Intrinsically safe mobile device provider ecom is introducing a range of rugged devices based on Samsung Galaxy Tab Active tablet technology. The Tab-Ex range of hazardous area tablets are aimed at mobile workers in oil & gas, refining, chemical, pharmaceuticals and other hazardous industries.
Recognising that many work tasks are performed in both non-hazardous and hazardous areas, ecom is launching an entire family of compatible tablets, peripherals and accessories suitable for worldwide use in Zone 1/Division 1, Zone 2/Division 2, and rugged environments.
The company claims its new hazardous area Tab-Ex series of tablet computers triggers a paradigm shift in the way mobile workers work and interact with each other, their remote experts, and the backend systems.
This way of working brings with it the opportunity for improved decision making, improved mobile worker collaboration, and new levels of efficiency and collected data quality related to work tasks performed in hazardous areas, according to ecom.
“BP sees great promise in the use of mobile devices in hazardous areas for improved data collection quality and access to documents,” said Michael M. Haley, technology consultant at BP’s Chief Technology Office.
The first in this series of tablets will be available in production quantities in 4Q 2014, with further versions being available soon after.
Lightweight and compact, operating on Android Kitkat 4.4, the Tab-Ex is suitable for multiple mobile worker roles performing a range of applications, including asset surveys, material tracking, operator rounds, inspection and maintenance.
The 8-inch screen enables standard desktop applications to become mobile in hazardous areas, allowing workers to view and interact with SCADA/DCS systems, enterprise systems (SAP, Maximo), and computer aided design systems, when they are moving around the hazardous area. Augmented reality and video conferencing also become much easier to use with Tab-Ex.
Built-in cameras and full range of wireless capability allowing 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.
Ecom´s development of the hazardous area tablet Tab-Ex includes numerous new patents and is built on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active platform. The state-of-the-art tablet Galaxy Tab Active offers amongst others IP67 water and dust resistance, anti-shock 1.2m drop test with included cover, as well as easy handling and lightweight, an auto-focus camera (with flash) for barcode scanning and Samsung´s warranty packages.
This way hazardous and harsh environment users are able to gain the benefits of of Samsung technology, along with the compatibility and the whole range of preloaded applications of the Samsung device for a safer and more secure work environment, plus security functions like device encryption, MDM, VPN and secure connectivity (Samsung KNOX).
Rolf Nied, founder and managing director at ecom instruments, said: “The state-of-the-art Galaxy Tab Active product with its unique features is the ideal platform for ecom to take the challenge in developing the world´s first Zone 1/Div.1 tablet computer for hazardous areas.
“The partnership with Samsung enabled us to gain benefits of the Galaxy Tab Active to hazardous area users and industries. In striving to make the daily work cycle as effective as possible, we rely on strong partnerships and close development co-operation with the world market leaders in non-explosion protected products.”
Based in Assamstadt, Germany, ecom instruments is a provider of mobile devices for use in explosive areas. Its four core disciplines comprise of communication, mobile computing, portable hand lamps and measurement calibration.
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