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Panasonic Launches ATEX Certified versions of its leading 5 Inch fully rugged TOUGHPAD handheld tablets for hazardous work environments

Designed to revolutionise productivity in industries such as oil & gas, mining, chemical and pharma manufacturing


Panasonic today announced ATEX certified versions of its leading fully rugged 5 inch Windows and Android handheld tablets designed to revolutionise productivity in potentially hazardous industries such as oil and gas, mining, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing. The addition of these two specialist devices for hazardous work environments underlines Panasonic’s commitment to the handheld tablet market with its range of four different 5 inch tablets now available on two operating systems.

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 ATEX and FZ-X1 ATEX tablets bring together the best of the handheld, smartphone and tablet market and have been certified for above ground, Zone 2 Working Space use in potentially explosive gas environments (Acetaldehyde, Gasoline, Ethylene).* Safety design features incorporated into the ATEX certified tablets include such as  addition of leather casing and an antistatic screen film for the device. A built-in 1D/2D barcode reader has been integrated into the design and a distinct yellow bezel has been added for customers to easily differentiate ATEX certified models from the standard 5 inch Panasonic Toughpad tablets.

Where inefficient pen and paper usage is still common in Zone 2 areas, the Panasonic Toughpad ATEX tablets deliver a safe and usable PDA, voice call, and barcode reader in one device. It can be used for email and voice communications on the move around the plant, accurate data entry for workers reporting on manufacturing or industrial processes. The bar code reader can be used for inventory and product registration and the inbuilt camera capabilities are ideal for fast image and video capture in emergency scenarios, for example.

“These ATEX certified Panasonic Toughpad enable mobile workers in hazardous environments to benefit from the same technology and productivity gains as colleagues in non-hazardous environments,” said Jan Kaempfer, General manager European Marketing, at Panasonic Computer Product Solutions. “In addition, we have maintained the functionality, usability and endurability that Panasonic Toughpad have become renowned for, enabling businesses to equip their mobile workers with just one device that can be used both inside and outside of the hazardous areas.”

The Toughpad FZ-E1 ATEX (Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld update 2) and FZ-X1 ATEX (AndroidTM 4.2.2) bring together the best of the handheld, smartphone and tablet market in the most rugged, easy to use, long working device. The devices are powerful enough to deal with all mobile industrial applications, with their Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM Quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and 32 GB flash storage.

The tablets’ numerous unique enterprise-grade features include a sunlight-readable, anti-reflective HD (1280x720) 10-point capacitive, toughened multi-touchscreen display that works even with heavy gloves. It includes a rain-sensing feature that allows for single touch use even in pouring rain.

Voice and Data Connectivity

The Toughpad FZ-E1 ATEX and Toughpad FZ-X1 ATEX are available with voice and data on 4G LTE/3G. Standard on both models is an integrated Micro USB port, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, near field communications (NFC), standalone GPS and Bluetooth® v4.0 (Class 1). The integrated high accuracy GPS functionality is ideal for field workers that require navigation in vehicles and pin-point location capabilities, with accuracy to between 2-4 m.

The devices are also equipped with an 8MP rear camera with auto focus and LED light and 1.3MP front camera for accurate photo and video capture.

Clear Voice Communications

To ensure clear voice communication above background plant and industrial noise, the devices are equipped with 3 mics for intelligent noise cancellation and dual front speakers reaching an astounding maximum volume of 100 dB — which ensures voice could be clearly heard even in very noisy sites.

Industry-Leading 14-Hours** Battery Life

A major requirement for enterprise mobile solutions is strong full-shift battery performance. With a 6,200 mAh battery providing up to 14 hours of continuous data access based on Panasonic test conditions, the Toughpad FZ-E1 ATEX and Toughpad FZ-X1 ATEX are purpose-built to enable workforce productivity. A quick-charging feature allows for a 50% charge in approximately 1 hour*** and full charge in approximately 3 hours*** with a Hot Swap functionality that allows a depleted battery to be swapped out for a fresh one without powering down the device, providing virtually unlimited use. Single battery standby time is approximately 1,000 hours and talk time 23 hours.

Built to stand-up to the toughest industrial environments, these Panasonic Toughpad ATEX handheld tablets come with an IP54 rating, operable in temperatures of -20C to +40C and drop tested to 1 metre. The devices are also backed by the industry’s most comprehensive 3-year warranty and customer support. These latest ATEX devices complement the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 ATEX 10.1 inch rugged tablet that was launched last year.

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1 ATEX (Android TM version) and the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 ATEX (Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld version) will be available from the end of September 2015.

For further information visit www.toughbook.eu

* Support ATEX Ex nA nC IIB T4 Gc. At ATEX Zone 2, need to use with leather cover, battery charging is not available, battery replacing is not available and connections are not available (USB cable / Cradle / headset / headset input jack).

** Battery life measurement conditions: Wireless LAN connection enabled; continuous access to the server while browsing; swipe every 1 second; page change every 30 seconds, communication every 30 seconds.

*** Battery charging times varies between FZ-E1 and FZ-X1. Please refer to the respective fact sheet in the product webpage for exact information.


Press contact: Michael Bartley + 44 (0) 118 949 7750 michael@ambergroup.net


About Panasonic System Communications Company Europe (PSCEU)

PSCEU is the European branch of Panasonic Systems Communications Company, the global B2B division of Panasonic. PSCEU’s goal is to improve the working lives of business professionals and help their organisations’ efficiency and performance. We help organisations capture, compute and communicate all sorts of information: image, voice, and textual data. Products include PBX telephone switches, document printers, professional cameras, projectors, large visual displays, rugged mobile PCs and fire alarms solutions.  With around 400 staff, engineering design expertise, global project management capability and a large European partner network, PSCEU offers unrivalled capability in its markets.

PSCEU is made up of four product categories:

Communication Solutions, including professional scanners, multifunctional printers, telephony systems and SIP terminal devices.
Visual System Solutions, including projectors and professional displays. Panasonic offers the widest range of Visual products, and leads the European projector market with 28% revenue share. (Futuresource B2B market tracking, Q1/2014)
Professional Camera Solutions, including Broadcast & ProAV products, security, fire alarm systems and industrial medical vision (IMV) technology. Panasonic is one of the top two professional camera vendors in Europe.
Computer Product Solutions helps mobile workers improve productivity with its range of Toughbook rugged notebooks, Toughpad business tablets and electronic point of sales (EPOS) systems. As European market leaders, Panasonic Toughbook had a 66.4% revenue share of sales of rugged and durable notebooks and Panasonic Toughpad held a 50.4% revenue share of sales of rugged business tablets in 2013 (VDC Research, March 2014).


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