Irving, TX – June 22, 2022 – EF Johnson Technologies, a leading solution provider of mission-critical communications technology for first responders, is pleased to announce that JVCKENWOOD Corporation has won the iF DESIGN AWARD 2022 in the product category. The world-renowned prize was awarded for the Viking VP8000 multiband portable, the latest addition to the KENWOOD Viking P25 digital radio portfolio developed by EFJohnson. The win marks the fourth consecutive year JVCKENWOOD products have received the award.  

The award-winning Viking VP8000 is a P25 digital radio poised to become the flagship model of the KENWOOD Viking P25 radio series for the North American public safety market. It is the latest JVCKENWOOD mission-critical radio to support the VHF, UHF, and 700/800 MHz frequency bands in a single multiband radio. The radio offers a robust feature set, reliability, loud audio with excellent sound quality for mission-critical operations, and excellent usability based on the high-contrast, multi-line display, and gloved grip design. The VP8000 model lineup includes full and standard keypad models with options for black or high-visibility green housing colors.

 The iF DESIGN AWARD is organized by iF International Forum Design GmbH, the oldest independent design organization in the world, founded in 1953 in Germany, iF Design has become a global symbol of excellent Design and its social significance. Submissions are awarded based on nine disciplines, including Product, Packaging, Communication, and Architecture. Entries undergo independent jury examination based on the criteria of an idea, impact, differentiation, form, and function. In the 2022 competition, award winners in each category were selected from a record 11,000 entries submitted from 57 countries and regions after a thorough examination by a jury consisting of renowned design experts. 

"We are incredibly proud of this accomplishment. This award validates our Company's mission of providing innovative, turnkey communication solutions for today and the future," said Duane Anderson, CEO of EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. "The VP8000 has set the standard with an award-winning functional design, and it's our privilege to introduce this radio to our nation's first responders." 

About EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.

EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. is an independent subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, EFJohnson focuses on innovating, developing, and marketing the highest quality secure communications solutions to organizations whose mission is to protect and save lives. Customers include first responders in public safety and public service, the federal government, and industrial organizations. The Company's products are marketed under the KENWOOD brand. For more information, visit

About JVCKENWOOD Corporation
JVCKENWOOD is a global manufacturer specializing in Automotive and Professional System Solutions. It was reborn as one Company in October 2011 through the merger of Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) and Kenwood Corporation (Kenwood) three years after management integration. JVCKENWOOD operates four business segments: Car Electronics, Professional Systems, Optical & Audio, and Entertainment Software with image, sound, radio technologies, infotainment, and visual software. JVCKENWOOD c creates excitement and peace of mind while aiming to achieve profitable growth and become a business group that is widely trusted by society. For more information, visit