Kenwood has announced the introduction of its ETSI compliant NEXEDGE dPMR digital two-way radio system. The move is part of Kenwood’s overall strategy to be a major manufacturer of professional two-way radio communications equipment across all sustainable digital PMR technologies and protocols.
The company revealed that it would be launching ETSI compliant dPMR products at the PMR Expo show in Cologne, Germany in November 2012. Kenwood also announced at the same time that it would be unveiling a range of DMR two-way radio products later in 2013. Up to now Kenwood’s NEXEDGE range has been based on the NXDN protocol, a non-ETSI standard protocol.
The introduction of NEXEDGE dPMR means that customers who require an ETSI compliant, multi-vendor, open standard digital communications solution, can now select Kenwood equipment secure in the knowledge that it has been built on the proven performance and reliability of NEXEDGE, with over 700,000 devices in service across the world.
NEXEDGE dPMR offers many of the benefits of NEXEDGE NXDN including outstanding voice quality, extended range, increased security, flexibility, economy and true 6.25 kHz spectrum efficiency, the company said.
Mike Atkins, managing director, Kenwood European Headquarters (Communications) commented: ‘NEXEDGE dPMR has been developed as an ETSI compliant, simple and cost-effective conventional system. We expect strong demand from larger customers including public sector users employing voice communications but requiring the capability to accommodate multiple user groups once NEXEDGE dPMR is established.’
Kenwood said the new system will also naturally appeal to SMEs looking for infrastructure-free communications with the increased range, security and sound quality of digital.
The launch of NEXEDGE dPMR follows the successful completion of interoperability tests carried out by the dPMR Association on Kenwood repeaters, mobile radios and hand portables to ETSI Standards TS 102 658 Modes 1 and 2 on 18 April 2013.
See also: Kenwood to produce dPMR and DMR radios alongside Nexedge in 2013