Icom releases new PTT satellite radio
Icom has released a new satellite handheld radio that uses the Iridium satellite communication network, providing radio service in remote and isolated areas where there is no mobile phone or landline infrastructure.
Unlike a satellite phone, the IC-SAT100 is operated with a single 'Press to Talk' button and is MIL-spec and waterproof.
"In the event radio or cellular network infrastructure is rendered unusable by human or natural disasters, satellite communication can provide a stable and reliable backup solution," explained Icom's marketing manager, Ian Lockyer.
The IC-SAT100 uses the Iridium satellite network. Using 66 Low Earth Orbit satellites it is said to provide broader, more reliable network coverage compared to Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit satellites.
"Someone at the North Pole could talk to someone at the South Pole; there’s no other two way PTT device that can do this," added Ian.
"The IC-SAT100 will be a perfect communication tool for governments, military forces, humanitarian, multinational, energy-exploration organisation plus any user that need communication in remote, isolated areas or for emergency assistance where terrestrial communication does not exist."
The delay is roughly 500 milliseconds and the IC-SAT100 also features AES 256 encryption providing extra security in communication.
Icom has also introduced the VE-PG4, a radio-over-IP gateway that is based on LTE technology. It acts as an interconnection to various devices including PMR, LTE/PoC Radio, IP phones and also maritime and aviation radio.
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