CAT's unchallenged thermal imaging technology encased in a tough as nails package comes in handy in the fight against rhino poaching.
The CAT S62 PRO provides military-spec 810H. It is drop tested from 1.8m to make sure it can take the punch. The body is fully waterproof and dustproof. You can wash this phone under the tap; it has even been tested for high-pressure water washing.The phone comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 screen protector. This, together with the aluminium design, provides structural integrity to stop screen cracking. CAT has tested the toughness of this phone by literally putting it in the tumble drier, hitting it with a hammer, exposing it to UV light and bleach.
But nothing is unbreakable right, most of us has seen the tesla truck unbreakable glass break on TV. Now that’s the best part, if your phone gets bitten by a lion cub like the older CAT phone below, the CAT S62 PRO comes with a warranty against breaking the screen, if it breaks, CAT will fetch it from your door and fix it free.
FLIR Thermal Imaging
While other phone competitors compete on how many cameras they can fit on the back of the phone, CAT introduced the incredibly fun (and handy) thermal camera. The FLIR thermal camera on the S62 PRO provides more clarity and sharpness than previous models. At first, when the guys from CAT told me about the thermal camera, I could not picture what this could be used for and how it could be of benefit to conservationists and outdoor enthusiast. But, the extraordinary potential of this tool became apparent very quickly.
Use Cases for Thermal Imaging
Using the thermal camera, I was able to check the water level of my water tanks, find hot water pipes in the wall and check my kids’ temperature, always handy during 2020’s COVID pandemic. But the best use cases are the ones you don’t expect. I really try and preserve electricity and have not switched on my homes underfloor heating during winter, or so I thought. While testing the thermal, we quickly realized our mistake.
The CAT thermal imaging sensor provides the rangers with the ability to outline the veins in Rhino’s ear to be able to place the tracker in the ear safely without puncturing a vein. The above image provides an example of a well-placed tracker, and the photo below shows when it goes wrong, causing infection.
Finally, the question I always ask myself when doing reviews. Would I spend the money to buy this phone? My answer is a definite yes. The thermal imaging provides you with an almost superhuman ability to see things you would never experience otherwise, which is incredibly fun, but also very handy.