P2i working with Network Carriers to increase device reliability
February 23, 2014
P2i working with Network Carriers to increase device reliability:
- P2i shares scientific knowledge of water damage to support network carriers to create
liquid reliability testing methods
- Good news for consumers who will benefit from more reliable devices
- “The Lab” on tour at Mobile World Congress [Booth: 6I41]
ABINGDON, UNITED KINGDOM, 23 February 2014: P2i, world leaders in liquid repellent nano-coating technology, today announced plans to provide support directly to network carriers with regards to developing liquid reliability testing methods for smartphone devices.
Consumer research shows 33 per cent of users have damaged their phone through accidental water contact. This has a significant effect on network carriers, who often foot the bill for repairs or face the potential for customers using the downtime as an opportunity to shop around.
Dr. Stephen Coulson, Chief Technology Officer, P2i said: “It’s really good news for consumers that we are seeing this kind of push-back from the networks who want to ensure that manufacturers are embedding the latest protective techniques onto their devices, thereby making sure the phones they stock are able to withstand the stresses of our busy daily lives.”
As well as replacing handsets, traditionally, a water damaged phone denotes a financial loss for the network carrier through a reduction in billable minutes and increased requirements for customer complaints handling and services costs.
“Whether it’s providing guidance on device reliability testing methods, or connecting brands with P2i to ensure particular devices pass reliability tests in time for launches into the market place, P2i is able to support network carriers,” Coulson said.
P2i is unique in that it is the only liquid repellent nano-coating technology company to gain traction both technically and commercially in smartphone high-volume manufacturing. P2i first launched into the smartphone market with Splash-proof in 2011 on the Motorola Droid RAZR and has since developed a portfolio of technologies to protect devices against varying levels of water damage.
Coulson said, “A standard water test for smartphones can be anything from 20 minutes under dripping water, to spending and hour and a half in a pressurized tank to simulate deep water scenarios. As experts in the field of protective coatings, P2i has a lot of knowledge on what it is that makes a wet phone die.
This sharing of knowledge has been particularly successful in the US. And we hope to be able to support other network carriers, some of whom are yet to introduce liquid reliability testing into their screening process, to ensure they are receiving the best standards of phones for their customers.”
To coincide with the launch, P2i is taking “The Lab” on tour to Mobile World Congress [Booth: 6I41] in Barcelona, 24-27 February. The Lab will provide a space for network carriers to experience firsthand a range of liquid testing methods including shower testing, open phone testing and IPx7 testing.
P2i is the world leader in liquid repellent nano-coating technology. It was established in 2004 to commercialise liquid repellent treatments developed by the UK’s Ministry of Defence. Now on a commercial scale, P2i’s patented process has been successfully applied to a wide range of products in a wide range of markets including Electronics, Lifestyle, Filtration & Energy, Life Sciences and Military & Institutional. Headquartered in Abindgon, Oxfordshire, with offices worldwide, the company has over 100 employees. See www.p2i.com for more information.
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