IT and Business Architecture/Water Resistant Electronic Gadgets.

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Dear Royden

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_Resistant_mark
http://deloachwatchservice.com/other_stuff/water_resistancy.htm
http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/10/4511142/battle-of-the-waterproof-phones-review
http://www.ebay.com/bhp/water-resistant-cell-phone

Technically, Electronic components viz Integrated Circuits, Transistors, Resistors, capacitors etc are susceptible to Damage
if the electronic gadgets are dipped in water. Isn't it ?.

What is the technology the electronic gadgets manufacturers are applying to manufacture water resistant electronic gadgets viz watches, mobile phones etc ?.

Are they using Special Glass coating or any other material for
waterproof ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Answer
This is rather old technology. It requires that items are hermetically sealed. Many times for waterproofing circuits it is a petrochemical based jell placed on the circuit. This uses the same basic principles as offset printing. In printing wax is laid on the plates, and as the printing process runs, the plates are covered in water, ink will not go where the water goes, and hence follows the wax impression. Coating electronic circuits in a waxy gelatin type substrate cause them to be water resistant.

A poor man's solution is to coat a circuit board with wax, however, the more heat the less likely the wax will remain. Hence the reason for the gelatin type substrate.

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Any architectural question relating to the business change, requirements, and solution design activities as a part of the business/IT development process. I can discuss SOA, and traditional development, design patterns, architectural paradigms, and professional accreditation (or associations).

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1974 began as a system operator in SHL Atlantic. 1978 worked as developer and data base anlyst. 1986 became a software designer. 1989 became an enterprise level Technical Director and Architect for Blue Chip company. Ardent adherent to the ISO and CMM standards for process standardization and improvement since 1988 Concentrated on the design or re-engineering of large complex applications since 1989 (majority of projects were over $10M USD and 2 were over $100M USD) High-performance strategist focusing on optimizing efficiency and creating competitive advantage Respected professional, repeatedly recruited to build start-up IT infrastructures that bolster profitable growth, manage quality development/delivery activities, turnaround poorly performing programs, and architect solutions to maximize ROI. Thought leader and industry recognized expert in Service Oriented Architect, lecturing and consulting to industry and government globally. Contributes regularly and participates as speaker in 2-3 conferences a year around the globe. Led the architecture and integration of hardware, firmware and software relating to large-scale intranets and data inter/exchange using everything from EDI through FTP to XML for financial institutions, telecommunications firms and governments Exceptional communicator, who combines solid business and technical acumen while building consensus and creates synergy among diverse groups. Experience with Banking, Logistics, Telecommunications, Government Currently one of 5 Enterprise Architects for the worlds largest logistics and express company.

Organizations
International Association of System Architects | Canadian Information Processing Society | World Wide Institute of Software Architects | Open group - Architecture Forum | Data Processing Management Association | International Programmers Guild

Education/Credentials
B Comm - Major: Data Processing Management, Minor: Accounting | Certificate - Scientific Computer Programming | M Sc - Information Science | DCS - Thesis - "Business Alignment, Change and IT Requirements Management"

Awards and Honors
CIPPA Award (1992, 2005) SIAAA Award (2008)

Past/Present Clients
Aliant Communications | Atlantic Kidney Transplant Clinic | BC Workers Compensation Board | Brascan Power | CARIS | Corkette McConnell | DFA Philippines | DHL Express | DHL Global Forwarding | DHL SPL Asia | ESA | Globe Telecom | GTE | Hong Kong Government | LRA Philippines | LTO Philippines | Malaysia Government | Ministerio de la Salud Pública – Chile | NB Tel | NSO Philippines | PCI – Equitable Bank | PharmaCare | Phil Health | Rural Health Administration – Uganda | Smart Communications | World Health Organization

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