Different Users have very different needs. One of our main goals when designing Direct-Mode was to provide a solution that is truly flexible.
There are three main ways to implement Direct-Mode Technology:
A. Integrated into the Mobile Device.
B. External Devices.
C. Fixed Devices.
A. Integrated into the mobile phone, with a separate PCB [Piggyback] or onto the smartphone’s PCB. We can work with any manufacturer to create a single device that enables direct mode off-network and repeater/gateway functions (on top of all other features the mobile device has). An integrated solution provides users with a single device that is capable of both On and Off network communication.
B. External Devices – Due to the very compact size of the Direct-Mode Module, it can be integrated into a wide range of forms to address different needs of emergency services users. The main advantage of an external device is that it provides users with the freedom to pick their mobile device (different manufacturers, smartphone/tablet…)
Here are a few examples:
– Remote Speaker Microphone – allows the officer to keep the mobile device in a safe place while maintaining connectivity off and on network. Can be very useful for Tablet users that otherwise wouldn’t be able to communicate with just the Tablet.
– Sleeve – An external solution that provides a user experience of a single device.
All External devices can be paired with a Smartphone/Tablet by Bluetooth.
C. Fixed Devices – A fixed device with direct mode can be mounted onto vehicles, in tunnels, crowded areas, basements or remote places.
– Vehicle Mounted Device – fix mounted on top or inside a car, with a power amplifier to extend the range of operation.
– Underground installations – An optional fix mounted device with directional high gain antennas, installed on each side of the tube, can enhance the coverage and offer support to direct mode users. The gateway function can extend their communication with remote users or situation rooms.