Vendors Introduce New Products at IWCE
Monday, March 21, 2016 | Comments

Many companies announced new products during the 2016 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) this week in Las Vegas.

JVCKENWOOD USA announced NEXEDGE Generation 2 digital system architecture with enhanced operating features that provide better scalability and increased system capacity, allowing up to 1,000 sites. The Linux server-based architecture enables control of the network, systems, sites and peripheral equipment including the ability to modify a setup and conduct maintenance and monitoring activities remotely. Other features include a system controller for network asset management, increased GPS capacity and direct frequency assignment (DFA) to maximize efficiency.

The company also introduced the NX-5000 multiband configuration that enables full tri-band receive and transmit operations in VHF, UHF, and 700 and 800 MHz with a single- or dual-control head and up to three RF decks. The product is capable of analog, Project 25 (P25) Phases 1 and 2, conventional and trunked operation and supports NXDN protocols.

Harris introduced the LMC-1000, the company’s first smartphone device, which supports domestic and international commercial carriers bands and will support the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) national public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) once it launches. The ruggedized smartphone has enhanced security with tamper detection and integrity check, as well as a dedicated push-to-talk (PTT) button for the company’s BeOn PTT application. The unit will be commercially available by the end of the year, company officials said.

The company also announced that its XL-200P multiband Project 25 (P25) radio now has Long Term Evolution (LTE) capabilities. When a user leaves the coverage area of a home LMR network, the user can immediately re-establish a connection using commercial or private LTE. The radio is the first to integrate both LMR and LTE PTT, company officials said.

Harris also announced Crescendo, a transportable and interoperable wireless console that allows users in the field to use existing communications equipment and networks to interoperate with others. The system, based on technology acquired from Exelis, provides an interface between digital and analog radio assets and cellular equipment, so they can be automatically routed, patched and conferenced to each other, company officials said.

Codan Radio Communications announced the Cyclone, a drop-in replacement platform for existing conventional core radio repeaters and base stations. The platform uses a full Digital Fixed Station Interface (DFSI) and enables full future migration to a P25 standards-based network and backhaul over Ethernet, reducing the need for leases and T1 connections.

Cobham AvComm introduced the 8800SX digital test that tests a wide variety of Motorola Solutions and other OEM radio systems and features an external 10 MHz reference to help LMR users ensure their radio equipment is operating at the highest standard. The radio has been approved by Motorola for maintaining all Motorola technologies including GTR8000 P25 Phase 2 and LSM systems.

Avtec announced ScoutLink, which opens access to the company’s Scout dispatch console to off-the-shelf IP devices. The product integrates existing voice products to enable dispatch communications on a variety of IP devices, allowing access to platforms that are traditionally nonvoice, company officials said. The product will launch with the Mini SIP console from Essential Trading Systems (ETC) and will be sold and supported by Avtec. The console controls up to four radio endpoints and has undergone compatibility testing with the Scout dispatch console.

AVFusion from Zetron is a self-contained, networked audio-and-video recording system for use in interrogations and other situations where conversations might be used as evidence. The solution can “stitch” audio and video together so that they remain synchronized no matter how many times the video is viewed or played back.

Freedom Communication Technologies introduced the R8100 LMR communications system analyzer that operates from 250 kHz to 3 GHz and is configurable for Project 25 (P25) Phases 1 and 2, Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), NXDN, TETRA and digital Private Mobile Radio (dPMR). The device can display a full range or narrower span as needed and has an FM specification below 4 hertz, providing strong spectral purity, company officials said.

Cobham AvComm announced a pair of automated test and alignment applications that support Motorola Solutions APX 8000 radios as options to the 3920B series analog and digital radio test platform and the 8800 series digital radio test set. Both applications fully automate testing and alignment for the radios, company officials said. The 3920B has undergone extensive testing and received approval by the Motorola Continuing Product Engineering (CPE) group for the radio.

Vertex Standard introduced the EVX-261 and EVX-S24 digital portable radios, which operate in both analog and digital and are interoperable with other communications devices. The EVX-261 is durable and has superior sound quality, making it suitable for use in industries such as manufacturing or construction. The EVX-S24 is slim and lightweight, making it suitable for markets such as retail, education and hospitality.

Parallel Wireless announced an easy-to-deploy 700 MHz band 14 public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network kit that can deploy in minutes and is compliant with Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards. The kit supports both mission-critical voice and data and is self configuring and self optimizing, company officials said. The kit includes components from Parallel, Sonim Technologies, Athonet, Mutualink and BEC Technologies.

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