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    • Visit Us @ Interschutz 2015 Author: Peter Damerau

      Published Dec 09 2016, 8:10 PM by Paul Jeffs

      Experience new solutions for fire fighters at Interschutz 2015, Booth B28, Hall 12, Hanover Messe, Hanover, Germany, June 8-13, 2015

      Interschutz attracts some 125,000 public safety professionals and representatives of fire departments from around the globe and features market-leading exhibitors from 46 different countries. This makes the trade show the ideal platform for presenting our next-generation communications solutions for improved and faster response for fire fighters, senior officers and control rooms.

      At booth B28 in hall 12, we will present our latest communications solutions for fire departments together with our longstanding partners AIRadio, NC Plan and Comtec: Don’t miss our new ground-breaking MTP8000Ex Series of TETRA ATEX digital two-way radios for use in potentially explosive environments that deliver best in class transmit power, receiver sensitivity, audio quality and connectivity.

      Learn more about AIRadio’s new software release for our MTS1 base station to improve in-building coverage. Experience NC Plan’s gateway solution and Bluetooth 2 speaker microphone with encryption according to highest security standards, and find out more about Comtec’s migration solution from analogue to digital as well as their TETRA status panel for mobile digital radios. You will also have the opportunity to purchase Motorola radio accessories directly at the Motorola Shop made by Comtec!

      Our Motorola Solutions experts and partners are available to speak about the latest trends and opportunities in Public Safety and for fire departments: How can we extract critical intelligence, turn it into actionable response and mobilise it out to emergency response teams, control room operations and other crucial groups? How can we shift from reacting and responding to anticipating, forecasting, predicting and preventing?

      Contact us to schedule a meeting or a booth tour. You are also highly welcome to join our expert and partner presentations at the Interschutz forums:

      June 9, 9:55 – 10:15: Intrinsically Safe Solutions for the Fire Market by Mark La Pensee, Motorola Solutions

      June 9, 12:50 – 13:10: In-house Communication with Independent Base Station MTS1 from Motorola Solutions by Wolfgang Jeckstadt, AIRadio

      June 10, 12:00 – 12:20: Professional Car Integration of Digital Radio Technology by Wolfgang Karner, Motorola Solutions


      Peter Damerau is Sales Director at Motorola Solutions.

      Peter is on LinkedIn at https://de.linkedin.com/pub/peter-damerau/45/841/b03


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    • Why Purpose-Built LTE Is The Future of Public Safety Communications Author: Tunde Williams

      Published Dec 09 2016, 8:10 PM by Paul Jeffs

      An Abridged History of the Smartphone Revolution
      Throughout the past decade, communications have changed drastically. A true “Smartphone” went from being virtually non-existent in 2005 to being completely commonplace in 2015. As Smartphone consumers, we’ve seen the shift from typing our text messages with the number keypad to rattling off a thought and asking Siri to compose and send the text for us. Our cell phones went from spending 90% of their time in our pockets to spending 90% of their time in our hands.

      What are we gaining from these devices? We’re gaining access to more information than we’ve ever had before. Accessing this information has become so convenient that people are no longer content with not knowing an answer to a question or having to call a friend to find out where they are.

      Consumer Data Usage vs. Public Safety Data Usage
      As consumers we understand this. But why is public safety technology slow to catch up? Off duty, the police officer uses their personal Smartphone to look up film times for tonight, but when they’re on the job, they still need to key up their radio to do a number plate query. At home, the officer writes lengthy emails to friends and family on their smartphone but has to drive back to the station and fill out a report using a pen and paper. On vacation, they stream local sporting events live from their smartphone but on duty they’re missing out on live surveillance video that could help them catch a criminal. You get the point – On duty, there is much more we can do to help emergency service personnel get better access to the information they need to work safer, smarter and faster.

      Why Purpose-Built LTE?
      The emergency services need the best and most reliable communications. This is why nearly every agency relies on a secure radio network and rugged radios for their voice communications. These voice networks have been purpose-built for mission critical operations. For data, they need the same. Perhaps agencies haven’t largely invested in LTE devices for their officers because the right, mission critical device didn’t exist and neither did the public-safety-specific applications to go with it. They need a secure LTE device that simplifies collaboration and the sharing of vital intelligence – a device that will send and receive photos, videos and suspect information – one that they can trust when they have lives on the line. Their broadband device needs to be rugged and secure, with the loudest audio and the ability augment and operate collaboratively with their radio’s functions.

      Combining premium voice communications with purpose-built data has the potential to transform officer productivity and situational awareness, making it possible for them to respond much faster and prevent crime. They need an LTE device that’s designed especially for them, with intelligent middleware and a customisable user interface that presents only the most important information.

      Motorola’s Vision for the Future of Public Safety Communication
      This is our vision for the future of public safety communications and this is why we designed the LEX L10 Mission Critical LTE Handheld. This is the kind of device you can rely on to give you the right information at the right time and to withstand all the elements (IP 67 for water, dust and MIL-STD 810G for drops, etc.). In ten years, we’ll be looking back at how far we’ve come in policing because of the data that was finally leveraged to turn potential disasters into moments where nothing happened at all.

      We recently launched the LEX L10 at Critical Communications World in Barcelona. Take a look at John Helliwell introducing the LEX L10 and Public Safety Experience (PSX) at CCW2015.


      Tunde Williams is Head of Field and Solutions Marketing for Europe and Africa

      Tunde is on LinkedIn at uk.linkedin.com/pub/olatunde-williams/5/282/67a/

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      Published Dec 09 2016, 8:10 PM by Paul Jeffs

      Reports are that year's Critical Communications World was busier than ever. If you couldn't make it to the show in Barcelona or didn't get to see every demo you wanted, we've been busy videoing for you. Here's the 'Public Safety Selection' from this week:

      What's New for Public Safety at CCW2015
      Tunde Williams gives us a briefing on what's new for Public Safety. Tunde takes us through both the overall theme and a specific incident example on show...


      Driving the Future Though our Eco-System of Ventures - CCW2015
      Eduardo Conrado,our Chief Innovation Officer explains how we showcase innovation. Eduardo tells us the story behind recent investments in CyPhy Works (drones specially made for policing) and SceneDoc (the replacement for the policeman's notebook.)


      Step Inside the Connected Patrol Vehicle at CCW2015
      Always the most popular exhibit. From the driving seat... Tunde Williams introduces the NEW Connected Patrol Vehicle at Critical Communications World. Tunde takes us on a tour of the car with a focus on how it is driving safety, efficiency and effectiveness.


      LEX L10 and Public Safety Experience (PSX) at CCW2015
      John Helliwell takes us hands-on through the key features that make the new LEX L10 a real public safety broadband device. John then shows how the Public Safety Experience delivers just the focused experience you need to change the course of a moment, whilst in that moment.


      Introducing the New MTP8000Ex Series TETRA ATEX Radios and accessories at CCW2015
      Mark La Pensee introduces the two new MTP8000Ex Series ATEX TETRA radios at Critical Communications World. Mark takes us through all the advantages of the new completely-redesigned radios from a user perspective and shows how you can work safer, work smarter and work anywhere....


      The Connected Firefighter at CCW2015
      Mark La Pensee follows on from the previous video and shows us the full firefighting solution on show.


      WAVE Work Group Communications at CCW2015
      James Mustarde gives us a a run-through of the WAVE 5000 Solution at Critical communications World, showing us how users can benefit from real-time push-to-talk and shares insight into how easy the system is to manage.


      Innovation in Action - Drone and Body Worn Video at CCW2015
      Terry Allen and Travis Reddy take us on tours of these latest innovations at Critical communications World, focusing on how these devices help change the trajectory of an incident. The demonstrations include real-time surveillance video above the stand and real-time face recognition.


      Network Operators - Evolve & Transform Your Network - CCW2015
      Many customers are asking what will happen to TETRA now that LTE is coming. Where should they put their investment? Christian Bjerrum-Niese explains how current investment in TETRA is safe and how TETRA and LTE work together. Nancy Voke picks up the story and explains network lifecycle management as well as the breadth of services solutions we can offer from running a complete network through to individual support services.


      You can find the complete playlist at Critical Communications World 2015 - YouTube

      Paul Jeffs is Public Safety Editorial Lead for Motorola Solutions Europe and Africa.
      Paul is on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/pauljeffs

      Keep up to date with the Motorola Solutions Community LinkedIn Group which has over 5,500 active members.

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      Published Dec 09 2016, 8:10 PM by Paul Jeffs

      Live from from CCW2015. In today’s roundtable, our Chief Innovation Officer, Eduardo Conrado shared his thoughts on the future of smart public safety – giving fascinating insight into the ethnographic design thinking followed by Motorola Solutions.

      Eduardo set the scene by defining three mega shifts that are influencing the development of purpose-built intelligent mobile ecosystems – edge intelligence, cognitive computing, and augmented reality. As the variety, velocity, and volume of big data grows exponentially, it creates a challenge, but also a real opportunity for unparalleled situational awareness in public safety. But only if technology is adaptive and provides a dynamic experience so first responders can interact with what’s relevant to their mission, and not be distracted in any way.


      The immersive approach of ethnography means when Eduardo’s development team think about innovation, they don’t start with the technology. It all begins (and ends) with the needs of the end user. Eduardo stated that a simple, yet important aspect of human nature has influenced this approach, “Many customers won’t tell you what they need, but they will show you”. By immersing themselves in the working lives of end-users, by collaborating, participating and testing, our design teams are able to get a very different perspective.

      If we stop and think for a moment about high-velocity human factors. A first responder may spend much of a working day in a state of low-stress equilibrium, but this can be punctuated at any moment with a high-stress emergency that has a direct impact on cognition. And when this happens, the ability to process information is greatly diminished. So if a fire fighter is running into a burning building, how should applications behave, and how should the information delivered change? It has to be specific and relevant to the situation that the first responder is in.

      For this to happen, every piece of technology has to connect with each other, but most importantly, with the person. The radio, the patrol car, glasses, smartphone, even the UAV – all information which flows through devices has to be synchronised. Then we can move to technology that learns from users so only the most relevant information for that individual is delivered right when it’s needed most, regardless of device.

      For this to happen, there has to be focus on core applications for hybrid communications. When a first responder asks am I alone? Who’s near me? How far away are they? There can’t be any boundaries to the flow of information – even if it comes from the sky.


      With the growing interest in the use of UAVs in public safety, Eduardo gave examples of how palm-sized drones such as the Pocket Flyer from CyPhy Works (pictured above) could be used to enter a building and observe, or even simply look around street corner while being controlled via a tablet or smartphone.

      This level of information integration and collaboration clearly goes way beyond voice as data becomes mission critical. And of course it means backend systems will continue to play an important role in “powering” the processing of data. But my over-riding take-away from Eduardo’s presentation, was Motorola Solutions’ laser focus on putting the needs of the end user at the very epicentre of all our thinking. It’s one of those things that just makes so much sense when you stop and think about it.

      Jules Foster is Leader of the Motorola Solutions Community LinkedIn Group which has over 5,500 active members.

      Jules is on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/julianfoster

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      Published Dec 09 2016, 8:10 PM by Paul Jeffs

      Live from CCW2015. Critical Communications World opened its doors to the press yesterday and formed the platform for three important announcements from Motorola Solutions. Our stand was absolutely buzzing with excitement as news spread about the launch of the transformational MTP8000Ex series of TETRA ATEX radios, the rugged LEX L10 mission-critical LTE handheld, and our new WAVE 5000 Work Group Communications Solution.


      Let’s start with the MTP8000Ex Series. It’s nothing short of a new standard in ATEX TETRA radios. From their form, to their function – they’ve been engineered from the ground up to address the specific needs of workers in the world’s most hazardous environments. What struck me immediately was the ergonomics, with the exaggerated controls, textured PTT, and particularly the distinctive T-bar grip which makes the radio so much harder to drop, and easier to hold. Details such as a clear display panel on top of the radio, LED Coverage Indicator at the base of the antenna, and nameplate on the reverse of the device – are all evidence of the level of the knowledge and experience that’s gone into the development of this device.

      But of course, it doesn’t stop there – 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. And with an extended battery life of 16 hours – workers can be confident that their radios will be ready for a longer shift in the event of emergencies or unplanned situations. Integrated secure Bluetooth also means the radios can be paired with bio-monitors or gas sensors to automatically alert control and the workers to dangerous conditions.


      With the drive in public safety for increased situational awareness, our new LEX L10 Mission Critical LTE Handheld has certainly raised the bar. The device has been purpose-designed to support the toughest mission-critical front-line Policing roles in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Australia and the majority of Asia too. Within the beautifully designed rugged hardware lies a secure, dedicated software platform and user interface that supports capabilities that are above and beyond consumer-grade smartphones. Many of the visitors to our stand have been drawn to the dedicated push-to-talk (PTT) button and enhanced audio that delivers outstanding PTT experience.

      The LEX L10’s Public Safety Experience (PSX) provides a unique user experience that transforms the Android operating system so the power of broadband mobile data can be harnessed by smartly adapting and streamlining information. This means only the most relevant life-saving data is delivered to officers in a critical moment. Prioritising information is absolutely vital when you remember the number one priority in public safety - never distract the officer.


      WAVE Work Group Communications extends the reach of the LEX L10 even further to provide 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 control of a two-way radio, securely stream real-time video for situational awareness, or even fly a drone – and it won’t stop there, the options are continually expanding. In fact, it was also announced at the show that the Norwegian Directorate for Emergency Communication (DNK) has chosen WAVE 5000 Work Group Communications to deliver enhanced connectivity, interoperability, and collaboration for Nødnett – Norway’s nationwide TETRA public safety network.


      As always, the Connected Patrol Vehicle has also been drawing in the crowds. Our fully operational, Police-spec BMW was driven to the event from the UK and features a vast array of the very latest integrated technology, including; wifi hotspot, automatic number plate recognition, live video streaming over LTE, covert cameras, four different transmitting devices wired through the speakers, LTE running WAVE 5000, and of course an MTP6750 TETRA radio. Then running on the PC, there’s also MVision CAD, internal facial recognition, and DragonForce.


      The team on the stand are also particularly proud of the neat interfacing of the equipment into the vehicle’s CAN Bus system.

      So in Barcelona today, the scene has been set. Tomorrow, I’ll be reporting from a roundtable discussion on Smart Public Safety with our Chief Innovation Officer, Eduardo Conrado. Stay tuned.

      Jules Foster is Leader of the Motorola Solutions Community LinkedIn Group which has over 5,500 active members.

      Jules is on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/julianfoster

      Follow @MotSolsEMEA and #CCW2015 on Twitter.


      Published Dec 09 2016, 8:10 PM by Paul Jeffs

      This week's Critical Communications World is the most important annual event for the global critical communications community. This year's event, in Barcelona, is set to be one of the most exciting yet.

      What will you see from Motorola Solutions there? How do you follow the event if you can't be there?


      If you're coming to the conference, you will be able to take advantage of a dozen Motorola contributions to the agenda. If you can come to the exhibition we have a fantastic new exhibition stand where we will share with you how we can realise our shared vision of safer cities and thriving communities.

      The detail around our exhibition stand is still a closely guarded secret but you can expect us to have a clear focus on anticipating, predicting and preventing incidents, rather than responding after the fact. This is not just a focus of the commercial industries seeking to maximize asset life; it is also increasingly a focus for public safety organisations.

      With the advancement of technology, new capabilities are now at our disposal to help us become much more intelligent users of data. We can bring data together from various processes, extract critical intelligence, turn it into an actionable response and mobilize it out to teams that need it the most – for example emergency response teams, control room operations, intelligence analysts, and even groups in the private sector or municipal agencies in the government. By doing this right, we can make better choices and achieve better outcomes.

      Of course, we will be introducing several new products and solutions at the show too. To make sure you don't miss anything we will be offering booth tours. You will, of course, have the opportunity to get hands-on with the latest in public safety communications, as well as participate in drop-in consultancy sessions where we can explore with you the opportunities to move your operations into the future.

      How can you keep up to date with everything that is happening this week? We will be using lots of ways to share the excitement and news:

      Keep a watch on our CCW EVENT MICROSITE - this will be our central hub for news on the conference, press releases, new products and solutions, new videos and more.

      Follow us on TWITTER - @MotSolsEMEA - #CCW2015 will identify all our CCW related Twitter... You can expect news, pictures, comments and more...

      Follow this THINK PUBLIC SAFETY BLOG.... Our special correspondent Jules Foster will be keeping us up to date on what's happening from the exhibition and conference floors.

      Follow our NEWSROOM - all our press releases in one place.

      Follow our YouTube PUBLIC SAFETY PLAYLIST.

      And of course you can Join the MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS COMMUNITY EMEA

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