Icom Inc. Announces Partnership with Iridium Communications Inc. to Develop a New Push-To-Talk Radio Communication Solution over Satellite (08/11/2018)
Icom Inc. (Headquarters: Hirano, Osaka, Japan/President: Masataka Harima) has entered into a partnership with Iridium Communications Inc. (Headquarters: McLean, Virginia., USA/CEO: Matthew J. Desch) to develop and sell a new satellite Push-To-Talk (PTT) communications product for the Iridium® network. In a smart collaboration of both companies’ core competencies, Icom’s radio expertise and Iridium’s satellite expertise, the partnership will provide a professional radio communications solution which will enable users to communicate wherever they are on the earth.
The Satellite PTT radio is a professional radio communications system using the Iridium satellite communication network. This system enables real-time, one-to-many communication throughout the world with only a push of a PTT (transmit) button. In addition, Iridium’s unique interconnected satellite architecture ensures stable and reliable communication even if large-scale disasters occur on earth and terrestrial networks are compromised. Icom President Masataka Harima says, “Icom has been developing various wireless communications equipment for land use, marine use, and air band use. This Satellite PTT project will be a tough challenge, but the project will fill an important piece of our product lineups that cover all areas from the surface of the earth and even in to space. We continue to challenge ourselves.”
“The market has shown a clear demand for a PTT-only radio solution designed for the Iridium network,” said Mr. Joel Thompson, vice president, Global Product and Service Management, Iridium. “With Icom’s significant experience in the LMR sector, we believe they are the perfect partner to introduce what will be the world’s first truly-global PTT-only handheld.”
Shipment time and price of the product are still not fixed as of this announcement.
Icom (Australia) are pleased to announce the sponsoring of Four Wheel Drive Victoria to support them in their continued education and training of the 4WD community. Four Wheel Drive Victoria is the umbrella body for affiliated four wheel drive clubs in Victoria, and represents the interests of all recreational four wheel drivers in the state. It is presently made up of some 88 clubs which in turn have a membership totalling over six thousand subscribed members representing four wheel drive enthusiasts and their families.
Four Wheel Drive Victoria continue to help raise awareness of responsible recreational activity to keep the areas available for future four wheel driving. Wayne Hevey, Chief Executive Officer of Four Wheel Drive Victoria, said: “We are proud to be both associated and sponsored by Icom (Australia).”
Masahiko Komoda, Managing Director of Icom (Australia) said “The whole team here at Icom (Australia) sees the importance of 4WD training for safety and growing the 4WD clubs for responsible 4WD in the community. More importantly is the Four Wheel Drive Victoria’s focus on conservation, protection and sustainability of the forests so that our children can also experience and use these parks in the future.”
For the next training session or education event please visit the Four Wheel Drive Victoria website: https://4wdvictoria.org.au/index.php/vic-4wd-clubs-available.
Icom (Australia) were contacted by Volunteer Marine Rescue Southport (VMR Southport) to help the organisation with their radio needs for a new boat.
This organisation provides a 24 hour listening watch on all emergency and general marine radio frequencies. They have approximately 35 members who operate the Gold Coast Seaway Tower. Annually there are thousands of vessels who contact VMR Southport to log journey details, request weather and tidal information, and to source any information on Seaway conditions and associated navigation hazards.
We were more than able to help with a couple of IC-M423GB mobile radios for their new boats.
Thank you all for volunteering for the community.
D-STAR QSO Party 2018 (22-24/09/18)
It is that time of year again.
Time for the annual Icom Inc. D-STAR (Digital Amateur Radio) QSO party this year. The global event will take place between September 22nd at 0.00 (UTC) and September 24th at 24.00 (UTC).
As in previous years we are aiming to encourage D-STAR operators to communicate with as many other operators throughout the world via D-STAR repeaters.
For more information on the D-STAR QSO PARTY 2018, please visit http://www.icom.co.jp/world/dqp/
ABA100 Winner in The Australian Business Awards 2018 for Product Innovation (3/08/2018 to 27/05/2018)
Icom (Australia) has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner in The Australian Business Awards 2018 for Product Innovation. Now in their thirteenth year, The Australian Business Awards program provides notable opportunities for high-performing organisations which implement world-class business initiatives and develop innovative products and services to be acknowledged and honoured for their achievements both nationally and internationally. The national winners are benchmarked in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards whereby participants are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally.
Masahiko Komoda, Managing Director, says the award recognises Icom (Australia)’s achievements in the research and development of IP501H the LTE Transceiver.
“Icom (Australia) has worked hard to bring into the Australian market the IP501H and winning the 2018 ABA Product Innovation Award is a reinforcement of the hard work and commitment our team has put into this product. For consumers after communications the LTE Transceiver is the next generation solution they are looking for. This solution offers the consumer a secure backbone system based in Australia and is able to overcome traditional radio obstacles of distance and environmental barriers. We look forward to growing the LTE market in Australia.”
The IP501H LTE Transceiver enables secure two-way communication with the ease and comfort of PTT (Push-To-Talk) operation and nationwide coverage over a 4G (LTE) and 3G network. All communication is managed through a secure cloud server based in Australia. The LTE transceiver offers:
Visit our website: www.lteradio.com.au
“With technology rapidly evolving, it is essential that organisations remain ahead of the curve by continuously exploring and embracing new technologies and investing in the education, training and development of their workforce in order remain competitive,” Australian Business Awards, Program Director, Tara Johnston said.
“High performing organisations that have adopted an innovation culture to achieve optimal levels of productivity and performance have been recognised in this year’s ABA100,” Ms Johnston added
Each year the ABA100 Winners are recognised for their commitment to business and product innovation and for their achievements in transforming business practices and end user experiences.
Organisational participation includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multi-national subsidiaries, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.
The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards.
The Framework consists of specialised assessment modules pertaining to the evaluation criteria for each of the award categories. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.
Organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement are recognised via a set of established business and product award categories.
The process culminates in the selection of organisations which implement world-class business initiatives, projects, products and services. The award recipients are recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their achievements acknowledged and celebrated.
For more information on The Australian Business Awards and the 2018 ABA100 Winners go to www.australianbusinessawards.com.au.
Hunter Valley Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish & Boat Show 2018 (25/05/2018 to 27/05/2018)
Over the weekend the Hunter Valley Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish & Boat Show ran for its 21st year in Maitland. Our Regional Manager for NSW was there to support Active 4x4 with any questions and advice from customers on communications equipment.
The outdoor event with its 300 sites ran from the 25th to 27th of May and had the perfect showcase of products ranging from caravans, camper trailers, camping, fishing and 4WD vehicles and accessories. So you can imagine all of the questions we were asked during the event everything from marine radio to UHF CB.
There were people just setting out on their first big caravan adventure who were interested in all of the features of the UHF CB. To customers happy to share their experiences with the icom product over their travels around Australia.
Thank you again Active 4x4. And to all the customers who came past don’t stop asking questions about the product. We hope to see you next year.
CeBIT Australia May 2018 (15/05/2018 to 17/05/2018)
Our Icom (Australia) team attended the CeBIT Australia 2018 exhibition which ran from the 14th to 17th of May to show case our new LTE IP501H and IP100H product range. CeBIT Australia now its 17th year is an event focused on showcasing new and innovative business technology. Attracting thousands of technology professionals from Government, enterprise, SMEs and start-ups all interested in seeing the latest in technology.
Our Icom representatives who attended the event found this the ideal environment to demonstrate our innovative solutions to communication using alternatives to traditional radio frequency technology. There were also a lot of great discussions relating to our other traditional radio communication products.
Moorabbin & District Radio Club (MDRC) Hamfest May 2018 (12/05/2018)
Icom (Australia) was invited to attend the annual MDRC (Moorabbin & District Radio Club) 2018 Ham Fest.
There was a change of venue this year with the event being held at the Brandon Park Community Centre in Glen Waverley. However, this did not deter the 320 people attending the event on level with previous years. The club also showcased several tables at the event with club projects which were well received by attendees. The organisers have told us that there was a lot of positive feedback from attendees about the new hall location and the day.
Our Icom staff attending the event had a lot of great conversations with attendees on a broad range of Icom products ranging from older models to the more current IC-7300, IC-7610 and D-Star range.
Thank you again for the great day and the many questions.
This past wet weekend in Melbourne, Icom (Australia) was invited to attend the annual EMDRC (Eastern & Mountain District Amateur Radio Club) 2018 Hamfest.
The event was held at the Great Ryrie Primary School in Heathmont with a total of 265 people attending the event and 53 tables of radio equipment and accessories on sale for eager amateurs looking for a bargain. There were also over 30 volunteers assisting to make this a great day for all.
Our Icom staff who attended the event said that there were a lot of great questions from the public on the IC-7610. There was feedback from a lot of consumers that they had made a great purchase with the IC-7300. Overall people were interested in sharing stories of their Icom products some had products over 30 years old which were still running well today. Thank you again for the great questions and answers.
Annual TJM 4x4 & Camping Expo in Alice Springs (10/03/2018 to 11/03/2018)
Icom (Australia) was invited by our dealer Central Comms to attend their Annual TJM 4x4 & Camping Expo in Alice Springs (N.T) which has been running for 8 years. The event ran over Saturday the 10 th and Sunday the 11th of March. There was some rain on the Saturday but the Sunday cleared up and was a great day for all who attended.
With over 16 exhibitors on site for the two day event ranging from 4WD accessories to camping. We had a great day showing our UHF-CB range, IC-A25NE our latest air band handheld product and some of our new land mobile.
It was an opportunity to answer all those questions that consumers have but never get to ask and show case the durability of our product to customers. We had great feedback on the day with one customer telling us that they had “an Icom radio that is 10 years old plus and still going strong. Great product.” While others told us that they had been using the Icom radio on their cattle stations for years.
We hope it was a great day for Central Comms and appreciate the invite.
Moorabbin & District Radio Club Presentation March 2018 (9/03/18)
Icom (Australia) was invited to attend the monthly meeting at the Moorabbin & District Radio Club (MDRC) last Friday evening. We were asked to present a talk on the history of Icom, our new products and demonstrate the IC-7610.
The event was held at the club rooms were members and guests attended the presentation. One of our engineers gave the group a presentation on the history of Icom and the differences between the IC-7600 and IC-7610. A lot of questions and feedback was given on a range of our Icom products from D-Star to the IC-7300 and other areas of interest.
We were lucky enough to be able to plug the IC-7610 into the clubs antenna and let some of the members have a turn with the unit. Everybody was very impressed with its performance.
We would like to thank the Moorabbin & District Radio Club for the opportunity to present to the club and the great evening we had with their members.
WANDARC Hamfest February 2018 (22/02/18)
Icom (Australia) was invited to attend the third annual WANDARC (Western and Northern Districts Amateur Radio Club) 2018 HamFest this took place on the 18th of February to show case our products. The event was held for the first time at the Italian Social Club in Werribee with a total of 237 people attending the event and 38 tables of radio equipment and accessories on sale.
Our Icom staff who attended the event said that there were a lot of great questions from the public on the IC-7610, IC-7300 and our D-Star range of products. Overall people were interested in sharing stories of their Icom products. It was the perfect opportunity for amateurs to engage in a conversation with the Icom team about new products.
Thank you again for the great questions and answers.
A great day was had by all.
> Queanbeyan 4WD Spectacular February 2018 (16/02/18)
The Queanbeyan 4WD Spectacular was held over the 3rd and 4th of February 2018. The event is focused on encouraging responsible and recreational use of four wheel drive vehicles in Australia. With over 17,000 square meters of 4WD demonstrations, test tracks, 4WD and camping products and children’s activities. Icom (Australia) attended the event to support Watts Communications to offer technical tips and product suggestions to customers.
From all reports the event was a success for Watts Communications with a lot of customers visiting their stand. We had a lot of people come past to tell us how much they love their UHF CB and share their experiences. A number of customers spoke about the benefits of our products over others in the market place. They were won over by the quality and features that our UHF CB products offered.
From our feedback of the event it was a great day and we are sure they exceeded the 12,000 visitor count from the last 2016 event.
Thank you Watts Communication and we look forward to the next Queanbeyan 4WD Spectacular.