The first docking device that turns your smartphone into a full working traditional multi-band walkie-talkie. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on May 15, 2013.
About this project
The Alianza DXB by Bricom Solutions
(Alianza= latin for 'Alliance') (DXB = Docking Cross Breed Technology)
We are looking to bring together the best of both worlds in the communication industry. Both a smartphone and a Walkie-Talkie (Two-way Radio).
We would like to introduce our nifty little gadget labeled the Alianza DxB. The first docking device that turns your smartphone into a full working traditional multi-band walkie-talkie. Allowing you to seamless communicate with other two way radio (Motorola, Kenwood, Icom, Yaseu, etc). With IP operating mode, the DXB can bridge communications allowing for repeater mode operations, phone patching, PC and smartphone RoIP communicating and more. This allows the merging of a smartphone and two-way radio into one device with the added benefit of being a protective rugged case for your smartphone. Eliminating the need for you to carry multiple devices. The multi-band feature allows the two-way radio to communicate across all frequency bands(VHF, UHF, 800Mhz) allowing for seamless interoperability. It also uses your existing smartphones data to extend the communication distance from 25 miles to anywhere in the world using Radio-Over-IP repeater/gateway feature. The device supports LTE networks. It is also a waterproof, shock proof and crush proof casing. The device works for most smartphones including iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Windows Mobile phone, and Blackberry.
- Traditional two-way features allowing for communication with any two-way radio on the market
- Available for iPhone (4/4s/5), iPod Touch, Android Phones, Windows 8 Phones, and the Blackberry Z10
- Multi-band operations (VHF: 136-174, UHF:380-520, 800Mhz) Narrowband compliant
- Over 1,000 channels with multiple Zones and Priority scan
- Field Programmable and PC programmable for advance features
- Rechargeable/removable battery gives your smartphone extra power
- Removable antenna
- Output power: 5/6 watts VHF, 4/6 watts UHF, 3 watts 800MHz
- IP Push-to-talk for when you are out of walkie-talkie range
- Repeater mode (RoIP)
- Rugged • Shock & Dust Proof
- LTE network capability
- Voice Encryption
- 2-Tone Encode/Decode
- Trunking capability
What makes us different?
With many professional series multi-band interoperable radios on the market ranging from $2300 to $5000, we aim to make the DxB affordable. The DxB is unique in its design and unlike any other device on the market today. The DxB doesn't solely rely on cellular networks and is not tied to any specific carrier. MOST IMPORTANTLY: it isn't a carrier and app based "Push-to-talk" solution. The DxB has all the same working components of a multi-band radio commonly found on any two way radio maker today which allows the user to easily communicate with any other two way radio operating on either VHF, UHF or 800Mhz.
The DxB's unique components and software truly comes alive when you dock it to your smartphone. Once docked with the DxB it uses your smartphones cellular connection to enable features like IP repeater mode, IP Push-to-Talk, IP P25, field programming, and any special apps needed by the user. When you add the capability of a two-way radio and the capability of a smartphone it makes for the ultimate all-in-one redundancy device, which can be used in any type of situation.
Who is it for?
This device is great for anyone whom is an outdoor enthusiast and needs to communicate even when no cellular network is present. Primarily a great solutions for Police, EMS, Rescue units, Disaster Relief, campus/school security, construction crews, delivery personnels, warehousing, transportation logistics, amateur radio operators to name a few.
Where did the idea come from?
Our original goal was to make a cost efficient interoperable all in one device which eliminates the need to carry both a costly two-way radio and a smartphone. In a time where cross band communication is at its most needed, we want to make it possible, without breaking the piggy bank, by integrating the traditional and most reliable form of communication since the second world war….RF communication (Walkie-Talkies) with the most powerful tool in the everyday person’s pocket.....your smartphone of course! However, instead of creating an all-in-one device, which people would have to purchase aside from their personal smartphone, we decided why not make a device which allows you to dock your existing smartphone! This would truly make it an all-in-one device, without the need to have to buy two different smartphones!
So how does it work?
The Alianza DXB uses basic RF and encryption concepts to make up its multi-band functions. What makes the DXB different is how we have integrated RF bands with cellular voice and data to create a unified communication device. At the heart of the DXB is its patented components and software, which merges the DXB’s analog RF bands with your smartphones voice and data. Compatible with your iPhone (4,4s,5) Android and Blackberry z10. The patented BriFit technology ensures a perfect fit for your smartphone. Upgrading your phone in the future won't require you to purchase a new Alianza DxB. Simply upgrade the DxB's data ports to fit your new need. Docking your smartphone to the Alianza DXB and installing the programming app on your smartphone allows you to control the RF Bands. Using the simple User Interface, users can input their operating band, frequency, and scanning options. Once your frequencies are inputted you are ready to start communicating. All voice communications is carried via the RF bands like a traditional walkie-talkie. The DXB software sits silently and doesn’t interrupt your day-to-day smartphone operation. Open it only when you need to make changes or change operating modes. This feature is what makes the DXB unique. For example a hiker can communicate with fellow hikers via walkie-talkie while snapping pictures all from the same device. A security guard can communicate to Headquarters via walkie-talkie while using his phone to capture incident information. The DXB has its own built-in speaker and mic separate from the docked smartphones. This allows for the best voice quality. DXB also has a removable rechargeable battery used to power your Alianza DXB and provides additional recharge power to your smartphone. The DXB also runs in IP mode, which turns your smartphone into an IP “Push-to-Talk” a.k.a RoIP device. Using your phones data service, you can communicate to other smartphones, straight from the DXB. This is where DXB takes this feature a step further towards a complete interoperable device. The DXB has an internal RoIP gateway, which can listen on both RF bands and your smartphone voice/data. Converting the IP packets to RF transmissions. Allowing your communications via your cellular 3G/4G IP voice to be retransmitted through the RF band. Enabling users on their walkie-talkie to be able to communicate to a user on their smartphone and vice versa. All controlled and routed by Alianza DXB and its components.
Can you guys really build this?
We sure can! :) Please check out our bios for information regarding our experience. We have also partnered up with a product development consultant team stationed in the USA and Taiwan, whom employs five embedded technology engineers as well as six standard electronic engineers and mobile communications engineers along with their product design and mechanical engineering teams. They will be filling in the gaps that we the founders cannot fill. The consultant team will also be responsible for sourcing & vetting the right factories in the USA and overseas to manufacture our product with emphasis on low cost/high quality. They will also be negotiating the best factory prices and terms according to what fits best for production. Quality factory checks and facility certifications will be obtained. The team’s engineers will also work with the factory to manufacture some pre-production samples, which are sent to Bricom Solutions for rigorous testing prior to providing them to our backers.
So what's your production timeline looking like?
I'm glad you asked :) Well considering we will be further advancing the project from where it is today, we will basically return to the drawing board from scratch. However, this time we will know exactly what to do and how to do it (Unlike our trial and error prototype, which was a nightmare by the way). Here is what our project timeline looks like, assuming no snafus arise!
- Layout and schematics
- component selection and sourcing
- Firmware/software development
- Debugging and testing
- A full set of production gerber files
- A complete Bill of Materials
- 3 unique design concepts to choose from
- A full set of production-ready CAD's
- A 3D digital model
- Engineering of a rugged casing that is IP67 rated
2 weeks (Not including approval time from agency)
- Applying for any required certification such as FCC and Apple product approval.
- Overseeing the process, submitting the paper work etc.
- Registering with Apple and Google Play Store to upload and receive approval of our special programming app.
- Sourcing and vetting the right factory to manufacture the DXB
- Checking the factory to ensure they have the certification & expertise needed to do the job correctly
- Negotiating with the factory for best price and terms, and manageable Minium Order Quantities
- Sourcing for all the components and materials needed in the manufacturing of the DXB
- On-going quality control in the factory so that quality defects are caught early (and long before the goods are shipped)
- Full project management and handling of details or issues that might arise at the factory
- Organizing the shipping, logistics & import of goods so shipments arrive on schedule.
- Organizing the shipping of backer rewards.
Where has the DXB been?
The DXB was featured in the "New products" section of the February edition of Mission Critical Communication Magazine. And most recently on Gizmag.
Where will our pledges go?
It'll all go completely into the production cost if the DXB. It will cover all the expenses from the above project timeline as well as covers the backers rewards and the fees charged.
Our prototype DXB below
Risks and challenges
The main challenge we are ready to face is the balance of a new bill of materials. Our prototype has assisted us in building an initial bill of materials, however, if we get funded, we look to revisit the bill of materials and balance quantity with quality. Right now, our bill of materials place the device at a very high production cost. We would like to fine-tune and stabilize the cost to be affordable, however keep quality and all features. Re-visiting the bill of materials from scratch will cause a delay in final production. We will tackle this by placing two teams full time researching and finalizing the device costs and functions. We will make sure we oversee the team and assure they meet all deadlines.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The DXB is available for iPhone, iPod Touch, Android (Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Galaxy SIII, Galaxy S4, HTC One, Droid Bionic etc) and the Blackberry z10. And if you are just like us and need to have the latest and greatest every few months. The DXB will be available as a universal fit as well. So if you change your phone you won't need to change your DXB..
The DXB has a built in speaker independent of your smartphone. The audio is passed differently based on you phone model. On the iPhone 4,4s, the audio is pass through data connecter port. iPhone 5 the audio is pass through the lightning port. All data communication between the iPhone and the DXB is done through the data ports.
On Android devices communications with the DXB is made through the smartphone's USB port and audio through the audio jack. On Android devices running 4.1 and above, audio will also be able to be pass through the USB port.
The DXB has 1250 channels with assignable banks and multi-proirty channels
The DXB is a multi-band unit which operates on:
VHF: 136-174 • UHF 380-520 • 800MHz 800-870
- (30 days)