Suppliers Announce New Products at APCO Expo in Las Vegas
Monday, August 06, 2018 | Comments

Several vendors used the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International 84th annual conference and expo in Las Vegas Aug. 6 – 7 to announce new products.

Harris announced its Symphony consoles are integrated with third-party CAD suppliers via FATPOT Technologies. The company also will showcase Zetron consoles working with Harris’ core network and infrastructure. Harris also announced UnifyVehicle, a converged mobile platform that creates a vehicle-area communications network. The product has voice LMR capability, along with Wi-Fi and Long Term Evolution (LTE) support.

The APX 8000H and APX 8000HXE from Motorola Solutions are two hazardous location versions of its APX 8000 all-band Project 25 (P25) radio, both certified to the Class 1 Division 1 standard by Underwriters' Laboratory (UL). The APX 8000H is built for law enforcement, military and federal agencies. The APX 8000HXE is designed for firefighters and disaster management teams.

Critical Connect is a cloud-based solution that enables any agency connected to the service to communicate between Motorola Solutions’ LMR systems and mission-critical applications. System interoperability and data sharing is fast and secure. Agencies can communicate via voice or Motorola Solutions push-to-talk (PTT) services while sharing broadband data.

The new ASTRO 25 Location on Receive feature enables APX radios to automatically report their coordinates to a mapping application, even while receiving voice calls. The feature provides dispatchers with enhanced situational awareness on P25 Phase 2 systems.

In addition, the LEX L11 public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) device is AT&T certified and designed for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) or similar networks.

Comba Telecom released the CriticalPoint public-safety UHF bidirectional amplifier (BDA), which supports frequencies from 450 to 512 MHz. The product supports internal one- or dual-window filters for various pass bands within the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)-4 enclosure to lower overall costs, reduce installation costs and save space. Additionally, features include support for up to 32 narrowband channels (Class A) or four wideband channels (Class B), channelized automatic level control and channelized squelch (Class A). In addition, NetProtect allows the BDA to automatically turn off the uplink power amplifier (PA) when there is no traffic so noise is not transmitted back to the base station, helping to keep the public-safety network clean.

Scout Select from Avtec offers public-safety agencies three new configurable packages that seamlessly integrate conventional and trunked radios, telephony and broadband technologies, while offering a lower total cost of ownership. Powered by the same technology used in the Scout platform — now available under the rebranded name Scout Enterprise — the new product line provides public-safety command centers with a secure, Project 25 (P25)-compliant system designed to deliver no-fail communications and interoperability among public agencies. Scout Select offers the following packages in basic or advanced configurations:
• Scout 100, a four-button hardware device that controls up to four radio channels or talkgroups
• Scout 400, an expandable, software-based solution to access up to four radio or telephony channels
• Scout 800, a scalable, software-based solution to manage up to eight radio or telephony end points

Catalyst Communications Technologies developed an Analytics Engine for its IP|Console and Propulsion lines of dispatch solutions that provides insights into dispatch operations. The tool, included in new installations and for customers upgraded as part of their annual maintenance program, delivers a data and graphs package. The primary statistical data is call volume over time, which can be tracked for each gateway on a Catalyst radio control over IP system or for the entire system. Calls are measured at user-defined intervals including calls per minute, calls per 60 minutes and more. Typically, calls are captured over 24 hours, and each session can be archived for historical analysis. The controls provide simple visual indications for understanding changes in radio traffic over time. The information can help dispatch centers load balance their work environments, identify resourceful dispatchers and provide insight for planning resources. These analytics can also highlight radio system degradation before failures shut down communications.

Futurecom Systems Group announced availability of a new external 50-watt booster pack option for its PDR8000 portable digital repeater. The repeater provides local on-scene Project 25 (P25) and analog coverage. There is an optional V.24 wireline connection available, allowing connectivity to Motorola Solutions dispatch consoles and voting systems. For agencies using mobiles, the booster pack offers additional output from the 20-watt PDR8000. The booster pack will be available in VHF, 380-430, 450-470, 700 and 800 MHz bands and is housed in a separate suitcase, the same size of the PDR8000 suitcase. The repeater automatically detects the presence of the booster pack and adjusts its operating parameters to be compatible with the booster pack, providing a pre-duplexer output signal of 50 watts. The VHF and UHF products will ship at the end of the fourth quarter, while the 700 MHz and 800 MHz versions will be available soon after. The Futurecom products are sold exclusively through Motorola Solutions worldwide.

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