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World’s first 5G smartphone for hazardous areas offers far-reaching innovation and value creation potential for industrial users

Lauda-Koenigshofen, 31 January 2023. i.safe MOBILE, innovation and global market leader for explosion-proof mobile devices and solutions announces the immediate availability of the world’s first 5G smartphone for ATEX and IECEx zone 1/21. The intrinsically safe mobile device, which was also developed for use in 5G campus networks, offers companies great flexibility potential thanks to its wide range of possible applications, especially in the automation sector. The extensive deployment scenarios range from predictive maintenance, AR applications, control and cooperation of production robots and production lines, management of AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles, autonomous transport robots), remote monitoring and support to PTT video calls in the system area to prevent plant failures. The high-performance Qualcomm® QCM6490 chipset, a large 6-inch display, 48 MP main camera, and standards such as Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC complete the Android 12 smartphone’s extensive feature package.

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5G as a convergent key technology to the enterprise of the future

Thanks to the ongoing development towards 5G technology and the use of compatible mobile devices such as the IS540.1, companies can digitalise their production facilities and processes even further and fully utilise applications such as remote maintenance, IIOT and augmented reality now also in the sensitive Ex zones. The 5G concept offers particular advantages where machines communicate with each other, large amounts of data are exchanged almost in real time and latencies must be minimal. This makes 5G a key technology for new automation applications. Fields of application for the new IS540.1 industrial smartphone from i.safe MOBILE are scenarios in hazardous areas involving autonomous driving on campus grounds, platooning (automated column transports e.g. on large company premises with 5G campus network), control and monitoring of mobile robots, near real-time monitoring in process automation, workflow in the control loop and in plant management, logistics management, asset tracking and site access tracking,

When developing the IS540.1 smartphone, the i.safe MOBILE R&D team paid special attention to performance, safety, clarity and usability.  Thanks to the high-performance Qualcomm® QCM6490 chipset, the smartphone has powerful AI and computing functions, while the 48 MP main camera offers highest image quality. Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 (with 2.4 and 5 GHz support) connectivity enables additional efficiency gains, faster data transmission at higher data rates in industrial communications.

Peripheral devices such as a wired RSM (IS-HS2.1) for secure PTT/PoC communication, a high-performance barcode scanner (IS-TH2xx.1) or a thermal camera (IS-TC1A.1) can be connected via the 16-pin ISM interface.

Technical highlights of IS540.1

  • Qualcomm QCM6490 8-core processor
  • 6-inch Full HD display (1080 x 2160 pixels) with Gorilla Glass® V3  
  • 48 MP camera / 5 MP front camera
  • Android 12
  • Amplified speakers (103 dB)
  • Extensive frequency bands
  • 4400 mAh battery (replaceable)
  • 16-pin ISM interface (e.g. for PoC/PTT)
  • Programmable side button (e.g. for PoC/PTT)
  • Programmable red button (e.g. for lone worker protection/SOS)

Detailed technical information on the product and the data sheet can be found here.

The IS540.1 is available immediately.

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