Icom has unveiled what it believes is the world’s first marine VHF/LTE hybrid radio.
The IP-M60 combines the capabilities of an LTE radio with the reliability of a marine VHF radio in a single handheld device.
Key features of the IP-M60 radio include LTE network connectivity providing long range comms and allowing constant contact with locations away from the vessel.
Independent push to talk buttons mean calls are easy to answer for both the marine VHF and LTE and mariners can simultaneously receive and transmit on both the marine VHF and LTE networks enhancing communication efficiency.
The radio introduces a bridge function that relays received marine VHF audio to the LTE radio group while transferring LTE radio conversations to the marine VHF group.
Built-in bluetooth technology allows wireless operation making it easier for mariners to use optional headsets and other compatible accessories.
Other features are an IP67 rating for submersion in water up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes and a simultaneous TalkListen function in LTE mode for full-duplex communication making it easier for mariners to communicate efficiently.