Icom wins the FCS Gerald David Award

Icom has won the Federation of Communication Services (FCS) 2019 Gerald David (OBE) Award for Innovation in Business Radio for its IC-SAT100 Satellite PTT Radio Solution.

The award was presented at the Business Radio Gala Dinner which took place at the Chateau Impney hotel following the FCS Business Radio ’19 conference and exhibition. The Gerald David (OBE) Award for Innovation in Business Radio was established in 2004 and recognises innovation within the business radio industry. This year, for the first time it was supported by Land Mobile.

The 2019 Award Contest was closely fought between two contestants – the Icom IC-SAT100 and GlobalView Systems’ Android Dispatcher. Both entries were extremely strong and very much impressed the five independent judges, who assigned scores against a series of criteria, which were then totalled to determine the winner.

The Icom IC-SAT100 is the world’s first dedicated satellite push-to-talk (PTT) radio and offers real-time communications between groups of individuals, each of whom can be anywhere on the planet. The IC-SAT100 uses the Iridium satellite communication network which covers the whole earth including both poles, allowing its use in remote and isolated areas where there is no mobile phone or landline network infrastructure. Icom claims that Iridium’s constellation of 66 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites provides broader and more reliable network coverage compared to Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO) satellites.

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