Bizcom U.S.A. Inc. announced that it has signed a licensing deal with the EFJohnson subsidiary of EFJ Inc. The agreement allows Bizcom to develop and sell mobile and portable radio products incorporating EFJohnson's LTR-Net protocol.

LTR-Net, the networked version of EFJohnson's Logic Trunked Radio (LTR) systems extends EFJohnson's trademarked LTR technology by allowing radio sites to be networked through a switch. The advnancement permits access across wide geographic areas.

Michael Jalbert, EFJ chairman and chief executive officer, said, “This is the latest licensing agreement for the LTR-Net product, and we hope to offer license opportunities to other companies.

“This agreement extends the potential options for LTR-Net users, as well as radio system operators considering upgrading their existing networks,” he added.

“Bizcom is pleased to have this agreement, which gives us two years of exclusive rights to LTR-Net for the 216 to 230 MHz frequency bands,” said David George, chief operating officer and president of Bizcom's wireless division. “Since acquiring the worldwide exclusive rights to Datamarine International Inc.'s narrowband 220MHz radio technology last year, we have been working hard to improve the supply and performance of our wireless products. For us, LTR-Net is a very exciting upgrade that will allow us to provide full featured wide-area networking.”

LTR-Net is backward compatible with most of LTR radios in use. Some of the enhanced features include auto-registration roaming, unique IDs and serial number identification, and protection against unauthorized use of radios on a wireless network.

The EFJohnson Co. provides wireless communications systems solutions for public safety, commercial, and government customers. The company designs, manufactures, and markets conventional and trunked radio systems, land mobile radio repeaters and mobile and portable radios, including Project 25 digital radio products.

Bizcom offers and sells 220MHz analog Specialized Mobile Radio products and licenses emergency management software programs to various end users including government, military, utilities and industry.

The company also plans to continue such product offering and to engage in the development, operation and management of 220MHz SMR wireless voice and data communications services in both the commercial and public safety/emergency management sectors.