UK wide installation services of in-vehicle communications and surveillance equipment.
Whether it's a single vehicle or a fleet, our own in-house, experienced Installers can be at your premises at a time to suit.
Specialising in multi-technology vehicle solutions, equipment is installed efficiently, to industry best practice and in compliance with our ISO9001 accredited Quality Management System.
For enquiries regarding vehicle installation work, please get in touch, our Service Department will be happy to assist.
In-Vehicle Mobile Phones
We've been fitting carphones and mobile phone car kits since they came out in the 1980's. Whilst many new vehicles are now fitted with Bluetooth phone connectivity as standard, there is still a demand for "handsfree" connections to mobile phones.
- Bluetooth Wireless
- Radio Mute options
- Cars, Vans, Trucks, Plant and more
Did you know that it’s been illegal to use a handheld mobile phone while driving,
or while stopped with the engine running, since December 2003?
Since the 1st of March 2017, the Fixed Penalty Notice has increased to £200 and 6 points on your Driving Licence.
To receive a penalty you only need to be seen with a handheld "device"* - this includes using your phone to follow a map, read a text or check social media etc. This applies even if you’re waiting at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
You can only use a handheld phone or device if you are safely parked or need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop.
If you are within the first 2 years of passing your driving test, 6 points for this offence will result in the loss of your Driving Licence.
Whilst you can use a handsfree system to make or receive a call, if you are in contact with the device for texting, browsing etc, or considered to be distracted or not in proper control of a vehicle, you can be prosecuted.
Penalties can be much greater where using a device results in prosecution for not being in proper control of a vehicle, dangerous driving, causing damage, injury or even death.
Where they provide mobile devices, Employers have responsibilities to ensure they have a policy / procedure in place to ensure Employee compliance with the legislation.
- Handheld device – something that "is or must be held at some point during the course of making or receiving a call or performing any other interactive communication function"
- Device – "similar" to a mobile phone if it performs an interactive communication function by transmitting and receiving data
- You can use a two way radio but not any other device that sends or receives data
Our Mobile Phones Team will be happy to discuss your in-vehicle devices policy
and advise on appropriate options for your business.
In-Vehicle Mobile Radio
Whilst their use has declined in vans and commercial vehicles, mobile radios are still widely used in Control Rooms, Plant Machinery, Support Vehicles, Off Road Vehicles, Boats and other weird and wonderful forms of transport.
- Leading Mobile Radio Brands
- Analogue / Digital
- Fixed and Magnetic Antenna options
- GPS & Bluetooth options
- Cars, Vans, Trucks, Plant, Boats and more
- Radio System Base Stations
- Hand Mics, Visor Mics, Gooseneck Mics, Gear Lever PTT and other hands free options
The Use of Two Way Radio Equipment in a Vehicle
There has been much discussion overtime on the legality of using radio equipment in a vehicle. The Highway Code states, that you must drive with both hands on the wheel, where possible, this will help you to remain in full control of the vehicle at all times. The law also prohibits a person from driving, or causing or permitting a person to drive, a motor vehicle on a road if the driver is using a held-hand mobile telephone or a hand-held device.
The equipment used in a vehicle is classified as two-way radio equipment and Hand-Held Devices:
The law states that two-way radio means any wireless telegraphy apparatus which is designed or adapted (i) for the purpose of transmitting and receiving spoken messages; and (ii) to operate on any frequency other than 880 MHz to 915 MHz, 925 MHz to 960 MHz, 1710 MHz to 1785 MHz, 1805 MHz to 1880 MHz, 1900 MHz to1980 MHz or 2110 MHz to 2170 MHz.
Hand Held Device
Is defined as a device which performs an interactive communication function by transmitting and receiving data. Also, a piece of computing equipment that can be used in the hand, such as a smartphone or tablet computer.
Is defined as using a hand-held mobile phone or other hand-held electronic equipment whether as a phone, satellite navigation or to compose or read text messages when the driver was avoidably and dangerously distracted by that use.
Careless or Inconsiderate Driving
Is defined as using a hand-held mobile phone or other hand-held electronic equipment when the driver was avoidably (but not dangerously) distracted by that use.
Although the equipment is classified differently, the penalties for use may well be the same, in that you need to be in control of the vehicle at all times.
One area for consideration that is often missed is the Health and Safety legislation. All employers have a duty of care towards their employees. Whenever an employee is asked to use a device when driving consideration should be given to their wellbeing and safety.
To reduce the risk a clear policy should be in place taking into consideration the above legislation providing clear instructions to the user on the use of the equipment within the vehicle. The difference in the way devices is classified maybe because of the complexity of mobile phone use as opposed to a two-way radio.
Our Two-Way Radio and Push to Talk (3G/4G) technologies work in the same way from the user point of view. Whereas when using a Mobile phone it may be necessary to make a call by selecting the required number from a list or answering a call from an unknown caller etc. A complex procedure when driving.
Hands-free equipment can be fitted within the vehicle to reduce the risk for both technologies. Although this reduces the risk once the call is answered you still need to find the number to call. Whereas when using Icom Two-Way Radio and Push to Talk (3G/4G) technologies there is no call setup required. Icom equipment can be set up to receive an individual or group call that will be connected automatically.
With our Two-Way Radio and Push to Talk (3G/4G) technologies you do not have to answer a call all communications intended for you or your group are automatically routed to the device.
The use of any equipment while driving increases risk and where possible this risk should be reduced by using technology designed for and tailored to your requirements.
Icom UK has many years’ experience in the design of systems specifically designed to meet the customer’s needs.
Information courtesy of Icom UK
In-Vehicle Tracking and Telematics
Vehicle Tracking has evolved to do much more than locate a vehicle. Intelligent telematics systems monitor driving styles, fuel usage, route deviation and much more.
We install hard wired and battery powered "portable" solutions to not just road going vehicles, but a wide range of transportable assets. We also install Tracker Locate Stolen Vehicle Recovery systems.
- Driver Feedback Displays
- Stolen Vehicle Recovery
- Satellite Navigation
- Cars, Vans, Trucks, Plant, Boats, Caravans and more
In-Vehicle Surveillance Systems
As insurance costs get ever higher, insurance fraud increases and wrongful blame for accidents becomes more popular, businesses are now protecting themselves and their people with vehicle technology.
- Forward Facing Cameras
- 360 Degree Vision
- Occupant and Load Monitoring
- "Black Box" Recording
- Reversing Cameras and Display Units