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Motorola Solutions conducts Colombia’s first demonstration of public safety LTE Technology

on Sunday, 21 June 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • LTE represents a turning point in how communications technology can improve safety, emergency management and reduce crime
  • Demonstration to show innovative tools that provide data and information to speed response to natural disasters, criminal searches and more

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA - June 18, 2015 – For the first time ever in Colombia, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) will conduct a demonstration of the solutions and devices designed specifically for mission critical communications on public safety LTE networks.

The demonstration will feature different situations that first responders may face to illustrate the benefits that public safety LTE technology offers to improve prevention, management and resolution of crime and emergency events.

For example, the demonstration will illustrate how:

  • A missing child can be found more quickly by immediately distributing photos to mobile phones or to screens in patrol cars
  • Public safety command centers can access video from security cameras and vehicles in an area and distribute that video to officers assigned to the event
  • Information sent in advance from a command center to officers en route can help them respond to crime and save lives
  • Images can be sent from the scene to assigned units so they have more information and can better prepare before they arrive

In the case of natural disasters – which often require the support of national and provincial security forces, armed forces, fire-fighters, medical first responders and civil defense organizations – the combination of interoperable solutions and public safety LTE technology make it possible for many different agencies to communicate, even if they use different communications technology. And, public safety LTE technology will enable public safety agencies that regularly use cellular devices to have access to coordinated radio communications through an application.

With Public Safety LTE technology, information can be turned into life-saving mission-critical intelligence in real time through the high-speed transmission of data, images and video, improving the effectiveness of preventive measures and actions taken by security and emergency agencies. These solutions provide first responders with a purpose-built network that meets their needs for reliability, quality and security.

The demonstration will also include:

  • The Motorola Solutions LEX L10 Mission Critical handheld smart computer, which provides personnel with information when and where they need it, with the security and control of its own network, guaranteeing the confidentiality of the information. It also features the Real Time Video Intelligence (RTVI) application, which allows users to view live video broadcasts on LTE devices and, when integrated with a mobile solution, allows officers to broadcast live video from their vehicles to other users connected to the same application.
  • Motorola Solutions’ WAVE Push-To-Talk Solution (interoperability and secure communications) which allows users to easily select a conversation group, push a button and talk to users of other LTE devices or devices with other communication standards. This solution enables the establishment of quick and safe communications between the different systems, frequencies and devices used by different security forces and emergency agencies.

"Public safety forces need to capture and process large volumes of data every day and convert this data into intelligence to quickly solve or even prevent incidents,” said Fernando Bonilla, country manager for Motorola Solutions in Colombia. “They also need to be sure that their communications will not fail in critical moments. Motorola Solutions LTE technology dedicated to public protection and disaster relief was precisely designed to meet their needs."

EWR Netz GmbH powers future technology and cost predictability with Motorola Solutions

on Wednesday, 17 June 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Largest distributor of electricity, gas and water in Rhine-Hessen region to receive the latest in hardware and software innovation, as well as predictable operating costs
  • “Managed services” contract ensures reliable and secure operations of future-proof technology and communications infrastructure under service level agreement
  • Service contract covers network installation and operation, maintenance, technical support as well as the latest software and hardware upgrades for five-years

IDSTEIN, GERMANY– 17 June 2015 – Motorola Solutions has signed a “managed services” agreement with the German power grid operator EWR Netz GmbH. The comprehensive agreement will provide reliable and high performance communications for the biggest distributor of electricity, gas and water in the region of Rhine-Hessen. As part of the agreement, Motorola Solutions will install, run and maintain the radio network, provide technical support and provide hardware and software updates during a five-year period.

It is Motorola Solutions’ largest contract with a utility company in Europe or Africa.

EWR Netz GmbH will rely on a consistent and robust “service level agreement” with transparent fixed operating costs, eliminating the need to manage network complexity, hardware and software upgrades. Motorola Solutions will also conduct a refresh of the existing operator infrastructure with the latest hardware and software update of its Dimetra IP Compact platform.

“With the TETRA Dimetra IP Compact system we offer our customers future-oriented new services such as smart metering. Signing the managed services contract was very crucial for us to ensure that our mission-critical systems are always available. We do not have to worry about complexity and system upgrades anymore,” said Johannes Krämer, CEO of EWR Netz GmbH.

“Mission-critical infrastructures require highly specialized service to guarantee a secure and reliable operation. By choosing our managed services offering, EWR Netz GmbH again demonstrates that we are a trusted partner in the utilities sector,” said Klaus Dieter Drossel, sales director key accounts, Motorola Solutions Germany GmbH. “With our TETRA infrastructure solutions we enable energy providers to offer optimized services to their customers at any time.

SUPPORTING FACTS

  • EWR Netz GmbH has been successfully using Motorola Solutions’ TETRA infrastructure since 2007 to provide a secure and independent communication platform for its employees. The TETRA digital two-way radio system is based on a Dimetra IP Compact platform with 37 antenna sites, Dimetra IP switches and MTP850 TETRA terminals. Through Motorola Solutions, their TETRA infrastructure has been expanded to a smart metering solution with a potential smart grid application in the future.
  • The managed services offering from Motorola Solutions covers infrastructure repair, remote technical support, planned maintenance, regular system updates and field service on call:
  • Infrastructure repair includes hardware repair or exchange for all Motorola Solutions and third party devices provided by highly skilled experts in Motorola Solutions’ EMEA Systems Support Centre in Berlin, Germany.
  • Remote technical support: EWR Netz GmbH can rely on a 24/7 remote technical support service for ensuring highly available systems.
  • Planned maintenance: With the preventive maintenance, Motorola Solutions checks infrastructure components before any disruptions can occur and enables an optimized system operation.
  • System update agreement: As part of the service update agreement, Motorola Solutions will also implement a refresh of the existing operator infrastructure with latest hardware and software updates of Dimetra TETRA Release 8.0 platform within the five-year contract. This will further enhance the performance and operation of the system through all technology components, and secures the investment of the system, allowing it to be extended to the next generation of TETRA and broadband systems.
  • Field service on call: Experienced technical engineers support the EWR Netz GmbH on site if issues occur within the communications infrastructure.
  • Motorola Solutions has longstanding expertise in designing and implementing TETRA communications systems for utilities, including RheinEnergie and Vattenfall.

Advanced Crime Analytics Means Bad News for Criminals

on Sunday, 14 June 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions, Wynyard Group partner on big data analysis to help solve crimes faster, more efficiently

  • Wynyard Group software helps identify criminal patterns and find connections in different data sources such as criminal databases and case files in minutes rather than days
  • Integration of Wynyard Group’s software into Motorola Solutions’ Intelligence-Led Public Safety platform enables agencies of all sizes to share data and solve crime with fewer resources

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – June 11, 2015 – Increased data from video, social media and other sources has public safety turning to advanced technology to help make data actionable for faster-than-ever crime detection, prevention and resolution. Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is partnering with Wynyard Group (NZX:WYN)to integrate next-generation crime analytics to help law enforcement agencies connect disparate data sources such as criminal history, social media networks, property records, field notes and other types of evidence. The software helps identify criminal patterns and explore relationships by analyzing data in minutes rather than days, freeing up agency resources to investigate leads and solve cases.

Earlier this year, Motorola Solutions acquired PublicEngines and its “CommandCentral Predictive” and “CommandCentral Analytics” products to expand its innovative Smart Public Safety Solutions. The Wynyard Group software enhances CommandCentral by connecting the dots between multiple databases and evidence libraries to help investigators quickly prevent and solve crime.

“The acquisitions, partnerships and investments Motorola Solutions continues to make this year are significantly strengthening our customers’ ability to prevent, detect and solve crimes with more information at their fingertips than ever before,” said Bob Schassler, executive vice president, Motorola Solutions. “Motorola Solutions’ Smart Public Safety Solutions and Wynyard Group’s analytics software will help public safety quickly gain actionable intelligence from an increasing volume of available data.”

Public safety agencies of all sizes will be able to do more with less by upgrading their intelligence and investigative capabilities at a fraction of the cost with this “Software as a Service” (SaaS) solution. Motorola Solutions’ Intelligence-Led Public Safety platform makes it fast and easy for agencies to share data regionally or nationally to help deter crimes that extend across jurisdictions.

“Wynyard Group provides advanced crime analytics solutions to national security and large law enforcement agencies around the world,” said Craig Richardson, chief executive officer, Wynyard Group. “The partnership with Motorola Solutions creates new capabilities to help law enforcement identify persons, relationships and events of interest and provide a single view of the criminal environment to help stop criminals and protect victims.”

Motorola Solutions employees back U.S. trade legislation

on Friday, 12 June 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

More than 1,000 U.S. employees sign letters backing Trade Priorities and Accountability Act

  • Motorola Solutions employees from Illinois, Florida and Maryland signed letters urging their respective Congressional delegations to pass a trade legislation bill
  • To grow, multinational companies require policies that promote access to global markets, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Brown said

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – June 10, 2015 – More than 1,000 U.S. employees at Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) have signed letters urging Congress to pass the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA).

The trade legislation, passed by the U.S. Senate last month and pending a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, is critical for the growth of any global business. The legislation would establish concrete rules for international trade negotiations that would promote growth.

“Our ability to sell innovative products and services in markets abroad and create jobs depends, in large part, on global trade policies that promote market access,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Brown. “With 95 percent of the world's consumers and 80 percent of its purchasing power outside of U.S. borders, expansion of trade is essential to the future growth of any multinational company.”

The trade legislation would help with ongoing negotiations on two trade pacts currently under consideration: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). These agreements would advance and solidify market access rules across the Asia-Pacific and European markets for U.S. businesses.

Motorola Solutions, a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for public safety and commercial customers, has more than 100,000 customers in more than 100 countries, with employees working in 60 countries. In the first quarter of 2015, almost 40 percent of its revenue came from outside North America.

Motorola Solutions has operations in Illinois, Florida and Maryland, where employees signed letters to their respective Congressional delegations, asking them to pass the trade legislation.

Measurable progress on corporate sustainability

on Tuesday, 09 June 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report highlights investments in employees and communities; details reduced environmental impact

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – June 8, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) released its 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report today and marked significant progress in its investments in employees and communities and in reducing the company’s overall carbon footprint. The report reflects the company’s commitment to responsible practices and continuous improvement to become a more sustainable company.

“Our measurable progress on many environmental metrics reflects the dedication and professionalism of all Motorola Solutions employees,” said Terry Bell, vice president, Environment, Health and Safety Solutions. “The 2014 report gives us a report card on the progress made in managing our environmental impact and being a positive force in the communities where we do business around the world.”

The report shows that in 2014, the company:

  • Reduced its carbon footprint by 36 percent, used 30 percent less water and cut total waste by 17 percent compared with 2013 totals
  • Collected 572 metric tons of electronic equipment waste for recycling through “take-back” programs
  • Used renewable energy sources for 47 percent of its power in the U.S., as it continues to aim for a global goal of 30 percent of power coming from green sources
  • Encouraged more than 3,500 employees to participate in 275 volunteer projects that resulted in more than 80,000 hours of volunteer work for schools and other charitable organizations
  • Along with the Motorola Solutions Foundation, contributed more than $14.5 million in cash and product donations, including $6 million in grants supporting educational programs
  • Invested $9.2 million in development of its employees compared with $7.5 million in 2013
  • Continued its leadership in building solutions surrounding mineral sourcing that funds illegal armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other central Africa countries, working with industry peers to double the number of smelters in its supply chain that are verified as conflict free
  • Received accolades from multiple corporate responsibility rankings organizations, including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Corporate Responsibility magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens

“Through our charitable giving and our employee volunteers, we make a positive impact in schools and cities,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “The foundation’s investments in education encourage the innovators of tomorrow, and our grants for public safety make the world safer through cooperation with hundreds of charitable partners, many of them supported by our employee volunteers.”

Innovative Capabilities and Design Make SL500 Two-Way Radio Ideal for Managing Safety Operations

on Thursday, 28 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Ultra slim, rugged radio with innovative LED display advances public safety in Latin America

Plantation, Florida – May 26, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) announces Latin America launch of the MOTOTRBO SL500™, a lightweight digital portable radio that provides superior audio quality and unique MOTOTRBO™ features that meet the essential communications needs of businesses.

With a slim and ergonomic design, this radio features an energy-conserving smart display that makes it easy for users to carry it at all times. These attributes contributed to winning the “GOOD DESIGN Award 2014,” presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

The SL500 two-way radio includes characteristics that make it the ideal device for coordinating safety and security operations. For quick one-handed access, it includes a side volume control, a dedicated power button and a prominent push-to-talk (PTT) button. For example, a school teacher can carry the SL500 to coordinate with first responders in case of an extreme emergency in the school, knowing that help is just one button click away.

KEY FACTS

  • Using digital and analog radio technology, the SL500 seamlessly works with existing communication systems, while providing access to the capabilities of modern digital two-way radios.
  • The SL500 features “Range Max” technology, an advanced radio design and patented antenna that deliver enhanced range while maintaining a slim profile and long battery life.
  • The SL500’s smart shatterproof “Active View” display uses the SL series’ matrix of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which provides radio information and shuts off when not in use to conserve battery life.
  • Its excellent shielding minimizes dust and particle buildup to help keep the radio cleaner for longer.
  • The SL500 has an Ingress Protection rating of IP54, providing reliable communications even in harsh environments, proving it is designed to last.

SUPPORTING QUOTE

Enrique Rojas, product manager, Latin America, Motorola Solutions

“The SL500 is portability and simplicity redefined. This slim and light two-way radio is easy to use and rugged enough for everyday communications. It has advanced technology for industries such as education, hospitality and security, which significantly enhances the value of the MOTOTRBO two-way radio portfolio.”

TETRA Radio System Used in Chinese Nuclear Power Plant for First Time

on Wednesday, 27 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ TETRA radio system has been rigorously tested for its durability during the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant’s anti-seismic tests. The customer becomes China's first nuclear power plant to use a TETRA communications system able to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake. All two-way radios and mobile radios provided by Motorola Solutions are intrinsically safe for use in hazardous environments.

Beijing, May 25, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced that, after a series of rigorous anti-seismic tests, its TETRA digital radio trunking system has won the digital communications project bid from Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant in Lianyungang. This is the first time this type of TETRA communications system will be used in China's nuclear power industry. In the future, Motorola Solutions will also serve as Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant’s partner for all important command/dispatch and emergency communications network systems thanks to its equipment’s safe and stable operations as well as the company’s emergency handling.

As the largest per-unit capacity plant in China, Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant has the safety performance of a third-generation plant with a high operations management level. As China’s nuclear power plants grow in number and technologies undergo continuous upgrades, work safety has become especially important in their construction and operation. A digital communications system covering the entire Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant will ensure efficient and stable operation of the command/dispatch and emergency response systems, and also lay a foundation for the future upgrade and expansion of the TETRA system to accommodate each reactor. The TETRA communications system from Motorola Solutions offers the richest command/dispatch features and highest reliability in the industry as well as a strong anti-interference performance. It is the primary choice for customers who seek peace of mind.

The stable operation of a nuclear power plant is critical, especially in emergencies such as natural disasters. Even during the power plant design phase, all the products included must be equipped with stellar anti-seismic performance. During Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant’s equipment selection process, the TETRA communications system from Motorola Solutions successfully passed the anti-seismic tests organized by the customer, making Motorola Solutions China the first TETRA supplier to have passed these tests in the country.

To meet requirements of Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant, Motorola Solutions provided high-reliability system equipment and a large number of highly stable TETRA two-way radios and mobile radios. The entire communications system offers powerful functions and is able to handle routine command/dispatch operations as well as large volumes of emergency communications with ease. Among them, the MTP850Ex radio is intrinsically safe, meeting the international ATEX (ATmosphere EXplosible) and IEC-Ex (International Electrotechnical Commission Scheme for Certification to Standards for Electrical Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres) standards. It can still be used safely in a hazardous environment with explosive gases and dust.

In addition, the TETRA communications system from Motorola Solutions is scalable and can be easily further developed to accommodate new applications. For example, backup communications plans can be developed for various emergency scenarios to realize the interconnection of the digital communications system with the internal communications system as well as with the public network system. Other possible applications include locating personnel, digital alarms, monitoring, dispatch and reporting. This not only improves user safety and resource management levels but also helps the nuclear power plant's staff realize efficient command/dispatch and handle emergencies in timely, effective manner.

Highlights of the MTP850Ex:

  • Outstanding audio performance for industry users in a typically noisy environment
  • ATEX and IEC-Ex certified for use in hazardous environments containing explosive gases and dust
  • Internal "Man Down" emergency alert, fully integrated solution that triggers an emergency procedure when the radio carrier remains motionless for a set period of time or falls down
  • Integrated WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) browser and multi-slot packet data, which enable rapid access to critical information in the field

Michael Jiang, chairman and president of Motorola Solutions China, said, "We are very honored to be able to participate in the construction of Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant, demonstrate the advantages of Motorola Solutions in TETRA digital radio trunking system and provide highly reliable digital communications system. Motorola Solutions will continue to provide stable and reliable professional communications solutions and services for users in a variety of fields."

Motorola Solutions to Present at May 29 Sanford B. Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference

on Friday, 22 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions to Present at May 29 Sanford B. Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — May 21, 2015 — Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that Greg Brown, chairman and chief executive officer, will speak at the Sanford B. Bernstein Annual Strategic Decisions Conference on Friday, May 29 in New York.

 

The presentation will begin at approximately 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and will be webcast live at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor. A replay will be available approximately three hours later at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor.

 

About Motorola Solutions

 

Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom or subscribe to a news feed.

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend

on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – May 19, 2015 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 34 cents per share payable in cash on July 15, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 15, 2015.

Motorola Solutions puts life-saving data in the palm of your hand

on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • New LEX L10 LTE handheld device built for dedicated, mission-critical roles in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Australia and majority of Asia
  • Rugged smart device offers a dedicated push-to-talk button and enhanced audio
  • “Public Safety Experience” and applications designed for emergency services

BARCELONA, SPAIN, May 19, 2015 – Purpose-designed to support the toughest mission-critical roles, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has introduced the LEX L10 Mission Critical LTE handheld device.

Within the LEX L10’s rugged hardware lies a secure, dedicated software platform and user interface (UI) that supports capabilities that are above and beyond consumer-grade smartphones. The LEX L10 was conceived and designed for real-world front-line policing, where day-to-day use scenarios differ vastly from those of the consumer. It features a dedicated push-to-talk (PTT) button and enhanced audio that delivers an excellent PTT experience and ensures that communications being transmitted and received by officers on the beat are loud and clear.

Created by Motorola Solutions, the LEX L10’s “Public Safety Experience” (PSX) is a unique user experience that transforms the Android operating system to enhance safety and efficiency for front-line officers. “With the combination of the LEX L10 and PSX, we can harness the power of broadband mobile data, smartly adapting and streamlining information so that officers receive only information that is relevant to them in a critical moment,” said Manuel Torres, senior vice president and general manager, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean region, Motorola Solutions. “By smartly mirroring the activity of an officer and automatically prioritizing what is presented on the screen, the LEX L10 helps increase an officer’s responsiveness, while enhancing situational awareness to increase both his and the public’s safety.”

When equipped with specialized applications, the LEX L10 becomes a powerful tool that enhances everyday activities and critical incidents alike. With Motorola Solutions' innovative WAVE™ Work Group Communications, the LEX L10 provides instant voice interoperability with any broadband device or land mobile radio (LMR) system. Users can gain access to dynamic resource mapping with the Intelligent Data Portal, take remote control of a two-way radio, securely stream real time video for situational awareness, or fly a drone, and the options continually expand.

SUPPORTING FACTS

The LEX L10 provides:

  • Extra loud, dual 1-watt speakers for best-in-class audio quality
  • An ergonomic design for one-handed operation, a no-slip grip, textured push-to-talk button and 4.7-inch touch screen
  • IP67/MIL 810 G-compliant design ensure it is ready for tough environments, able to withstand a drop onto concrete from more than a meter, or be immersed in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes
  • A removable, long-lasting battery for extended shift work and high-rate charger for a quick charge of 0 percent to 80 percent in just 60 minutes
  • Federal Information Protection Standard (FIPS) 140-2 hardware encryption, a Security Enhanced Android operating system and Secure Boot to deter cyber threats
  • Support of 4G LTE bands 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 26 & 28, plus 3G UMTS bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 and quad band GSM (2G)
  • A constantly expanding portfolio of Android-based software applications

Work safer, smarter and anywhere with Motorola Solutions’ redesigned ATEX radio

on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • New MTP8500Ex and MTP8550Ex TETRA ATEX radios unveiled at Critical Communications World conference in Barcelona, 19 - 21 May
  • Built for safety, new radios deliver loud and clear communications under extreme working conditions
  • Enhanced power, receiver sensitivity and battery life provide best coverage possible
  • V.6 ATEX and IECEx-certified for safe operation in potentially explosive working environments

BARCELONA, SPAIN, May 19, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is radically improving safe communications under hazardous working conditions with the launch of the MTP8000Ex Series TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) ATEX digital two-way radios. Designed for intuitive use in potentially explosive environments - such as those found in the oil & gas industry, fire and rescue, mining and airports - these intrinsically safe, rugged radios deliver best in class transmit power, receiver sensitivity, audio and connectivity for safer, smarter work anywhere.

“With a distinct, easy to handle T-bar grip, the latest MTP8000Ex Series radios deliver safe operation in the most challenging working environments, where dependable coverage and the ability to clearly communicate are critical for users,” said Manuel Torres, senior vice president and general manager, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean region, Motorola Solutions. “Both form and function has been completely redesigned and optimized so that the communications experience is not only the safest, but can be tailored to meet a wide variety of roles in hazardous working conditions.”

As the only ATEX radio with powerful Class 3L transmission and enhanced receiver sensitivity, the MTP8000Ex Series radios deliver the best possible coverage in hazardous locations where other radios would struggle. The distinct color changing signal indicator that circles the base of the handset antenna provides the user with an immediate visual indication if there is coverage in an area, shifting from red to green as radio signal coverage improves. The radios provide the loudest, clearest communications that makes conversation possible, even with constant background noise exceeding 85 decibels.

The MTP8000Ex Series support wired and wireless connectivity to easily adapt to the wide variety of missions encountered in ATEX environments.

Alongside the MTP8000Ex Series radios, Motorola Solutions will also launch a portfolio of ATEX accessories including the Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) Remote Speaker Microphone (RSM). This RSM provides a physical NEXUS jack connection to extend an ATEX solution with approved earpieces, headsets and breathing apparatus in an end-to-end communications package fit for a multitude of extreme operations.

The addition of classic Bluetooth (2.1) and secure and energy-efficient Smart Ready Bluetooth (4.0) enables further connectivity and new applications via wireless link to a host of devices including: audio accessories such as push-to-talk (PTT) buttons and RSMs; data collection tablets and smart devices; biometrics including heart rate monitors; location sensors; and environmental sensors that can monitor for, and alert the worker when, dangerous gas levels are detected. This enhanced flexibility, brought about by wired and wire-free connectivity options, helps to redefine ATEX radio systems and add intelligence, dramatically improving workers’ operational capabilities while ensuring the highest level of personal safety.

SUPPORTING FACTS

  • MTP8500Ex provides a limited keypad. The MTP8550Ex offers a full keypad
  • MTP8000Ex Series is engineered to be durable and ultra rugged, rated, IP65, IP66, IP67
  • Ergonomic T-bar shaped design with dual display (front and top) and textured PTT makes use easier when wearing protective clothing and heavy gloves
  • Emergency button with hot mic and emergency messaging function
  • Text and status messaging
  • Extended battery performance in excess of 16 hours for long shifts and unplanned situations
  • Unique nameplate for simple radio identification
  • Meets V.6 ATEX and IECEx standards

Motorola Solutions lays the foundation for safer cities

on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • New smart public safety innovations put mobile intelligence into hands of first responders
  • Cities kept safer by predicting and preventing events before they turn into major incidents
  • Visit Motorola Solutions at Critical Communications World 2015, stand A301, May 19-21

BARCELONA, SPAIN, May 19, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) unveils an innovative technology ecosystem of devices, software and services that is creating an intelligence-led future for public safety at Critical Communications World 2015.

“The growth of data and the introduction of analytics to organize that data is driving the global trend in public safety and other mission-critical organizations towards increasingly sophisticated intelligence-led operations,” said Manuel Torres, senior vice president and general manager, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean region, Motorola Solutions. “Smart data gathering, analysis and interpretation enable not only the shortening of response times, but also the potential to actually change the very nature of the incident itself. Instead of reacting, we can begin to predict and then prevent, so that our cities become safer places to live, work and thrive.”

According to Frost & Sullivan, more than 60 percent of the world population is expected to live in urban cities by 2025, and rapid generation of digital information will need to be measured in zettabytes (each equivalent to a billion terabytes). As a result, ”Big Data” and urbanization demonstrate the rapidly approaching need to transition from relying on mission-critical communications to more comprehensive mission-critical intelligence.

Motorola Solutions is developing innovative ways to take this vast volume of data – including photos, video, social media, sensor networks and more - and transform it into real-time intelligence that gives public safety and mission-critical commercial organizations a new advantage. The application of smart analytics that enhance the value of data from sensors and generate intelligence led response, and the creation of a seamless collaborative environment that connects people, allow access to the right information at the right time, independent of device or network.

This transformation of mission-critical communications can be experienced first-hand at Critical Communications World 2015 where Motorola Solutions is showcasing:

  • Turning data into intelligence: Extracting data to create actionable information for effective and proactive incident management with a smart analytics platform and the Motorola Real-Time Intelligence Client, a single, intuitive interface.
  • Seamless collaboration: Regardless of the type of end user device or network, vital intelligence is placed into the hands of the right person at the right time with WAVE Work Group Communications, a dynamic, collaborative communications environment.
  • Shortened response time: Fast, precise and effective Emergency Response demands real-time situational awareness. Motorola Solutions seamlessly brings together Terrestrial Trunked Radios (TETRA), LEX LTE mission critical devices, with the Intelligent Data Portal and solutions from venture partners such as CyPhy Works’ PARC unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
  • The evolution and transformation of networks: The Dimetra IP 8.X system platform provides enhanced security, increased capacity, TETRA Enhanced Data Service (TEDS) and unified application services for TETRA and Public Safety LTE networks. With a full range of Services for End-to-End Systems TETRA customers can offload the operational risk, cost and management responsibilities while improving system performance.

At Critical Communications World 2015 Motorola Solutions also announces:

  • A complete redesign of safe radios with the launch of the MTP8500Ex and MTP8550Ex TETRA ATEX delivering loud and clear communications with the best coverage under the most extreme working conditions.
  • The launch of the rugged LEX 10 LTE handheld with Public Safety Experience (PSX) interface and applications tailored for mission critical roles in the European and African market.

Motorola Solutions Conducts Chile’s First Demonstration of Public Safety LTE Technology

on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Public Safety LTE marks a turning point in how communications technology can improve safety, crime and emergency management
  • Demonstration shows innovative tools that provide data and information to speed response to natural disasters, criminal searches and more

SANTIAGO, CHILE - May 18, 2015 – For the first time ever in Chile, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) will conduct a demonstration of the solutions and devices designed specifically for mission critical communications on public safety LTE networks. The demonstration features different critical situations that first responders may face to illustrate the benefits that public safety LTE technology offers to improve prevention, management and resolution of crime and emergency events.

The demonstration illustrates how quickly a missing child, for example, can be found by immediately distributing photos to mobile phones or to screens in patrol cars. It also shows how public safety command centers can access video from security cameras and vehicles in an area and distribute that video to officers assigned to the event.

During the demonstration, Motorola Solutions also explains how information sent in advance from a command center to officers en route can help them respond to crime and save lives. The demonstration shows how images can be sent from the scene to assigned units so that they have more information when they arrive.

In the case of natural disasters – which often require the support of national and provincial security forces, armed forces, fire-fighters, medical first responders and civil defense organizations – interoperability solutions, as well as public safety LTE technology, make it possible for many different agencies to communicate, even if they use different communications technology. And, public safety LTE technology will enable public safety agencies that regularly use cellular devices to be given access to coordinated radio communications through an application.

With Public Safety LTE technology, information can be turned into life-saving mission-critical intelligence in real time through the high-speed transmission of data, images and video, improving the effectiveness of preventive measures and actions taken by security and emergency agencies. These solutions provide first responders with a purpose-built network that meets their needs for reliability, quality and security.

KEY FACTS:

  • The demonstration includes the Motorola Solutions LEX L10 Mission Critical handheld smart computer, which provides personnel with information when and where they need it, with the security and control of its own network, guaranteeing the confidentiality of the information. It also features the Real Time Video Intelligence (RTVI) application, which allows users to view live video broadcasts on LTE devices and, when integrated with the Motorola Solutions MVX1000recording system, allows officers to broadcast live video from their vehicles to other users connected to the same application.
  • Finally, the demonstration includes Motorola Solutions’ WAVE Push-To-Talk Solution (interoperability and secure communications) which allows users to easily select a conversation group, push a button and talk to users of other LTE devices or devices with other communication standards. This solution enables the establishment of quick and safe communications between the different systems, frequencies and devices used by different security forces and emergency agencies.

SUPPORTING QUOTE:

Alberto Valdivieso, Country Manager, Motorola Solutions Chile

"Chile has taken an important first step by dedicating 4G spectrum to emergency communications. Security agencies are seeking tools that can withstand the rigorous, day-to-day use of responding to a variety of incidents. The public safety community wants to be able to capture and process large volumes of data and turn it into intelligence that helps first responders deal with incidents quickly, or even prevent them from happening. Government agencies are also looking for systems that provide reliable communications between public agencies at all times. Motorola Solutions can meet those needs with our LTE broadband technology dedicated to Public Protection and Disaster Relief."

Norway´s nationwide public safety network to expand connectivity between LTE and TETRA

on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions’ WAVE 5000 technology chosen to provide secure communication for national emergency network between any device regardless of network

BARCELONA, Spain – May 18, 2015 – The Norwegian Directorate for Emergency Communication (DNK) has chosen WAVE™ Work Group Communications from Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) to deliver enhanced connectivity, interoperability and collaboration for Nødnett, Norway’s Terrestrial Trunked Radio system (TETRA) nationwide public safety network.

Motorola Solutions’ innovative WAVE technology extends the reach of land mobile radio (LMR) and offers radio-like “push-to-talk” (PTT), making it possible for teams of people, in the field or in the office, to effectively communicate and collaborate through voice and data regardless of network, carrier or device, whether deployed on-site or delivered as a service.

DNK has signed a contract with Motorola Solutions for 1,000 licenses and has begun testing the technology, which can be accessed by authorized users with internet connectivity anywhere in the world. The pilot project in Norway will run for selected user groups through 2015 to evaluate use case, features, quality and security.

“Deploying WAVE enables us to take the first steps towards public safety Long-Term Evolution (LTE) integration, extending the voice and data services for efficient collaboration via Nødnett.” said Tor Helge Lyngstøl, Director General DNK. “We are particularly focused on secure transmission of mission-critical voice and data, and security will be a special focus during our pilot testing.”

The Norwegian TETRA system which delivers instant, resilient and secure public safety grade communications will remain the primary system for the mission critical users. WAVE’s smartphone and computer interoperability over LTE is planned as an additional service. Nødnett is being deployed across Norway by Motorola Solutions with planned completion by the end of 2015. The number of public safety and rescue professionals added to the nationwide TETRA network is growing rapidly, and the system already handles over one million calls per month.

“WAVE is a comprehensive communication solution that will help extend the reach of the Nodnett network beyond the current radio system, enabling connectivity to both broadband networks and other radio systems,” said Manuel Torres, senior vice president and general manager for Europe, Africa and Latin America, Motorola Solutions “This will increase the number of options for those users, such as support operations personnel and managers, who require interoperability but do not use a radio as their primary communications device.”

SUPPORTING FACTS

  • WAVE connects disparate land mobile radio systems and removes barriers to interoperability and mutual aide, enabling better collaboration across public safety agencies using different systems, including analogue, digital, conventional and trunked.
  • WAVE extends communications beyond radio to include smartphones, connected- tablet devices and broadband carrier networks ensuring greater workforce connectivity and interoperability with seamless collaboration from any location.
  • WAVE replaces carrier PTT by providing secure, over-the-top PTT applications over public or private broadband networks. This provides customers with greater device, network and use-case flexibility. Non-radio users gain access to mission-critical communications from a greater choice of devices that reflect the needs of their regular operational role.
  • The user interface for a WAVE communications system is provided by a series of client applications called WAVE Communicators. WAVE Communicators are available for Android and iOS devices, PCs and as plug-ins for Microsoft Lync and Microsoft SharePoint.
  • IP PBX voice ports also enable PTT channel access from desk phones.
  • WAVE is secure, with AES 256 bit encryption on voice and data. Audio, control and credentials are all encrypted over the broadband network.

Motorola Solutions Foundation provides scholarships to children of Caribbean police officers

on Wednesday, 13 May 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Program will help 10 sons and daughters of police officers and staff realize their dreams

St. Kitts – May 13, 2015 – The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, awarded 10 new scholarship recipients from its Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP)-Motorola Solutions Scholarship Fund.

The ACCP-Motorola Solutions Foundation Scholarship Program is focused on providing resources for students to continue their college or university studies. The program is making it possible for students who would otherwise not have the necessary resources to pursue an education.

Children of current police officers and police support staff will be able to use scholarship to continue their education in engineering, communications, marketing, finance, industrial engineering, human resource management, criminology or forensic science. These areas of study are essential to the successful day-to-day operations of police organizations and communities in general.

The ACCP and Motorola Solutions Foundation have worked together to promote public safety in the 24 countries in the program, as well as support youth and community development programs.

KEY FACTS:

  • The ACCP and the Motorola Solutions Foundation have worked together to assist police departments in each of the 24-member countries to support youth and community development programs.
  • The winners will be able to continue their education at certified colleges or universities, either within the Caribbean region or at colleges or universities that are associated with the member countries in the Caribbean such as the United Kingdom, Canada or the United States.
  • The program has granted a total of 65 scholarships since its inception eight years ago.
  • The staff of the ACCP reviews all applications for scholarships and makes decisions on which students receive support.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

David Baines, commissioner of the Cayman Islands and president of ACCP

“Over the years, we have seen how the ACCP-Motorola Scholarship Fund program has helped the children of our police officers gain better access to a college education. The Motorola Solutions Foundation's support to the scholarship program year after year confirms its commitment with our future generations”.

Matthew Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation

“Education is one of the key pillars on which Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses it support. This ACCP-Motorola Scholarship Fund program is aligned to our aim on education which is support programs that prepare workforce of tomorrow”.

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