Harris launches Android-based ruggedized LTE smartphone for first responder field use

Telecom Lead America: Harris Corp. has launched its Android-based ruggedized LTE smartphone designed for first responder field use.

The InTouch RPC-200 operates on commercial and private LTE networks, giving users PTT voice, data, video, location, text-based information and other future applications.

Harris InTouch RPC-200 enables seamless interoperability among existing Project 25 LMR networks and commercial cellular technology through Harris’ BeOn PTT-over-Broadband application. Harris claims that the InTouch is the first Band 14-capable device to achieve public safety dispatch voice-over- Broadband.

Users will benefit since InTouch enables commercial cellular telephony and LTE broadband on existing nationwide commercial networks, and will operate on the future FirstNet network.

“InTouch is a compact device in a true rugged package that brings voice, critical video and situational information straight to the public safety user over both today’s commercial LTE networks and tomorrow’s Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network,” said Steve Marschilok, president, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications.

InTouch’s Android operating system enables users to download and install third-party applications, and developers can build and make available their own applications for users.

InTouch joins the existing Harris line of Android-based LTE communications technologies including the BTC-100 public safety LTE tablet and the BeOn application.

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