In­te­grated ther­mal cam­era on new smart­phone

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - THERMAL I MAGING -

CAT PHONES has rolled out of its range of Cat- branded rugged smart­phones across New Zealand. Dura­bil­ity is at the heart of ev­ery Cater­pil­lar prod­uct, from its con­struc­tion and min­ing equip­ment to its tough phones that won’t let you down, prom­ises the com­pany.

The Cat S60 model, ‘the world’s only smart­phone’ with an in­te­grated ther­mal cam­era, is now avail­able on­line and at se­lected Spark stores, JA Rus­sell and Cat Gough deal­er­ships, and will also be avail­able via PB Tech, and on­line at JB Hi-Fi and Noel Leem­ing. The rugged de­vice was pur­pose- built to meet the de­mands of peo­ple with out­door life­styles, whether that is for work or leisure. This smart­phone is per­fect for those in con­struc­tion, agri­cul­ture, se­cu­rity, and ve­hi­cle re­pair, or who en­joy out­door ac­tiv­i­ties such as fish­ing, hik­ing, boat­ing and bik­ing.

The in­te­grated ther­mal cam­era avail­able on the Cat S60 is pow­ered by FLIR, the global leader in ther­mal imag­ing tech­nol­ogy, and can pick up heat and mea­sure sur­face tem­per­a­tures from a dis­tance of up to 30 me­tres. The cam­era can de­tect heat loss around win­dows and doors; spot mois­ture and miss­ing in­su­la­tion; iden­tify over­heat­ing elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances and cir­cuitry and see in com­plete dark­ness.

The Cat S60 is both drop- proof up to 1.8 me­tres and water­proof up to five me­tres for up to one hour, which Cat says makes it the most water­proof phone on the mar­ket. It also of­fers a ver­sa­tile su­per- bright dis­play which can be viewed in bright sun­light and the touch­screen can be con­trolled with wet fin­gers or while wear­ing gloves. Cat phones’ con­fi­dence in its in­dus­try lead­ing rugged de­vices in­cludes a mar­ket-lead­ing guar­an­tee around screen dam­age. If a user man­ages to ac­ci­dently dam­age or break the Go­rilla Glass screen within the first 24 months of pur­chas­ing the de­vice, Cat will re­pair or re­place the screen.

A study of nearly 22,000 Cat phone users showed that 76 per­cent have dam­aged their pre­vi­ous mo­bile phone, and ex­pe­ri­enced the frus­tra­tion and us­abil­ity prob­lems dam­age causes to what is of­ten their only means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Un­sur­pris­ingly, 94% per­cent of Cat phone own­ers value their phone be­ing drop- proof, while 71% per­cent said that a scratch re­sis­tant screen is es­sen­tial to them, says the man­u­fac­turer.

“New Zealan­ders have a strong affin­ity to­wards ad­ven­ture and the out­doors, some be­cause of their em­ploy­ment and oth­ers down to their hob­bies, and our smart­phones of­fer the dura­bil­ity to sup­port this life­style,” said Pe­ter Stephens, CEO at Bul­litt Group, the global mo­bile de­vice li­censee for Cater­pil­lar. “Part­ner­ing with Spark New Zealand’s lead­ing dig­i­tal ser­vice provider, means our cut­ting edge rugged smart­phones will be read­ily ac­ces­si­ble to con­sumers and pro­fes­sion­als across the length and breadth of the coun­try.”

The range also in­cludes the Cat S31 and Cat S41 mod­els which will be avail­able through se­lected PB Tech stores and on­line at JB Hifi and Noel Leem­ing.

Like all Cat smart­phones in the range, the Cat S31 and S41 are built to sur­vive, with heavy- duty cre­den­tials in­clud­ing IP68 wa­ter and dust­proof, and US Mil­i­tary SPEC 810G Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. At the heart of the Cat S41 is a huge 5000mAh bat­tery, pro­vid­ing up to 44 days standby time with­out re­quir­ing charg­ing, en­sur­ing that there is al­ways enough power on hand. It is pow­er­ful enough to charge other mo­bile de­vices and ac­ces­sories such as Blue­tooth speak­ers us­ing its Bat­tery Share func­tion­al­ity that turns the phone into a power bank.

The Cat S60 costs NZD1,099 and is avail­able from Spark stores in Haw­era, New Ply­mouth, Palmer­ston North Plaza, Whanganui, Taupo, Queens­gate, The Base, In­ver­cargill, Ric­car­ton, Ro­torua, Sil­verdale, and Napier.

The Cat S31 will re­tail for NZD549 and the S41 for NZ$749.

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