Vendors Introduce New Products During IWCE 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017 | Comments

Several vendors announced new products at the 2017 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) conference in Las Vegas this week.

WAVE OnCloud from Motorola Solutions connects workgroups in manufacturing, hospitality, utility, education and other industries and provides reliable, instant voice communications. The downloadable application provides push-to-talk (PTT) service across radios, mobile phones and desktop computers with the push of a button. WAVE OnCloud also delivers key features such as presence, messaging and location sharing without having to switch to another app. The product’s cloud computing power offers quick deployment time, predictable usage costs and seamless software updates. MOTOTRBO customers can access the product’s benefits by connecting their systems to a broadband network. As a software as a service (SaaS) offering, customers can choose a subscription that can scale up or down as needs change. The software will be available for other LMR technologies later this year.

Motorola also introduced Team Communications, which allows users to collaborate through voice, text or application from anywhere using a smartphone, computer, landline or other communications device. The solution enables voice, group text messaging, location and data sharing from any device, including radios, smartphones, laptops or tablets operating on LMR, Wi-Fi or commercial 3G or 4G networks.

JPS Interoperability Solutions announced the next-generation ACU-Z1 radio gateway. The gateway maintains the modular nature of the company’s signature ACU product, but boasts a smaller form factor, requires less power, interfaces to more types of communications systems and is operable from any web browser. A scalable and adaptable audio engine expands the size, type and number of interoperability networks that can be created, while allowing exchange of metadata between various communications formats. The increase in processing power enables advanced capabilities for this initial release and future updates, company executives said.

Separately, JPS integrated Enterprise Secure Chat (ESChat) pus- to-talk (PTT) software from SLA with its ACU technology. The combined solution, named JPS VIA, delivers secure voice and data links between mobile devices and JPS gateways. Users of the gateways’ various communications systems can also communicate via smartphones and tablets. JPS VIA is offered as a hosted service running on commercial cellular and Wi-Fi networks. Customers purchase the service through JPS, download the application to their smartphones and are charged a monthly service fee per mobile device used.

JPS also introduced the RSP-Z2, which combines the capabilities of the company’s network extension unit (NXU) and analog radio adapter (ARA) products. The RSP-Z2 supports Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), real-time transport protocol (RTP), radio over IP (RoIP), public switched telephone network (PSTN) and radio connections allowing public-safety agencies to communicate with an array of communications devices using a single interoperable platform. The RSP-Z2 works on a Linux operating system, includes a smartphone and tablet interface, connects to the company’s wide-area interoperability system (WAIS) and supports SIP/RoIP pass-through, radio relays, a SIP/RoIP network with two radios and PSTN-to-radio communications. The device is operable in three modes — stand-alone, remote extension and controller modes.

Finally, JPS upgraded its SNV-12 voter that handles the synchronization of audio arriving from various locations. Customers can transport voting receiver audio via their IP networks without concern for the time it takes data to reach its destination. This new capability functions as an add-on to existing SNV-12 installations. Customers can employ a mix of analog transport and IP transport in the same SNV-12 chassis.

The IntelliLink gateway from Catalyst Communications Technologies links multiple talkgroups or channels between two or more different LMR systems including Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), Project 25 (P25), Logic Trunked Radio (LTR), SmartNet, EDACS, Long Term Evolution (LTE) and analog conventional. Patches between the radio systems do not rely on the configuration and monitoring tool to remain connected once the patch is established, eliminating the single point of failure. Donor radios for the legacy system and the interfaces for the DMR or P25 systems can be tuned to establish interoperability with any talkgroup programmed into those particular donor radios or available in the DMR/P25 system. The product may be used by agencies that either do not need a console or already have a console from a different manufacturer.

The R8600 radio test hub from Freedom Communication Technologies is a test instrument designed specifically to meet the demanding requirements of radio production and automated testing applications. The device can withstand 150 watts (W) of continuous RF power input and operates without an embedded display, minimizing the rack space needed in a production environment. The test hub features a suite of scripting options that include Freedom’s native monitor and control language and HP8920 emulation capability. Freedom also announced new autotest capabilities for Harris XG-100 mobile radios and BK Technologies KNG series portables.

Cobham AvComm released a new automated test and alignment software application that supports Motorola Solutions APX “B” radios. The software is available as an option on both the 3920B series analog and digital radio test platform and the 8800SX digital radio test set.

Comba Telecom announced that its 700/800 MHz CriticalPoint public-safety bidirectional amplifiers (BDAs) now support Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, including the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) band 14.

Comba also introduced a pair of new BDAs to its product portfolio: a direct current (DC) powered version of its Class A BDA and the CriticalPoint Class B BDA, which is available in both DC and alternating current (AC) versions. The new Class A BDA is powered from a 48 VDC power supply, supports single 700 or 800 MHz or dual 700/800 MHz bands, supports up to 32 channels per band and provides 2 watts (W) of power per band. The DC-powered version of the device provides more flexibility for system designers based on the needs of a particular application, company officials said. The Class B BDA is available in either AC or 48 VDC versions and will be an option for sites that allow or require Class B public-safety communications.

Sonim Technologies expanded its accessories portfolio with the Senworth body-worn camera, which connects to Sonim’s XP7 handset over Bluetooth or via Wi-Fi to livestream and record high-definition (HD) video during an event. The solution provides officers in the field with access to a user-friendly application for GPS location reporting, field tagging and tracking, and adding notes and identification to video. The camera can either be activated manually or set to activate automatically when triggered by holster activity.

Futurecom Systems Group announced the PDR8000 portable digital repeater. Designed for federal or other public-safety agencies whose duties extend beyond traditional fixed RF coverage areas, the PDR8000 provides local on-scene Project 25 (P25) coverage and a V.24 wireline connection allowing connectivity to Motorola Solutions dispatch consoles anywhere in the world. The unit was built with special operations and security detail teams in mind, with a lightweight transportable case weighing less than 28 pounds and is suited for discreet travel. 

Telewave introduced the M108-150-XTP-M series transmitter combiners that deliver high isolation, low loss and high RF power handling capability for use in public safety and LMR applications operating at 148 – 174 MHz. The trend toward narrower guard bands between transmit and receive frequencies requires effective filtering to mitigate interference and increase intermodulation suppression between transmitters. Telewave’s transmitter combiners are designed to meet these challenges using very-high-Q, low-loss cavity filters and the company’s T-1560M two-stage isolators that provide high transmitter-to-transmitter isolation and antenna-to-transmitter isolation of 75 dB. The combiners are designed to accommodate up to 12 channels with one or two transmit antennas. They allow up to 12 cavities to be mounted horizontally on three four-channel panels in an optional 19-by-72-inch rack or up to eight cavities mounted vertically in the rack.

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