First-gen UWB radio
Pulse-Link introduced its PLK23300-EVK evaluation kit, a first-generation ultrawideband radio designed for laboratory use. Later this year, the company plans to unveil a chipset version of the EVK, which delivers data rates capable of supporting multimedia and HDTV data streams at wireless local area network ranges. EVK can be incorporated into mobile and fixed security devices used in airports and maritime ports.
Microwave digital radio
Harris Corp. has added the Truepoint 4000 digital radio, which is designed to add flexibility to microwave backhaul systems while simplifying their maintenance. Designed for point-to-point wireless applications, the Truepoint product family can deliver service from 4 Mb/s to 180 Mb/s at frequencies ranging from 6 GHz to 38 GHz.
Most microwave networks require deployment of five different radios, but the Truepoint 4000 replaces the five-radio set with one radio, simplifying training and maintenance.
Tri-band P2T handset
Nokia unveiled the Nokia 6101 tri-band P2T handset, which is available in two versions: a GSM 900/1800/1900 internaional version and a GSM 850/1800/1900 model targeted toward the Americas. Nokia anticipates shipping the handset in the second quarter of 2005. Other features include a VGA camera and Nokia Xpress audio messaging, which lets users record and send voice messages over the GPRS network. Once a message has been received, it can be stored in the phone and played when desired.
Secure remote connectivity solution
GoRemote Internet Connections unveiled a single enterprise-class solution for mobile users that lets them securely connect remotely using almost any kind of wireless access, including 3G, free Wi-Fi hotspots and in-flight Wi-Fi. This GoRemote Mobile Office Revolution solution is designed to provide more efficient access to mobile users while allowing IT and finance departments to better control access to corporate data.
Expanded test solution for P25 radios
Aeroflex has upgraded its IFR 2975 radio test set to enable testing of the PassPort protocol. With Release 1.9.1, downloadable for free, Aeroflex becomes the first company to support complete testing of PassPort radio systems, the company said. Other user options include P25 explicit messaging, P25 secondary control channel broadcast messaging, P25 adjacent status broadcast messages, and P25 unit-to-unit/public network interconnect.
Three-radio solution for mesh networks
MeshDynamics unveiled the MD-300 mesh networking solution that will yield bandwidth 50 times greater than the capacity provided by traditional mesh networks. MeshDynamics’ three-radio structured mesh features a set of algorithms that use two 802.11a radios per backhaul path per node and a separate service radio — typically an 802.11b/g radio — to eliminate latency issues found in many one-radio-per-node systems.
*spotlight: Two-way radios and accessories
The P7100IP and M7100IP IP-based, public-safety-grade radios are now available in P25 trunking mode and in VHF, UHF and 800 MHz frequency bands, with optional DES or AES encryption. Both radios are compatible with existing P25-compliant trunking systems.
The 4000 Plus Power System is a Li-Ion 7.5V battery and charging system for Motorola XTS-3000 and XTS-5000 radios. Rated at 4000 mAh, the system lets users charge the 8.6 oz. battery and use the radio while receiving unlimited usage/talk time, the company said. The system is available as an AC/DC charger, vehicular charger or in a six-bank charger configuration.
The TK-5210 VHF P25-compatible portable radio is available in three models that feature a new design platform. It meets IP67 submersible specifications and Mil-Spec 810 C/D/E/F standards while offering 512 channels, 16 zones and up to 250 personalities. Kenwood claims TK-7160(H)/8160(H) mobile radios offer 128-channel/128-zone capability, voice inversion scrambling and support the FleetSync computer-aided dispatch system.The VHF/UHF mobiles meet or exceed Mil-Std 810 C/D/E/F.
Innovative Circuit Technology
The CS120-12AG/KEN11 is a complete base station that incorporates a factory-assembled ICT switching power supply with the BASE-KEN11 base station cover. The unit provides a compact mobile-radio base station housing that can be customized for Kenwood TK7180 and TK8180 mobile radios.
California Eastern Laboratories
The company announced it will distribute two medium-power SiGe HBT transistor amplifiers from NEC. The 800 mW NESG250134 and 1 W NESG260234 are designed for FRS, GMRS and SMR applications and can serve as low-distortion amplifiers for return-path applications in CATV infrastructure networks, the company said. They deliver high gain with high-collector efficiency to reduce DC power consumption in hand-held, battery-powered products.
Part of Motorola’s Value Line radio series, the VL50 offers the following features: 1 W of power; up to eight channels; 56 selectable VHF frequencies; 121 interface eliminator codes (38 analog and 83 digital); and 12 hours of battery life. All models include a drop-in radio and battery charger, a rechargeable Li-Ion battery and a carry holster. Also available are Icom’s F1721D series mobiles and F70D series portables, which let users program P25 digital and/or FM analog mode per channel. Multiple-tone signaling capability and an optional voice scrambler satisfy analog FM system requirements.
North American Battery
The company announced it would have approval by late 2005 to produce batteries equivalent to the following Motorola models: NTN4596C, RNN4007 and HNN9010AR.
Icom awarded Klein a contract for its Shield military-specification shoulder microphone. The microphone has a 3-inch rotating steel clip, strong strain relief, 3.5 mm audio port and thick heavy-duty cable. It is available with all Motorola, Kenwood and Icom connectors.
The C7400ER battery analyzer offers four stations, each of which can be programmed to charge and discharge at 6A, adjustable in 25mA increments. The analyzer accommodates nickel, lead and lithium-based batteries with voltages from 1.2 V to 36 V (28.8 V for nickel-based). Batteries interface with SnapLock adapters that automatically configure the analyzer.
The Motobridge IP interoperability solution lets first responders communicate with each other from different radio systems. The platform uses standard IP, operates over both mission-critical and commercial-IP networks, offers distributed control points to eliminate single points of failure and is expandable, the company said. Motobridge’s IP softswitch also provides features such as emergency-unit identification.
The new RM Series is an expansion of RELM’s RP Series platform of portable mobile radios launched in 2002. The radios operate in the 136 MHz to 174 MHz VHF, 430 MHz to 470 MHz UHF or 470 MHz to 512 MHz UHF bands, with a high-power (45 W) and a low-power (22 W) model for each band. All products have received FCC-type acceptance and Industry Canada certification.