Month: July 2019

Hytera Makes Its Mark On The Cellular Market

Many companies have previously decided to complete research and development into radios operating over cellular networks. Hytera are the latest company to try their hand at the up and coming technology and in doing so have released the PNC370 and PNC550 PoC radios. Aiming to rival radios from companies such as Motorola, Telo and Icom, Hytera’s PoC devices look set to be an ideal solution for any cellular radio needs.

If you’re looking for a cellular two way radio that isn’t to dissimilar in looks to your more traditional radio then look no further than the Hytera PNC370. Built to IP55 Ingres protection standards the PNC370 has a limited protection against dust intrusion, this whilst also being safeguarded against jets of water from all angles. MIL-STD-810 G ensures the radios continuous operation in a variety of environmental conditions, allowing the PNC370 to withstand temperatures from as low as -20°C through to 60°C. Hytera also understand that radios can be dropped, this is why the PNC370 has a drop resistance of 1.2 meters.

The PNC370 stands at 121mm tall, 55.5mm in width and 24mm whilst weighing just 185g whilst the battery is connected. Coming with the Hytera PNC370 is a 3100mAh Li-Ion battery, this will allow for up to 18 hours of life using a 5-5-90 working cycle. In order to program the radio there is a Micro USB 2.0 connector this alongside a 2.5mm audio jack to connect any accessories to the radio, these are both covered by flaps to ensure that there is no intrusion of dust. On the front of the PNC370 is a 2” Non-Touch display that allows users to view information such as current channel, battery life remaining, network coverage and also information such as the current date and time. Beneath the screen is a partial keypad that allows for the user to accept and reject calls, alongside programmable buttons and a navigation key that allows the user to move through the options on screen with ease.

This radio runs using the Android 5.1 operating system, the same that can be found with older versions of Android Cell phones. A quad-core 1.1GHz processor allowing the PNC370 to smoothly run even after extended periods of use, this also helped out by the 512MB of built in RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Due to the Hytera PNC370 using cellular networks to talk communicate with other radios the device requires a SIM card, the card that is used with the PNC370 is a Micro SIM (12x15mm), this is the card used with cell phones released around 2010 although they can still be purchased today.

The main benefit of using a cellular radio is that the range covered is unlimited, as long as there is service coverage in your area then you are free to send out transmissions even if you’re contacting someone on the other side of the world! Along with the unmatchable range, due to operating on a cellular network a GPS positioning system, when used with dispatcher software, is available to help track both safety and efficiency of workers. Bluetooth 4.1 is also present on both the Hytera PNC370 and the PNC550, this allowing for the connection of selected Bluetooth accessories to the radio meaning no more wires getting in the way of the user whilst working.

The second radio we will be talking about is the PNC550. This is in my opinion one of the most impressive looking two way radios on the market, why? Because it looks just like a mobile phone that you’d use for everyday life.

Although it looks just like a phone you would buy from the store the PNC550s 5” touch screen is made from gorilla glass, this ensuring that it is extremely rugged and will not smash or crack easily. Built to IP68 protection standards the PNC550 has a full Ingres against dust intrusion, whilst also being fully submergible in water for extended periods of time. The Hytera PNC550 is built to MIL-STD-810 G meaning that it can continually operate even in some of the toughest environmental conditions, operating from temperatures as low as -20°C all the way through to temperatures of 60°C.

The PNC550 stands at 156.6mm in height, 76mm in width and 14mm in depth meaning that it is around the same size as your usual cell phone. Other similar aspects to a mobile is that the operating system that the Hytera PNC550 runs on which is Android 8, this means that any features and applications that you would usually find on a Samsung or Huawei phone you can find whilst using this radio. A Qualcomm 1.8GHz processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory means that this PoC radio will be extremely quick, this alongside having a lot of room for storage that can be expanded with the use of a Micro SD card up to 64GB. There are 3 card slots located on the PNC550 with one being for use with the Micro SD as previously mentioned, and the other 2 for Nano-Sim cards, these the SIM cards that are used with all modern smart phones.

Similarly to the PNC370 the PNC550 has a USB 2.0 charging interface, but unlike the former the PNC550 has a 3.5mm common audio interface meaning that normal headphones can be plugged into the device, although they would not work with the two-way radio capabilities. The radio has a 3 colour indicator light flashing either red, yellow or green, this allows for the user to view at a glance should they have a notification on their radio without having to switch the screen on.

As previously mentioned the PNC550 has GPS, this can be used in connection with one of the features that is found on the radio which is a Compass. There are 2 other features that can be found on the PNC550 that use a sensor to operate, these are both a gravity sensor and a proximity light sensor. Two cameras can be found on the radio in similar positions to that of an everyday smart phone, a 13MP on the back side and an 8MP front facing camera, these are the same quality that you would expect to find on any smart phone that is released over the next few years. These cameras will allow the user to take photos of any issues they be having whilst on site, this meaning that a problem may be diagnosed without another member of staff having to come to the rescue to add their input in person.

All things taken into consideration Hytera have certainly made a lasting impact upon their first entry to the cellular two way radio market. If you’d like to know more about either of the radios that have been mentioned in this blog then be sure the check out their dedicated pages on our website, for the PNC370 click here and for the PNC550 click here.

If you’d prefer to speak to someone one to one about the possibilities of these radios, why not call one of our highly trained sales team members on 01425 533 533.

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PD 7 Series- Hytera PD705LT

Hytera have a huge selection of two way radios that are ever advancing. The PD7 series is having a huge affect on the two way radio industry and the PD705LT (Light) is one of the more affordable radios out of the PD7 series, this whilst still being excellent in quality and having a vast amount of features.

Physical Attributes

The Hytera PD705LT is a compact, robust digital two way radio which stands at 119mm tall (with antenna) 54mm wide and 27mm in depth. It is rated IP67 meaning it is incredibly strong and resistant against water and dust. Two robust switches are located at the top of the radio which are the channel selector switch, volume and on/off switch, along with these is the emergency button which can be used to notify your fleet of an emergency with an alarm.

The left side of the PD705LT is where the push to talk (PTT) button and the two programmable buttons are located, many features are available to be programmed into these for ease accessibility in the workplace.

On the right side is where the accessory connector is located which is where earpieces, remote speaker microphones, headsets and other accessories like programming cables can be connected. These accessories can help make the users life much easier when working.

The back of the radio is where the belt clip is attached to the battery. From the picture below you will notice the two screws that allow the belt clip to be screwed onto the radio, this making it more robust and reliable compared to the average belt clip on other similar types of two way radios.

 

Features

48 channels are available with the PD705LT, this being split through 3 zones with 16 channels on each, however at Radiotronics we programme the amount available with the users license. Channel scanning is present which will scan through all the channels to allow the user to find an ongoing transmission. Mixed mode scanning is also present for the users who wish to use analogue and digital two way radios in the same fleet, this could be when a company is transitioning from analogue to digital and they wish to have their new digital radios to connect and transmit to their old analogue radios. Selectable channel spacing can be programmed into a users radio which is great to determine how many channels they wish to have in there block of the radio spectrum. The smaller the spacing between channels the more channels can fit into their zone, but the larger the spacing is between channels the better the reception and audio quality is. With the PD705LT a user can choose between 12.5MHz/20MHz/25MHz as their channel spacing.

Transmit interrupt is available to be programmed into the PD705LT and this allows the user to interrupt any transmissions that may be currently ongoing to notify the whole fleet, usually of an emergency. This is great when the user is wanting to notify the fleet urgently. Another feature that can also be programmed into the PD705LT is lone worker that is incredibly useful for users who work alone. A signal will be sent out after the radio has been in active for a pre-set amount of time and if the signal is answered then the supervisor will know that person is safe, if it isn’t answered to then another signal will be sent out to the rest of the fleet, notifying them that the worker, working alone hasn’t answered and may be unsafe or injured. 5-tone signalling is present, but this is only available in analogue mode. A digital equivalent would be colour code which allows the fleet to make personal calls once programmed. VOX (Voice Activation) allows the user to transmit to their fleet without using the PTT button, this may be useful with compatible earpieces and remote speaker microphones (RSM) that also have this feature. This prevents a user from having to reach down to their radio which may be attached to their hip, freeing the hands to do their job.

Accessories

There are many accessories which are compatible with the PD705LT which can be used for many different reasons. Remote speaker microphones like the SM18N2 can be used with the PD705LT which means the user can transmit information without having to bring the radio to their mouth, the RSM will clip onto the users shoulder or collar creating easy access to their radio.

SM18N-RSM

Earpieces like the Hytera EAN23 can also be connected to the RSM with a 3.5mm jack which means that as-well as having easy access to making transmissions, the user will also be able to hear other people’s transmissions straight to their ear rather than having them broadcast out for everyone to hear. This can be useful for when a user may be in covert, sensitive environments and not wanting the information transmitted to be shared around strangers or people that can’t be listening to the possibly sensitive information.

EAN23-Earpiece

Another earpiece that works amazing in covert, sensitive environments is the D-shape earpiece which is designed to wrap around the ear preventing it from falling off the users ear when moving around. It is comfortable around the ear with the small speaker covering the eardrum giving clear audio. The D shape earpiece connects directly into the radio in use rather than into a remote speaker microphone just like the EAN23 covert earpiece.

D-Shape Earpiece

Headsets like the ECN18 are brilliant for when working on roads or in loud environments such as a construction site. They are noise cancelling headphones which will protect your ears from the loud noises as well as allowing the user to hear other people’s transmissions. Along with this is a microphone that will pick up any voice while blocking out the loud background noises, this could be cars passing you on a motorway when working on roads or a loud drill on a construction site. The ECN18 connects directly to the PD705LT and because of this it would be very unlikely to disconnect.

ECN18-Headset

Chargers

The user will be needing a charger for their PD705LT and depending on how big their fleet is may change what type of charger they need. If a user is buying a larger fleet for the first time they will want to buy a charger like the Hytera MCA08, this is a six unit charger and can hold six radios in one place and charge them all at the same time, in the same place. This is actually more affordable and better for organization rather than buying six single pod chargers. If the user is planning on buying only a couple of radios for the first time without the idea of buying more in the future then the single pod charger or the twin charger is available. The two pods that have been merged together allow the radios to stand back to back while charging only needing one power supply to charge them at the same time.

Twin Charger, Single Pod, 6 Unit Charger

Because of the PD705LT‘s affordability it is available and useful in most work environments, this could be for security, in schools, maintenance, event management or even on construction sites. It’s features enable you to use it in emergency situations and with earpieces, for discretion, it can be used pretty much anywhere except places with gas or oil nearby that may cause damages. ATEX is better off for environments like this.

If you wish to know more in a visual way then watch our comprehensive video where we talk about all of it’s features, the chargers and the compatible accessories that are available with the Hytera PD705LT.

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