Hytera showcases latest DMR and TETRA products at PMR Expo 2012

X1p covert radio, mobile DMR repeater, DMR and TETRA dispatch work stations on show for the first time in Europe at PMR Expo2012. James Atkinson reports

Hytera showcases latest DMR and TETRA products at PMR Expo 2012

Hytera had a number of new products on show for the first time in Europe at PMR Expo 2012 in Cologne. First up was the latest in its covert radio range in the shape of the X1p DMR radio.

X1p covert DMR radio

Markus Ottmanns, product director at Hytera Mobilfunk, told Wireless that the X1p first units would be ready for delivery in January 2013. The main difference between the X1p and the original X1e released last year is that the latest version has a full keypad and comes with a 1.8-inch LCD screen. It is IP67 certified and complies with MIL-STD=810 C/D/E/F/G standards.

The X1p is designed for covert use and can be used with a Bluetooth headset or earpiece, as well as supporting PTT. However, it is also aimed at the likes of hospitality staff and others who want a less bulky radio. It only weighs around 200g and is just 21mm thick when using an 1100 mAh Li-ion battery.

Ottmanns says: ‘Some countries laugh at the idea of using DMR for public safety, but others are interested, as you can get a high level of security using DMR, along with redundancy in the network and other essential mission critical features. Poland and Turkey are looking at both TETRA and DMR Tier III, for example. Hytera can supply a full end to end DMR solution.’

RD965 outdoor DMR mobile repeater

Hytera was also showcasing for the first time in Europe its new mobile DMR repeater (pictured in backpack), which fits neatly into a small backpack, but it can also be wall mounted or slotted into an equipment rack. The device measures just 42mm and weighs less than 5kg.

It is compliant with MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G and IP67 standards for use in harsh environments, but it can also be use to boost coverage within large buildings, or to provide radio coverage in tunnels and underground spaces. It supports up to 16 channels and users can switch between them using PC-based RDAC software.

It is designed for use in crisis situations: fire fighters might use it to boost coverage in the field, for example. The GPS module enables command centres to monitor the location of a small mobile network in real time if the device is used as a mobile unit.

Ottmanns said that the device has a low 10w output power and it can be connected via an IP connection to build up a DMR Tier II network. Using a PC-based application, the repeater can monitor, diagnose and control remote and local repeaters (via a USB port). Administrators are able to monitor networked two-way radios.

Back-to-back interconnection of digital and analogue networks can be achieved by wired or wireless IP. When in digital mode, the device supports voice input and output via dual time slots and enables users to record calls.

The 10 Ah smart Li-ion battery pack will last for 8 hours and comes with battery monitoring functions. If the repeater is connected directly to a power source it will also automatically recharge the battery, so if the power fails, the battery is charged.

It is largely aimed at industry and utilities, but perhaps also public safety organisation should they operate a DMR network. It works with the Hytera’s RD985 conventional repeater and is fully ETSI compliant. It can be ordered now and will be delivered in four weeks.

DMR SmartDispatch system

A new product on show at PMR Expo was Hytera’s DMR SmartDipatch system. The system allows radios to transmit their status to the SmartDispatch regularly and automatically. SmartDisptach supports all call types such as individual, group and include call. Radios can be locked and unlocked from the control room.

SmartDipatch is also capable of querying the exact location of data of all GPS-enabled radios in the DMR radio system and provide location history mapping. It supports different geodata and map sources. Users can define sections on the map as work regions and set up geofenced areas to specify a section that users should not leave.

Text messages can be sent to single and groups of radios with full record storage backup, while email protocols SMTP and POP3 are also supported. All incoming and outgoing calls are logged by the system, including calls made to public telephone networks (PSTN).

The system supports session initiation protocol (SIP) for communication with private automatic branch exchanges (PABX) in order to provide a gateway between DMR radios and the PSTN. It can also be used in conjunction with any DMR II equipment supplier by using Hytera supplied software.

TETRA dispatch work station

Ottmanns explained that Hytera’s TETRA dispatcher has a feature set for every industry such as public safety, utilities and transport. The latter, for example, may need extra visual displays of rail and metro lines. The system is fully touchscreen if that is how the dispatcher wishes to operate it.

It has a full feature set, including ongoing call monitoring and management, call history and a quick contacts display; tracking features monitor base station registrations and show where each terminal is and what applications they are using, such as GPS or AVL. 

It also manages SDS (short data services), maps, GPS, AVL. It shows the location of each subscriber in a police call group, for example, and the administrator can enables a call or SDS simply by clicking on a subscriber’s location on the dispatcher.

The TETRA dispach also allows areas to be geofenced, so that if a subscriber leaves a geofenced assigned area, both the user and the controller get sent a warning.

Key highlights include:

Plug-in based architecture for a high expandability

Enhanced scalability

Multi-touch technology

Clear arranged user interface base on a modern WPF framework

Enhanced call, message and GIS features

IP-structure allows a high flexibility in deployment

Ottmanns said the product is designed to satisfy the needs of most subscribers without having to customise it too much, although customisation is available.

Both the TETRA and DMR dispatchers are available for order now with delivery in around four weeks.

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