2011-09-20, By CMS
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Sonim Technologies today announces the immediate pan-European availability of the XP1301 CORE NFC, the world’s first ultra-rugged Near Field Communications (NFC) mobile phone. Designed especially for cleaning services workers, the XP1301 CORE NFC enhances service delivery quality assurance, measures worker productivity and can improve their safety.  The XP1301 CORE NFC works with apps and hosted services from Sonim’s partners that provide include Proof of Activity and Real Time Attendance reporting.

At the Cleaning Management Services (CMS) show in Berlin, Sonim and its partner TUOMI at 
Hall 3.2 / Booth 106 are demonstrating the XP1301 CORE NFC. Attendees can also see the XP1301 CORE NFC at A.S.E Ebner & Partner GmBH at Hall 4.2 / Booth 241, running an application solution provided by Sonim’s partner Reslink Solutions Ltd. 

CMS attendees will see that at a range up 2 to 4 centimetres, the XP1301 CORE can read or write information to a contactless tag that can be placed:

  • In the ID badge of a cleaning services worker who needs to register when they start duty
  • On the wall of a room that must be cleaned
  • On a garbage or refuse container that must be emptied
  • Near a window that must be polished
  • On a toilet paper dispenser that must be replenished

Data collected by the XP1301 CORE NFC is sent over the mobile network to a server that generates reports, statistics, alerts and other information that can be used to optimize the efficiency, consistency and quality of cleaning service operations.  The screen can then prompt the worker of the next action to be taken in the approved sequence.  Since the position of the tags is known, the nearest workers or security guards can be mobilized to the location where immediate attention is needed, in the event of accident, injury or attack.

“The XP1301 CORE shakes off the daily rigours of the cleaner’s work environment that cause lesser NFC devices to fail in use, and comes with enterprise level service and support”, said Sanjay Jhawar, VP/GM of Marketing and Applications. He continued, “The extreme reliability of the XP1301 NFC CORE, impervious to frequent drops on floors, into toilets and washing in detergent solution ensures it will withstand hard use every day for three years or more, and deliver a total cost of ownership that allows every cleaner to be equipped”.

Sonim is working with the leading application partners and system integrators across Europe that specialize in NFC solutions for the cleaning industry:

TUOMI in Western Europe and the US

Reslink in the UK, Nordic countries, France and Germany

Pitcom in Germany

Avistatime in Sweden and Africa

The XP1301 CORE NFC supports the following NFC capabilities:

  • 13.56MHz NFC Forum tags Type 1 to Type 4 (NXP MiFare/Sony Felica)
  • ISO 14443 A/B, ISO 15693 and ISO 18092 
  • NFC apps under Java 2 Mobile Edition (J2ME) using the JSR257 API
  • Class leading NFC tag reading range up to 4cm and 99% measured NFC read reliability
  • Longest battery life for NFC usage of any mobile phone: up to 5 days of continuous NFC operations with 20 tag reads and server updates per hour.

Enterprise NFC application developers and system integrators are invited to register at  and to contact John Thurgood by email atj.thurgood at

Like all Sonim phones, the XP1301 CORE NFC far surpasses the toughest standards for ruggedness and durability.   Beyond MIL-SPEC, it can be dropped from 2 metres onto concrete and with its IP68 specification can be submerged in two metres of water for up to 60 minutes.  Resistant to detergents, grease, petroleum oil and many other chemicals it can also operate in temperatures from -20 to +55 Celsius and has an impact and puncture proof Corning® Gorilla® Glass screen. 

With NFC off, the phone has the longest talk time: 20-24 hours of any mobile phone and up to 800 hours of standby time.  Designed for usability under duress, the XP1301 CORE NFC features an active noise cancelling microphone, loud audio with a 23mm speaker protected by a waterproof GORE® protective vent and widely-spaced keys for ease of use with gloves.  For more see Sonim’s Rugged Performance Standards at  

The XP1301 CORE NFC is backed by Sonim’s industry-leading 3-Year Comprehensive Warranty covering not only manufacturer’s defects but also accidental damage.


The XP1301 CORE NFC will be available globally through Sonim’s business partners and system integrators. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) if sold unlocked without an network operator contract is 355 euro or 289 pounds (UK) excluding VAT or sales tax.  For pricing in other currencies, please contact your local Sonim representative.  


Sonim Technologies ( is the provider of the world’s most rugged, water-submersible mobile phones designed specifically for workers in challenging outdoor and industrial environments. Sonim’s industry-leading three-year comprehensive warranty has redefined customer expectations of rugged technology. Sonim provides a suite of high-performance workforce management applications including push-to-talk and lone worker safety services on cellular networks. The company is headquartered in San Mateo, California and offers its products in over 50 countries.

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