Month: April 2018

Icom Entry To The Cellular Market With The IP501H

With many cellular devices being introduced to the market, Icom are the latest to throw their hat into the ring with the soon to be released IP501H. Communicating via LTE (4G) and 3G networks provides a number of benefits for the would be two way radio, allowing communications to be extended over considerable distances compared to that of a normal digital radio.

Many features are present with the IP501H both to increase safety and efficiency within the workforce, this alongside its GPS location tracking and Bluetooth connectivity for specific accessories and functions.

GPS has been named as a key feature companies look for when hoping to increase the efficiency of their workforce, this because it can come in handy when used alongside some of the safety functions that are present with the IP501H. Lone Worker monitors the activity levels of the radio over a pre-set period of time, should the radio not be used within this time-frame a beep will sound from the radio, if still no response then an alert will be sent to a base station or other radios within the network notifying them of the potentially serious situation, this paired with GPS allows for the quick location of said incident.

Standing at just 95mm in height, 59mm in width and 32mm in depth the IP501H has a fairly compact design, but this doesn’t mean that the radio is any less robust than some of the toughest on the market. An IP67 rating means that the IP501H has a full Ingress against dust intrusion, whilst also being safeguarded against submersion in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Alongside the given protection rating it is also built to military standards (MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G), this ensuring its operating in a variety of different environmental conditions, continuing to work seamlessly from as low as -30°C through to 60°C.

High quality audio is provided by a G.726 Vocoder, this beside the use of LTE technologies means that communications using the IP501H are crystal clear. A 500 memory address book allows a wealth of contacts meaning that the IP501H is great for an expanding business with individual, group, talkgroup and telephone lists available. An amass of different communication styles means that differing areas of the business can be split into groups, whilst individual calls can also be made for private conversations.

Enabling the use of full-duplex communications, the IP501H allows users to both talk and receive at the same time, providing a telephone like conversation where communications flow without the need to keep stop/starting speaking.

When purchased the IP501H is supplied with an Antenna and BP-272 1880mAh Li-Ion battery pack, this will supply up to 17 hours of use for the operative, making the radio more than sufficient for working long shifts. Multiple carrying solutions are also supplied with the radio, a MB-135 belt-clip allows for the radio to be kept on the body at all times and ready for use, or if needed a hand strap is also supplied allowing for the operative to keep the radio in their hand at all time. Additional accessories such as earphones, microphones, chargers and higher capacity batteries can be purchased as an additional extra.

Although the IP501H is not supplied with a charger, one that is available as an additional purchase makes use of the radios Bluetooth function. The BC-218 charger cradle and HM-215 speaker-microphone can be used in collaboration, with calls being able to be made with the microphone whilst the radio is charging. Connected to the charging port the microphone is connected via a cable, with this then being able to be connected via Bluetooth to the IP501H, meaning that even when the radio isn’t placed into the cradle the microphone can still be used.

Icom have stated that they believe the radio to be fit for almost any working environment. Highlighting such industries as transportation, event management, railways and security where extended distances are needed to be covered in communications. Although the discreet and compact nature of the IP501H makes it ideal for security, hospitality and retail environments.

The full feature list of the IP501H is available to be seen on our website by clicking HERE. Should you wish to view other posts about cellular devices we have previously written about the Motorola LEX L10i and the Hytera PDC760.

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Hytera’s Solution for Security Patrol and Dispatch

Beacon technology has transformed the way location-based tracking and monitoring operate. Many technologies are already available within the marketplace, with common technologies such as Wi-Fi, BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), RFID and Zigbee providing tracking/monitoring solutions.

Almost a necessity in the security industry, beacon technology allows for staff members to be tracked to their exact location. This useful when needing to demonstrate the whereabouts of a specific member of staff during a pre-determined period of time, also being handy when reviewing a breach of security or other serious instances.

Although other forms of tracking are available they could mean that the user of each individual radio would have to carry an extra scanner, wand, badge or tag, in some cases it may also involve the employer having to pay a monthly subscription fee for this luxury.

Saving both time and money, tagging and radio systems can be merged into one single device via the use of the Hytera Patrol Solution. Designed to be simple, user-friendly and cost efficient, when using Hytera’s Patrol solution it is not necessary to take out another monthly subscription cutting costs associated with similar systems.

A great solution for a variety of working environments, Hytera’s Patrol Solution is currently in operation in shopping centres, campus facilities, leisure destinations and many other campuses across the globe, those that require the patrol of both security personnel and the ordinary workforce.

How it Works

RFID tags are used as part of the Hytera Patrol Solution. RFID tags are made up of both an identification card (POA72) and a checkpoint (POA71), with the checkpoints being installed in the location that needs safeguarding within the premises alongside the intended patrol route of operatives. Using both RFID tags and the Hytera PD415 DMR radio, this with a pre-installed integrated RFID reader, this allows for personnel and assets to be monitored at all times.

Helping to increase safety and security whilst also boosting the efficiency of workers monitoring the intended route, at the start of shifts the user will register their radio with a patrol identification card, this by tapping it against the front of the radio, logging them into the patrol system. Whenever the user passes a checkpoint whilst patrolling their route, the radio is the be held against the checkpoint which scans the location using the RFID technology previously mentioned. Once scanned, the data that is acquired by the reader is then transmitted from the radio to the patrol software supplied by Hytera, a programme that can also be used in the initial mapping and route planning stage.

Any time an ID card is scanned it is recorded and stored, this means that should an incident occur then the location of operatives at the time can be analysed. A repeater or mobile radio is able to be used as the receiving station for this software, whilst the patrol system can also be connected via IP allowing for the monitoring team to be located on a separate site to the system in place, also allowing for the data to be transferred at a later time should coverage not be sufficient.

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Communication Solutions: Kenwood TK-D240 & TK-D340

Radiotronics are currently offering Kenwood’s TK-D240 and TK-D340 for £150*. This includes everything needed for a starter system for a business, with radio body, battery, antenna and charger all included. The TK-D240 is the VHF version of this radio, whilst the TK-D340 is the UHF equivalent.

The TK-D240/340 are an innovative set of radios from Kenwood. Benefitting from an amass of features, the one that truly makes these radios from Kenwood stand out is its ability to operate with dual-mode on a singular channel, making use of both DMR and analogue to have two conversations at once. A high grade professional radio, Kenwoods TK-D240/340 is suitable for a variety of working environments. 32 Channels allow for sufficient communications between a small to medium sized business, with these being split across two zones allowing for allocations across multiple business sectors.

IP55 rating means that these radios are protected partially against dust intrusion, whilst also being safeguarded against splashes of water from all angles. Both the Kenwood models have been tested to military standards (MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G), ensuring its reliability in a variety of weather conditions such as high and low temperatures, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog and varying levels of humidity.

Offering easy operating use, features such as voice annunciation make switching between channels easy, notifying the user what channel they are now broadcasting over without having to look down at the radio. Designed to be slim with an ergonomically stylish design, the TK-D240/340 stands at 121.4mm high, 54mm wide and 33.8mm in depth. This design allows for the radio to be easy to grip and operate, whilst also remaining both robust and reliable.

Radiotronics have previously sold these radios to a variety of differing industries, due to its flexibility this allows for the TK-D240/340 to be useful in many situations. A common radio found at live events, security teams who we have supplied with their communications equipment often find these radios in use at sporting events or live music events across the country. Due to its compact design, another common use is within the retail and hospitality sectors, the radios sleek design allows for the discreet use especially when paired with one of the many accessories available.

Should your business be looking to invest into a new communications system the Kenwood TK-D240/340 is an ideal solution, now at the low price of £150* this allows you as the operator to get even more out of your business communications at a lower price.

*Prices accurate as of 03/04/18

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