goTenna Team
goTenna Team
Mar 27, 2017

goTenna devices have always been at the forefront of innovation in the field of off-grid communications.

Our first product, the eponymous goTenna, was the first and only product to enable completely off-grid, long-range, mobile communications on regular smartphones without any reliance on existing networks or infrastructure. Our second, goTenna Mesh, creates the first and only 100% off-grid, mobile, long-range, consumer-ready mesh network.

Our third product, which we’re revealing today, brings the convenience and innovation of our consumer devices into the professional radio realm.

We’re excited to announce goTenna Pro, a professional-grade, mesh-networking tactical radio that offers a lightweight, ultra-rugged form factor, and does so at a price-point most comparable to the cost of a single replacement battery for legacy radio systems currently in use by professional users for public and/or private safety.

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goTenna Pro is designed for institutional users in public safety, defense, industry, and enterprise organizations. The device works in conjunction with the simple goTenna Pro smartphone app — or with any variety of apps built atop goTenna Pro’s open software development kit — to allow users to send and receive critical data over many miles and across various terrain, without any kind of centralized infrastructure.

Before goTenna Pro, a comparable high-performance mesh-capable radio system would necessarily cost tens of thousands of dollars per unit and be extremely bulky — representing an insurmountable barrier to acquisition for almost all except the most well-funded military operators. With goTenna Pro, however, this paradigm has fundamentally shifted.

Simply put, goTenna Pro is 40x less expensive, 12x smaller, 10x lighter, and 30x more energy efficient than any other comparable mesh networking tactical radio system. Plus, with its intuitive smartphone integration, operationalization is immediate — no special training is required, as it works just like any other messaging app on your smartphone.

Some of the key enhancements in goTenna Pro relative to our existing consumer product line are:

  • Professional-grade, high-performance mesh networking
  • Upgraded 5-watt variable output power
  • Software-defined tunable VHF/UHF radio (142-175MHz & 445-480MHz)
  • Greatly upgraded radio sensitivity (-124dBm)
  • SMA antenna connector for easy operation with any legacy antennas
  • Military grade ruggedization (MILSPEC & IP68)
  • Intrinsic safety for explosive environments
  • Upgraded battery life exceeding 60 hours per charge
  • Complementary enterprise fleet management portal

By providing a reliable mode of long-range, multi-hop communication that operates independent of top-down infrastructure — and doing so a at a widely accessible cost and form factor — goTenna Pro brings new users to the table who were previously shut out from high-quality mesh-capable communications in the past. It also makes entirely new and unique kinds of communications architectures possible for everyone from non-profit relief workers to local fire and police; through to elite and traditional defense personnel.

New possible network architectures include deploying to the field with multiple Pro units on each user so as to bread-crumb devices in challenging or obstructed environments. Teams can also interconnect goTenna Pro with traditional networking systems like wifi, LTE, or satellite to push the tactical edge of the network out further than before, through a flexible and long-range hub-and-spoke network architecture.

“goTenna Pro will improve the line of communication between teams and institutions that require resilient, scalable communications in incredibly demanding, mission-critical situations,” says Daniela Perdomo, goTenna’s co-founder and CEO. “The ease-of-use and affordability of Pro brings the power of off-grid mesh-networking to anyone from non-profit humanitarian workers to the most well-funded defense and enterprise organizations, helping them perform their important jobs day-to-day and during emergencies.”

In conjunction with the launch of goTenna Pro, we’re also offering a cloud-based fleet management portal and a network-in-a-box deployment kit. The goTenna Pro Management Portal is a full-featured web portal for the provisioning, management, and maintenance of enterprise teams’ goTenna Pro devices, and is included with the purchase of any Pro device, with the option to upgrade to certain paid SaaS features. The goTenna Pro Deployment Kit enables operators to maintain as well as efficiently deploy up to 30 goTenna Pro units and their partner apps in any situation without any need for network connectivity anywhere in the world.

As of today you can reserve goTenna Pro and its supporting suite of products right here at pro.gotenna.com, as well as through our partner distributors and resellers.