2 Way Sat Devices

Things are changing here at Walco Radio! We have new partners, and a line up of new products to better serve our customers! You spoke and we listened.

InReach Two-Way Satellite Devices

We are now carrying InReach Explorer and SE products! These devices offer two-way satellite communications. It’s like texting, via satellite! The Explorer also doubles as a GPS unit!  Want the full rundown? You can get that in the product brochure! Plus InReach devices pair with your smartphone!

 

Come check out our new products and services today!

Broken phone? It can be fixed!

Things are changing here at Walco Radio! We have new partners, and a line up of new products to better serve our customers! You spoke and we listened.

Cellular Repair

Our customers work hard and play hard. Things get broken in the process. Don’t worry, we are here to help. After years in cellular, we know your devices better than anyone. So cell repair is a natural fit! Bring your damaged phone to us for repair. Pricing can be found here. Device not listed? Give us a shout and we can let you know if we can do the repair!

Most repairs cost less than $100!

Come check out our new products and services today!

 

Telus: Sonim Rugged Devices

Our phones are our constant companions, joining us in work and play. More often than we’d like, this results in serious damage to the device. Screens break, buttons stop working, coffee ends up everywhere. This is even so for people with desk jobs.Sonim-en-overview

For people who work in industry these problems are only magnified. However, to date, there have been very few ruggedized options in the smartphone line. Enter Sonim. Sonim Technologies is a US company manufacturing super endurable devices.
Through Telus, Walco is proud to carry two of these devices. The XP6 and XP7.

Key features of these devices include:

  • Android Operating System;
  • Gorilla Glass touchscreen for use with wet or dirty gloves;
  • Magnetic charging port for water and dust resistance;
  • Super loud speaker and noise cancellation for use in loud environments;
  • 3 year warranty including accidental damage;
  • Push to talk (like a radio!);
  • 4 to 16 GB;
  • Insane battery life- 16 to 40 hours talk time, up to 1000 hours standby.

Talk about a work phone!

Kamloops Crime Rash: Protecting Assets


There has been a rash of burglaries and break-ins over the last few months in Kamloops. The spree seems to have started in late April, when 12 local businesses were targeted.[1] Most people have suffered some property loss due to theft. However, when it becomes more than a sporadic event, people and businesses are forced to contemplate ways to take action to protect valuables. At Walco, we are eager to tell people about new technologies that may help.

Vehicles and equipment are very attractive for criminals. Such items have inherent value and can be used by the criminals or sold. In this way, equipment is much like the notoriously preferred cellular phone.  Historically, cellular phones have been a favorite of criminals due to their difficultly to trace, inherent value, and the ease in which they are taken. To combat this problem, more and more cellular devices are coming equipped with tracking applications. This trend is branching into other areas. Thus, similar to the ‘find my iPhone’ feature, Spot has come out with a device called the ‘Trace’.

This device is a GPS tracker which is installed on the vehicle or equipment. A membership allows for satellite tracking of the asset. In other words, the asset can be traced even outside of cellular coverage. Interface with the device is easy, allowing for emails or text messages when the asset moves (including Google Map tracking). Updates are customizable for 2.5, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes. Settings are configured through the Spot website.

Installation is easy and quickly explained in this tongue and cheek video from Spot.

Specifications include: [2]

  • Size:  2.02 in (5.13 cm) high, by  2.69 in (6.83 cm) wide, by .95 in (2.14 cm) thick;
  • Weight: 3.1 oz. (87.9 g);
  • Operating Parameters: -22 F to 140 F (-30 C to 60 C), 328 ft. to 21,320 ft. (-100 m to 6,500 m);
  • Vibration Rated: per SAE J1455;
  • Waterproof rated: IPX7 (1 m for up to 30 minutes).

We have heard of at least one major piece of equipment returned to the owner via use of the Spot Trace. Other customers have reported insurance deductions due to use of the Spot Trace on equipment. At Walco, we would be happy to discuss whether this device is right for you!

 

 

[1] http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/kamloops-businesses-blitzed-by-burglars/

[2] http://www.bloomberg.com/article/2013-11-14/a2QGwaevwFL0.html

Apple WWDC: iOS 8

This year at Apple’s WWDC, several announcements were made with respect to the brand’s future. Of paramount interest to the cellular industry are developments in mobile technology. While there has been a great deal of buzz around the iPhone 6 (rumored to have a larger screen), the true hit was discussion of iOS 8.

Several new features of iOS 8 were outlined, including:

  1. Health: a centralized application that tracks all health related data. This technology was developed in partnership with Nike, Bitbit, Wahoo, iHealth and Withings.[1]
  2. HomeKit: mobile devices will be enabled to control home systems. [2]
  3. Interactive notifications: this feature allows users to remain in the app or function while responding to text messages or other notifications.
  4. Quicktype: This is intelligent auto-fill, for example, if sent “a text message ask[ing] whether the user wants to do dinner or a movie, [the] suggestions were either “Dinner” or “Movie.” “[3]
  5. Family Sharing: This feature allows for up to 6 family members (using the same credit card) to share iTunes purchases.
  6. Siri: To accommodate those who use Siri while driving, the statement “Hey, Siri” now enables the function. Further, Siri is able to identify songs.

These are just a few of the developments discussed. If you want further information, Apple has made the full keynote address available on the official YouTube Channel.

Rumors set the release date for later this fall or near the holiday season.[4]

 

 

[1] http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/06/03/ios-8-first-look-video-apples-health-app-and-emergency-medical-id

[2] http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/apple-unveils-os-x-10-10-yosemite-ios-8-with-healthkit-1.2661730

[3] http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/06/02/apple-unveils-ios-8-with-interactive-notifications-quicktype-keyboard-group-text-enhancements

[4] Ibid, note 2.

Huawei Smart Hub

 This week, we will take one step further in achieving signal in remote locations. Boosters and the Huawei Smart Hub work together to make the most of what signal is available. The Smart Hub can be set up in the same location as the booster, thereby receiving the strongest signal while allowing for maximum range.

Never heard of a Smart Hub? It is essentially a router for data signal. Simply plug the Smart Hub into a power source, connect to the Telus 4G network, and you have high speed internet for up to 32 devices. The Smart Hub is also telephone line compatible, acting as a portable home phone.

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The Smart Hub requires its own Telus plan and SIM card. The SIM card is a onetime purchase concurrent with the Smart Hub. The plan options vary with costs relative to your particular needs. The benefit of these requirements is you can take your number and your data plan with you.

Telus notes the Smart Hub as ideal for those who:[1]

  • Live outside the range of ADSL or cable broadband access and want High Speed Internet;
  • Have a cottage or cabin and want High Speed Internet and home phone service services seasonally;
  • Frequent movers, renters and students who want to keep their home phone number and get online the same day they move in;
  • Want to quickly and easily setup connectivity without installation costs. Simply plug the device into an AC power source to get connected wherever there is TELUS 4G coverage;
  • Need to share data and provide connectivity to multiple users at a single location. You can connect up to 32 users via Wi-Fi with the latest Wi-Fi technology (802.11n).

 A further benefit of the Smart Hub is the support Telus provides for this product. The Telus site offers guidance on installation, resetting and updating your Smart Hub.[2] While this device is very simple to set up, outlined instructions take the guess work out of installation.

At Walco, we know how frustrating it can be struggling for signal. We have many customers who use this product concurrently with a booster to much success. We would be happy to help you establish if this product is right for you, and set you up with the right plan for your needs.

 
 

[1] http://mobility.telus.com/en/BC/huawei_b890/index.shtml

[2] http://mobility.telus.com/en/BC/Huawei-B890-LTE/how-to-004302.shtml

Dash Cameras

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The role video cameras have in our lives has been changing in recent years.  Historically, cameras were primarily for building security from theft and burglary. However, new uses have arisen as our world becomes more alert to the possibilities of technology.  Vehicle cameras represent a natural progression. Dash mounted cameras, or ‘dash cams’ are installed to capture incidents while driving or while the owner is away.[1] Police were among the first to utilize this technology, but private owners are becoming more and more likely to buy in. Already notoriously popular in Russia, [2] dash cams are on the rise in Canada.

Dash cams offer the same protection as cameras on buildings. When considered in this light, it is strange it has taken this long to develop the application. Vehicles are valuable property, and subject to a greater variety of risks. Dash cameras provide two obvious benefits in this regard. First, these devices capture on road accidents and incidents as they occur. This provides key information to insurance providers and other stakeholders in an accident. Second, vehicles are especially subject to break-ins and vandalism. Dash cams capture incidents occurring while the owner or driver is not present.

Dash cams are easy to use and do not require a technical background for use or installation. At Walco Radio, we are proud to carry Mediasonic products. The MLG-7017CVR is battery operated with a USB charger. Installation is a snap, including a suction cup for secure, but adjustable, dash positioning. This device takes up to a 32G SD card to store video and audio. More advanced equipment is also available for order, including the BlackVue 2-channel hi-definition camera. Whether you are a private owner suffering from keying or dents from neighboring cars, or a business owner with a fleet of vehicles navigating the busy streets of British Columbia- a dash cam is the perfect way to protect your vehicle.

 

 


[1] Farrah Merali, “Dashcam records lane change gone wrong on B.C. highway”, find at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/dashcam-records-lane-change-gone-wrong-on-b-c-highway-1.1329371.

[2] Devon Lavrinc, “Why almost everyone in Russia has a dash cam,” find at: http://www.wired.com/2013/02/russian-dash-cams/.