Hytera unveils new mobile DMR terminal for commercial users

New cost-effective, entry-level mobile expands Hytera’s DMR portfolio and make the switch from analogue to digital easy.

Hytera has launched a new DMR mobile radio primarily aimed at users looking for a versatile commercial device. The radio is simple and easy to use and provides the perfect first step for those looking to migrate from analogue to digital. This new cost-effective radio terminal opens up a new range of market sectors for Hytera’s DMR solutions.

Introducing the Hytera MD615

The MD615 is a DMR Tier 2 conventional radio designed for commercial users such as taxis, agricultural vehicles, trucks, delivery vans and buses. Frank Pauer, Deputy CSO at Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH says: “In terms of the Hytera DMR portfolio, the radio provides a new entry-level digital product positioned below the existing mid-tier MD655 and high-tier MD785 mobile radio.”

The new radio delivers best in class audio quality thanks to Hytera’s digital technology. It supports analogue and digital modes enabling mixed fleets, as well as providing a smooth migration from analogue to digital.

The analogue and digital auto detect feature recognises what kind of signal is being received and switches to the correct mode to get the voice out of the speaker. It also ensures the same mode is utilised if there is a reply.

MD615: technical characteristics

The MD615 is a high power radio capable of transmitting at up to 45 W (UHF) or 50 W (VHF). The frequency range is UHF 400 – 470 MHz and VHS 136 – 174 MHz. The radio weighs 1,100 g and is 164 x 43 x 150 mm in size. It is IP54 rated against dust and water intrusion and is MIL-STD-810 G certified for shock and vibration.

The MD615 is fitted with an emergency button on the front panel, a 4 – 6 W internal speaker, audio/programming port, volume and channel controls on the front. Bluetooth capability is also built into the front panel or can be installed in the control head as a factory option. This can support multiple wireless audio accessories including the POA121 Bluetooth Ring PTT and ESW01 Bluetooth earphone for hand free, safe driving.

The rear panel houses the RF antenna connection port, DC power supply, DB26 accessories port and a GPS connection port into which an external GPS module can be plugged in. The GPS feature enables real-time positioning of vehicles on a map of AVL software more easily than before.

Accessories & features

The MD615 has four programmable buttons on the front and supports a channel capacity of 48 channels over three zones. Hytera has designed a new 8-pin remote control head connector and programming cable, which is smaller and slimmer than previous models. Customers with existing MD655 and MD785 front panel accessories should note these will not fit the new MD615 models. The new port will support the SM11A1 palm microphone and PC109 programming cable.

However, the rear panel DB26 connection port will share almost all the same accessories with the MD655/MD785, including SM09D1 external speaker, POA44 foot switch PTT, PWC10 power cord and PC60 ignition cable.

The MD615 supports Hytera pseudo trunk technology, which enables two voice channels to be automatically assigned dynamically to allow several talk groups to communicate in the same frequency. This increases the radio capacity and enables more than two talk groups at no extra cost or frequency license.

Customers can also use Hytera’s radio registration service (RRS), which provides a way to upload the on-line information on a DMR Tier II system when connected to a Hytera Dispatch console. This allows dispatchers to check the status of each radio as to whether they are on/off or in/out of range and generally improves fleet management.

Other features that are included: support for DTMF and HDC1200 (coming soon) signalling in analogue mode; two simultaneous voice calls in direct mode thanks to DMR TDMA technology; and basic end-to-end encryption for voice and data.

In addition, an optional roaming feature for use in large multi-site networks is available, along with further supplementary features such as radio enable/disable, remote monitor and priority interrupt.