If, like us, you have been using mobiles and the internet for over a decade, you should know that the comparison between the classic Nokia 3330 and the Apple iPhone is beyond comical. Those almost indestructible Nokia phones could be taken anywhere, dropped and even thrown, and were built to withstand even to extreme environments like construction sites and outdoor locations.
Then came the era of smartphones. These beautiful and compact devices keep getting slimmer by the day, with gorgeous screens that enable users to interact with a digital world at the tips of their fingers. However, the drawback of these slim, sexy and smart devices is their susceptibility to getting damaged. A small fall from your lap onto solid ground is enough to crack the screen on that beautiful iPhone.
Some companies are working hard to address this, ensuring that newer models of smartphones can withstand harsh conditions like being drenched in water or, to an extent, being scratched. But that is not enough, especially for consumers who work in industries that regularly face extreme conditions like dust, water, heat, height or cold. These users understand the pain of not being able to carry smartphones without risking damaging their devices.
Then came along this company called CAT, an established brand that has been dealing with durable materials and products for over 100 years. CAT has ventured away from heavy equipment, and added Smartphones to their list of sturdy and productive products. Their 3 Android-based smartphones enable consumers to use their devices, even in the most extreme conditions.
These products have diverse appeal to consumers from all types of backgrounds; extreme sport fanatics no longer have to worry about taking their fragile smartphones along with them when going skiing or surfing. With CAT phones, they can enjoy their sports as well as using their smartphone anywhere, at any time.
In the world of work, this device can truly be a blessing. There are certain industries that require their employees to work in extreme conditions, but this will no longer be a problem for workers who purchase a CAT smartphone. To give you an idea of the potential benefits, let’s take a look at some of the industries for which these smartphones could be a game changer:
What better place to start when exploring the benefits than the industry that CAT has been working with for decades. Construction workers usually spend a lot of time outdoors, amongst dust, and working at height, which requires them to re-evaluate their choice of mobile phone. With a CAT smartphone, they are not only able to carry their device onto the construction site risk-free, but they can also use apps developed by mobile app developers in conjunction with their organisation to perform their jobs more productively.
Organisations can harness apps to give their workforce updates on duties to be performed each day, as well as enabling them to visually communicate with the architects and engineers to discuss the construction process from their perspective. For example, if a construction worker spots a defect in the build, he/she does not need to bring the architect on-site to point out the defect. They can simply take an image and explain the problem to the architect, to receive feedback and instructions immediately.
The farming industry has seen major innovations in recent years, but it still requires an individual to be physically present in the field to assess the situation of the crop. A CAT smartphone is useful for farmers not only because of its immunity to water and soiling in the field, but also because he/she can use some really innovative apps to make their job easier. For example, the farmer could take images of their crops to send over to experts for their opinions, or could keep track of weather changes to know the best time to water their land.
Coast guards spend so much time in the air and in the water that it is practically impossible for them to carry normal smartphones along with them. With a device like CAT Smartphone they can continue to use their phones while they are out and about, as well as in the sea. Their mobile devices can link up better to the central database, to make information available to the coast guard. A mobile app can be used to send remote instructions from the Coast Guard office, direct to the coast guards on the location.
Oil & Gas Industry:
The oil & gas industry presents some of the most difficult and extreme conditions for workers, who spend much of their time on remote locations like oil rigs where there is often lots of dust and water. In these locations, it’s almost nonsensical for workers to carry their fancy smartphones. Instead they can carry CAT's sturdy smartphones, which give them the same experience along with rugged design and usability.
Most of these industries are still working with traditional technologies, but systems like IoT are not confined to homes - they can be implemented in industries as well. One example of this would be moisture sensors, which could identify leaks in oil pipelines and send a message to the worker’s smartphone to show the precise location of the leak.
These are just few of the industries that we think CAT phones and accompanied apps developed by mobile app developers can be used in. However there are countless other industries and professions such as fire fighters, the mining industry, police and fishermen that could also use devices like this to enhance their productivity levels.