San Mateo, CA, Jan. 25, 2016 – Sonim Technologies, maker of the world’s toughest mobile phones and Star Solutions, a leading supplier of mobile network infrastructure solutions, have partnered to provide portable Band 14 LTE networks to U.S. and Canadian public safety agencies.
The dedicated Band 14 LTE network provides a high-speed wireless data pipeline that is not impacted by or available to the general public. This allows first responders the bandwidth required to send sensitive information, place and receive calls, and share data, including video, regardless of the conditions of commercial networks.
Star Solution’s IMPAC System is a complete LTE Network in a backpack form factor that is capable of providing broadband coverage in any environment. The IMPAC System can be battery powered and is easy to transport making it an excellent solution for emergency or incident response and disaster recovery. Operation is quick and easy as a single switch enables a LTE network to be deployed in under five minutes.
“We are excited to offer our customers infrastructure packaged with an ultra-rugged LTE smartphone.” says Myles Lu, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Star Solutions. “Until the XP7 hit the market, we were without a high-quality Band 14 device that could meet the needs of our demanding customers.”
Sonim’s Band 14 capable XP7 meets Sonim’s Rugged Performance Standards (RPS), which go far beyond basic MIL-Spec and IP certifications. Standard features include an extra-loud speaker, noise cancellation, a powerful, 4,800-milliamp battery, resistance to submersion in water, an ability to withstand drops onto concrete surfaces and ease of use with dirty or wet work gloves.
“The growing market for Band 14 networks will require unique solutions that allow customers a significant amount of flexibility in deployment and the IMPAC System perfectly meets those needs,” said Robert Escalle, Sonim’s Vice President of the Public Safety Market Segment.
The IMPAC System includes LTE core network and eNodeB components enabling it to be used in stand-alone mode or integrated as part of a Public Safety Broadband Network. The combination of the IMPAC System with Sonim’s Band 14-capable XP7 ultra-rugged handset has allowed customers to address remote deployment and incident response requirements for broadband communications.
“We have used the Sonim XP7 and IMPAC hardware in conceptual Public Safety Broadband Networking deployed systems field tests, and have found the hardware to integrate and perform very well, with excellent support from both Sonim and Star Solutions,” said Peter Anderson and Stephen Braham, of Simon Fraser University.
Star Solutions will be present at the upcoming events in February: CACP Information & Communications Technology Workshop in Vancouver, Canada, Feb. 21-24, 2016.