Two-way Radio FM Approval Opens New Intrinsically Safe Markets for Icom
BELLEVUE, WA – Icom America has just received FM Approval – Intrinsically Safe and Nonincentive for their F3161
series radios. Because of this certification, employees and co-workers can take advantage of team communication
and work safely together using these two-way radios in certain places where combustible substances or environments
“The flexibility of these radios offers so many combinations for customers that we can provide the right technology
and future migration path for them,” said Mark Behrends, Icom National Sales Manager. “Offering a FM Approved radio
that can be analog, digital, mixed mode, conventional, and trunking fits almost any need for customers that work in
The series passed the IP test for dust-protection and water jet resistance. Its durable construction is backed up
by an aluminum die-cast chassis and polycarbonate casing, allowing reliable operation under harsh weather and
The F3161 radio series has popular features like a lone worker check function, bell icon, answer back call, auto
TX, radio stun/kill/revive, scan, push-to-talk id, call alert, and emergency mic monitoring.
Select versions of these new radios operate on the Icom IDAS™ system. IDAS is Icom’s digital land mobile radio
system using the NXDN™ common air interface and offers a complete system of handheld radios, mobile radios, repeaters,
network interface/trunking controller, IP-based virtual radio, various accessories and a complete system solution.
“IDAS is the perfect solution for a customer that has legacy radios, or a need for analog radios, and their future
operations need to migrate to digital.” said Behrends. “Our system operates in analog, digital, and mixed mode.
These new FM Approved radios complete the mix of our technology offering, at a price point that is very competitive.”
Icom America's parent company, Icom Inc., was founded in Osaka Japan. Icom is a publicly held Japanese corporation; its
stock is traded on the Tokyo and Osaka Stock Exchange. Icom began as an engineering and manufacturing company, making
advanced, compact solid-state radio equipment for use by amateur radio enthusiasts. Icom has since grown to become an
industry leader using the D-STAR standard, with a product line that includes other state-of-the-art digital communications
equipment for land and marine use as well as avionics. Icom America's headquarters are in Bellevue, Washington.