Demystifying the IP Rating System for electronic device protection

An IP – i.e., Ingress Protection rating – is a standardised system used to classify the level of protection provided by electrical enclosures or devices against the intrusion of solid objects (like dust and debris) and liquids (like water). It is a key certification achieved for Laxton identity registration devices.

The IP rating is defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). It consists of two digits: the first digit represents protection against solids, and the second digit represents protection against liquids.

Our biometric systems withstand various hazards to guarantee continuous operation

Considering the specific environmental requirements and potential hazards when selecting devices or enclosures for applications is crucial for several reasons:

Protection against environmental factors: Different applications may expose devices to varying environmental factors, like dust, moisture, water, chemicals, extreme temperatures, or physical impact. Consumers can choose devices or enclosures with appropriate IP ratings that adequately protect against these factors depending on the specific requirements.

Durability and longevity: Devices unsuited for the environment they are used in may be prone to damage, malfunctions, or premature failure. By selecting devices or enclosures with the correct IP rating, you can ensure their durability and longevity, reducing the risk of costly repairs or replacements.

Safety and reliability: In specific applications, dust, water, or other environmental factors getting into the equipment can pose safety hazards or compromise the reliability of the equipment. For example, moisture or dust in outdoor installations can cause electrical short circuits, equipment failures, or safety risks for personnel.

Laxton’s biometric identity systems comply with international regulations and standards

Many industries and regions have specific regulations or standards that define the minimum IP rating requirements for devices used in particular situations. Failure to meet these requirements may result in legal or regulatory issues. Considering the environmental conditions, such as enrolling voters in the hot, dusty rural areas of Zimbabwe, guarantees compliance with relevant regulations and standards.

Laxton Biometric hardware systems are designed to withstand the harsh environments we operate in. Our years of experience allow us to consider all environmental factors and potential hazards. This guarantees adequate protection, durability, safety, reliability, and international regulation compliance.

Laxton devices are IP certified

Laxton’s devices are packed into a lightweight IP67 Hardcase with foam insets to prevent equipment damage during transport.

An IP67 rating specifically shows excellent protection against solids and water. The first digit, “6”, indicates that the enclosure is entirely dust-tight. It offers a high level of protection against the entry of solid particles. The second digit, “7”, signifies that the enclosure is protected against immersion in water up to a depth of 1 meter (3.3 feet) for 30 minutes.

The device withstands temporary submersion without allowing water to enter and cause damage. Additionally, it protects against low-pressure water jets from any direction. Protection against these kinds of risks implies a cost-saving over the lifespan of our devices, with fewer instances where they need to be repaired or replaced.

The IP67 certification is commonly sought for devices or enclosures that must withstand harsh environmental conditions, including water submersion and exposure to dust or debris. Laxton’s rugged Identity Registration Kit can be set up anywhere – indoors and outdoors – to create an Identity Registration station in even Mozambique’s rural provinces.