*spotlight: Consoles, loggers, recorders
Dual directional coupler
Innovative Power Products released its Model IPP-3001 dual directional coupler. The product covers the 20 MHz to 500 MHz frequency range, provides separate coupled ports for forward and reflected signals and rates 1000 W of continuous radio frequency power, according to the company.
IDA recently released its voice-over-IP (VoIP) mini-console, desktop remote controller for wireless communications. The console offers remote control of up to eight base station radios through an Ethernet local area network (LAN), WAN or across the Internet.
Eventide’s DIR911t is the company’s next-generation, stand-alone, instant-recall recorder based on the Linux operating system. It offers two or four telephone/auxiliary recording channels of digital recording and the company’s IntelliClear variable speed adjustment, which lets the operator slow down and play back recordings without changing pitch or degrading the sound quality.
Hark Tower Systems
Hark’s MapNOC software module runs on top of its network operations center database software to deliver real-time information regarding tower-site data. The software lets users view tower locations and street details based on latitudes and longitudes, find contact details for specific locations or filter by the current tower selected in the database. Towers with alarms are highlighted in red and displayed on a pop-up screen, the company said.
M/A-COM’s C3 Maestro IP Dispatch Console is an IP-enabled dispatch product built for the VIDA network, which includes the Project 25IP, OpenSky and NetworkFirst platforms. The system uses digital audio technology and software-enabled voice encoding and decoding for end-to-end secure communications. A customized graphical use interface lets users configure their working environment, according to the company.
Roadside communications network architecture
Motorola announced MOTODRIVE for the 5.9 GHz band. The product is a wireless, roadside network architecture that supports the Department of Transportation’s Vehicle Infrastructure Integration initiative, which explores whether broadband wireless technologies can reduce traffic accidents and congestion through vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside wireless communications using off-the-shelf components, the company said. The product already has been tested and approved for the 2.4 GHz band.
In other news, Motorola announced a new suite of wireless security services for enterprise customers. The suite offers myriad planning, prevention and monitoring services designed to improve network security, including security assessments, design and implementation services, policy development and incident-response planning.
Ascom Wireless’ i75 voice-over-Wi-Fi handsets now leverage Texas Instruments’ TNETV1700 WLAN IP platform. The handsets offer extended talk and standby time, while supporting the following Wi-Fi standards: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11i and 802.11e, according to the company.
RFID reader/tags for warehouses
LXE and RF Code have created a hybrid, real-time locating system based on LXE’s RX1 rugged truck-mounted RFID reader and RF’s Tavis Mobile Suite. The suite lets passive RFID tags serve as reference points for a real-time location system in a warehouse environment. Combined with the reader, the operator is able to pinpoint the placement of specific pallets and assets.
UltraVision Security Systems’ LifeLocator uses rugged sensor technology to locate trapped victims who are moving or breathing. The sensor can detect motion from 20 feet away and breathing from 15 feet away. It then sends data to a hand-held PDA that displays the data, including the rate of motion or rate of breathing coming from the victim.
TerraWave Solutions introduced a line of 2.4 GHz omnidirectional patch and panel antennas for WLAN deployments. The antennas are designed for the 802.11 and enterprise mobility marketplace, according to the company.
Wireless modules for M2M communications
QuaTech released its next-generation Airborne 802.11 embedded wireless modules and AirborneDirect 802.11 external wireless networking products for OEM machine-to-machine communications applications. Products in the line offer connection rates based on the 802.11g standard; available devices include server and bridge modules, a wireless device server and a wireless Ethernet bridge.
California Eastern Laboratories released the UPG2157T5F single pole, double throw GaAs MMIC switch. The device features high-power handling for linearity, low-insertion loss and internal termination of unused ports across WiMAX bands, and operates on frequencies from 0.5 GHz to 6 GHz.
WLAN backbone system
Meru Networks’ Wireless Backbone System is designed for IT organizations deploying a WLAN infrastructure. The system consists of the company’s new AP150-WB dual-radio access point for low-density environments; an RS4000-WB radio switch; an AP208-WB software-enabled access point; and a software application for its line of WLAN controllers.
RFID tag monitors cargo environments
Savi Technology’s SensorTag ST-673 and ST-674 are active RFID tags that monitor cargo temperatures. Users can program the ruggedized tag to gauge temperature and humidity levels for specific cargo, the company said. When programmed, the tags intuitively record environmental stability and send a real-time alarm to fixed- or mobile-RF readers to notify users of a specific problem.
RF safety training video
DCI released a two-hour, RF safety training video that provides guidance on working safely in non-ionizing RF environments. The video includes data on regulations, government compliance and safe work practices at RF sites.
Reusable RFID tags for harsh environments
Intermec’s new RFID large rigid tag is rugged, reusable and capable of withstanding temperatures from -40° to 250° F (-40° to 121° C). The tag is compatible with RFID readers that support EPC Gen 2 or ISO 18000-6B standards and comes with a broadband antenna that performs on a wide range of materials, including metal, plastic and wood.
Emergency communications package
Iridium’s emergency communications package is based on its current offerings for mobile, interoperable voice and data communications. According to the company, the system can help track and redirect critical supplies, vehicles and personnel needed to respond to an incident. The package can be customized to include satellite phones, voice and data transceivers, vehicular mounts, solar chargers and an interoperability platform.
RFID mobile computer, reader
Metrologic Instruments introduced the SP5800 Series Maximus and MR600 Series Impulse to its line of RFID readers targeted to the supply-chain management market. The Maximus is a rugged, mobile computer supporting UHF (915 MHz) and HF (13.56 MHz) RFID applications, such as item-level tagging or smart-card reading. The Impulse is a multi-protocol, fixed-RFID solution for applications using only one set of antennas. It supports EPC- and ISO-compliant UHF RFID tags, the company said.
Interoperable emergency response device
Telus launched SafetyNet, an interoperable mission-critical emergency response communications device. The product has an IP infrastructure that supports an emergency management operating system — a Web-based notification system that can send data to users with wireless devices.
DC-DC battery chargers
GEM Power’s DC-DC Intelligent Battery Charger has a microchip that checks the battery condition every few seconds. The battery then intuitively pulls a charge as needed from a direct current power source. Prototype devices were recently field-tested by the Redlands, Calif., Police Department, the company said.
Avtec’s DSPatchNet console system provides interoperable communications in multi-line, multi-operator environments and supports more than 512 consoles over LANs or WLANs. The system offers VoIP capabilities as well as automatic redundancies that keep the system running if a component fails.
Plant Equipment’s ORION CADStar is a computer-aided dispatch application for small and medium-sized call centers. It has a map-centric design with a display engine for real-time CAD applications. It also can detect duplicate calls, display multiple incidents, list premise history and provide HAZMAT information.
Stancil Solutions’ TEN-4 is a multi-channel, digital voice recorder with 160 GB or 250 GB hard drives in RAID 1 or RAID 5 configurations. It runs on the Windows XP operating system.
Zetron recently released the SIP Console, an end-to-end VoIP radio dispatch system. The system can co-reside within a user’s session initiation protocol telephony network and share the same infrastructure, according to the company.
NICE Systems offers the NICELog, an end-to-end IP recording system that captures audio and trunked radio data directly from the voice network interface controller component of M/A-COM’s OpenSky network. Users can capture detailed data with each transmission, including time and date, talk group ID, alias and unit ID.