DarkMatter launches rugged secure phone

DarkMatter launches rugged secure phone
The KATIM R01 includes a range of physical and cybersecurity features and environment protection.
Published: 18 February 2019 - 6:44 a.m.
By: Mark Sutton

DarkMatter has launched a ruggedized version of its highly secure KATIM mobile phone.

The KATIM R01 is the world's first ultra-secure smartphone designed to withstand extreme field conditions, the UAE cybersecurity company says.

The new rugged handset has been designed for durability and operation in tough conditions, and can even function after being immersed in water for 30 minutes.

The phone, which was designed by DarkMatter engineers in the UAE, Finland and Canada, has a five layer hardened case, and meets two military specifications for field conditions.

The phone also includes in-built barometer, temperature and humidity sensors to optimize endurance and durability for vibration, water, dust, altitude and extreme temperatures.

For emergencies in the field, the KATIM R01 delivers messages sent with GPS coordinates, with a dedicated SOS button and touch screen that is accurate with gloved and wet hand operation.

For cybersecurity, the phone has a range of state-of-the-art security features which separate communications and data from the outside world. The phone has active physical and real-time monitoring to instantly detect attempted physical intrusions and wipes the phone to protect the user's data. For highly confidential discussions, ‘Shield Mode' securely cuts off microphones and cameras while still powered on and online.

 "We combined our expertise in secure communications with everything the mobile market expects in a handset, including a great user experience. Then we challenged the brightest minds in the industry to create a rugged design to withstand extreme field conditions experienced by defence, emergency services, and the construction, mining, transport, energy, oil and gas industries," said Karim Sabbagh, CEO of DarkMatter Group.

"We believe in a world where smart and safe mobile security secures nations and businesses. We're a young company in a vibrant part of the world with the energy and a big ambition to innovate and push the boundaries. KATIM R01 delivers unbreakable security and the same great user experience, no matter where you are. In a world that never stops, it's tough, it's rugged and it's ready for anything," Sabbagh added.

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