Pepperl+Fuchs’ ecom Smart-Ex 02 smartphone for hazardous areas

Oct. 6, 2020

Pepperl+Fuchs introduced the new generation of its intrinsically safe 4G/LTE Android smartphone Smart-Ex 02. With a large 5-inch display and powerful features, good ergonomics and an optimized accessory concept, the newly developed Smart-Ex 02 is the most advanced explosion-proof smartphone for Zone 1/21 and Div. 1. Equipped with the latest Android 9 operating system, the smartphone is fast and secure. It simplifies communication between employees, the control center and backend systems. The Smart-Ex 02 supports 21 different LTE frequency bands and is delivered simlock-free. Global Ex and approval certifications enable worldwide use and global rollouts. Smart-Ex 02 is also AT&T approved and network ready.

Designed for an extended temperature range from -20 to +60 °C, the Smart-Ex 02 can be operated in extreme conditions, the company says. For maximum durability, its display is protected by extremely shock- and scratch-resistant gorilla glass. Even in direct light, the user can easily read the display, forward data and share it in the corporate network. With the most powerful replaceable battery on the market (4400 mAh), longer shifts and 24-hour work coverage are possible, it adds.

Operating the Smart-Ex 02 is very easy with push-to-talk and alarm buttons, volume control and the camera release button that are intuitive to handle due to their ergonomic design and handy arrangement–even while wearing gloves. Configurable Android keys are available for individual assignment, while dedicated keys for PTT and alarm functions ensure swift communication in case of emergency. A multi-functional mounting plate concept (belt clip, hand strap, charger, docking station) ensures easy carrying, mounting and charging. Additionally, the Smart-Ex 02 can be supplemented by peripheral devices including the Cube 800 Ex-camera and the explosion-proof Smart-Ex Watch as well as headsets, microphones, scanners or Bluetooth beacons by ecom.

The Smart-Ex 02 is the first device certified for Zone 1/21 and Div. 1 to be approved as AT&T network ready, compatibe with T-Mobile BYOD, and Google (AER) Validation.

Smart-Ex 02 has passed a battery of rigorous tests to be verified for carrier compatibility and to ensure a good customer experience, the company says. Likewise, being AT&T Network Ready and carrier compatible provides an extra sense of confidence that end users have come to expect. Additionally, Google AER guarantees timely patches and security updates. Global service and support means that Pepperl+Fuchs and ecom can guarantee comprehensive, worldwide assistance, it adds. 

Digital Products and Services product line enables staging, management and real-time monitoring of the Smart-Ex 02 and other mobile devices from ecom. It combines automated staging in device manufacturing, mobile device management and device analytics. The solution can be used as a full-fledged enterprise mobility management system, if desired. This frees IT departments from time consuming routine tasks and ensures even more security during operation: mobile devices can not only be set up and managed easily, but also updated at any time (over-the-air). Security-relevant events can be made visible by the analysis of historical data, the company says.

Additional features include:

  • Optional integrated cameras (12 MP rear and 5 MP front camera) with autofocus and LED flash
  • Bluetooth 4.2 incl. BLE
  • GPS / A-GPS / Glonass / Beidou / Galileo
  • Up to 128 GB additional storage via microSD
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/e/e/e/k/r/h 2.5 + 5 GHz for real-time data acquisition
  • Optional software features such as high performance bar code scanners
  • Magnetic USB port
  • Dedicated keys: PTT key, alarm key, Android function key
  • AT&T approved and network ready