The Cat® range of rugged smart and feature phones are designed to go beyond general expectations of what a phone can and should do. They serve well in demanding work environments, such as the signage, printing, rigging and manufacturing sectors. Every external surface of the Cat® S42 is enhanced with advanced antimicrobial product protection, making it the first anti-bacterial phone.
All exterior components of the product are treated with Biomaster® antimicrobial technology and tested to ISO 22196. Based on the inclusion of silver ions during manufacturing, the process creates a permanent level of product protection, inhibiting the growth of microbes on the phone surface and thus reducing microbial levels on the surface.
Research shows that our phones are home to thousands of germs. We interact with our mobile devices many times a day, and researchers at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, have found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19, can survive for up to 28 days on common surfaces including banknotes, glass (such as on mobile phone screens) and stainless steel.
The Biomaster® active antimicrobial agent is proven to inhibit bacteria cells from replicating. In testing, a reduction of over 80% within 15 minutes was shown and 99.9% within 24 hours. Combined with the existing Cat® phone rugged credentials that ensure the device can be thoroughly and regularly washed with soaps and water, sanitisers, and even bleach, the Cat® S42 represents the next generation of hygienic product protection in smartphone design.
The Biomaster®-treated Cat® S42 will be available from end February 2021, with the treatment coming to other devices in the Cat® phones range later in the year.
Tested to Cat® phones’ demanding standards, the Cat® S42 features MIL SPEC 810H and IP68 and IP69 ratings, and surpasses the rigorous and repeated drop testing from 1.8 m onto steel, including multiple drops onto every side and corner. It is fully waterproof, tested submerged in water at depths to 1.5 m for 35 minutes. Like all Cat® smartphones, it is also put through vibration and tumble tests, salt mist conditions, and it’s built to operate in extremes of high and low temperatures and to survive thermal shocks. It’s built tough to help users handle challenging outdoor work environments.
Cat® phones are manufactured by the Bullitt Group and are available in South Africa from Cernotech.
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