*Spotlight: Portable radios and accessories
The TK-5210 Project 25-compatible portable has new features, including a unit ID display on group calls and a single zone/multi-zone scan capability. In addition, an emergency indicator has been added in P25 mode. It is available in three models and meets IP67 submersible specifications and Mil-Spec 810 C/D/E/F standards, according to the company. In addition, the KMC-26 speaker microphone has been updated with internal circuitry changes, so it can be used with the TK-5210 P25 VHF portables, and is intrinsically safe.
The BPR40 two-way portable radio is part of the newly created Mag One line. It offers 8 channels, 12 programmable features and high/low power options.
The WPSAS adaptor harness is specifically manufactured for law enforcement agencies. It lets users add 3.5 mm threaded accessories to portable radios, including earphones, headsets and microphones.
Sony announced that its IPELA SNC-RX550, CS50 and RZ50 network cameras — targeted to the Asian and European markets — are now compatible with Motorola’s Mesh Enabled Architecture (MEA). Leveraging MEA enables the cameras to be used as routers in the network and allows them to be configured to operate in the 2.4 GHz and 4.9 GHz bands, according to Motorola.
Wireless bridge routers
Wave Wireless introduced the Speed-Link 4900 and 5800 series of wireless bridge routers. The 4900 series operates in the 4.9 GHz band, and the 5800 series operates in the 5.8 GHz band. Both feature a 400 mW radio, according to the company.
Marine antenna for unstable surfaces
Astron Wireless introduced the VG2400 and V900 antenna series. The waterproof, omnidirectional antennas are suited for marine applications in fresh- and salt-water environments and offer wide-area coverage, even when installed on unstable surfaces, according to the company.
The company also recently announced that it received a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II award from the Department of Defense to develop an adaptive bandwidth, high-power radio frequency antenna for the non-lethal use of RF energy.
Upgraded VoIP 911 solution
TeleCommunication Systems has added a Master Street Address Guide (MSAG)-based routing feature to its VoIP Positioning Center solution. The application routes 911 calls made from VoIP handsets to the appropriate public-safety answering points. The solution applies to nomadic and static VoIP emergency calls and supports NENA’s recent VoIP position statements on the use of MSAG-based call routing, according to the company.
Broadband wireless transistor
Cree announced the sample availability of its CGH35015, a 15 W packaged gallium nitride, high-electron mobility transistor optimized for broadband wireless access and WiMAX applications operating between 3.3 GHz and 3.9 GHz. It provides 2.5 W of average output power, 11 dB of small signal gain and a 2% error vector magnitude under orthogonal frequency division multiplexing modulation when operated at 28 V, the company said.
4.9 GHz OFDM system
Trango Broadband Wireless released the Atlas P4900M 4.9 GHz, high-speed orthogonal frequency division multiplexing wireless point-to-point system. The system, recently tested and approved by the FCC as a Part 90 device, achieves aggregate transmission control protocol throughput up to 45 Mb/s using OFDM, the company said.
Multi-frequency in-building system
LGC Wireless’ new Fusion SingleStar is an in-building, wireless system that supports multiple frequencies, which in turn lets building owners support multiple carriers through existing electronics and standard building cabling, resulting in zero-loss RF performance, according to LGC.
The EnterpriseIQ real-time wireless production monitoring system from IQMS uses mesh network and embedded wireless technology to let enterprises share real-time production management data remotely throughout the warehouse environment. It also synchronizes network machines tasked with monitoring operations and streamlines operations, according to the company.
Active RFID tag offers location capability
Axcess International announced the Dual Activator, an active RFID tag for automatic tracking of personnel, assets and vehicles. The device connects directly to two transmit antennas that send a radio frequency signal that awakens the tags as they pass through each antenna field, according to the company. It then writes its own ID to the tag, which is then retransmitted, along with the tag’s unique ID, to provide the tag’s location and direction at time of activation, the company said.
Mesh network monitors remote tanks
Millennial Net released a tank-level monitoring solution based on its MeshScape 5424 family of 2.4 GHz wireless mesh and enterprise software, modules and gateways. The solution is targeted to the oil, gas and environmental sectors.
In-building wireless antenna
Laird Technologies introduced the UltraSphere CAF 94895, a micro-miniature, low-profile, in-building wireless antenna that provides as much as 3.6 dBi gain and operates over the wideband frequency range of 800 MHz to 2.4 GHz. This enables six different technologies to radiate through a single antenna device, according to the company.
RFID chips meet ISO/IEC standards
STMicroelectronics released two 2048-bit, long-range, RFID memory products that are compliant with ISO/IEC 15693 and 18000-3 Mode 1 standards for tracking applications. Both products have 2 kilobits of electrically erasable user memory and an on-chip, RF interface operating at the 13.56 MHz carrier frequency, according to the company.
Programmable WiMAX radio
AsicAhead entered the WiMAX market with the Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit, a single-chip, programmable radio that can be reconfigured in the field to support multiple frequency bands and the IEEE 802.16e standards.
Mobile firewall protects hand-helds
ProtectStar launched a mobile firewall for devices loaded with a Microsoft Windows operating system. The ProtectStar Mobile Firewall built for pocket PCs, hand-helds and smart phones provides IP filters for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and other technologies to secure a mobile terminal against unauthorized access, data theft and abuse, according to the company.
The Thales25 radio with GPS software lets supervisors monitor the locations and movements of users via satellite imagery or topographical map software, according to the company. Location data can be transmitted on a push-to-talk or timed-interval basis, the company said.
Integrated wireless sensor platform
Helicomm unveiled an integrated platform for wireless sensor monitoring and location-tracking applications using wireless mesh access points, low-power mobile tags and an application management interface. The system integrates various types of sensors, such as those measuring temperature, pressure, smoke and gas, according to the company.
Temex announced several new frequency components for WiMAX applications. The products include two low-phase-noise voltage-controlled oscillators; one low-phase-noise voltage-controlled, temperature-controlled crystal oscillator; and three high-rejection intermediate frequency surface acoustic wave filters, according to the company.
RFID reader for library applications
TAGSYS has developed a Wi-Fi-enabled, item-level radio frequency identification reader for library inventory tracking and management. The hand-held RFID reader interrogates multiple items (between 15 and 20 items per second). Data is then transmitted via Wi-Fi to the library’s host PC or to a PDA, according to the company.
The H10 series of certified, noise attenuating, two-way headsets offers two models: the NRR 27 dB headband model and the NRR 26 dB hardhat-mount model. Each comes with a dual-shell ear-cup design, stainless spring steel wire arms and a noise-canceling boom microphone. Push-to-talk cables also are available.
The 5300 series of 900 MHz portables includes the P5300 and M5300, which, when combined with the IP capability of the vendor’s OpenSky900 network, facilitate network migration from EDACS or other trunked systems.
The BK Radio DPHx digital portable recently received certification for intrinsically safe operations in hazardous environments. It offers 400 channels, 25 user groups — with 16 channels per group — and optional DES/AES digital encryption features.
Database software now compatible with MOTO Q
Epocrates RX announced that its software used for mobile clinical deployments is now compatible with the Motorola Q, a QWERTY phone that offers mobile e-mail, voice-activated dialing, Bluetooth functionality and wireless Internet access, according to the company. The combined technologies let clinicians transmit data wirelessly and lets them access Epocrates RX’s online prescription reference database, as well as alerts from Reuters Health and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
Stone Mountain’s Gold Motorcycle Communications Series is built around the Sword speaker microphone with headset and remote push-to-talk connectors, emergency button, six-position volume control and an 18-month warranty.
The Blackbox series of two-way radios are built specifically for military, security and public-safety communications. The 4 W radios offer UHF/VHF operation, 16 channels and come standard with a NiHM battery. They can be accessorized with the company’s six-unit rapid chargers, which also are compatible with Motorola, Icom, Kenwood and Vertex Standard radios.
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