New Products Announced at IWCE
Monday, March 05, 2018 | Comments

Numerous manufacturers used the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Orlando, Florida, this week to introduce new products to the market.

Avtec launched a new portfolio of simplified Scout solutions that will be sold and supported through its network of authorized channel partners. Powered by the same secure, scalable platform used in Avtec’s flagship Scout solution — now available under the rebranded name Scout Enterprise — these economical packages are designed for dispatch centers that manage a finite number of radio, telephony or push-to-talk (PTT) over Long Term Evolution (LTE) lines. The three new Scout packages are Scout 100, a four-button, hardware device that controls up to four radio channels or talkgroups; Scout 400, an easy-to-expand, software-based solution to access up to four radio or telephony channels that includes built-in mobility and redundancy features; and Scout 800, a scalable, software-based solution with built-in mobility and redundancy functionality designed to manage up to eight radio or telephony endpoints.

A new location services solution from Catalyst Communications Technologies derives location data from standards-based LMR systems. InterLoc provides location and personal identification information from portable and mobile radios. The product is not an AVL service; it’s a personal location service that highlights a collection of demonstrations and capabilities. InterLoc does not require expensive map licensing or cellular data charges, making the system cost effective compared with typical AVL solutions. The product is tied to Catalyst’s dispatch and interoperability solutions, and dispatchers can initiate text and voice communications directly from the map. Maps can display subscriber status, such as emergency, and dispatchers can center the map on any resource with the click of a mouse. Multiple maps and types of maps can be simultaneously displayed, and a robust map toolkit helps dispatchers customize maps to manage their critical communications tasks.

Catalyst and BK Technologies are demonstrating Field Incident/Repeater Element (FIRE), a transportable radio communications solution that packages two mobile radios and radio control, dispatch and interoperability software into a single unit. Designed for incident command applications where local dispatch and interoperability to multiple first responder organizations are required, the inclusion of multiple radios with different frequencies allows additional first responders supporting an incident to be included in the communications path. The importance of this demonstration is that the Project 25 (P25) unit ID from any manufacturer’s subscriber radios in VHF, UHF, 700 and 800 MHz can be passed to other P25 subscriber radios in any of these bands. Especially for high stress incidents such as fire, it is vital that they see the unit ID and the associated alias so that first responders know with whom they are communicating.

Upgraded versions of Comba Telecom’s 700/800MHz CriticalPoint public-safety bidirectional amplifier (BDA) product line are available. Improvements include enhanced support of First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) 700 MHz band 14, increased uplink power, and independent output power levels for uplink and downlink. The company’s research and development team is developing new features to make the line more appealing to integrators deploying systems to support public-safety LMR voice communications. Increasing the uplink power from 25 to 27 dBm, or 66 percent increase, provides more power for the clear delivery of calls. Independent regulation of both uplink and downlink output power allow greater control of system performance and better overall system balancing.

Freedom Communications Technologies announced firmware release 3.1, which adds several features to R8100/R8000 analyzers. Features include full output range over the generate port from +5 dBm to -125 dBm. A new remote front panel application has significantly faster response time than previously releases. An enhanced AutoScan finds signals faster and easier, and AutoTune support for Kenwood radios uses USB programming cables. The release also offers independent test pattern selection in Project 25 (P25) duplex mode.

JVCKENWOOD USA announced the NEXEDGE NXDN conventional simulcast architecture for wide-area applications is integrated into the NXR-5000SR series simulcast repeater; simulcast controller, which supports up to 48 repeaters per site; and high-performance GPS receivers. NEXEDGE simulcast allows radios to roam among sites without special programming, simplifying operations, has a design based on 6.25-kilohertz narrowband channels, and does not require specialized FCC licensing. In addition, Kenwood-branded Long Term Evolution (LTE) devices are ultra-rugged Android smartphones with advanced features for industrial and mission-critical environments. ProTalk adds to the company’s line of on-site radios with the NX-P500 NXDN dual digital and analog portable, a 2-watt compact handheld with a seven-color LED status indicator, 750-milliwatt speaker, bright 16-digit LCD display and extended battery life, that meets Mil-Std-810 and the IP67 immersion standard. In addition, Viking Vault is a new cloud-based application to enable the quick and easy transfer of Kenwood Viking Project 25 (P25) perpetual software licenses and to give users a comprehensive view of their existing Viking radio fleet and all software licenses, including nonperpetual licenses. The Kenwood Viking VM7000 P25 all-band multideck mobile radio can simultaneously receive and display up to four bands, so a call is never missed. With “select” and “unselect” speakers, the audio control is similar to a dispatch console.

Motorola Solutions introduced three new products at the show. The LEX L11 mission-critical LTE device is built for global broadband networks including the U.S. First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The rugged Android-based smartphone allows first responders to access secure apps for increased situational awareness. The LEX L11 can also be paired with an APX Project 25 (P25) two-way portable radio. The device is ideal for officers who need to remain discreet.

With the new Capture app, first responders can easily capture image, video and audio evidence with the LEX L11 or Android and iOS-based smartphones. All content is securely uploaded to Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Vault digital evidence management solution for storage and later use. From the moment of capture, evidence is protected from tampering, and the chain of custody is verifiable so devices do not need to be subpoenaed. Metadata is also added automatically to organize evidence within CommandCentral Vault.

The APX 8500HP is a high-power version of Motorola Solutions’ interoperable all-band Project 25 (P25) mobile radio. This 110-watt radio delivers more than twice the power of the APX 8500 for VHF and UHF Range 1 bands. It is ideal for use in rural areas or during disaster response where limited infrastructure might be available. With all-band functionality, first responders from different agencies can easily communicate with each other, regardless of what frequency band they are using.

Sinclair Technologies released the Aurora SC series of next-generation public-safety collinear antennas. Using field-proven PCB technology, the Aurora design achieves an unparalleled combination of higher gain, wider bandwidth, highly consistent RF pattern, higher wind rating, and lighter weight, all in the smallest form factor. Designed to international standards and fulfilling the requirements of lightning protection class II, the Aurora SC series is fully DC grounded and protected with a lightning spike through the top of the radome. Unbeatable, heavy-duty construction along with the enhanced wind rating, means these antennas can last for years in challenging environments. The series offers reliability, durability and easy installation in a lightweight and compact package. Electrical downtilt, null fill, PIP rated and inverted versions available.

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