Sonim Deploys XP8 Devices to Public Safety for COVID-19 Response
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 | Comments

Sonim Technologies announced recent deployments to support first responder and emergency management customers at the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis.

Recent deployments include two states where Sonim rugged Android XP8 smartphones were rapidly configured and provisioned for the state's emergency management personnel. The ability to fully sanitize the devices was a critical need for these deployments.

Another state's health department placed two orders for Sonim rugged Android XP8 smartphones to coordinate communications with a large number of ambulances that are transporting patients between various healthcare facilities to address potential capacity constraints. Cross-agency communications, including among state and federal agencies, is a critical requirement for this deployment. The XP8 met the challenge with its integrated push-to-talk (PTT) capability, interoperability with LMR radios and support for the public-safety dedicated network.

"Sonim is prepared to support deployment of our rugged mobile devices as needed by emergency management and first responder personnel, and particularly those engaged in supporting our local, state and national response to the COVID-19 pandemic," said CEO Tom Wilkinson. "The ability to aggressively clean and disinfect our ultra-rugged smartphone is resonating with emergency management offices as they look to equip their personnel with critical communications equipment that keeps them, their colleagues, their facilities and their families safe."

Sonim said its devices are also well equipped to support the deployment of mobile COVID-19 testing centers and temporary healthcare centers because of the ability to enable critical communications and serve as a rugged hot spot that can provide connectivity for the devices needed in these testing/healthcare centers. As both a phone and a hot spot, Sonim devices support the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) band 14 public-safety spectrum.

The company notes that while the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in XP8 unit deployments in the short term, the additional demand is drawing down inventory placed previously with major U.S. carriers.

"We believe this will be a positive for Sonim in the long term," said Wilkinson. "In the short term, our focus is supporting the carriers and customers to address their needs."

Additionally, Sonim was notified by a major U.S. carrier that it has been designated as an “essential supplier” providing critical services "to ensure first responders, emergency responders, public messaging, 9-1-1 communications and other critical communications remain functional." Select Sonim staff have traveled to support critical deployments of Sonim mobile devices for emergency management services and other agencies as part of this effort.

The company said March 20 that its manufacturing operations in Asia are back to full manufacturing capacity. The company's employees around the world are complying with work-from-home and shelter-in-place requirements set by local governments around the world to ensure their safety and the safety of their communities, a statement said.

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