Las Vegas, NV – March 22, 2016 – EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. will introduce the industry’s first subscriber radio Perpetual Software License Program and expansion of its Viking P25 product line at the International Wireless Communications Exhibition (IWCE), March 23 - 24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Before today, each time you purchased a P25 land mobile radio, you paid for the hardware plus all the software options. In some cases the software options alone exceed 70% of the radio price. With EFJohnson's new subscriber radio Perpetual Software License Program, you only buy the software option once and you own the associated use license as an “asset” which is transferable forever. The next time you need to purchase a radio you can transfer your perpetual software license to the new radio, saving you the cost of repurchasing the same software option a second or third time. The program will initially offer perpetual licenses on ten commonly purchased public safety software options including P25 Phase 1 Trunking and P25 Digital Protocol Common-Air-Interface (CAI). EFJohnson P25 radios purchased with these perpetual software options before the start of the program are grandfathered in, which offers EFJohnson customers instant additional value.
“The current buying model for land mobile radios is outdated - it’s time for the LMR market to catch up to the rest of the consumer market,” says John Suzuki, President and CEO. “EFJohnson is the first company to introduce perpetual software licenses, which we believe will ultimately save public safety agencies tens of millions and potentially hundreds of millions of dollars annually.”
EFJohnson is also expanding its recently rebranded KENWOOD Viking product line. The UHF (470 – 512 MHz) band is now available in the VP900 multi-band portable, and the Viking Control Head (VCH) with a large color display is a new option for mobile radios.
A new Viking model for portables and mobiles will also be introduced. The VP/VM5000 series, available to ship in the second half of 2016, offers all the advanced P25 public safety features found in the current Viking radios in a smaller footprint. “The new Viking 5000 series is compatible with Armada, our programming and fleet management software for all Viking line products,” says Christian Barker, Director of Product Management. “A city or county can mix and match their Viking radios according to specific department needs and have the ability to efficiently manage the entire fleet using the same software.”
EFJohnson will demonstrate its complete P25 product portfolio, including ATLAS P25 Phase 1 and 2 systems solutions, in a unified JVCKENWOOD Corporation exhibit (booth 1229) at IWCE.