DarkMatter expands KATIM secure phone range with rugged device

KATIM R01 is designed to rigorous standards for drops, vibration, water and dust, with extended battery-life

KATIM R01 combines rugged capabilities with the security features that the brand has come to be known for.
KATIM R01 combines rugged capabilities with the security features that the brand has come to be known for.

DarkMatter Group has unveiled KATIM R01, a new smartphone in its KATIM secure phone range designed for extreme field conditions.

The home-grown integrated digital and cyber transformation company said the KATIM RO1 has been designed, vetted and tested by DarkMatter’s engineers in the UAE, Finland and Canada. The rugged device is the latest in the company’s end-to-end secure communications solutions ranging from devices to back end services, and a secure suite of applications based on custom and quantum-resistance cryptographic protocols. 

“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.

KATIM R01 strength and rigidity is delivered via five layers of hardened case, designed to meet two military standards for harsh field conditions. The device can handle being dropped, run over and immersed in water for 30 minutes.

Smart technology like the in-built barometer, temperature and humidity sensors optimise endurance and durability for vibration, water, dust, altitude and extreme temperatures. Faced with an emergency situation when fast decision-making is critical, 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.

Inside, a range of security features separate communications and data from the outside world. Alert to attackers trying to physically break into the phone, it uses active physical and real-time monitoring to instantly detect 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.

The KATIM range includes the KATIM phone, KATIM OS, KATIM Apps: Messenger and Email, and the KATIM Command Centre.

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