ATEX smartphone, digital services, platform and new peripherals

14 June 2019

The Pepperl+Fuchs brand ecom has introduced the next generation of its ATEX Zone 1/21 and Div. 1 certified, intrinsically safe 4G/LTE-Android-smartphone Smart-Ex.

With a large 12.7 cm display the Smart-Ex 02 is an intrinsically safe smartphone for zone 1/21 and Div. 1. In addition, global Ex and approval certifications enable worldwide use and global rollouts. The Smart-Ex 02 supports 21 different LTE frequency bands. It is delivered unlocked and without a SIM card. With the latest Android 9 operating system, the smartphone is particularly fast, secure and efficient. 

Depending on requirements, the Smart-Ex 02 can be supplemented with numerous additional, coordinated and optimized peripheral devices from ecom such as headsets, microphones, video cameras, scanners or Bluetooth beacons and smartwatches.

With its new product line Digital Products and Services, ecom offers a solution that combines automated staging, mobile device management and device analytics, and can be used as a full-fledged enterprise mobility management system if desired. 

On request, device diagnostics and device analytics can collect real-time operating data and error analyses of the mobile devices, permanently monitoring their condition and remedying malfunctions preventively or directly. The devices can be managed via the ecom online platform and updated at any time during operation (over-the-air), without having to be sent to the local IT department or even to the head office. The hosting of cloud servers in Germany meets the highest data protection standards and enables high data availability and security. One-time staging or enrolling can also be done internally via ecom's own production servers, if required. Additionally, the platform enables the detection of critical software events or software installations and other security-critical processes through the analysis of historical data. Statistical accumulation of events can be used to establish correlations and causalities, for example between software errors, geographical data and Wifi coverage.

For hands-free operation in potentially dangerous areas, the Smart-Ex 02 can be extended by the Ex-camera Cube 800. Librestream and ecom worked collaboratively to design, build, and certify this inspection tool for industrial workers. The intrinsically safe thermal image video camera is certified for use in Zone 1 / Div. 1 Ex environments. Workers can inspect processes and analyse complex assets. The Cube 800 enables simultaneous streaming of HD and infrared video. Upon request, pictures and video footage are also available live in the digital workspace. Experts as well as the control room can support the technician live on site. This way, remote diagnostics are possible, critical areas in the plant can be identified using thermal images and instructions for repair can be given remotely. 

For a new form of hands-free cooperation and better employee protection in hazardous areas, the Smart-Ex 02 can also be synchronised with the ecom Smart-Ex Watch (based on the Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch). Integrated GPS and motion sensors make monitoring of the current status regarding critical values possible and guarantee rapid location determination in case of an emergency. A hands-free navigation simplifies operation and a rotatable bezel allows quick and easy scrolling through apps and commands, even with gloves. 

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