EFJohnson’s newest portable radio experiences rapid adoption among public safety agencies

IRVING, TEXAS – August 20, 2012 –EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. will showcase the Viking™ VP600 portable radio, which is now available in three distinct models across the 700/800 MHz, UHF and VHF bands, during the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Conference & Expo August 20-21 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn. With the availability of the VP600 in all bands and in multiple models, EFJohnson is now able to offer the Viking VP600 across all segments of first responders, including the military, DOD and all state, local and federal entities.

Since its launch earlier this year, the EFJohnson Viking VP600 portable radio is experiencing a rapid rate of adoption amongst the public safety user community. With its superior performance and Phase 2 TDMA software upgrade capability, the Viking VP600 has become a top choice for new and replacement radios across statewide and city/county systems, including those systems that have plans to seamlessly migrate to P25 Phase 2. Over the last few months, the VP600 radios have been deployed widely across much of North America including the States of Georgia, Wisconsin, Mississippi and California as well as Latin America.

The Viking VP600’s superior audio and ease of use is a perfect complement to EFJohnson’s innovative ATLAS P25 Systems Solution because it enhances the first responder’s ability to communicate on the system. Recently, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation placed an order for the Viking VP600 to augment the Wisconsin Interoperable System for Communications (WISCOM), a statewide, P25-compliant communications system EFJohnson recently constructed for the state.

“The Viking VP600’s versatility and interoperability make it an ideal radio,” said Carl Guse, WISCOM project manager. “Not only does it work well with our new WISCOM system, but it can also be used on existing analog systems, as well as other P25 systems that are being constructed throughout the state. The combination of WISCOM with Viking radios will help us fully realize our vision for statewide interoperability.”

“We also chose Viking because it offers a full set of features designed for practical use,” Guse added. “For instance, the top display allows patrol officers to see what they need without having to remove it from their belts, which is convenient and greatly enhances incident response.”

Designed for outstanding mission-critical performance, ruggedness and reliability, the Viking VP600 represents the next generation of EFJohnson’s portable radios serving the needs of police, fire, EMS and other mission critical users. Its advanced audio and visual features, such as the top display with backlighting, 2.5 Watts of audio for loud and clear sound, and the AMBE+2 vocoder to eliminate background noise, make communication effortless even in the most hazardous environments. 

EFJohnson radios are designed and manufactured in America. They have remarkable versatility because of their interoperability with P25 trunked and conventional modes, APCO 16 Motorola SMARTNET®/SmartZone® and upgrade capability for P25 Phase 2 TDMA. The Viking VP600 radio is certified to operate across multiple statewide P25 systems and is available for purchase through multiple state and local contract vehicles.

The Viking VP600 radio provides a smarter way to P25™ interoperability and mission-critical performance in a rugged, reliable and feature-rich package. Attendees to the APCO 2012 International Conference and Expo are invited to booth #1713 to experience the VP600 as well as EFJohnson’s other mission-critical communications solutions.