Finnish telecoms giant Nokia has announced the development of enhanced versions of its industrial 5G field-router and XR20 smartphones to allow for their use in hazardous, flammable, explosive and dusty environments.

According to Nokia, the upgraded devices created in collaboration with HMD Global, will allow oil and gas companies to maintain 4.9G and 5G network connectivity across their workforce and machines across sites such as oil drilling platforms, chemical processing plants and dusty mines.

Jaime Laguna, global head of oil and gas and mining for Nokia, said: “Nokia is committed to delivering end-to-end private wireless solutions for enterprises and allowing workers to communicate in the most intuitive, secure and safe ways, especially in demanding hazardous environments. We are pleased to enhance our portfolio of ruggedized devices to meet these specific industry demands for safe connectivity.”

Following the enhancements made by HMD Global, the ruggedized Nokia XR20 has added applications including Nokia Team Comms and Group Communications so workers can interact using push-to-talk and video. Alongside this, Nokia’s 5G field-routers are now equipped with integrated enclosures to allow oil and gas companies to use the industrial field-routers to connect autonomous vehicles in hazardous areas or collect environmental and other types of data from legacy industrial machines connected by field-routers over a private wireless network.

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