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.