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      • TETRA TODAY CTO INTERVIEW – Technology’s long arm of the law

        Published Dec 09 2016, 8:09 PM by Paul Jeffs

        NEWS. Paul Steinberg, senior vice president, CTO, Motorola Solutions, recently gave an interview with TETRA Today. Paul discusses how technology is changing the operational landscape of public safety, especially law enforcement.

        Paul talks about the priorities for Public Safety agencies “Whilst the priorities for public safety agencies have remained constant – safety, efficiency and effectiveness that offer the best outcomes for society – it is the challenges faced that Steinberg believes are transforming the potential for public safety communication. In particular, he identifies broadband as both a disruptive and enabling technology.”

        And globally “Globally, Steinberg believes that public safety and law enforcement agencies are showing the ability and resilience to be able to react to and embrace the rapid rise of technology. “Public safety is becoming aware of the velocity of change and showing increased flexibility and application for technology and they continue to adapt accordingly.””

        On the transition to broadband “We (Motorola) have within our product roadmaps a range of integrated broadband on land mobile radio products and applications. We want the transition to these to be as seamless, as collaborative and intuitive as possible, allowing for both technologies to be intelligently integrated and deployed as the case may be.”

        Read the full article in TETRA Today Technology’s long arm of the law


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        Published Dec 09 2016, 8:09 PM by Paul Jeffs

        MISSION CRITICAL COMMUNICATIONS. The migration to digital radio is still very much alive and ongoing. A great example of this is the recent announcement that the Latvian Ministry of the Interior has chosen Motorola Solutions to modernise their nationwide radio systems - merging the two existing private mobile radio systems - one analogue and one digital – and migrating these to a single, nationwide ASTRO 25 digital private mobile radio system. This will connect 10,000 public safety professionals from the police force, ambulance service and fire brigades through 64 radio sites.

        Motorola Solutions will merge the existing analogue and digital ASTRO systems to form a single, nationwide, digital infrastructure based on the latest ASTRO 25 platform. Motorola Solutions will upgrade 55 radio base stations and one master switching site throughout Latvia and install nine new radio base stations and deliver 6,242 APX 2000 portable and APX2500 mobile radios.

        The project allows Latvian public safety professionals to take advantage of the latest integrated voice and data services, including vehicle and personnel location, over-the-air rekeying, over-the-air programming, radio user authentication and AES encryption. The newly upgraded system will also allow interoperability between all radio users throughout Latvia.

        Janis Ritins, Head of Information Centre, Ministry of Interior Republic of Latvia tells us “Motorola Solutions is a long-term technology partner of ours and has proven to be able to deliver and implement radio networks for our public safety needs. The analogue system in place was outdated, and with this new implementation we will modernize and merge two separate networks to one nationwide digital land mobile radio network. Our frontline users will be able to benefit from a network of the highest standards of security, stability and quality.”

        For a deeper view take a look at the latest press release

        For more detail on ASTRO 25 take a look here

        Richard Bennett is Senior Manager, Solutions Marketing EMEA.

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      • BUILD OWN OPERATE - Reducing Risks and Controlling Costs in Norway Author: David Parry

        Published Dec 09 2016, 8:09 PM by Paul Jeffs

        MISSION CRITICAL COMMUNICATIONS. When it comes to planning, deploying and maintaining the mission critical networks the police, fire & rescue and emergency medical organisations rely on to keep both you and them safe there is no one with more experience than Motorola Solutions. And in Norway, Motorola Solutions is partnering with the Norwegian government to supply just such a network.

        Whilst Norway is not the biggest or most densely populated country in the world the deployment is by no means straightforward. The challenges include delivering cost effective nationwide coverage in a country with the second lowest population density in Europe and a geography that stretches to the northern most reaches of Europe, well into the Arctic Circle. And not surprisingly the areas in the arctic have their own challenges including biting cold and heavy snow for 3 or more months a year – placing special challenges on equipment and deployment and maintenance processes.

        “We wanted to know the costs for our network over its lifecycle. We also wanted to partner with a company that has designed and deployed similar systems, with public safety at the heart of its business, and that assumed full responsibility for performance and network operation post-deployment. Motorola Solutions met these criteria. We’ve been impressed by its focus; its team is working hard with us to achieve the nationwide roll-out of the system by 2015, while simultaneously running the parts of the networks that are live already.” Mr Tor Helge Lyngstøl, Director General, Directorate for Emergency Communication (DNK)

        The deployment and maintenance challenges are just part of the story. The Nodnett Network whilst providing the highest levels or availability also needs to deliver value for money for Norwegian taxpayers. Again Motorola Solutions stepped up to the mark with an agreement that provides Norway’s Directorate for Emergency Communications with a predictable cost tied to a stringent service level, delivering that all important value for money and quality assurance.

        For more information on how Motorola Solutions is meeting the challenges of delivering the Nodnett network please watch the video - Norway's Nationwide Public Safety TETRA Network on the Motorola Solutions YouTube Channel or download the case study – Nationwide Public Safety Communications.

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      • Partnership Announcement - TETRA and LTE Author: David Parry

        Published Dec 09 2016, 8:09 PM by Paul Jeffs

        PUBLIC SAFETY. TETRA is the de-facto standard for public safety communications today and for a considerable time to come, says Tony Gray, Chair of the Critical Communications Broadband group. However, last year TETRA and LTE cemented a partnership and looking forwards TETRA and LTE will become increasingly close partners in serving the critical communications needs of the public safety market.

        There are over 3-million TETRA terminals out there today and in 2012/13 more terminals were deployed than in any preceding year. Not the signs of a technology that is about to be replaced any time soon. The optimal solution looking forward for the next 10-15 years will be one that builds on the mission critical strengths of TETRA to deliver the benefits of Broadband data to Public Safety organizations.

        TETRA and LTE working together – in the video Tony highlights that “delivering the critical communications standards on LTE is key”. Tony specifically comments on the group working capability of TETRA and explains that what will be needed on LTE is the ability to support “One to many, all informed networks and not one to one calls”. Direct mode is yet another challenge and Tony explains that “direct mode, device to device outside of the network coverage, still being able to make call and receive calls whilst in radio range of co workers is key to mission critical users, whereas if you have no bars on an LTE phone you have no service”.

        To achieve these capabilities there will need to be partnership between the standards bodies and the end user organisations around the world to ensure Public Safety LTE has the capabilities needed to support mission critical communications.

        Beyond the need to create such alignment between TETRA and LTE there is the immediate need for clarity on the spectrum Public Safety will have access to.

        For more insight into the thinking of Tony Gray, Chair of the Critical Communications Group, please watch his video.

        For more information on the Motorola Solutions approach to TETRA and LTE read the White Paper ‘Transform Public Safety Communications through Broadband Innovation

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