DAMM has launched the world’s first VHF TETRA radio at CCW 2019. With the new VHF FT5 radio, it becomes possible to utilize the extra coverage that can be obtained with VHF and maintain all the industry-leading features offered with TETRA.
The VHF FT5 is the result of a joint project between DAMM and Funktel GmbH and includes the following key features:
•3W output power supporting infrastructure savings due to wider coverage
•Full, proven TETRA feature set
•Robust and shock resistant rubber coating to protect against drop damage
•Outdoor usage with IP65 protection
•Positioning – GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou
Explaining the reason for developing this new VHF TETRA radio, Senior Director Engineering Jochen Bösch says that, “Our customers have long been asking for a VHF TETRA radio. While UHF frequencies are by far superior in build-up areas, VHF is more suitable when it comes to open areas. With this VHF TETRA radio our customers can enhance their current range and benefit from the large coverage per site in rural areas”.
The radio is a perfect match to the DAMM BS422 MultiTech Base Station, which can also operate TETRA in VHF.
“Driven by frequency allocations and coverage considerations, we see a clear need for TETRA in VHF from many different countries”, says Jens Thostrup, DAMM CEO. “We are happy to be able to fill this gap in the market; unlike other manufacturers, who will not start development without a large up-front order, we believe that there is great potential in this market and are confident to invest in it,” he adds.
Funktel GmbH is a manufacturer of professional security and communications solutions based on DECT and TETRA radio frequencies for industry, public utilities and authorities.
DAMM is a global provider of scalable, flexible and user-friendly digital radio infrastructure systems to industrial, commercial and public safety customers.
Built for the future of critical communications, the DAMM MultiTech Platform enables voice and data communication across technologies, including TETRA, TEDS, DMR and Analog in one single system. With over 35 years of experience in critical radio and broadband communication, DAMM takes the lead through superior engineering and a constant focus on customer needs and reduced complexity.