Hytera launched a new application called SmartOne at PMRExpo 2015 in Cologne (24-26 November 2015), which enables different radio systems to intercommunicate. SmartOne seamlessly connects different radio standards such as TETRA, DMR or MPT1327 analogue trunking networks, directly together via the new application.
SmartOne is particularly aimed at public safety organisations, which are increasingly having to manage more complicated radio communication environments and connect users of different radio standards together to enhance operational capabilities.
Speaking to Wireless at the show, Kai Hartmann, product manager with Hytera Mobilfunk, (Hytera’s German arm) explained: ‘SmartOne connects different networks and patches them together. It also provides a wide range of dispatch functionalities such as voice calls, GPS positioning services, messaging functions and voice recording.’
He added that the software can be expanded by a series of plug-ins, for example, displaying IP-connected CCTV cameras or web-based applications. ‘You can add other browser-based applications, so you don’t need to re-write the main software to accommodate them. That makes it a very flexible system to configure.
‘You also have complete freedom to define which users have access to which networks, call groups, applications and devices. You might confine some users to a TETRA network and others to DMR, or mix them up.’
Hartmann said that all the different workplaces can be connected to just one centralised server to provide different ways to connect: via web browsers or using an IP-based connection.
A gateway can also be connected to the server to provide a connection to the radio terminals. Using the centralised software people can talk via the gateway to DMR and TETRA radios, for example, at the same time to achieve a simulcast call.
‘The main customers for this product are those that often want to connect to different networks. For example, someone on a TETRA network might want to make a long distance call and they can be patched into a cheaper alternative, such as a fixed telephony network,’ said Hartmann.