1. iMatrix BC (Console Version)

iMatrix BC (Console Version)

Part Number: IRID-iMATRIX-BC
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iMatrix BC
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SATRAD MATRIX iSeries comprises a family of products to permit users to communicate, anywhere. The SATRAD MATRIX iSeries BC integrates satellite with dispatch consoles.

Key Features:

  • Basic console connectivity with E & M signaling support
  • Audio via 4 wire 600 ohm balanced lines
  • Includes wall mount enclosure,
  • Supports analogue connectivity to traditional consoles

Always Available: You can depend on the satellite communications to provide reliable, ubiquitous coverage no matter where you are. Satellite backhaul eliminates reliance on radio towers, land lines and fibre. Your communications system cannot be interrupted by inadvertent severing of underground lines, or weather events like hurricanes, thunderstorms, trees down. Satellite communication systems ride above storms providing communication when all other forms are down.

Reliable and Consistent: The SATRAD MATRIX is closely integrated with the satellite communications network. In dispatch centers, especially during emergencies, consistency of operation is of paramount importance. Communications via terrestrial radio should not differ from communications over the satellite communications system. The SATRAD MATRIX ensures a dispatcher need only push to talk and immediately commence speaking. There are no “go-ahead” tones, the user experience is consistent with dispatching on terrestrial radio.

Smart Messaging: The SATRAD MATRIX employs Smart Messaging. Voice messages are intelligently managed, for example should two users at different locations push to talk at the same time, one message will be delayed until the other message has been transmitted, then Smart Messaging will transmit the delayed message. Messages are never lost. A user in a moving vehicle may be communicating with dispatch. If the vehicle enters a tunnel while the user is speaking, Smart Messaging will detect the connection to the satellite network has been lost. Upon the vehicle exiting the tunnel and re- establishing connection with the network, Smart Messaging will transmit the users message from the beginning. Transmitting the full message ensures the recipient retains the message context.

Console Integration: The SATRAD Matrix supports industry standard four wire, 600 ohm balanced audio on full duplex circuits.  Industry standard EIA tone signaling as well as E & M signaling are supported. Audio levels are configurable / adjustable over a wide range from -24 dBm to +12 dBm. Network’s skilled engineers are available to assist with integration and configuration if required.

Multiple Talk Groups: Talk groups / communications channels may be selected via EIA tones.

Handset with Display: A slim handset with integrated display and keypad is available. The handset offers the user a degree of privacy while making a call. The display on the handset provides status information relating to the satellite connection, the selected talk group / communication channel as well as providing a means for the user to adjust the settings to suit their specific preferences. The handset enables the selection of talk groups / communications channels.

Power Conditioning: The SATRAD MATRIX iSeries-BC includes a high efficiency switching power supply, backup battery and an intelligent battery charger.

Installation: The SATRAD MATRIX iSeries-BC features a robust compact enclosure with a mounting flange incorporating pre-formed mounting holes.  The enclosure is designed to protect against harsh, industrial environments and meets UL 508 Type 3R, 4, 12 and 13 CSA Type 3R, 4, 12 and 13.  The enclosure complies with NEMA Type 3R, 4, 12 and 13 IEC 60529.  The enclosure is IP66 rated.  The body and cover are formed from 16 gauge steel featuring smooth, continuously welded seams with a formed lip on enclosure and oil resistant gaskets to exclude liquids and contaminants.  The enclosure features a continuously hinged cover with 304 stainless steel hinges and providing 180° opening for easy access to the interior. There is a door latch with a quarter turn slot actuated lock requiring the use of a tool for opening. The cover and enclosure are finished in smooth ANSI 61 grey powder coating.

Network: SATRAD MATRIX iSeries units operate over the Iridium network which provides global coverage.

On-the-Fly Web-Based Administrative Controls: Each subscriber organization has access to a PTT Command Center web portal that allows the subscriber organization's administrator to quickly and easily adjust the boundaries of any Talk Group by simply placing circles, rectangles, and other controls on a map. A Talk Group can even be formed from non-contiguous areas that can be in different states or even different countries. The administrator can adjust the boundaries of a Talk Group on the fly and can control which Iridium Extreme PTT handsets have membership in each Talk Group. The system is easy to use and easy to administrate.


Iridium Push-to-Talk Airtime Plans: Postpaid telephony-mode services such as phone calls and texting are billed monthly. Call detail records are provided. Unlimited push-to-talk communications are included with the low monthly fee. For more airtime information, click here.

Talk Group Options: The smallest Talk Group that Iridium offers has a generous coverage area as large as the state of Indiana. Much larger Talk Group coverage areas are available. Complex Talk Group borders can be configured easily and on the fly using a web portal. For more Talk Group cost and size information, click here.

Key Advantages to the iMatrix Devices:
  1. The iMatrix is an active PTT device with its own Iridium core module. This means purchase of a stand-alone Iridium Extreme PTT device is not necessary. 
  2. The iMatrix has a built in recording system that stores transmissions from connected devices.  Different types of devices have different time lags for setting up a PTT transmission.   Since the Iridium PTT takes a longer time to setup a PTT call than a typical mobile radio, this assures that the transmitted voice stream is not cut off at the beginning.  All participants in the Talk Group hear the same string, albeit delayed slightly longer.
  3. The  iMatrix BC is for fixed site applications that require integration with a mobile radio console (command center).   
SPECIAL NOTES: 
  1. This is a product that requires custom engineering.  There is a $1000 integration fee for <each> custom wire harness.  One custom wiring harness will be required for each type of mobile radio used in concert with the iMatrix.
  2. There is a version (for extra cost) that can be used with MSAT equipment

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