Mobile devices are particularly useful in business. Here are 5 key features to consider when choosing an intrinsically safe mobile device for your business.
It is not often, nowadays, that we leave our homes without being equipped with a choice of mobile device.
What’s more, mobile devices are particularly useful in business. Whether it is a tablet, smartphone, iPod or portable computer, mobile devices play an important part in various businesses.
There is generally no problem with a company’s reliance on mobile devices, however, it is in businesses where a use of a mobile device could potentially be dangerous that we need a solution.
And the solution?
What exactly is an intrinsically safe mobile device?
While we understand that an ‘intrinsically safe mobile device” is (yes, you guessed it!), “safe”, we may not fully comprehend why it is safe and what features of the device make it so.
An intrinsically safe mobile device is, essentially, a mobile device that is suitable for use in a hazardous environment.
An intrinsically safe mobile device is unable to ignite a specific hazard and is, therefore, safe to use in industrial locations.
Does my business need to use intrinsically safe devices?
Intrinsically safe devices are required in any business location that features combustible materials, production factories, for example, would be a prime example of a business that must use intrinsically safe devices, where such technology is required.
What are the key features to consider when investing in an intrinsically safe mobile device?
Do you have Wi-Fi access in your business, or will your mobile device need to run off a network, such as 3G or 4G?
You should find out about what is required for your place of work before purchasing your intrinsically safe mobile device.
2. Screen size
The screen size you choose for your mobile device will, of course, depend on how compact you need the device to be and what you are using it for. If you are traveling around with it, for example, you’d be best to opt for a smaller screen size.
3. Security and privacy
Security and privacy is a particular issue at the moment with the new GDPR laws coming in, you’ll, therefore, want to review the security and privacy features on the mobile device before investing in it. After all, while the device may be described as “intrinsically safe”, it does not necessarily mean that you won’t be affected by hackers or other privacy issues.
4. Overall cost
You’ll want to consider the initial cost of the device, as well as ongoing maintenance and repairs. You’ll, most likely, want to keep the device in a protective case to avoid any unwanted damage. Intrinsically safe devices do tend to be far more expensive than more standard mobile devices.
And last but not least, you’ll need to make sure the device is compatible with your business’ system. Find out your company’s user platform and make sure the intrinsic mobile device you are looking at is compatible with this platform.