At Icom we understand the decision to adopt a new technology, such as IDAS, is not an easy one. When considering the right platform for your company, you need to look at both your current and future needs and find the radio system that provides those benefits.
There are two basic transition strategies - gradual migration or a complete forklift upgrade. A gradual migration would allow you to switch out legacy equipment over time while introducing the new digital technology and its benefits. Ideally, this would be backwards compatible so the analog legacy system operates normally while the benefits of the new are enjoyed where deployed. Conversely, a forklift upgrade, which asks you to remove all legacy equipment and replace it with new in one massive change, is a blunt force approach to this issue. A variant of the forklift approach is to gradually remove old equipment replacing it with new, but continue to operate the system in the legacy analog mode. This delayed forklift requires you to pay ahead for the new capabilities. In times of tight budgets, both of these forklift upgrade approaches are impractical.
IDAS is ideal. IDAS allows your company to experience the benefits of digital radio while using your analog channels where they remain. IDAS bridges the systems together so all radios, analog or digital, can talk to one another - a no compromise, seamless migration. And, it doesn't matter whether you're using a conventional or LTR™ trunked system, IDAS does it all!
How does IDAS work? IDAS radios have analog and digital all in one. Each channel is independently programmable. There is no need to replace your entire system all at once. So you can introduce IDAS radios into your existing analog system and migrate to digital radios – at your own pace, at your own convenience and as your budget allows.
Making the change to narrowband must happen by Jan 1, 2013. But smart companies aren't waiting that long. And the smartest companies are avoiding a second transition by side stepping 12.5 kHz and going directly to 6.25 kHz now. They see that the time is now to adopt IDAS right away.