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Extreme Temperature Challenges: Operating The Right Devices

Are you devices coping with the extreme temperature? In this article we take a look at how you can choose the right devices to meet the ever changing weather and climate conditions.

In July 2022, The United Kingdom recorded a temperature of 40.3 degrees Celsius, the highest ever in its history. Record-breaking heat and dry conditions meant emergency services were overworked, as this country is not really used to sweltering summer conditions.

It’s not only the citizens that are affected by these extreme conditions. In fact, according to the Met Office: “There is a high risk of device failure, especially to heat-sensitive equipment. It can also potentially lead to localised loss of power and mobile phone services.”

The Challenge of Rising Temperatures To Regular Devices

Extreme temperature can greatly impact your mobile phone’s internal components. Devices that get too hot can cause corruption or data loss. Furthermore, repeated exposure to heat will cause permanent damage to your device, slowing down its performance. Heat can also cause battery leakage, which could put you in danger.

These challenges pose a crucial problem for companies that are operating using mobile devices. When devices do not work correctly, it means business loss. Most consumer mobile devices work best at temperatures between 0 and 35 degrees Celsius. Unfortunately, these numbers are way lower than what the country has been experiencing in the past month.
Just last year, scientists have been warning citizens of the UK regarding the summer heatwaves.

According to experts, the country will experience the hottest temperatures recorded in history. Nevertheless, even with this extreme heat forecast, summers can be one of the busiest periods for many businesses. Those who want to maximise their productivity should consider using devices that will endure.

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"When phones get hotter, the processor tries to stop itself overheating, and it ends up slowing everything down as a result," Dr Roz Wyatt-Millington, Senior lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Leeds Beckett University.

3 Major Effects of Extreme Heat To Mobile Devices

Most commercial mobile devices are built to operate only when they meet optimum conditions. During hot days, devices experience heat externally and internally at the same time.

Slow Processor Performance

According to Dr Roz Wyatt-Millington in an interview with Radio 1 Newsbeat, “The internal things that actually phones work, unfortunately, themselves generate heat in the way they work,”. She added “And as the device gets hotter for phones, the processor tries to stop itself overheating, and it ends up slowing everything down as a result.”

Losing processor performance can easily affect your productivity. It will be harder to complete tasks when your device simply does not operate in a timely manner.

Battery Drains Faster

Dr Wyatt-Millington, who is a senior lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Leeds Beckett University alo shared that since batteries store energy, they are made to work only at certain temperatures. Once you go over these operating temperatures, it will easily use up more energy.

As a result, expect that your batteries will drain faster than ever.

Screen Burn

Due to exposure to heat, your screen may experience slight discoloration. This problem is especially common with older phones or tablets.

How Can Extreme Temperature Affect Businesses?

Since the pandemic, many businesses have turned to digital transformation. Many benefits come along with digitising your operations. For example, data collection and customer insight are enhanced incredibly with a digital transformation. The list of benefits goes on and on.

With digitised operations, it is now necessary for your workforce to carry devices around with them. However, extreme temperatures can have a detrimental effect on the devices that you and your team use.

While most devices can handle temperatures of up to 32°C, the heat will already significantly damage their internal components. Like you, your device is using energy when you use it. Such energy leads to the insides of your device being hotter than it feels on the outside. Thus, the dreaded device failure and its costs loom on your business.

To prevent such situations, it is crucial to determine and choose the right type of device for your business. Why not select rugged devices when it comes to extreme temperatures and weather conditions?

What Are Rugged Devices?

When it comes to mobile devices and taking a beating, most of us will think of a commercial device breaking when it hits the floor. Or, when a drop of water hits the device, put it in rice to save it. For the vast majority of people, our notions of devices are flimsy yet essential devices. When it comes to taking a real beating, that’s where rugged technology excels.

A rugged device can be a phone, tablet, or wearable designed to withstand whatever extreme temperature and conditions it may encounter. Rugged devices can deal with dust, water, shocks, drops, and falls and still work as smoothly as before despite being subjected to those conditions. Therefore, they are the perfect addition to any working environment that faces such conditions.

For example, manufacturing businesses deal with moisture, heat, and many other extreme environments. Under these harsh environments, most commercial devices will struggle to keep up. Therefore, when their workforce is equipped with commercial devices, these businesses face the constant problem of device failure, repairs, and maintenance.

Investing in equipping your team with rugged devices is a wise choice. It improves your business’s total cost of ownership and elevates your team’s working conditions. Moreover, they last a significant amount of time, so replacing them won’t be as frequent. You can read more about the benefits of rugged devices here.

Commercial Vs Rugged Devices Under Extreme Temperatures

When you use your device, it uses up the energy from its battery to run the applications and processes that you need. When working so hard, like a human, it can generate heat. And like a human, your device can suffer from this heat. In extreme temperature, heat from the outside can affect your phone’s performance.

Commercial devices can suffer long-term damage when overworked and overheated to this point. For example, overworking your device can lead to battery issues, performance issues, a melted CPU, and the like. Such damage can lead to setbacks in the operations of your business financially, especially those with digitised processes.

Commercial devices with the constant need for repairs and maintenance can prove extremely expensive in the long run. Regular repairs can lead to trouble with your business’s overall total cost of ownership. You can read more here about the connection between device failure and the total cost of ownership.

If pushed even further, commercial devices can explode (a common problem when continuously used in extreme temperature). If you’re lucky, the device will explode internally, i.e., it won’t turn on. Or, the device will emit smoke and chemical fumes, and it’s over. However, device explosions are still hazardous. While uncommon, devices can catch fire in some extreme situations and seriously injure users. They can even kill someone who happens to be close enough to the device.

Reasons Why The Right Device Matters

Choosing the right device is vital to a successful business for businesses that require their employees to work in extreme temperature. For example, companies in the logistics industry deal with moisture and dust a lot. During the summer season and its endless heat waves, devices and workers out in the sun deal with extreme temperature and heat waves. Additionally, devices can fall from an employee’s hands sometimes.

Thus, the importance of choosing the right device for your business is further pressed. Commercial devices have enough capabilities to keep up with work, but “enough” might vary from business to business. Moreover, they are weak against different conditions and are not meant for casual use. Choosing the right device is vital, but it is also complicated.

The right device shouldn’t just be just enough to keep up with work demands in extreme conditions. It should also withstand extreme temperature and weather conditions. Therefore, rugged devices are the best solution when it comes to working environments with better capabilities to support your workforce. These are also designed to enhance your business’ efficiency, productivity, and speed.

To elaborate, your regular device just isn’t equipped to handle the extreme temperature that many professionals work in. Commercial devices are not meant to work the way rugged devices are. Most commercial phones are built with glass that can easily break,

Instead of enhancing work, such devices can lead to distractions instead. Moreover, employees working from a distance may struggle to stay connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) and keep up with updates from fellow employees.

The Best Rugged Devices Are Made To Perform Even In Extreme Temperature

In this sizzling extreme temperature summer, rugged devices can plough through without worrying about overheating or device failure. Here at CONKER, most of our devices are all MIL-STD-810G certified. This means that our devices are built to withstand many conditions, including high and low temperatures.

James Summers, CEO at Conker, comments: “Our devices are built to withstand extreme temperature. The Conker 8” tablet, SX82 2D has an operating temperature of up to 50℃ and a storage temperature up to 70℃, and the Conker NS82 2D, 8” tablet with barcode scanner operating temperature is also up to 50℃, with a storage temperature up to 60℃.

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