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RugGear presents the ultra-rugged RG170 with Push-to-talk function

RugGear, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of rugged mobile devices, introduces the RG170, an ultra-rugged 4G smart feature phone designed for professional use in extreme safety and working conditions. With the PTToC (Push-to-talk over cellular) function (via a freely assignable PTT button), the RG170 also enables completely encrypted and tap-proof communication – the target groups here are authorities, security and rescue organizations. Weighing only 197 grams, the keys telephone with a 2.4″ (6.1 cm) capacitive RGB display supports the strict industry standard IP69 and is therefore also protected against high pressure and steam jets.

In addition, the RG170 is one of the few devices in the field that also meets the US military standard MIL-STD 810H and is therefore protected against all types of liquids, dust, oil mist, vibrations, shocks and even falls from up to 1.5 meters onto concrete. The extremely sensitive microphone as well as a powerful 1.5 watt loudspeaker with up to 103 dB (even at a distance of 10 cm) ensure smooth and easily understandable communication via LTE or a Push-to-talk app even in very noisy working environments. A further safety plus is the freely assignable SOS button, which can be used to automatically make dedicated emergency calls depending on requirements.

Reliability without compromise

The extra-large keyboard of the RG170 is easy to operate even in the most adverse working conditions and with dirty hands or gloves. Even in the most remote locations, the rugged smart feature phone is always ready for use thanks to support for 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi and essential industrial applications such as PTT (radio function), SOS and LWP (Lone Worker Protection). The battery is available in two sizes, 2,800 mAh and 3,120 mAh, making it easy to survive longer outdoor use. The robust belt clip on the back of the device holds the RG170 firmly on the body and thus allows hands-free telephony. The RG170 withstands temperatures from -20°C to +60°C.

Thanks to its compact and lightweight design with dimensions of 135.5 x 61 x 21.5 mm (L x W x H) and a weight of 197 grams, the RG170 sits comfortably in the hand and is easy to store.

Further equipment details are the 2 MP camera and a powerful LED flashlight for use in low light conditions or at night.

Fast working speed

The RG170 uses Android Oreo GO as operating system. In conjunction with the MediaTek MTK6739V quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz and 1 GB RAM or 8 GB ROM, the RG170 is able to perform all tasks quickly. In addition, Android GO allows access to a variety of apps to optimally adapt the RG170 to the respective operating conditions.

Growing market for push-to-talk mobile devices

One of the most important USPs of RugGear mobile devices is the consistent support of Push-to-talk over Cellular (PTToC, PoC or just PTT for short). This is a standard for mobile phones that enables quick and easy voice communication for groups in mobile phone networks based on the analog radio principle. The user can send a voice message to one or more recipients via his mobile phone with just one keystroke. The communication is completely encrypted and thus tap-proof, which is classified as “Mission Critical” for various applications at authorities and security companies. The following PoC functions are supported by RugGear devices:

  • One-to-One PoC Session: This is the basic form of transferring a conversation between two users.
  • One-to-Many PoC Session: This feature allows the user to have a conversation with several other PoC participants in an ad hoc or pre-defined group.
  • Instant Personal Alert: This function allows the calling user to tell another user that he wants to talk to him.
  • Group Advertisement: This is the function to inform other users about the existence of a PoC group.

With the replacement of standardized, proprietary trunked radio services such as iDEN and TETRA, the demand for PoC-enabled mobile devices is growing massively. Market analysts predict that the push-to-talk over cellular market will grow from the current USD 5 billion in 2020 to a market volume of over USD 19 billion in 2027. It is already possible today for PoC and TETRA devices to communicate with each other in a network. The target group for PoC include public authorities, companies and security services that want to reach their field staff in a tap-proof, fast and uncomplicated manner.

RG170 Detailed Specifications

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