Simoco SDM Mobile Radio Soon to include P25 Phase 1 & 2 Compatibility
Simoco Wireless Solutions has extended the capabilities of its proven SDM mobile radio terminal to include compatibility with the P25 digital radio standard which is in common usage with public safety organisations throughout the world, especially in Australia and North America. P25 is renowned for its reliability and security as well as its interoperability, making it a standard of choice for co-ordinating emergency response among fire, police and ambulance globally. The Simoco SDM range is compliant with both P25 Phase 1 (P25 I) and the enhanced P25 Phase 2 (P25 II) version, which offers higher density of users on the same frequency.
SDM a Proven Track Record
The Simoco SDM mobile radio terminal has long been recognised as the workhorse of the two-way radio world with its ability to offer everything from analogue to conventional radio through to digital standards like DMR Tier II and trunked radio standard DMR Tier III as well as MPT1327. Sold all over the world and in use in a wide variety of settings from government and public transport to mining, oil and gas power generation and distribution, the SDM provides a clear upgrade path for customers at different stages of their mobile radio journey.
Greater choice for Government Radio Networks (GRNs)
The inclusion of P25 Phase 1 and Phase 2 opens up the public safety market for Simoco in Australia and North America as well as parts of Asia and the Middle East where the standard is also adopted. According to Peter Scarlata, CEO of Simoco Wireless Solutions Australasia, this will provide much-needed competition in the P25 terminal market. “Large GRNs throughout Australia had very little choice in sourcing mobile terminals for their P25 networks other than to take what was on offer from the original manufacturer, usually an overseas supplier. Now we have a product developed and supported in Australia which can provide some much-needed competition with the added advantage of technical sovereignty of a locally developed product.”
P25 II Secure and Reliable at Times of High Stress
P25 II is a major step forward in the development of the public safety standard as it effectively doubles the capacity of Phase 1, which is important to ensure the lines are kept open in densely populated urban areas during an emergency situation. With additional security features like AES encryption, P25 II means that police, fire and ambulance services can safely collaborate over a common network at times of high stress. “We have enjoyed great success with the SDM as part of our overall DMR II and III product range but given P25’s dominance in the public safety market, it was important that we had a compatible product to give us access to this market,” Scarlata added.
As well as offering a wider choice to existing users of P25 standard networks, Simoco is targeting public safety customers looking to migrate to P25 in the future but not yet ready to make that move because of investment in other technologies like analogue or DMR, or budget restrictions. Scarlata continued: “With SDM terminals we can offer them a cost-effective migration path. They can equip their vehicles with SDM radios today and use them on DMR or analogue networks immediately. Then they retain that investment when they are in a position to move to P25, without having to swap them all out again.”
Integration With Velocity to Add Mobile Data Applications
As well as being fully compatible with all the major P25 manufacturers the SDM mobile can also integrate with Simoco’s intelligent edge computing device, Velocity, which can be used to provide data services for emergency services vehicles; effectively turning them into mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. A police car, fire truck or ambulance could be equipped with SDM radios for normal two-way radio but, with the addition of Velocity, this can open up a whole range of data services like video streaming for body worn cameras or ‘push to talk over cellular’ using LTE or satellite communications for use in areas where there is no P25 signal access. This could be of particular benefit to police forces operating outside urban areas, where radio coverage may be patchy.
The Simoco SDM range has a number of additional features that make it a strong option for addition to any radio network, be that P25, DMR or analogue. As well as being designed to high specification military standards to work in harsh environments, it offers full duplex calling and high sensitivity so that it works more effectively in fringe areas where the radio signal is weaker. It also has the option of Bluetooth connectivity and an API to allow users to develop a whole range of bespoke applications. And critically for emergency services, it also supports lone worker alerts.
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