Numerous New Products, Innovations Announced this Week at IWCE
Monday, March 04, 2019 | Comments

Numerous companies used the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) conference in Las Vegas this week to introduce new products and services, with innovations ranging from a push-to-talk (PTT) satellite radio to Project 25 (P25) and other digital radio advances to new dispatch and in-building solutions.

Motorola Solutions
Motorola introduced new capabilities for its push-to-talk (PTT) platforms. The PTT 9.0 solution for wireless carriers provides an extensive set of features compliant with the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) mission-critical PTT (MCPTT) standard. Using PTT 9.0, wireless carriers can offer customers new features such as emergency calling, remote monitoring and location-enabled talkgroups to keep employees connected, informed and safe.

With Critical Connect, public-safety agencies can quickly connect disparate Astro 25 LMR systems for interoperable communications. Adding the new WAVE offering provides Critical Connect to customers with a carrier-independent broadband PTT service tailored to meet the needs of mission-essential users with an extensive set of features that enhance safety, situational awareness and operational efficiency.

The Si200 body-worn camera integrates seamlessly with CommandCentral Vault, the company’s software solution for digital evidence management that enables agencies to efficiently and securely manage content from in-field capture to judicial sharing in one system.

Motorola’s mission-critical internet of things (MC-IoT) siren alerting solution leverages Astro 25 networks to help keep communities safe. The solution now includes the secure MC-Edge gateway with a built-in Project 25 (P25) two-way radio. The MC-Edge gathers input from hundreds of sensors and provides early warning for events such as natural disasters to help protect the environment and alert residents. It provides controls over siren systems by connecting to Motorola Solutions OptiWarn mass notification system.

Commercial users now also have a dedicated Wave PTT cloud-based platform to meet their business-critical needs. Wave, along with interoperability with MOTOTRBO radio networks, broadband networks and the Wave Two-Way TLK 100 radio, provides commercial customers with instantaneous voice, video and text PTT communications to keep teams connected and more productive.

Icom America
Icom introduced the IC-SAT100 satellite push-to-talk (PTT) radio built for operation over the Iridium global satellite network. The radio is Icom’s first handheld that uses a satellite communications network. Unlike satellite phones, the IC-SAT100 will provide radio services to a number of users through the PTT button. The communications tool is for remote, isolated areas where there are no mobile phones or landline network infrastructure, such as mountainous areas, remote islands and desert areas. Even if terrestrial network infrastructure is rendered unusable by human or natural disasters, satellite communications can provide a stable backup independent from other networks. The compact, user-friendly radio offers military-grade ruggedness, high audio for noisy environments and Icom’s high quality. Iridium communications fees are typically charged at a flat rate via a monthly plan with no additional call charge, Icom said. The global rollout of the device will begin in Japan in the second quarter.

JVCKENWOOD will feature several new products and technological advances in a blended solution approach. The BOUNDLESS services for push to talk (PTT) over cellular (PoC) and PoC-enabled devices provide similar functionality to conventional transceivers, using smartphones and other wireless devices on mobile networks. The KWSA80K and KWSA50K, KENWOOD-branded PoC devices with BOUNDLESS, now offer a higher level of services in a broader footprint on a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.

The company also announced Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tier 3 digital trunking radio systems based on the multichannel access method, enabling higher efficiency and capacity communications than Tier 2. The NX-3000 and NX-5000 multiprotocol mobile and portable radios now support DMR Tier 3, along with NXDN operation, and the NX-5000 radios support Project 25 (P25).

Indoor location information management system for prisons and commercial facilities using NEXEDGE GPS capabilities and Bluetooth beacons to accurately track, report and record the location and status of staff members in real time. The CommandIQ compact IP-based dispatch system, integrated with the Zetron MAX dispatch console system, enables full radio communications support in dispatch centers with limited space.

Hytera Communications
Hytera announced its Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)-Long Term Evolution (LTE) convergent solution. Key to the launch is the P-PoC 6000, a solution for unified communications through voice and data services. The product brings together Hytera systems including the PDC760 multimode advanced radio (DMR-LTE), body cameras (VM682) and the Hytera range of DMR radios into one seamless roaming solution. Using wireless trunking access based on different networks, including cellular and Wi-Fi, subscribers can use their LTE devices to seamlessly communicate with existing radio systems with group and individual calling, full-duplex calling, video streaming, video conferencing and data transfer with unlimited range. All of the devices can be integrated with the Hytera SmartOne dispatch solution.

The expanded XL product line from Harris includes a single-band Project 25 (P25) mobile radio for public safety and utilities. The XL-185M mobile radio provides loud, clear audio and includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and single-key Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption. The radio has an intuitive user interface, with a high-visibility 3.3-inch color LCD screen that features programmable buttons, a navigation pad and easy grip knobs. The product is Long Term Evolution (LTE) capable, and with a hardware plug-in available in early 2020, can transform a vehicle into an on-the-go communications hub, providing hot-spot capabilities that can connect to LMR and LTE networks. Last month, the Harris XL-185M, along with all other Harris public-safety radios, were declared compliant by the Department of Homeland Security’s latest P25 Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) requirements for P25 Phase 2. This certification validates that Harris radios will operate on any manufacturer’s P25 Phase 2 CAP-compliant system.

Harris also launched its new Radio Managed Services program. This program extends the life of radios and maximizes customer investments by offering services, available in tiered levels, for mobile and handheld radios, such as comprehensive maintenance, software refreshes and replacement services.

Zetron announced the general availability of CommandIQ, a new dispatch and integrated communications solution designed to provide full operator console functionality in a compact, portable and affordable package. While built for mobility and space efficiency for remote and decentralized communications center applications, CommandIQ runs the full version of MAX Dispatch, so all of its standard capabilities are accessible and functional on a high-resolution 10.1-inch ruggedized full touchscreen. The product includes a built-in conventional handset for high audio performance and can be easily augmented with accessories to enhance situational operation, including a footswitch, remote speakers, headset or desktop microphone. The first production units will ship later this month.

Viavi Solutions
Viavi announced enhanced capabilities for two testing solutions in its communications radio test portfolio. These feature enhancements include full automation and auto-test functionality for Kenwood NX-3000 portable and mobile radios on the 3920B radio test platform, eliminating the need for user interaction. The company also added automated test and alignment capabilities for Harris XL-185 series radios for the 8800SX digital radio test set. These enhancements are designed to reduce downtime of mission-critical platforms and increase operational efficiency.

Comba Telecom
The company released its public-safety in-building CriticalPoint Antenna Monitoring System (AMS). The robust, compact system is engineered to provide real-time monitoring of individual service antennas of an emergency responder radio coverage (ERRC) system. Powered by RF identification (RFID) technology, the system’s master control unit (MCU) keeps track of RFID tags that are integrated into select Comba service antennas. In the case an antenna fails, the tag will no longer emit an RF signal back to the MCU, prompting it to generate a standards-compliant alarm and from there identify that particular antenna. Through the web-based graphics user interface (GUI), users can view the overall status of the system, as well as each individual service antenna and immediately identify any issues.

Ondas Networks
The company released its enhanced FullMAX radio architecture for highly scalable mission-critical internet of things (MC-IoT) networks. The software defined radio (SDR) platform, which is the basis for the industrial IEEE 802.16s wireless standard, will now support both narrow and wide channels ranging from 12.5 kilohertz up to 10 megahertz. The expanded capability for narrow channels provides critical infrastructure with the ability to introduce MC-IoT applications and edge computing capabilities over existing legacy unused or underused LMR channels. The enhanced platform also allows for future scalability as more frequencies become available and will enable the aggregation of non-adjacent channels for even greater throughput. FullMAX’s time division duplexing provides high-capacity upstream data networks for mission-critical entities while using existing network infrastructure.

InterTalk Critical Information Systems
InterTalk pre-launched its Enlite dispatch and control console platform, a public safety grade, cloud-based console system aimed at leveraging advanced data networks to provide dispatchers with more information. While delivering the standard functionality of traditional IP-based console systems, such as the interconnection of LMR, Project 25 (P25) and telephony systems, Enlite enables dispatchers and field agents to connect through voice, video, images and other data. The product reliably and securely completes dispatch functions from any Wi-Fi or Long Term Evolution (LTE)-connected desktop, tablet or smartphone. This allows organizations of all sizes to benefit from reduced fixed costs, infinite cloud scalability and pay-by-need equality.

Comprod launched intermodulation analysis and filter analysis with mathematical models fully developed in house by the company. These applications are unique in the industry, and Comprod is the only RF company providing the filter analysis application, the company said. Comprod Intermodulation allows intermodulation analysis for up to 24 transmission channels and 24 receive channels. Additionally, users can determine the TX/RX isolation required to have less than 1 dB degradation of the receiver (12 dB SINAD). Comprod Filter allows the simulation of different type of fitters and duplexers with different response and technologies such as band pass, pass reject and notch. The software gives the analysis possibility of many cascaded resonators.

The iDAS Appeal indoor distributed antenna system (DAS) product line incorporates advanced materials and RF engineering expertise to offer a low passive intermodulation (PIM), durable, efficient and economical solution. The offering includes the company’s wide range of donor antennas in conjunction with advanced components such as passive elements needed for in-building wireless communications systems. The Appeal antenna, which is part of the package, offers wide bandwidth, great gain and optimal omnidirectional propagation pattern and efficiency. The antenna’s novel design minimizes the number of antennas needed to cover desired coverage areas and frequencies. The iDAS Appeal suite’s antennas cover UHF, Long Term Evolution (LTE), Wi-Fi and Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) frequencies, making it suitable for public-safety and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), commercial wireless and Wi-FI, industrial internet of things (IoT), and 5G applications.

Telewave also provided a look at its next generation platform that features portable digital meters (PDM), whereby multisensor devices get connected to the cloud, enabling remote monitoring or RF systems through mobile devices.

This new class of PDM IoT devices is application specific for public safety, FirstNet, transportation and other key sectors, and products are redesigned to support positive train control (PTC) and European standards such as TETRA. PDM is ideal for field operations such as RF installation, antenna testing and system maintenance. The company also demonstrated new one-rack-unit (RU) multichannel inline power sensors designed for measuring the health of antennas and combiner systems at base stations. The sensors feature a plug-in dashboard for remote monitoring and cloud services.

PCTEL introduced new testing capabilities to support the latest Project 25 (P25) networks and indoor coverage standards. IBflex and HBflex scanning receivers now provide signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) and frame bit error rate (BER) for P25 Phases 1 and 2 networks. SINR and frame BER are highly accurate, repeatable measures of signal quality, and these measurements enable local jurisdictions to efficiently roll out new radio systems and enforce rigorous indoor coverage requirements that keep first responders safe.

Sinclair Technologies
Sinclair launched the TRANSeon series of mobile antennas for highly demanding transportation applications. The antennas are rugged, high-performance vehicle/transit antennas that provide superior reception and clearer voice. The series covers all frequency bands for VHF, UHF, 2G/2.5G/3G and Wi-Fi communications between 100 MHz and 6 GHz depending on the model selected. An optional global navigation satellite system (GNSS) antenna uses a high-performance low-noise amplifier (LNA) and supports all GNSS systems including GPS, Galileo, GLONASS and BeiDou. The compact and low-profile form factors of the antennas allow them to blend easily with any environment and make them ideal for vehicle rooftop mounting.

Microlab, a Wireless Telecom Group company, introduced the System Monitor, Alarm, Report Technology (SMART) Passives System, a solution for monitoring transmission lines, components and antennas for in-building emergency services communications systems. These capabilities are deployed in the SMART Coupler, which consists of a specially designed broadband, passive, directional coupler for 130 – 960 MHz combined with active, diagnostic tools for system monitoring with failure detection and isolation capabilities. The real-time monitoring capabilities will ensure that public-safety distributed antenna system (DAS) owners can depend on the operation of their critical communication systems. The SMART Passives System is made up of a SMART Gateway at the head-end and SMART Couplers deployed in the DAS. The gateway communicates an alarm and pinpoints the location where the failure occurred.

Polaris Wireless
Polaris Wireless, a provider of software-based wireless location technology, announced the commercial availability of a high-accuracy carrier-independent three-dimensional (3D) location platform for application developers. By integrating applications to the new platform, developers can provide end users with pinpoint location, including indoors and in high-rise buildings with floor-level accuracy, delivering enhanced situational awareness and improved operational efficiency. Polaris Wireless integrated the new platform with Orion Labs. The Polaris Wireless 3D location platform is cloud based and is available to application developers via a standard Android and iOS software development kit (SDK). The solution relies on Polaris Wireless’ 3D location technology, which can locate devices on the vertical axis within 3 meters, first floor level, using all available signals and sensor measurements combined with the company’s patented algorithms. By operating independently, or over the top, of wireless carrier networks, the platform is universal, enabling applications to locate any device on any network, the company said.

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