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The Foreigner Norway-developed extreme mobile launches. TECHNOLOGY NEWS: Oil and gas industry personnel get a rugged mobile for use under extreme conditions developed by a Stavanger-based company. BARTEC Pixavi says the pioneering Android smartphone is the world’s first for operation in hazardous environments. It is also waterproof and can withstand shocks. “We’ve succeeded in creating a product that has the same performance and ease of use as regular smartphones for the consumer market. The product has several unique features such as a 3500 mAh battery, a 4.6 inch retina display, a capacitive touchscreen that can be used with gloves, three HD cameras, as well as 3G and Bluetooth,” Pixavi CEO Christian Rokseth told local paper Rogalands Avis.

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Norway-developed extreme mobile launches

Published on Friday, 21st February, 2014 at 10:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

TECHNOLOGY NEWS: Oil and gas industry personnel get a rugged mobile for use under extreme conditions developed by a Stavanger-based company.



BARTEC Pixavi says the pioneering Android smartphone is the world’s first for operation in hazardous environments. It is also waterproof and can withstand shocks.

“We’ve succeeded in creating a product that has the same performance and ease of use as regular smartphones for the consumer market. The product has several unique features such as a 3500 mAh battery, a 4.6 inch retina display, a capacitive touchscreen that can be used with gloves, three HD cameras, as well as 3G and Bluetooth,” Pixavi CEO Christian Rokseth told local paper Rogalands Avis.

These features give the mobile some important advantages. For example, the higher the mAh (Milliamp Hour), the longer the battery lasts.

Moreover, capacitive touchscreens could not be used through the majority of electrically insulating material such as gloves, until now. Resistive touchscreens used to have the upper hand, so to speak. Certain things such as a special-application glove containing an embroidered patch of conductive thread passing through it contacting the user's fingertip were needed.

Project manager Andrew Parr Bjørnsund added that “our customers require Zone 1 certification, a certification that sets very high demands on design and design of the product.”

The mobile’s IECEx and ATEX certification standards, which apply to electronics in dangerous areas, are also almost ready, Rogalands Avis quotes the company as stating.

Pixavi, which German explosion protection firm BARTEC acquired last year, would not disclose which international oil company major their product was developed for. There were also no details available regarding their product’s design.

The mobile uses Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Norwegian government enterprise and industry development agency Innovation Norway, granted NOK 1.5m (some USD 245.5/EUR 179K/GBP 147k).

It will be displayed at their stand under the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona between February 24th and 27th.

Global mobile operator interest organisation GSMA will also be trialing an NFC (Near Field Communication, used by Sony mobiles, amongst others) Badge mobile identity solution there.

The programme also includes a keynote address by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and Tony Award-winning British actor, writer, presenter and comedian James Corden will present the Global Mobile Awards.



Published on Friday, 21st February, 2014 at 10:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: mobiles, norway, technology.





  
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