goTenna Partners with Sonim to Provide Mesh Networking
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | Comments

Sonim Technologies partnered with goTenna to enhance optimal reliability and connectivity for the Sonim XP8 ultra-rugged smartphone in off-network situations. goTenna's innovative mesh networking protocol is embedded into lightweight, low-cost tactical-grade radio devices and paired with easy-to-use mobile devices and applications enabling mobile, long-range connectivity even without cell, Wi-Fi or satellite.

As more and more first responders and industrial workers use mobile devices in the field, the need to stay connected, especially in demanding and sometimes comms-denied environments, becomes even more critical. Both of goTenna’s professional radio device models, the goTenna Pro and goTenna Pro X, pair with the Sonim XP8 Android smartphone via Bluetooth low energy (LE) or USB tether. The Pro X device model specifically offers compatibility with leading third-party apps, such as the Team Awareness Kit for Android for real-time situational awareness and collaboration. The goTenna radio devices are available as stand-alone units and as a part of ruggedized deployment kits, which store, configure and charge up to 30 units.

“Sonim field engineers trialed goTenna Pro across North America, and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive,” Sonim Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) John Graff. “The application is intuitive, off-grid messaging and location sharing is quick and easy, and most importantly, the solution is affordable. We are thrilled the Sonim XP8 now enables off-grid communications for our heroes in the military, first responders and industrial workers.”

The goTenna Pro and Pro X devices meet Sonim’s ultra-rugged, IP68 performance standards, and have Intrinsically Safe Class I and II, Division 2 Class III, and Divisions 1 and 2 certifications. The devices are dual band with up to 5 W VHF/UHF output and enable mesh networking with a six hop limit per unit.

Like Sonim XP8 handsets, goTenna Pro and Pro X devices meet the demands of austere operating environments. Colorado’s wildland firefighting crews use goTenna to maintain visibility and safety of individual firefighters when cell towers are down, and the Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team in Colorado relies on goTenna to coordinate searches for missing persons in mountainous terrain.

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