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Latest news and information on ICOM two-way radios.

License-free Radio for Wireless Networks

Icom has announced a new concept in radio communications, a Wi-Fi radio.  The new Icom IP100H radio easily connects to any existing wireless local area network (WLAN). Offering scalable, license-free communication using standard wireless network products. Businesses with wireless networks already in place can quickly establish high-quality mobile communications within their IP network. The IP100H radio can move freely within the IP network, automatically connecting to the closest access point, then moving between access points automatically. You can easily expand coverage of your radio system by simply adding WLAN access points. Communications between different remote locations can be established by connecting their networks via VPNs.

As with other two-way radios, the IP100H allows instant push-to-talk communications between individuals or groups (unlike cell phones). Since communication is over a digital network, sound quality is superior to traditional analog radio communications, comparable to cellular phones. But there are no monthly cell phone charges!  And no FCC radio licenses are necessary either, because the IP100H uses standard Wi-Fi networking products as it's infrastructure.

The IP100H radio is a compact, yet powerful device. Measuring only 3.7 inches high, and weighing 7.2 ounces. Making the IP100H one of the smallest professional radios on the market.

IP100H Radio Highlights
  •  License-free radio using standard wireless network
  •  Compact and lightweight
  •  Up to 27 hours of operation
  •  Telephone-like full duplex communication with headset
  •  Superior reliable sound quality
  •  Built-in encryption uses high security wireless protocols WPA-PSK and WPA-PSK2
  •  Vibration function for incoming calls
  •  Waterproof in accordance with IPX7


To Support the IP framework Icom has announced 3 other products.

IP100C Controller

The Icom IP100C Controller connects to a wireless network, and manages the radio devices. It allows groups of users to communicate within other groups. Individual calls are also possible.  It communicates with third-party manufacturers' Wi-Fi access points, so it easily installs with your existing wireless network.

Users can talk concurrently in full duplex – much like talking on a regular telephone, by enabling this feature within the IP1000C controller and using a headset with the IP100H radio.

  • Each IP100C controller can manage up to 100 devices
  • Up to 11 IP1000C controllers can be interconnected
  • Can be used in all standard wireless networks
  • Easy to install
  • Manages individual, group, or "all-area" calls

    

IP100FS PC-Based Dispatcher

Icom's new IP100FS is an optional PC-dispatcher software package, and serves as an additional radio in your IP network. Installable on your Windows PC, this software creates a dispatch radio. It handles all types of calls: individual, group calls, or text messages. Text messages can be either free text or predefined messages.

The IP100FS has a map feature allowing you to see where in the network your radios are connected.  Most programming updates can be done remotely over the network using this software, eliminating the need to bring radios in each time a change is made.

  • Runs on your Windows PC
  • Functions like a traditional radio base station system
  • Uses the computer's built-in sound system
  • Map function to locate radios in the network
  • Remotely update radios in the field

    

AP-90M WLAN Access Point

The AP-90M is Icom's compact Wi-Fi access point. Although any third-party access point can be used, the AP-90M handles both 5 and 2.4 GHz spectrum bands with a built-in high safety standard for encryption. The access point is equipped with various features such as load balancing, packet filters, and support for the PoE function.

  • IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatibility
  • Handles 5 and 2.4 GHz bands simultaneously
  • IEEE802.11af PoE compatible
  • External antenna



Ideal For Many Settings:

  • Warehouses
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels/Resorts
  • Museums/Conventions
  • Shopping Malls/Retail Stores
  • Schools/Universities/Campus Environments
  • Hospitals/Care Facilities
  • In fact, anywhere with Wi-Fi access!
     
 
New Digital Radios - A Revolution Is Underway

Remember analog TV? The picture was fuzzy and functions like video on-demand were not possible. Today's digital TVs have pictures so clear they seem better than reality sometimes. And you can stream video from numerous sources, surf the web, or make video phone calls.
 
The same transformation occurred with phones. Voice distortion, background noise, and static are common in analog phones. Think 'cell phones' when you think about the quality of digital voice communications. Yes there may be some dead spots, but generally the audio is very clear. And let's not forget about all the apps now available for smart phones. You can find a near-by coffee shop, text your next appointment to say you're running late, or get a map and directions to where you are headed. Digital technology brings with it capabilities that allow for a multitude of new functions.

 

The Digital Revolution & 2-Way Radios

The digital revolution is beginning to make a real impact on 2-way radio communications. Today's new digital radios deliver the clarity of cell phone audio, along with added functions such as text messaging. Not to mention advantages such as longer battery life and double calling capacity. Will there be a “smart” 2-way radio? As with cell phones and TVs, we are beginning to see new functions. And once digital applications become widely available the business justification for moving to digital becomes even stronger.

But you don't need to chuck all your old analog radios just yet. Today's digital two-way radios have dual analog and digital capability. Allowing you a smooth transition to the digital world. But digital radios, when operated in digital mode, can provide better voice quality, longer battery life, improved coverage, enhanced functions such as text messages, additional call management features, and greater privacy inherent in the way digital voice transmissions work.

Vertex Standard recently announced a new series of digital radios. The eVerge EVX Series includes the EVX-261, EVX-S24, EVX-531, EVX-534, and EVX-539 handheld radios. Priced on-par with mid-range analog radios, the new radios are similar to Vertex's popular VX-231 and VX-450 series in terms of features and function. However, they've added dual digital / analog capability for very little price increase. They've also announced 2 new digital mobile radios, the EVX-5300 and EVX-5400 mobile radios. Again building off their popular VX-4500 / VX-4600 series radios but adding digital capability.

Icom has recently announced a number of new digital radios, the IC-F1000D, IC-F2000D low-cost radios, IC-F3230D and the IC-F4230D and IC-F3260D mid-tier radios, and the IC-F3400D and IC-F4400D high-end radios. Again, these radios are priced very competitively to their analog counterparts.


 

Why Move to Digital Now?

So why consider digital 2-way radio now? Because 2-way radios are an investment in your business' competitiveness. Most businesses report having their radios for 10 years or more. There is so much more you can do with digital technology beyond talking. Who could have imagined all the new capabilities a cell phone would have once smart phones and their applications arrived? The same will be true of digital two-way radios going forward. As new applications are developed to address key business requirements, digital 2-way radios will give real advantages to those businesses who adopt the technology. Now with digital radios priced closer to their analog cousins, maybe it's time you considered digital radios for your next purchase.

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