Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News 23rd April 2018 403

New Cat Phone Is One For Hard Hats 

Unless you work in construction, agriculture or heavy industry, there is a good chance of not being aware that Caterpillar, the giant of heavy duty tractor and truck manufacture, also makes mobile phones.

They entered the market in 2013 and currently have a range of five phones, from an £80 plain old push button mobile to a £600 Android smartphone, along with a tablet alternative.

As phones have got lighter and thinner and more users are living with cracked screens, dented cases and clouded cameras, the Cat range has become the de facto choice for environments where the phone is exposed to high risk.

These phones are rugged, drop tested on to concrete and scratch resistant but still do the same jobs as their mainstream counterparts.

Some of the models have additional features designed for industrial and other extreme environments, such as thermal imaging and waterproofing to a five-metre depth.

Now, the range is about to be joined by a further model, and this one can sniff for chemicals.

The Cat S61 was unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress and will sell for £800.

A remarkable ground breaking design for hard hatted workers everywhere, it can measure temperatures from minus 20 degrees up to plus 400 degrees Celsius.

It also measures distances up to ten metres with laser-driven accuracy and has an air quality sensor which can detect pollutants and warn users of the presence of danger posing chemicals.

With Android 8.0 Oreo, Dual SIM, 64GB storage, 4GB RAM, 16MP and 8MP cameras and a 1920x1080 pixels screen, this is a serious contender that might even appeal to those who keep dropping more everyday models.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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