The UK’s Fylde Micro and Japan’s Icom have officially announced their Mode 3 dPMR equipment. The move follows the announcement of their partnership in January of this year. The results of the development have progressed to the point where the first stage dPMR Mode 3 products are nearing completion.
These components consist of Fylde Micro’s 4th generation controller MultiLingo, and Icom’s dPMR Mode 3 capable IDAS series of terminals and repeaters.
Fylde and Icom will be showing a prototype level system at the upcoming PMR Summit in Barcelona, Spain on 20 and 21 September 2011. The combined product suite is the first one based on the open ETSI TS 102 658 Tier 2 Mode 3 dPMR standards, and will currently be the first trunking and networking capable system to be based on ETSI digital two-way radio standards outside of TETRA.
The initial system capability will be a high quality trunked and networked radio system ranging in size from a single site up to 16 site multi-site trunking operation. Further enhancements planned for 2012 will see the system scope expand to an unlimited number of sites (a theoretical maximum of up to 1000 sites/500,000 subscribers) with telephone interconnect and other features.
Fylde and Icom claim their solution will also be unique in the fact that it will offer an immediate migration path from MPT to dPMR without the requirement of any MPT operation in the IDAS terminals.
The MultiLingo controller will have the capability to encode/decode analogue MPT signals to and from digital dPMR signals and vice versa. This provides the advantage of not requiring a parallel infrastructure set up to allow an MPT and the dPMR digital system to work together.