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San Diego Fire-Rescue Deploys Successful XP7 Pilot Program from Sonim Technologies

Date: 2015-09-08
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Ultra-rugged XP7 LTE smartphones put to the test during large local and national events this summer

Personnel from San Diego Fire-Rescue Department have tested the ultra-rugged XP7 LTE AndroidTM smartphone from Sonim Technologies for emergency preparedness during major city and national events in the San Diego area. For a two-month pilot program, Sonim supplied their XP7 band class 14 enabled smartphones to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department during four major events in the San Diego area including the Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon, 4th of JulyCelebration, Comic Con International, and the San Diego Gay Pride Parade.

Firefighters used the Sonim devices as both a CAD interoperability and situational awareness solution paired with two separate custom Android applications built by US Digital Design and CommandWear Systems Inc. With these mobile solutions, firefighters in the field and dispatch teams were able to gain a greater perspective of the events unfolding in real time.

“The Department was anxious to test the Sonim ultra-rugged handsets because of their durability, long battery life, loudspeaker, visibility in the sunlight and glove touch screen,” said Captain Karl Becker of San Diego Fire-Rescue. “We wanted to see how these features; coupled with the custom software applications might improve our ability to capture the full scope of events. Having an understanding of where our personnel were in real time meant we could respond quicker and more effectively.”

Thanks to this successful pilot program, San Diego Fire-Rescue will continue to test the XP7 smartphones amongst different divisions, including lifeguards. 

“We’ve tested our application on many different devices and have been most impressed by the XP7,” said Mike Morrow, CEO of CommandWear Systems Inc. “Responders need accurate and timely GPS location updates. The fact that the XP7 has such an impressive battery life has allowed us to deliver the necessary updates through a long shift and more.”

Sonim’s rugged mobile phones are built specifically to withstand the rigors faced by public safety and defense sectors, as well as those who work in industries such as manufacturing, construction, transportation, oil and gas, hospitals and utilities.

The Sonim family of rugged phones includes the XP5, XP6, and the XP7, which are available nationally at AT&T retail locations. For more information, see:

- Corporate News/ (via Sonim Technologies, 9/2/15)




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