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February 1, 1989


By CBR Staff Writer

Intent on being the first company to take advantage of the UK Department of Trade & Industry’s pending deregulation of low power licensing and channel spacing, mobile radio products developer Pace Communications (UK) Ltd has released the DataMaster series of mobile radio data modems. The RPM 1012, with transmission speeds of 300bps to 1200bps at 12.5KHz, and the RPM 2096, with speeds of 300bps to 9600bps, can both operate on UHF or VHF private radio frequencies, providing an on-line, real time link between a host and remote mobile terminal, up to a distance of 30 miles. The series enables 32 users on one system to interface to the host. The company claims no other radio modems cover the range between 4.8Kbps, in 12.5Kbps channel spacing, and 9.6Kbps in 25.0Kbps channel spacing. The company is now searching for OEM deals, hoping to get involved in the early stages of manufacturing, particularly for point of sale and data capture units. For point-of-sale, the company says its modems will allow more flexibility in layout and remove the need for much cabling. John Brooks, sales and marketing director, believes the Department of Trade & Industry’s deregulation measures are benefical to UK manufacturers such as Pace, and hopes that the products will be launched within 12 months in Europe, given similar deregulation in continental Europe; by this time he hopes applications will have spread into other areas such as process control. Southampton-based Pace, formed in 1983, benefitted from substantial venture capital from MTI in 1987, and now has a turnover of around UKP2m.

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