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      • It's All About You: MOTOTRBO 2.4 Enhances Your Customization Options

        Published Dec 09 2016, 9:05 PM by Ben Ansell

        Part two of our MOTOTRBO Update series


        Motorola Solutions has just launched a new software release for MOTOTRBO two-way radio systems. It’s focused at improving ease of use, with some new features and capabilities designed to make digital radio communications more dynamic and intuitive. So what do these new features actually deliver? Why should you care? Last week we looked at two of the major updates from release 2.4; now we’ll review additional features that have been changed for the better.

        User-Selectable Audio Profiles:
        MOTOTRBO radios are used in all sorts of places by all sorts of people. And they all have their own preferences on how the radio should sound. So we created this feature to give people flexibility.
        Firstly, there are two ambience profiles: “Loud” and “Work Group”. They’re useful when you’re working in two different areas – like a loud factory and a quiet office – or outdoors in the howling wind, and inside in your quiet truck cab. Not just shortcuts for VERY LOUD and quite quiet volume, they also enable advanced features like Microphone Distortion Control.
        Then there are the six personal profiles. With names like “Bass Boost”, they’re designed to change the tone of the sound. So if you work in a noisy factory, and prefer a “brighter” sound that cuts through background noise better, you can select “Treble Boost”.
        Check out the demo video here:

        Event-Driven Location Update:
        Dispatchers are busy people. They need to keep track of all the mobile workers in the organization, and deploy resources to wherever they’re needed. That’s why MOTOTRBO radios have a GPS receiver built in, so dispatchers can see exactly where everyone is on their console map.
        But we found a way to make it better. Using the accessory connector of the radio, you can connect it to another piece of equipment – and whenever that equipment operates, the radio will send an alert to the dispatcher to tell him what happened and (perhaps more importantly) where it happened.
        So for example, a MOTOTRBO radio in a school bus can be configured to send an alert and GPS coordinates whenever the bus door is opened.
        The radio on a utility worker’s truck can be configured to send a location report whenever the boom lift is raised.
        And a taxi’s radio can be set up to send an alert wherever and whenever the driver picks up a passenger.
        Check out the demo video here:

        To learn more about the features, tune in next week for our next blog on the updates or speak to your Motorola Channel Partner. Ask for a demonstration of the new features in the latest software release, and see what they can do to help your business.

        Ben Ansell is Global Marketing Lead for MOTOTRBO for Motorola Solutions, Inc.

      • Building a Better MOTOTRBO, with Release 2.4

        Published Dec 09 2016, 9:05 PM by Ben Ansell

        Part one of our MOTOTRBO Update series

        Motorola Solutions has just launched a new software release for MOTOTRBO two-way radio systems. It’s focused at improving ease of use, with some new features and capabilities designed to make digital radio communications more dynamic and intuitive. So what do these new features actually deliver? Why should you care? Let’s have a look at some of the bigger ones here today; and we’ll review additional features in upcoming blogs.

        Text to Speech:

        Customers love our Voice Announcement feature. It means you don’t have to look at the radio to see when settings change – the radio says so out loud. But we found a way to make it better.

        Your radio can be programmed to confirm actions or deliver alerts by playing an audio clip you choose, and now, rather than having to upload audio files for each setting, we gave the radio a voice. Now it can synthesize speech directly from the text descriptions.

        And here’s the real benefit: The feature can be applied to text messages and work order tickets, too. When a message comes in, it can be read to you instantly and automatically – you don’t even need to press a button.

        And unlike a voice call, the message will remain on your radio for future reference. For the delivery driver who needs to confirm a customer address, that means he can get an update from his dispatcher without taking his hands off the wheel. For the warehouse worker who’s picking an order, it means he can hear updates to important orders while he continues to work. For the factory maintenance technician, it means she can be alerted to urgent work order tickets even while she’s servicing a machine.

        Check out the demo video here.

        IMPRES™ Over-the-Air Battery Management:

        IMPRES Battery Management is a great way of keeping track of the long-term health of your radio batteries.

        Whenever you plug an IMPRES battery into an IMPRES charger, it reads the battery data: how well it’s holding its charge, whether it needs reconditioning, how often it’s been charged, which charger was used, and so on.

         The PC connected to the charger then gives recommendations on which batteries are reaching the end of their useful life. The implications of this are tremendous: no more unreliable batteries; no more carrying around a spare battery because you’re not sure whether your battery will run out halfway through your shift, and no more throwing away perfectly good batteries simply because they’re old and you don’t trust them anymore.

        But we found a way to make IMPRES better. Now you don’t need to connect all your chargers to a PC, because the radios will send you battery data over the air, using a MOTOTRBO data channel. The PC can be connected directly to the repeater, and the database will populate itself. So whether that radio is in a different facility or even in a different country, you can take care of all your batteries without the need for wires. Check out the brochure here.

        To learn more about the features, tune in next week for our next blog on the introductions, or speak to your Motorola Channel Partner. Ask for a demonstration of the new features in the latest software release, and see what they can do to help your business.

        Ben Ansell is Global Marketing Lead for MOTOTRBO for Motorola Solutions, Inc.