News Briefs – Thursday, July 13, 2006
Sprint, Motorola partner on rugged handset
Sprint Nextel and Motorola jointly launched the Motorola i580, a rugged iDEN handset featuring an embedded camera, clam-form factor and Bluetooth wireless technology. It is designed to meet military specifications 810 F for rain resistance, dust, shock and vibration. It also provides Sprint’s Nextel walkie-talkie capability for one-on-one, group and off-network communications.
DoD contract includes RFID technologies
ODIN Technologies chose Symbol Technologies to support its recent contract awarded from the U.S. Defense and Logistics Agency, a Department of Defense agency, tasked with providing supplies and services to American military forces. Symbol’s XR400 series of fixed readers and AN400 antennas are part of a UHF RFID solution used to automatically indicate the receipt of incoming RFID-tagged shipments from DoD suppliers, according to Symbol. The contract has an estimated value of $14.2 million.
Netherlands hospital installs WLAN
Walcheren Hospital in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, recently deployed Trapeze Networks’ WLAN throughout its cardiology and pediatrics wards. The system enables physicians to capture digital electrocardiogram images from a patient’s bedside and study them wirelessly from any location, according to the company.
NICE partners with Motorola on IP solution
NICE Systems collaborated with Motorola to develop a public-safety, IP trunked radio recording solution for enhanced interagency interoperability. The recording system was designed to work with the MCC 7500 dispatch console and Motorola’s ASTRO 25, mission-critical IP dispatch solution. It is exclusively sold by Motorola, according to NICE.
WiMAX system launched
Maxtel, a subsidiary of French-based consortium Altitude Telecom, released Anymax, a solution for wireless broadband coverage in large towns. The device affixes to street lamps and includes a WiMAX base station and an accumulator that powers the system by recharging from the street lamp’s power supply, according to the company. The starting cost of each installed based station will be about $6500.
E-book profiles emergency communication scenarios
MessageOne announced a free e-book, “101 Uses for Emergency Notification,” that profiles 101 emergency communication scenarios. The book discusses emergency communication situations ranging from natural disasters, bank robberies, product recalls and more.
Ohio town chooses FireRMS to wirelessly transfer data
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, has selected Bio-key’s FireRMS mobile product for its fire department to update remote field data collection and reporting management capabilities. According to Bio-key, the department will be able to collect data and sent it wirelessly back to headquarters.
Disaster management training simulator unveiled
The latest Advanced Disaster Management Simulator from Environmental Tectonics is a laptop-based training simulator that trains responders in the four Cs of disaster management: command, control, coordination and communication.
Companies partner on antennas
Radio Waves is partnering with Eupen Cable to let current customers source microwave antennas and elliptical waveguides as a single package. The waveguides cover the frequency range from 5.8 GHz through 13.25 GHz.