstandingly efficient in hazardous areas.

Made of extreme shock and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 2, the large display increases user productivity due to its larger work surface. The screen brightness and sharpness is both easy on the eyes and visible in direct sunlight, and the multi-touch display remains easy to use and accurate - even when wearing gloves or when the screen surface is wet.

Optional built-in cameras (8 MP rear camera & 1 MP front camera) and a full complement of wireless capability allows equipment defects to be captured as inspection and maintenance work is executed, and instantly visible to those who need to diagnose the issue and determine the follow-on actions.

Support for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) minimises power consumption and Bluetooth 4.0 increases data transfer speeds, helping you to get even more out of the 3600mAh Li-Ion battery pack.

The Smart-Ex 01 offers IP68 with water & dust resistance. An optional 3-Year Service Level Agreement provides peace of mind to enterprises and workers alike.

Rolf Nied, founder and Managing Director at ecom instruments, said:

"The state-of-the-art Smart-Ex 01 and Ex-Handy 09 are ecom's 9th generation of highly reliable, intrinsically safe mobile phones for worldwide use in Zone 1 / Div 1 hazardous areas, which have been developed in response to the needs and challenges faced by our customers.

"In striving to make the daily work cycle as effective as possible for our customers, we continue to build strong partnerships and work in close development co-operation with the world's leading manufacturers of non-explosion-protected products. As a result, our long-term relationship with SONIM has enabled us to bring the benefits of SONIM's leadership in ruggedised mobile phones to hazardous area users and industries."
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