FreeWave Technologies launched its newest communications protocol, the FGRIO Modbus multipoint network. According to the company, it eliminates the need for wired connections between the host and the remote terminal unit (RTU). The network facilitates direct analog and digital wireless connections to all FGRIO functions. The master radios deliver data to the RTU or programmable logic controllers through a 232/485 data port and offer a 20-bit analog conversion.
The company also is offering a new solar power kit with a 5 W, 12 V solar panel. It has a 4 A charge controller, a 12V, 7 AH battery and a ruggedized, weatherproof enclosure. Mounting hardware and wiring are included.
Heart device wirelessly transmits data
External counterpulsation systems developer Vasomedical introduced its Electronic Communication Module for the EECP Therapy System. The FDA-cleared EECP external counterpulsation therapy is a non-invasive therapeutic option for angina and heart-failure patients, according to the company. The module uses Bluetooth technology to wirelessly transmit encrypted patient data from the system to a PC.
Reusable RFID tag
Intermec introduced the Small Rigid Tag, a reusable RFID tag built for harsh industrial applications. The tag is equipped with a wide-band antenna, can sustain extreme temperatures from -40° to 250° F and is EPC Gen-2 compliant, according to the company.
Multi-band tactical radio
Harris Corp. unveiled the Falcon III, a multi-band tactical radio with 20 W of output power. It includes embedded encryption for voice and data, as well as a military-grade GPS receiver for timing and situational awareness. The company said it already has received a $1.9 million contract for the radios from the U.S. Navy.
HYT North America unveiled two new portable radios, the TC3000S and TC3600S, which offer multi-channels and zones, dual-tone multi-frequency, two- and five-tone encode/decode signaling and emergency/ANI triggering. The company also unveiled a portable radio for the enterprise sector. The TC1600 is a 0.5 W to 1 W UHF portable radio with eight channels, a 1000 mAh Li-Ion battery and an LCD display.
Dual-mode mobile phone
D-Link launched the V-Click line of dual-mode mobile phones that let users switch between cellular and Wi-Fi networks. The phones feature tri-band GSM and 802.11 Wi-Fi access.
Sub-micro tracking system
Axcess International unveiled the Enterprise Dot, a wireless, sub-micro tracking-and-sensing technology based on a system-on-a-chip design. The technology lets users capture, process and deliver real-time information to help supply chain visibility, mobile-asset management, physical-asset security and access control, according to Axcess. The first product to incorporate the new technology will be a software-definable, battery-powered module for product manufacturers.
Remote tilt antenna
Stella Doradus Group released the Netamorphic Antenna, a remote electrical tilt antenna developed specifically for WiMAX base stations. According to the company, the antenna electronically performs tilting operations from a centrally controlled, network operations center.
Symbol Technologies launched the RD5000, a mobile Gen 2 RFID reader that can be mounted on a forklift in conjunction with the company’s VC5090 vehicle-fixed-mount computer. The reader features cable-free operation, an integrated antenna, Bluetooth technology and wireless connectivity, according to the company.
In other news, Symbol introduced the WT4000, a wearable mobile-computer and scanner system for what the company calls “extreme environments.” It features an IP-54 sealing rating for dust- and splash-resistance and can withstand 4-foot drops onto a concrete floor, according to Symbol.
Portable RF power meter
Keithley Instruments released the 3500, a portable, hand-held, radio frequency power meter. The meter tests mobile phones, wireless LAN devices, RFID readers, WiMAX devices and wireless sensors. It has a frequency range of 10 MHz to 6 GHz.
TETRA IP-based switch
Motorola released the Dimetra IP Compact, an IP-based switch for terrestrial trunked radio (TETRA) private network customers. Users can start with a basic voice system and upgrade to multi-slot packet data, offering a 28.8 kb/s gross data transfer, according to the company.
Wireless ‘blanket’ solution
Belden released a solution that uses a channel-blanket topology to let each radio channel be used at every access point, thereby creating blankets of continuous wireless coverage with no roaming latency or co-channel interference problems. It is fully compliant with IEEE 802.11a/b/g, according to the company.
RELM Wireless introduced 100 W versions of its BK Radio DMH digital and GMH analog mobile radios. The models are now available in 100 W, 50 W and 15 W models, according to the company.
Alcatel introduced its My Teamwork Land Mobile Radio Conferencing and Collaboration solution. The solution lets land mobile radio networks interoperate with any telephony device on traditional, voice-over-IP and next-gen networks, according to the company.
WJ Communications has developed the WJC200, a RFID UHF silicon reader chipset. It meets ECPglobal, Gen2 ISO 18000-6C and ISO18000-6B international standards.
Anritsu introduced Fixed WiMAX test options for RF measurements and demodulation to its MT8222A BTS Master. With the new options, the product now can measure the transmitted signal strength and shape of the selected BTS transmission, according to the company.
Portable tracking devices now offer GPRS
GeoSentry added GPRS wireless communications capability to its family of portable location-tracking solutions. The upgrades affect the company’s MiniTracker, ProXimity Tracker and Stealth Tracker.
Fleet management solution available in U.S.
Radio IP Software announced the Road Partner fleet management solution is now available to the U.S. market, following Radio IP’s acquisition of the company in April. The solution is a wireless vehicle-tracking and fleet-management system offering real-time data reporting of vehicular data.
Wireless IP handset
Vodavi Technology unveiled the NomadIP, a wireless IP handset that can be used in conjunction with the company’s TeleniumIP and XTS-IP communications systems, or within any 802.11b or 802.11g(b) wireless hotspot. The handset features a message wait lamp, a navigation pad, selectable ring tones and call-history log.