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RugGear, one of the leading manufacturers of ultra-rugged smartphones, and i.safe MOBILE, provider of mobile communication devices for safe use in hazardous areas, are intensifying their partnership and will work together to develop next-generation rugged mobile phones, smartphones and tablet PCs for mission critical applications. The cooperation agreement, signed in early 2020 by Maverick Chen, founder and president of RugGear, and Martin Haaf, CEO of i.safe MOBILE GmbH and CEO of RugGear GmbH, provides that i.safe MOBILE’s engineers and developers will design and develop RugGear’s rugged phones at the company’s headquarters in Lauda-Koenigshofen. Production takes place in RugGear’s own factory in Shenzhen.
Together, the two manufacturers are world leaders in covering the three most important areas of application for the professional use of mobile devices:
- Mobile devices for PTT (Push-to-Talk)/POC (Push-to-Talk-over-Cellular) and Mission Critical
- Complete solutions, for example for the areas of MDM (Mobile Device Management), PTT, and MCPTT (in cooperation with software partners)
- Mobile devices for hazardous areas of zones 1/21 and 2/22 (intrinsically safe devices).
RugGear’s high-end devices support all types of mobile voice and data communication, LTE/private LTE, eMBMS (evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service) and especially the Mission Critical application Push-to-Talk-over-Cellular (POC or PTToC), which is increasingly replacing traditional PTT solutions. RugGear mobile devices are suitable for a wide range of industrial and outdoor applications and comply with the most important standards (IP67/68/69, MIL-STD-810G/H, waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, etc.).
PoC as Mission Critical application
One of the most important unique selling points of RugGear is the consistent support of Push-to-talk over Cellular (PTToC, PoC or just PTT for short) across almost all device classes. This is a standard for mobile phones that describes fast and easy voice communication for groups in mobile phone networks based on the analog radio principle. This service enables a voice message to be sent to one or more recipients via mobile phone with just one keystroke.
With the replacement of standardized, proprietary trunked radio services such as iDEN and TETRA, the demand for PoC-enabled mobile devices is growing massively. The target group for PoC are public authorities, companies and security services that want to reach their field staff in a fast and uncomplicated way.
“By working closely with i.safe MOBILE, RugGear is in a unique position to offer private LTE-enabled devices for secure communications, especially for the critical communications sector,” said Maverick Chen, founder and president of RugGear. “Target customers here are primarily the safety-critical government sector, the military, police, fire brigade, transport, rescue services and network operators.”
“Due to their excellent protection against falls, dust, scratches, liquids of all kinds and extreme temperatures, the high-end mobile devices from RugGear are ideal for professional users in industrial sectors such as manufacturing, oil and gas, transport and logistics, food industry, facility management and construction,” explains Martin Haaf, CEO of i.safe MOBILE GmbH. “We are pleased to use i.safe MOBILE’s expertise to make RugGear’s rugged mobile devices the first choice for enterprise users, as they can replace multiple devices (camera, scanner, radio) with a single multifunctional mobile device”.
RugGear devices are designed to support digitization within the framework of Industry 4.0 projects and are particularly suitable for the intelligent networking of machines and processes in industry. RugGear products feature a powerful battery, extra-rugged protection, powerful speakers, PTT (push-to-talk) and LWP (lone worker protection) capability. Even in the most remote locations, the rugged mobile devices are always available for use thanks to support for 4G connectivity, WiFi and essential industrial applications like PTT, POC, SOS and LWP.
About i.safe MOBILE
i.safe MOBILE GmbH, based in Lauda-Koenigshofen/Germany, was founded in 2011 and is today one of the world’s leading and most innovative developers of mobile communication devices such as mobile phones, smartphones, tablet PCs etc. for safe use in hazardous areas and for robust use in industry and outdoors. Engineers and specialists at the Lauda-Koenigshofen site develop practice-oriented products and individual, customer-specific software solutions based on legal regulations such as ATEX, IECEx. NEC 500 and EAC. The i.safe MOBILE development team incorporates all international standards into product development and is itself an active member of the relevant standardization committees. In order to meet all explosion protection requirements, the products are developed from scratch. This gives customers worldwide the certainty of using high-quality communication technology at the latest technical level. In addition, i.safe MOBILE cooperates with solution providers in the areas of push-to-talk, mobile device management, maintenance software or lone worker in order to be able to offer complete solutions from a single source. i.safe MOBILE is represented by sales partners in 72 countries in Europe, the USA, Latin America, South Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Australia and Asia.
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