- Posted by Airacom
- On 23rd May 2017
It’s a simple truth, understanding your business needs is essential to selecting the right mobile device, or as an alternative, the right explosion proof cell phone case, and you can’t afford to get it wrong. Pursuing the wrong mobile strategy has the potential to undermine your safety, compromise security, drag down your efficiency and threaten your ROI. To avoid such consequences, you need to carefully evaluate your options, including:
• Ultra-Rugged Mobile Devices – Designed for Hazardous Area Engineers with Higher Levels of Intrinsic Safety
• Consumer Devices – Utilising Explosion Proof Cell Phone Cases for iPhone, Samsung, Motorola
• Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – Allow your engineers to bring their personal device onsite (this option has lawsuit all over it)
Industrial field-workers operating across some of the worlds most harsh, hostile and hazardous areas, require ultra-rugged and ultra reliable communications equipment. Dependable cellular mobile phones, built to handle drops and tumbles. Devices must deliver outstanding protection against impact damage, be impervious to dust and micro-particles, and operate to IP-68 standards for water immersion for up to 30 minutes within a minimum of 6 feet (1.8 meters).
Above all, hazardous area engineers require the highest levels of intrinsic safety, with explosion protection. Explosion proof cell phone cases and intrinsically safe mobile phones must meet stringent ATEX/IECEx for zones 1 and 2, in addition to North America Class 1, Divisions 1 and 2 for safe operation around hazardous gas, vapour and dust-based atmospheres.
Higher Standard of Rugged and Explosion Protection
Mobile devices purpose built for hazardous area engineers
Rugged Cases vs. Ruggedized Devices
So you’re convinced that it’s time to switch from traditional mobile hardware to a smartphone-centric strategy. Where to start? One of the first things you should consider is whether you want to purchase smartphones that are ruggedized and specifically designed for the hazardous area enterprise, or alternatively, provide ruggedized explosion proof cases for consumer smartphone devices.
There are many factors to consider when choosing between a rugged intrinsically safe smartphone device and a rugged explosion proof case. Smartphones within the hazardous area can support a spectrum of unique use-cases and environmental situations. While rugged explosion proof cell phone cases may appear to provide the flexibility of utilising popular and common consumer smartphone devices. In some situations a rugged case may feel unnatural on a device, though in others the familiarity of user experience of a consumer device like an iPhone 5 or a Samsung Galaxy SIII is more important.
The critical aspect is intrinsic safety. iPhone explosion proof cases from XCL-XCiPhone and Samsung explosion proof cases from Atexxo Manufacturing, only support ATEX zone 2, and Class1 Div2 hazardous locations. Limiting the more dangerous Zone 1, or Class 1, Division 1 hazardous areas where both XCL-XCiPhone, Atexxo Manufacturing explosion proof cell phone cases, would be prohibited. Both explosion proof cases would not be suitable for use, or physically allowed within zone 1, division 1 hazardous areas.
Explosion Proof Case Options
Explosion proof cases come in a range of options from XCL-XCiPhone, a class 1, division 2 rugged case for iPhone. Explosion proof ATEX zone 2 intrinsically safe iPhone 6 case from Atexxo Manufacturing. In addition to Atexxo Manufacturing’s Samsung, Nokia, Motorola ranges of purpose built intrinsically safe cases for a range of consumer grade devices.
Why Using a Consumer Phone in a Rugged Environment is a Bad Idea?
It may seem appealing at first, utilising an Explosion proof cell phone case on your beloved iPhone or Samsung Galaxy to make it tough and what appears to be indestructible. However take heed. Rugged smartphone manufacturers, specialise in building ultra-rugged smartphones from the ground-up. Devices are built to military standard 810 and add protection against electrical shocks, extreme temperatures and extreme pressure.
Putting an explosion proof case, albeit limited to the types of hazardous areas you can use such explosion proof cases, from companies such as XCL-XCiPhone and Atexxo Manufacturing, may make the device more resistant to damage, however they are still consumer based devices. And as such, these iPhones and Samsung consumer based devices, have not been designed internally to withstand shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, low pressures, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity, blowing rain and water-immersion.
Airacom warranties our range of explosion proof mobile phones and intrinsically safe smartphones with a standard two year manufacturers warranty. Our devices are built to withstand the riggers of extreme temperatures, high humidity and are globally certified for intrinsic safety for extreme hazardous area zone 1 (gas), zone 21 (dust) across European ATEX, Global IECEx, Russian EAC and North American, Canadian CSA standards of explosion proof protection.
Giving you piece of mind, that every aspect of the mobile device has been specifically designed for hazardous area engineers, operating within the harshest of conditions working on the toughest of tasks. Compare our range of intrinsically safe smartphones, and understand which device better suits your project.