To fully leverage the safety capabilities offered by digital solutions, organizations need to deploy rugged devices that are purpose-built to handle harsh environments. While some of these technologies could potentially be managed by consumer-grade devices, the reality is that these devices are likely to break or stop working relatively quickly. These devices are fragile and susceptible to dust, vibration, shocks, water, oil, and many other elements that are commonplace in industrial environments. Thus, choosing an off-the-shelf commercial device and even outfitting it with a so-called rugged protective cover is likely to cause more problems than it solves in the long term.
A purpose-built rugged device is one that is literally built from the ground up out of hardened materials and with fewer weak points. An industrial-grade rugged device can withstand the temperature extremes and dusty or dirty environments that consumer-grade devices balk at.