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How are iPhones and tablets intrinsically safe?

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article image Protective cases for various mobile devices allow their use in Zone 2 areas or Division 2 for safety inspections
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It is mandatory for safety inspectors to carry intrinsically safe devices certified for hazardous areas when performing a safety inspection on electrical equipment.

Mobile devices are classified into protection level categories according to manufacture method and suitability for different hazardous areas. Mobile devices previously used in potentially explosive environments such as Zone 2 were expensive PDAs featuring a small display screen up to 3.5 inches, with their limitations not only impacting the bottom line, but also presenting issues for the safety inspection process with their size and weight (up to 2kg) as well as an older operating system.

New smartphones and tablets on the market come with a range of protective cases for both iOS (iPhone /iPad) and Android mobile devices, allowing the mobile devices to be used in Zone 2 areas or Division 2 for safety inspections. With iOS and Android operating systems now accounting for over 80% of the mobile market, the provision of ‘intrinsically safe’ C1D2 (Class 1 Division 2) cases for this equipment is a logical next step.

In technical terms the C1D2 rugged cases allow the use of the following mobile devices to record safety inspection results: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s; iPads including mini iPads and iPad air; and Samsung Galaxy S4.

There are several safety inspection applications for use in hazardous areas for all main operating platforms including iOS, Android and Windows Mobile, enabling the safety inspection paperless solution to run easily on any model of smartphone or tablet. The wide range of cases available allows the safety inspector to convert an existing mobile phone or iPad into an intrinsically safe mobile device in a matter of minutes. Once the safety inspection is completed, the C1D2 rugged case can be removed from the phone or tablet for it to revert to the normal mobile device.

This flexibility not only results in substantial savings from not having to purchase a ‘job specific’ rugged mobile device but also increases the versatility of the mobile device’s use in multiple applications including paperless safety inspections.

Techs4Biz Australia offers Pervidi products, which combine service management, asset management, maintenance management and inspection management functionalities to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs.

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