This is one of those things that I have thought about before, but wondered if it would ever actually happen. About 10 years ago, I thought of an idea for Icom of Kenwood – make a HT radio that ran a Smartphone OS. Perhaps like Android today, since it is open source. Well, BriCom didn’t do that, not exactly, but I think this might be the next best thing.
From BriCom’s website:
Alianza DxB, (Docking Cross Breed), is the first of its kind. Developed and patented by BriCom Solutions, LLC. The world’s first portable docking device that turns your iPhone or Android smartphone and tablets into a fully functional two way radio and Radio-over-IP gateway. Utilizing built-in multi-band RF components, secondary battery, and your smartphones voice and data, makes the Alianza DxB the ultimate accessory for the two-way radio industry.
Unlike Push-to-talk smartphone apps, this device allows a smartphone to communicate with a regular two-way radio (walkie-talkie). The combination of a real portable two-way radio (walkie-talkie) and a smartphone gives personnel, like public safety, complete access to all means of communication. Giving public safety personnel their familiar portable two-way radio functionality with the added accessibility to their smartphone’s Internet, video, camera and applications.
The Alianza DXB also turns your smartphone into a Radio-over-IP gateway, giving you the capability to communicate with another two-way radio (walkie-talkie) anywhere in the world.
No word on cost yet. Per BriCom’s page, they are still in pre-production, the final stages, and are looking for a release in 2014. You can believe that I will be picking one of these up for testing as soon as they are released.