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Michigan Redefines Statewide Public Safety Communications

on Monday, 22 February 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

From the Upper Peninsula to Detroit to Grand Traverse County, every corner of Michigan is benefiting from enhanced interoperable communications from Motorola Solutions

  • State of Michigan, Motorola Solutions are expanding the statewide interoperable Public Safety Communications System to additional agencies including Grand Traverse County
  • Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS) is one of the world’s largest communications systems of its kind spanning nearly 60,000 square miles
  • Expansion will include equipment upgrades, increased system capacity and enhanced system monitoring and management at no additional cost to users

GRAND TRAVERSE, Mich. – Feb. 22, 2016 – Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) is expanding Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS) to include additional users such as Grand Traverse County while also upgrading existing radio towers and equipment at no additional cost to users. Improvements to the Motorola Solutions ASTRO®25 digital interoperable system include upgrading the mechanism for routing communications traffic for additional capacity and reliability while also expanding the capabilities of the alarm system to keep public safety operations up and running statewide.

For more than 20 years the MPSCS and Motorola Solutions have been keeping Michigan’s public safety community connected and safe with one of the world’s largest Project 25 (P25) communications systems of its kind. Grand Traverse County will begin using the system in the spring of 2016, with 750 Motorola Solutions’ APX™ portable and mobile radios serving two law enforcement agencies, six fire departments and five emergency management services departments.

The statewide network currently includes more than 245 radio towers and 74,500 radios serving 1,500 local, state, federal, tribal and private public safety agencies. Users include the Michigan State Police and Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation, with the system also providing border interoperability with Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System was put in place to provide reliable mission-critical communications to our statewide public safety community, as well as our soldiers and health care workers,” said Brad Stoddard, director and statewide interoperability coordinator, MPSCS. “This next phase of expanding the MPSCS will help ensure that first responders across the state will have the sustainable communication tools they need to do their jobs while keeping the residents of Michigan safe.”

MPSCS features a statewide radio infrastructure, which allows members to communicate from the Ohio and Indiana borders to the shores of Lake Superior at the push of a button. Any member of MPSCS can speak with another member with the simple touch of a button, a measure that is already proven as a life-saving, safety-enhancing tool for the citizens and public safety officials of Michigan and is particularly useful for task forces, prisoner transports, warrant pick-ups and homeland security coordination efforts.

“Motorola Solutions has helped the MPSCS serve the residents of Michigan with one of the nation’s leading interoperable statewide radio networks and will continue to install state of the art technology to help keep Michigan residents and visitors safe for years to come,” said John Zidar, vice president, Motorola Solutions Central Region. “The system has proven its strength and reliability by providing communications during natural disasters and other incidents, including keeping radio transmissions up and running during the largest blackout in U.S. history in 2003.”

MPSCS is considered one of the largest trunked communication systems in the world. Motorola Solution’s trunking technology temporarily allocates a channel from a pool of available channels, and only when it is needed. After the user is finished, the channel is returned to the pool. Using this method, it is possible to efficiently operate a large system with a small number of channels, saving costs and resources.

Future enhancements for the MPSCS include deploying an automatic vehicle location (AVL) and automatic resource location (ARL) system for state of Michigan agencies. The system will allow users to track both mobile and portable units.

Motorola Solutions Completes Acquisition of Airwave

on Friday, 19 February 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Airwave is largest private operator of a public safety network in the world
  • Significantly expands Motorola Solutions’ managed and support services business
  • Immediately accretive to non-GAAP earnings and free cash flow

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., U.S. and LONDON – Feb. 19, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Airwave, the largest private operator of a public safety network in the world.

“The acquisition of Airwave enables us to significantly grow our managed and support services business and reflects our commitment to the public safety users in Great Britain,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “The combination of our years of experience as a trusted global leader in mission-critical communications and Airwave’s proven service delivery platform will provide Great Britain with innovative emergency services technology that enhances public safety today and into the future.”

Airwave delivers mission-critical voice and data communications to more than 300 emergency and public service agencies in Great Britain, including police, fire, rescue and ambulance services.Motorola Solutions has been a trusted, reliable communications partner to the emergency services community in Great Britain for more than 45 years. Recently, the UK Home Office awardedMotorola Solutions a long-term contract for the user services (Lot 2) for the Emergency Services Network (ESN), the future public safety network based on long-term evolution (LTE) technology.

Motorola Solutions purchased Airwave on a debt-free basis with a net cash payment of approximately £700 million (approximately $1 billion) at closing. In addition, a deferred cash payment of £64 million (approximately $90 million) will be made in November 2018. Motorola Solutions expects that the acquisition will be immediately accretive to its non-GAAP earnings and free cash flow. The company intends to incorporate Airwave into its 2016 financial outlook, which will be described in more detail during the company’s quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 4 p.m. CST (5 p.m. EST) on Monday, Feb. 22. For call information, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/investors.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable federal securities law. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and generally include words such as “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimates” and similar expressions. The company can give no assurance that any actual or future results or events discussed in these statements will be achieved. Any forward-looking statements represent the company’s views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing the company’s views as of any subsequent date. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause the company’s actual results or events discussed in these statements to differ materially from the statements contained in this release. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the expected impact to non-GAAP earnings and free cash flow of Motorola Solutions. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 20 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K, page 39 in Part II, Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 3, 2015, and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results or events discussed in these statements to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the future results of operations of Airwave; (2) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company and Airwave; (3) negative impact on the company’s and Airwave’s business, from global economic and political conditions, particularly in the UK; and (4) the impact on the company’s performance and financial results deriving from the anticipated benefits of the transaction. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Motorola Solutions Declares Quarterly Dividend, Sets Date for Annual Meeting

on Friday, 19 February 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Feb. 18, 2016 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that its board of directors has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 41 cents per share payable in cash on April 15, 2016, to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2016.

The board also set May 16, 2016, as the date for its Annual Stockholders Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C., and set March 18, 2016, as the record date for determining stockholders eligible to vote at the Annual Stockholders Meeting.

Orion Labs Raises $9 Million from Avalon Ventures and Motorola Solutions Venture Capital

on Friday, 19 February 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

An Orion Labs news release

San Francisco, Calif. —Feb. 16, 2016 — Orion Labs today announced that it has secured $9 million in new financing from Avalon Ventures and Motorola Solutions Venture Capital.

Orion creates group voice communication accessories that bring people together across any distance. Its accessories incorporate the best features of two-way radios and group messaging, bringing simplicity and style to anyone who needs to be readily connected to a group without the distraction of a screen. Using Orion, groups of people can easily talk to each other throughout the day, anywhere in the world, while being physically engaged in the moment.

“Consumer wearable devices have the potential to transform the way people communicate,” said Paul Steinberg, Motorola Solutions chief technology officer. “Orion’s team, products, and technology are at the forefront of innovation in this exciting space. Our strategic investment highlights Motorola Solutions’ commitment to innovation around smart wearable devices. ”

With this round, Orion has now raised $16.25 million in funding. Since the launch of its first product, Orion has seen impressive growth across the company with a focus on building out research and development, engineering and marketing capabilities. This new round of funding will fuel market expansion, company growth and product innovation.

“We built Orion to encourage a world powered by voice,” said Orion Founder and CEO Jesse Robbins. “This funding round affirms our vision to propel voice communication into the future with innovative technology that complements the lifestyles of our growing community of users and potential partners.”

Discover more about Orion and its products by visiting orionlabs.io.

About Orion

Orion is a San Francisco-based company dedicated to connecting people through seamless voice communication. Orion’s core belief is that you should be able to communicate with people who aren’t by your side, without yelling or getting distracted by your phone, giving you more time and ability to focus on the moments and people around you. The Orion experience connects people in conversation across any distance as though they were in the same room. Orion was founded in 2013, and is based in San Francisco, Calif. To learn more, visit www.orionlabs.io.

Innovative radio solution protects and preserves Chinese forests

on Thursday, 18 February 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

  • Hunan Forestry Department deploys MOTOTRBO™ radios for real-time communications and enhanced forest protection
  • Reliable system delivers uninterrupted communication and increased on-site productivity

Beijing, China – Feb. 18, 201​6​ – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) with its channel partner Beijing Dyne Rcomm Technology are helping to keep China’s Hunan forestry region safe with a MOTOTRBO digital radio system that increases safety and security for employees while helping them to work more efficiently.

China’s Hunan province is rich in flora and fauna resources that are essential to the region’s economy. However, these vast areas which make up around 60 percent of the province’s total surface area can be risky places to work for forest rangers. Forest workers depend on reliable communications to be aware of potential bushfire risks and other emergencies.

The innovative radio system integrates MOTOTRBO digital two-way radios and repeaters, a dispatch console for centralised control and monitoring of the network at all times and Motorola Solutions’ IP Site Connect digital solution to extend radio network coverage over the internet throughout the counties and cities.

“Rangers depend on access to clear and reliable communications. They need to stay constantly connected to their colleagues working in control rooms who have visibility of the entire operation and can help to keep them safe at all times,” said Michael Jiang, China President and Country Manager, Motorola Solutions.

“It’s absolutely essential for forest rangers to know where their co-workers and resources are at all times, especially in times of emergency.

“Hunan’s new radio network provides extensive coverage throughout the region, enabling rangers working across a wide geographic area to report the very first signs of fire so that resources can be deployed quickly and effectively to protect lives and natural resources,” Mr Jiang said.

Hunan’s integrated system connects the surrounding cities and counties through clear voice communications enhanced with noise cancelling features that perform reliably in the nosiest environments. This system also supports data transfer across the radio network, using GPS to pinpoint the location of nearby team members and resources in emergency situations, while text messages and automatic alerts can be sent between the province’s central control room and radio users in the field.

Motorola Solutions has now deployed more than 5,000 radios to major forestry projects across greater China at locations including the Inner Mongolia, Hebei, Liaoning, Sichuan and Guangdong provinces.

Motorola Solutions to Issue Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2015 Earnings Results on Feb. 22

on Thursday, 04 February 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Webcast presentation by executives to follow earnings release

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Feb. 3, 2016 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) will issue its fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 earnings results after the close of the market on Monday, Feb. 22.

Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call with financial analysts at 4 p.m. CST (5 p.m. EST) on Feb. 22. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors. A replay of the conference call will be available approximately three hours after the call has been completed at www.motorolasolutions.com/investors.

WAVE Helps Community Flood Response In Shipton Bellinger

on Tuesday, 26 January 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions deploys WAVE Work Group Communications to support the building of resilient, flood-prepared communities in England

  • Community volunteers deploy secure, inter-agency communications for benchmark flood response project
  • Instant Push-to-Talk voice communication enabled between radios and smartphones

Basingstoke, England, Jan. 26, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is supporting community resilience and emergency response with WAVE Work Group Communications for the flood threatened village of Shipton Bellinger in England. The community is the most at risk for flooding in the county of Hampshire. Like much of Southern England during the winter of 2013/2014, the village suffered from extensive flooding when the local river broke its banks. With renewed threats of flooding this winter, the community is rolling out a new resilience program that it hopes will become a benchmark for community response and be widely adopted across the country.Motorola WAVE Unified Communications
 
As a recognized location for flooding, the Environmental Agency (EA) has invested in improving Property Level Protection (PLP) for residents most at risk. To counter more extreme flood events, which frequently strike the village, the investment provides for a variety of protective measures, such as floodgates to block property driveways and doorways, as well as pumps to rapidly clear flood water and reduce property damage.
 
The most recent flood response exercise, using guidelines established by CERT for first response and local community training, has combined the Wessex and Hampshire EA, Test Valley Borough Council, Shipton Bellinger Parish Council and a small local military presence tasked with civil contingency.
 
A critical element in the community’s response to threat of flood is communications. Shipton Bellinger, with support from Motorola Solutions, has deployed a WAVE system to link resilience team members on MOTOTRBO™ Digital Mobile Radios (DMR) with other agencies using smartphones. This has created an extremely flexible, robust and cost-effective real-time communications system with Push-to-Talk (PTT) capability for managing wider teams in an emergency. It also allows team members who may be out of the area to stay in touch during critical times.
 
“The benefit of having WAVE in the mix is interoperability,” says Steve Bluff, local parish councilor, and Shipton Bellinger, community resilience response team leader. “We can dynamically set up Talk Groups over DMR, TETRA radio and connected smart devices. If people come into the area and do not have radio handsets, they can be given a smartphone with WAVE Communicator downloaded from the app store. We can set up a new Talk Group, and they can securely speak over our network.”
 
“We are building confidence, not just in us, but also in the sort of equipment that we use,” says Councilor Philip Lashbrook, Penton Bellinger ward and Test Valley borough council. “WAVE gives that added edge. With a push of a button we can send out messages in one transmission to wider groups of people. This technology is really what we need and if we can get other agencies to adopt the same platform it will give us and them greater ability to respond to any incident.”
 
“The highly professional approach shown by Shipton Bellinger’s volunteer resilience teams is to be commended,” says Andrew Gill, vice president, growth and alliances, Motorola Solutions. “They instantly recognized the value of WAVE to deliver broadband PTT in a very flexible, cost-effective way that met the demands for communications interoperability within their community and critically with outside agencies. The most recent flood response exercise should be held up as a shining example of how communities can work together with public sector organizations to better protect property and lives.”
Looking forward, Shipton Bellinger’s hope is for its incident response model to be rolled out to other local communities until a countywide resilience program is in place. Councilors Bluff and Lashbrook are also in discussion with the Borough and County to use WAVE to secure interoperability at Gold and Silver Command. That would provide a direct link for liaison with local police and fire services to better deploy valuable resources when and where needed most.

Nubo Raises $7M in Series A Funding from Magma Venture Partners and Motorola Solutions

on Friday, 22 January 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

A Nubo Software news release

Boston, Mass., Jan. 21, 2016 - Nubo Software, a leading pioneer in the emerging Virtual Mobile Infrastructure (VMI) market, announced today it has completed a $7 million Series A financing round led by Magma Venture Partners along with Motorola Solutions Venture Capital.
 
With this financing, Nubo plans to expand its marketing, sales and support services for its remote enterprise workspace solution. The first enterprise mobility provider in the world to develop VMI, Nubo allows businesses to deliver corporate and consumer mobile apps as a display from a remote server, ensuring zero data is stored on employee devices.
 
With mobility constantly becoming more embedded into corporate strategy, Nubo Founder and CEO Israel Lifshitz believes more organizations will look to holistic innovations that enhance the capabilities of mobile end users while ensuring data security and compliance.
 
"This is a vote of confidence for the disruptive technology that VMI is to enterprise mobility, and it's great to see it gaining momentum, with more organizations seeing the value and adopting it," explains Lifshitz. "It also speaks to Nubo's ability to lead this new era and provide solutions that let businesses capitalize on the strategic benefits of mobility with security and peace of mind."
 
VMI technology affords enterprises a higher layer of security that completely separates corporate and personal environments without infringing on employee privacy. Because the corporate environment is controlled in one remote platform, IT can develop and manage just one customized app for any Android, iOS or HTML5-supported device. Enterprises no longer have to spend significant resources securing devices because they can simply be disconnected from access to the remote environment.
 
"Nubo has created an innovative and technologically differentiated approach that from the ground up is built around the needs of the mobile enterprise of the future," said Ran Achituv, General Partner of Magma Venture Partners. "We're proud to partner with a leadership team that possesses that kind of vision and expertise."
 
“Today’s public safety agencies and commercial enterprises are using technology to help keep workers out in the field where they are needed, yet also connected to both the home office and each other,” said Paul Steinberg, Motorola Solutions chief technology officer. “Nubo’s innovative solution enhances mobile data access and collaboration by maximizing security and simplifying mobile application management, which ultimately can help create better outcomes for our customers."
 
For more information about Nubo, visit https://nubosoftware.com.
 
About Nubo
The first company to develop Virtual Mobile Infrastructure (VMI) for enterprise mobility, Nubo Software has created one, secured remote virtual workspace that is tailor-made for today’s mobile workforce. With Nubo, corporations own their data and applications, and employees own their devices. Founded in 2011 by Israel Lifshitz, founder of SysAid Technologies, Nubo’s innovative approach to mobile security stores zero data on personal devices while providing users with a native app experience and the freedom to choose their own applications.
 

The State of Maranhão in Brazil Invests in Advanced Communications to Help Drive Crime Down

on Wednesday, 20 January 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

The Secretariat of Public Safety recently expanded its radio communication network with Motorola Solutions technology

The new infrastructure will cover an area of around 5,000 km2 and will help reinforce the safety of the nearly 1.5 million people living in the metropolitan area of São Luís
The solution provided by Motorola Solutions includes Project 25 (P25)-standard digital radios intended to help firefighters and civil and military police officers perform their duties
SÃO PAULO – Jan. 20, 2016 – The Maranhão Secretariat of Public Safety digitalized its radio communication system with ASTRO® 25 standards-based technology from Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), which will help improve safety for the nearly 1.5 million people who live in the metropolitan region of São Luís.

With this solution, which includes Motorola Solutions' award-winning APX ™ mobile and portable radios, the Maranhão Secretariat of Public Safety aims to ensure top-quality audio communications across different emergency service agencies in an area of around 5.000 km2.

"It is very important for us to have access to the technology that Motorola Solutions' devices offer in the area of digital radio communication," said Jefferson Portela, secretary of public safety in the state of Maranhão. "This investment will optimize response times by providing instant communication and allowing us to track the geographic location of service vehicles in real time. Before, it was more difficult to communicate because we relied on cellphones. Now, with Motorola Solutions technology, we have taken a big step forward in providing quality services to the residents of Maranhão."

The digitization will help optimize citizen response services. Some of the most noteworthy advances include greater information security provided by radio encryption technology and device location monitoring via GPS, which makes it possible to quickly identify the agents who are close to an incident.

“This solution will help the State of Maranhão to successfully reduce the number of registered crimes. We know that is extremely important to maintain fast, safe and integrated communications in order to effectively implement tactical actions. As a market leader in this segment, our mission is to offer advanced technologies and devices that make all the difference in our customers’ operations,” stated Elton Borgonovo, director of government sales at Motorola Solutions in Brazil.

Motorola Solutions invests in Pellion Technologies’ breakthrough batteries

on Tuesday, 19 January 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 19, 2016 -- Pellion Technologies, a leader in battery technology, announces today an investment by Motorola Solutions.
 
Pellion’s next-generation technology enables novel, high-energy-density batteries delivering twice the energy of lithium-ion cells in a comparable weight and volume. Pellion’s batteries are now being tested in select demonstration devices in the mobile, wireless and robotics spaces.
 
“Motorola Solutions has a long and consistent track record of driving innovations in mobility and partnering with leaders in the battery field. The company has a deep understanding of battery technologies and capabilities and perhaps the most exacting performance and quality standards in the space,” said David Eaglesham, CEO, Pellion Technologies. “We are delighted and honoured [sic] that they have chosen to invest in Pellion.”
 
“Our public safety and commercial customers have to keep their workers out in the field where they are needed, and where they are increasingly reliant on mobile technology that has to be powered and ready to use at all times,” said Motorola Solutions Chief Technology Officer Paul Steinberg. “While the promising battery technology developed by Pellion is still in the early stages of deployment, we believe it has exciting potential to substantially benefit our products and, ultimately, our customers.”

Communicating a Unified Vision for UK Lowland Search and Rescue

on Wednesday, 13 January 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Lowland Rescue chooses Motorola Solutions to enhance its communications for volunteer search and rescue teams in the UK
 

Multi-region radio communications network provides model for unified search and rescue
Enables specialists to assist remotely when searching for high-risk missing persons
Location-based services improve search management and safety of volunteers

Basingstoke, England, Jan. 13, 2016 – The Association of Lowland Search & Rescue (ALSAR) is taking the lead in developing more effective search and rescue (SAR) voice and data communications. Lowland Rescue has built a secure, digital two-way radio communications network using Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) MOTOTRBO™ technology to drive a vision for search and rescue communications interoperability. The intention is to bring resource from all relevant organizations to a single point to improve search and rescue.
 
"The Police Service has to do more with less and is becoming increasingly more reliant on professional volunteers,” says Kris Manning, chairman, Lowland Rescue. “Developing mission-critical communications solutions that bring our teams and hopefully other SAR organizations onto a single, interoperable network is one of our responses to this challenge."
 
Lowland Rescue is a self-financing organization comprised of more than 1,800 highly trained volunteers who are called upon by local Police Search Advisors (POLSAs) to provide search management and physical search for high-risk missing persons - typically those with dementia, the despondent or suicidal and missing children. During the first few vital hours of a missing person report Lowland Rescue can call on 36 search teams in the UK with specialists in dog handling, flood rescue and waterway search.
 
Thirteen Lowland Rescue teams have already migrated to the organization’s digital radio communications network, known as LRnet, with the others planning to rapidly follow. LRnet is based on a MOTOTRBO Linked Capacity Plus system joining single sites across an IP network to provide a cost-effective, high-capacity, voice and data wide area communication solution.
 
“We selected MOTOTRBO digital two-way radio because, straight out of the box, it let us communicate on a wide area basis, creating a Talk Group Plan that is consistent across all the United Kingdom’s teams,” says Paul Westwell, communications officer, Lowland Rescue.
 
LRnet has deployed eight fixed MOTOTRBO DR 3000 repeaters with plans to extend to 16, plus additional mobile repeaters fitted to incident control vehicles. This extends the current network from Cheshire in the north to the southern coast. Mutual aid is very common within Lowland Rescue and the wide area network enables the search manager in the Incident Control Vehicle to instantly call on the expertise of other search managers elsewhere in the country to assist.
 
The 300 MOTOTRBO DP4601, DP4801 handheld radios and DM4601 vehicle-mounted mobile radios registered on the network are tracked by a registration database that includes their last known locations. Lowland Rescue has also integrated SAR mapping applications via a common Global Positioning System (GPS) database. The MOTORBO digital radios report their location at regular five minute intervals to a resilient central LRnet database and are shown on this national mapping system. The enhanced location-based functionality, along with audio clarity and security, delivers a strong safety aspect for searchers using the radios.
 
“The tremendous work carried out by Lowland Rescue teams is all the more impressive when you realize this is a purely voluntary operation,” says Tim Clark, director, sales channel products and programs, Europe and Africa, Motorola Solutions. “We are actively engaged with supporting Lowland Rescue, including trialing new technologies such as WAVE, which can cost effectively deliver secure broadband push-to-talk communications between the MOTOTRBO radios and volunteers’ mobile devices.”
 

Harnessing Broadband Power for First Responders

on Wednesday, 13 January 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions LTE infrastructure, devices and software solutions help protect Rose Parade attendees in first demonstration of new Los Angeles-area public safety network
  

Motorola Solutions and the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) successfully demonstrated the long-term evolution (LTE) and land-mobile radio (LMR) networks for the first time during 127th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, which attracted 750,000 spectators
Motorola Solutions built the LA-RICS networks, which will enable public safety agencies around the greater Los Angeles area to leverage broadband capabilities to improve the safety of its first responders and citizens with the newest technologies
Motorola Solutions’ LEX L10 handheld devices, streaming video applications and its WAVE™ connectivity software helped first responders maximize the LA-RICS system and raise public safety communications to a new level
 
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Jan. 12, 2016 – Motorola Solutions (NYI: MSI) played a critical role in the first real-world demonstration of the LA-RICS public safety broadband network. With the help of the company’s technology, the system was used to monitor security during the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade held in Pasadena, California.
 
Motorola Solutions built the LA-RICS broadband infrastructure that continues to be optimized to allow public safety agencies to take advantage of its powerful technology. The demonstration at the Rose Parade showed how a host of broadband-enabled tools in the hands of first responders enhances their abilities to protect the estimated 750,000 attendees at the parade along the 5.5-mile route.
 
“The successful LA-RICS demonstration at the Rose Parade created an ideal platform to showcase Motorola Solutions’ best-in-class devices, software and services that improve public safety,” said Mark Schmidl, vice president of sales for Motorola Solutions. “It has been our privilege to build the nation’s largest dedicated public safety broadband network, which will significantly enhance safety throughout the Los Angeles area.”
 
LA-RICS provides a robust broadband network for first responders to use every day to stream live video, track locations of officers and key equipment in real time to enhance situational awareness for police, fire and emergency response providers. The system made protecting Rose Parade watchers more efficient and significantly enhanced situational awareness for all first responders.
 
The network proves to be essential during large public events such as the Rose Parade, where crowds overwhelm commercial broadband networks so first responders need a dedicated network for their mission-critical communications.
 
LA-RICS utilized both a broadband LTE network and an LMR system to enhance operations during the demonstration at the Rose Parade and was able to create push-to-talk capability between both networks.
 
During the demonstration, Motorola Solutions’ LEX L10 Mission Critical LTE Handheld devices worked with its public safety software apps such as WAVE Work Group Communications. The technology helped first responders with broadband push-to-talk capability to deliver real-time voice and data securely over the network.
 
Other Motorola Solutions applications used at the parade included Compasscom Converged Services that provided situational awareness capabilities by displaying the location of other public safety users on a map on the LEX L10 devices and at the command post. In addition, to the mobile devices and applications, Motorola Solutions’ VML 750 broadband modems streamed video wirelessly from vehicles and from fixed cameras back to command centers and broadband devices on the public safety network.
 
LA-RICS is among the Early Builder projects under the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Broadband Technology Opportunities Program that financed its construction, and is the largest dedicated broadband network that is designed to be part of the FirstNet national broadband system. As the prime contractor for LA-RICS, Motorola Solutions continues its leadership in creating public safety broadband networks using both fixed tower sites and mobile LTE devices to provide a robust broadband public safety network.  
 
Resources:
Learn more about the LEX L10 here and here.
Learn more about the VML 750 here.
Learn more about LTE infrastructure here.
Learn more about WAVE here.
Learn more about Compass Comm here

Pensacola Police Department to deploy upgraded communications system

on Wednesday, 16 December 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

A Pensacola Police Department news release

On Tuesday, December 15, Pensacola Police Department will begin using a new mission-critical communications system that will improve interoperability between counties for first responder coordination and response.

The City of Pensacola will connect to Escambia County’s Motorola Solutions ASTRO® 25 network, meaning first responders will be able to communicate seamlessly with other agencies across the county, Florida and neighboring states. The upgrade allows departments and agencies to share one system, yet manage and maintain control over their own talk-group, encryption keys and configuration data.

The City of Pensacola also teamed up with Motorola Solutions and CES Team One to update the dispatch center. The project included the addition of new Motorola Solutions MCC 7500 dispatch consoles and the latest in ergonomic furniture designed to help dispatchers do their jobs more quickly and efficiently during emergencies.

The MCC 7500 Console is the digital computer connections to the P25 core system that Escambia County also purchased in 2010. This will be the first time the Pensacola Police dispatchers will be connected to the P25 core system. The Pensacola Police Department will also be equipped with Motorola Solutions’ APX P25 portable and mobile radios for clear, reliable communications during any event or emergency.

"Motorola Solutions’ ASTRO 25 interoperable communications network and new APX mobile and portable radios give first responders in the City of Pensacola the ability to communicate clearly and seamlessly with other public safety agencies across Escambia and neighboring counties,” said Randy Johnson, vice president of sales, Motorola Solutions. “A newly furnished dispatch center, complete with Motorola Solutions’ MCC 7500 dispatch consoles, means dispatchers now have the latest technology to get the word out to first responders in a timely and efficient manner.”

City of Pensacola Project Manager, Brenda Kahalley stated, “previously, mutual aid events and radio traffic required calls to be patched. This new system simplifies the process down to an easy push of a button.” This project also reduces the cost of providing radio service to all three counties with a shared site, shared maintenance and shared operating costs. The new system will provide a greater footprint and signal strength across all counties with shared channels.

“Motorola Solutions and CES Team One have done an excellent job transforming the Pensacola Police dispatch into a state of the art space that combines sophisticated technology, modular adaptability and climate control for the dispatch workers,” Kahalley said.

This project required the expertise and coordination of Motorola Solutions to make this transition with an uninterrupted flow of 911 calls and radio traffic for the City of Pensacola.

City officials wish to thank the Communications Chiefs, Emergency Management Directors and Public Safety leaders at Escambia County and Santa Rosa County for the willingness to work as a team to form a stronger radio community.

Motorola Solutions chosen for UK’s next-generation public safety communications system

on Thursday, 10 December 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Basingstoke, England - Dec. 10, 2015 – The U.K. government’s Home Office has signed the “Lot 2” contract with Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) for user services for its new Emergency Services Network (ESN), a next-generation public safety communications system. Motorola Solutions will also provide system integration and critical functionality for the new public safety long term evolution (LTE)-based network, expected to be relied on by more than 300,000 emergency and public service users at more than 300 agencies across Great Britain.

ESN will support a network based on 4G public safety LTE technology with voice and broadband data services, such as the ability to send photos and video, for Great Britain’s police, fire, rescue, ambulance and other public services.

“As a company trusted with providing emergency and public safety agencies with innovative, reliable and secure critical communications technology, we are honored to have been selected for this opportunity,” said Manuel Torres, senior vice president of Europe and North Africa Sales & Support Services. “We share ESN´s commitment and vision to equipping emergency and public service agencies with the functionality and capabilities that a broadband-based network can offer.”

Motorola Solutions has been a relied upon communications partner to the emergency services community in Great Britain for more than 45 years.

The company has a proven track record of delivering, managing and operating large-scale, complex and dependable public safety networks across the globe. Motorola Solutions operates more than 20 mission-critical systems in countries including Denmark, Norway, Austria, Australia and the United States. In addition, the company is implementing the three largest public safety LTE networks in the world, located in Los Angeles County, California in the U.S. and two Middle Eastern countries. Motorola Solutions is also leading public safety LTE trials with multiple international police and military forces throughout the world.

Motorola Solutions Takes Networking to the Extreme

on Monday, 07 December 2015. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Motorola Solutions completes Nødnett, Norway’s advanced mission-critical communications network

  • Nationwide coverage encompasses 330 emergency call centers connected by 2,170 base stations and more than 20,000 kilometers of transmission lines
  • Installations overcame icebound Arctic locations at -40°C in the winter darkness
  • Network includes 758 kilometers of road tunnels

Motorola Solutions Takes Networking to the Extreme

OSLO, Norway, Dec. 4, 2015 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) announces formal, on-schedule completion of Nødnett, Norway’s new nationwide digital Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) communications system for public safety and rescue users. This achievement was commemorated with an event attended by His Majesty King Harald V of Norway and Minister of Justice and Public Security Anders Anundsen.

Nødnett is the most advanced mission-critical communications system in the world and one of the largest contracts in Motorola Solutions’ history. The network’s size, complexity, innovative technology and the extremes of Norway’s geography and climate made installation a challenge.

“From coastal fjords to the mountains, and from urban centers to the remote Polar North, the task of providing nationwide secure and resilient communications across Norway’s complex and challenging landscape has been expertly managed by prime contractor Motorola Solutions,” said Tor Helge Lyngstøl, director general, Directorate for Emergency Communication (DNK), Norway.

The nationwide coverage encompasses 330 emergency call centers connected by 2,170 base stations. More than 45,000 users from the police, fire and health agencies, plus voluntary rescue organizations, customs and more are making nearly 1.5 million calls each month over the Nødnett network.

To complete Nødnett, Motorola Solutions installed more than 20,000 kilometers of microwave transmission lines – more than enough to run from Oslo to Mexico City and back again. Norway's high latitude means the northern sites are shrouded in darkness 24/7 during the winter months with temperatures plunging to a chilling -40°C. With the network reaching far north into the Arctic Ocean to Svalbard, installation teams often climbed 50 meters up entombed radio towers to remove by hand stunningly beautiful, but problematic ice.

The network coverage also extends through 310 road tunnels for 758 kilometers, about eight hours of solid driving without ever seeing the light of day. The tunnels include the Laerdal tunnel, the longest road tunnel in the world, and the world’s deepest sub-sea tunnels, the Eiksund and Bumlafjord tunnels.

In all, Motorola Solutions teams drove 817,000 kilometers conducting radio coverage testing, the equivalent of 20 times around the equator. Nearly 14,000 kilometers were traveled by helicopter to test air-to-ground-to-air coverage.

The completion of Nødnett is just the start for Motorola Solutions. The company will maintain and provide operational support for the next 10 years, strengthening the network and providing further functional capabilities. One-third of all Nødnett base stations are already equipped with TETRA Enhanced Data Services (TEDS) and Motorola Solutions has provisioned WAVE™ Work Group Communications to deliver enhanced connectivity, interoperability and collaboration for Nødnett by offering radio-like ‘push-to-talk’ (PTT) on smartphones and connected devices. The network is also ready for public safety broadband bearers, such as long-term evolution (LTE).

“This reliable, nationwide, end-to-end encrypted TETRA network now replaces hundreds of aging regional public safety systems. Despite operating in some of the most remote parts of Europe, the police, fire, paramedic and health agencies have access to clear, secure and immediate data and voice calls so that they can communicate together and save lives,” said Manuel Torres, senior vice president and general manager Europe, Africa and Latin America, Motorola Solutions.

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