3 Tips for Selecting the Right CID2 Device

CID2 is a North American certification for hazardous areas. With CID2 certification, a mobile device can be used in Class I, Division 2 defined hazardous areas – such as Oil & Gas and Process Manufacturing. CID2
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Enabling real-time communication, eliminating paper and empowering mobility in these industries can increase productivity, reduce costs and improve safety.  While there are not as many CID2 certified mobile devices as there are standard mobile devices, there are still plenty of options. Follow these tips to ensure your organization selects the right CID2 certified device for your business.

1.  Define the Workflows you are Automating

Ensuring you select the right mobile technology for your organization starts by understanding the work you are automating. To do this, we suggest a deep analysis into the workflows you are enabling. Include the future end users, ask them how they perform their job functions and what is needed to be even more productive. Questions should include, but not be limited to:

  • What environment is the worker primarily in?
  • How remote are employees?
  • Can you rely on “an always connected” application, or do you need “store and forward”?
  • Do your workers need a higher amount of power, specific carrying case or a vehicle mount?
  • Do your workers use wearable devices, drones or other moveable technology?
  • Is a barcode scanner, RFID reader or camera needed?
  • What operating system is needed to run all the software systems?
  • Is data entered more easily with a keyboard, a stylist or by touch?
  • How sensitive is the work being performed and what level of security is needed?

2.  Understand the Difference between Mobility and Portability

Many people use the terms mobility and portability interchangeably in our industry, but there is a noted difference. A truly mobile device is a device that enables the end user full mobility – movement from the vehicle to the field to the office, movement around the work site and at the point of service. When evaluating device choices, keep this in mind. The form factor, rugged or non-rugged design, weight, viewability and a number of other specifications will play directly into the level of mobility a device provides. Again, your workflow analysis will already have you on your way to making sure you select the device to enable the best mobility for your end users.

3.  Conclude that It’s Not All About the Device

Perhaps one of the most valuable things the process of analyzing mobile workflows will deliver is the knowledge that it is not all about the device. The device you select – whether it be a Rugged Tablet, handheld, laptop or something else will not solve any problem by itself. You will notice you have a list of other requirements depending on the work you are automating, including integration with existing and new software, input devices, barcode and RFID readers, carrying cases, camera and others.

CID2 certified devices can bring the benefits of mobile solutions to hazardous areas. But, as with all solutions – not all are created equal – and not all are best suited for your needs. Do your homework and work with a vendor who understands your workflow needs, understands mobile technology and has the network and experience to deliver. Learn more at