SOURCE: ecom instruments GmbH

ecom instruments GmbH

April 01, 2015 09:01 ET

ecom Is Launching Intrinsically Safe Android 4.4 Smartphone Smart-Ex® 01

ASSAMSTADT, GERMANY--(Marketwired - Apr 1, 2015) - ecom´s new intrinsically safe Smartphone Smart-Ex® 01 and Featurephone Ex-Handy 09 set new paradigms in mobile worker collaboration, safety, security and ease of use in Oil & Gas, Refining, Chemical, Pharmaceuticals, and other hazardous industries. Following ecom´s decades of experiences as the world´s first manufacturer and market leader for Zone 1 mobile phones, a new entire family of Smartphones suitable for use in Division 1, Zone 1/21 & Division 2, Zone 2/22 is being launched for worldwide use.

Taking advantage of the latest technology advances, the unlocked and SIM free 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 provides the opportunity for improved decision making and mobile worker collaboration -- enabling more effective ways of working, that reduce risk, work time and cost. Capabilities supported include man-down alarm notification, online documents, digital photos video, video streaming, integrated flashlight for poorly lit areas, and interfaces to wireless headsets and Bluetooth-enabled data collection devices.

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 less screen real estate 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 mold the device to meet your needs. And, unlike traditional devices for hazardous areas, device security can be kept up to date to prevent malware and other unwanted threats from 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.

Recognizing 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 as well as the Ex-Handy 08, the most widely used Ex phone. With over 30,000 deployments worldwide the Ex-Handy 08 is the leader in mobile communications safety. Ecom complements these products with a wide arrayof peripherals and accessories suitable for worldwide use in Zone 1/Division 1, Zone 2/Division 2 environments.

The first in this series of state-of-the-art Smartphones and Featurephones will be available in production quantities in March 2015.

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 such as Audits & Inspection, Asset & Material Tracking, Operator Rounds, Condition Based Maintenance, Monitoring, Indoor/Outdoor Tracking & Navigation, Safety & Security, and Lone Worker Protection. The 4" capacitive multi-touch screen enables standard desktop applications and video conferencing to become mobile provide outstandingly efficiency 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) minimizes 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.

"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 ruggedized mobile phones to hazardous area users and industries," Rolf Nied, founder and Managing Director at ecom instruments.

For more information, please visit ecom's Web Site at: www.ecom-ex.com

Brief profile of ecom
Globally, ecom instruments is the leading provider of mobile devices for use in explosive areas, whether including chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas production, mining or energy and the environment. For almost 30 years, ecom has set the standards and gathered comprehensive expertise in explosion protection for daily use in hazardous industrial areas across the globe. In its four core disciplines of communication, mobile computing, portable hand lamps and measurement calibration, ecom instruments offers a huge variety of innovative and proven solutions.

Further information on ecom instruments can be found at www.ecom-ex.com

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