Lte | 2018-08-29

Sonim Technologies and AINA Wireless announce New Strategic Partnership

Source: The Critical Communications Review | Gert Jan Wolf editor

AINA Wireless Voice Responder and Smart Button to be featured alongside Sonim’s new ultra-rugged smartphones XP5S and XP8.

Sonim Technologies, recognized as the world’s leader in ultra-rugged smartphones, have partnered with AINA Wireless to use their new ultra-rugged smartphones XP5S and XP8 to be distributed in the U.S., Canada and worldwide in combination with AINA Wireless’ innovative Bluetooth PTT accessories. With this partnership, Sonim customers will be able to extend the full capabilities of the phone including use of an emergency button, secondary PTT button, channel scrolling and other features. Sonim’s Bluetooth portfolio with AINA includes the PTT Voice Responder, a remote speaker microphone, and the Smart Button, a remote PTT control. Only AINA Wireless Bluetooth accessories have undergone the strict Sonim testing and integration requirements supported in their Sonim SCOUT and Sonim Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) application to be fully compatible with the Sonim phone portfolio. While other accessories might be compatible, they will not have undergone the same approval and integration process as the AINA portfolio.

Sonim and AINA deliver ultra-durable and reliable communication solutions. Their products can be found alongside each other with the increasing number of FirstNet subscribers, but also with FORTUNE 1000 industrial companies in construction, transportation, and manufacturing.

Bob Plaschke, CEO of Sonim Technologies, welcomed the partnership as a means to demonstrate Sonim’s desire to provide the best technology ecosystem. “Many of our customers work in harsh and demanding industrial environments and require ultra-rugged phones as well as accessories,” Plaschke went on to say. “The AINA Wireless Voice Responder is the perfect combination with Sonim phones extending and increasing the feature capability provided by and in combination with the phone and PTT application.”

Maximillian LeRoux, CEO of AINA Wireless said: “The capabilities of Bluetooth accessories are limitless compared to their wired counterparts and we are very delighted to work with Sonim on providing new functions that will improve reliability and usability for our users.”

The Sonim phones and the AINA Wireless accessories can be paired with each other through Sonim’s own BLE application allowing the phone buttons and accessory buttons to be mapped with each other to achieve the same user experience.

Although launched with the new phones, XP5S and XP8, the AINA Wireless Voice Responder will also be backwards compatible with the earlier models, XP5 and XP7 replacing the previous Sonim BTR-155.