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      • Digital Transformation: Challenges, Thinking, Actions Author: David Robinson

        Published 15 days ago by Paul Jeffs
        • The Future
        • Police
        • Command and Control

        It is clear that tough challenges still exist in achieving the technological change that deliver solutions to significantly improve efficiency and deliver benefits across a range of operational and corporate areas. However it is also clear that very positive moves are being made towards effective exploitation of solutions, as well as increased force collaboration, for example on record management systems. This information sharing is now enhancing, and enhanced by, the successful performance of mobile workforce applications such as Pronto, with all the efficiencies they are delivering.

        These points are made clear in the report released last week on the Fourth Digital Policing Summit. This summit, convened by Cityforum, brought together a senior community of interest (including national programme leaders, force technology bosses, chief officers, politicians, vendors and consultants) to discuss not just the challenges around digital transformation but thinking and actions to address them.

        We welcome the fact that the report acknowledges the need for closer collaboration, communication and partnerships with the Technology Vendor community. In this brave new world of defining the right technology to solve some of the current and future challenges faced by the emergency services, clear articulation and understanding of needs must be a positive step towards delivering solutions. Helping forces balance both community policing needs and national threats is obviously critical and whilst technology is a tool for change we also know that it can be viewed with concern by the public and even within blue light organisations. However, achieving rapid change and technology adoption may be key to responding not only to everyday resource challenges, but to external threats at the national level.

        For this to happen, public safety organisations need not just the best tools and data to meet their evolving needs, but also a partner with specialised knowledge and experience to identify ways of working never thought possible. Motorola Solutions is working with forces in the UK now, helping them to effect the technology transformation that we must all embrace in order to remain relevant and effective.

        You can download the summary report of the Fourth Annual Digital Policing Summit Perennial Changes and New Hope’ here.

        Cityforum Report

        With over 90 years experience of supporting the public safety community internationally and a 50 year history with the emergency services in the United Kingdom, we believe we are best placed to help meet evolving public safety needs. Do come and see our solutions for policing at forthcoming events including Security and Policing 2019 (Farnborough, 5/7 March), Senior Women in Policing (Birmingham, 6/7 March) and British APCO 2019 (Coventry, 12/13 March).

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      • TETRA Radios - How do you choose between compact and mission-critical? Author: Mike Williams

        Published 37 days ago by Paul Jeffs
        • TETRA
        • Law Enforcement
        • Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
        • Police

        Many of today’s radio users expect radios to be slim and lightweight. But won’t that mean compromising mission critical performance?

        As part of his VLOG series, Gert Jan Wolf recently interviewed my colleague Stuart Longley about the ST7500 Compact TETRA Radio. This interview shows, that in the case of the ST7500, there is no need to compromise mission-critical performance for compact design.

        Here are just a few highlights from the interview, in Stuart’s words:

        ’We don’t develop products in a vacuum, we’re always going out and speaking to our customers. And we always appreciate their feedback and use it to inform our roadmap. So it’s a combination of Motorola Solutions’ innovation and that voice of the customer data that’s really important to us to make sure we are meeting the market needs and doing things that customers really want us to do.’

        ‘…picking it up and using it without having had any training on this device. That’s one of the concepts behind it, that we don’t need to put people through complex training courses simply to pick up their radio and use it for their day to day tasks. It lets them focus on the tasks that are actually important to public safety officers, rather than worrying about the controls on their radio.’

        ‘It’s a fully waterproof radio, even with this back cover that’s removeable.’

        ‘There’s still a big opportunity out there for TETRA to grow as a Public Safety technology. There’s been lots of talk about broadband and how broadband’s going to change the landscape of Public Safety but people still need to talk to each other and narrowband radio technologies I believe still have a future.’

        Check out the complete interview on YouTube:

        ST7500 VLOG


        I hope you enjoyed watching the interview. It does show that there is no reason to compromise on mission-critical performance if you choose the right compact TETRA radio. You can find out more about the ST7500 radio at


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      • 2018 - Top 6 Public Safety Videos

        Published Dec 14 2018, 5:44 PM by Paul Jeffs
        • TETRA
        • Command and Control
        • Law Enforcement
        • Police
        • Fire

        As the year draws to a close, let’s take a look at the new videos that have attracted the most views this year in Europe, Middle-East and Africa:

        1. Number one, with almost 10% of views is: Pronto Digital  Policing - West Yorkshire Police Case Study
        Putting Digital Technology On The Front Line - Ian Williams and the team at West Yorkshire Police explain how Pronto improves the efficiency of officers in the field and improves the accuracy and availability of intelligence…..


        2. Not far behind with almost 9% is: LEX L11 Handheld LTE at CCW
        Paul Wilson introduces the new LEX L11 handheld LTE device and highlights its unique design for Public Safety users including it's dedicated emergency button, talkgroup toggle, large PTT and much more...


        3. ST7500 Compact TETRA Radio Key Features - PMRExpo 2018
        Stuart Longley gets hands-on with the ST7500 and shows why he believes this device is going to be popular with Public Safety officers who 'want to concentrate on the task at hand' and why it is 'a device that takes them through to the future in the next generation of TETRA'.


        4. Missing Person Scenario – CommandCentral Control Room Solution In Action
        How can CommandCentral Control Room Solution help prevent a missing person call turn into a life threatening situation?CommandCentral CRS is a cloud-enabled solution that cuts cost and reduces risk.


        5. Equal 5th is this video shot at BAPCO 2018: Firefighters and Incident Command Connected Like Never Before at B-APCO 2018. Can Mixed Reality be an effective partner for improved Firefighter safety? Check out this live from B-APCO 2018: 


        6. Equal 5th is this video in German language featuring the MTP8000Ex ATEX TETRA radio: TETRA ATEX Funkgeräte der MTP8000Ex Serie für den Einsatz unter extremen Bedingungen (ATEX German):


        You can catch all these videos in one place on our Think Public Safety 2018 Top 6 Videos YouTube playlist.

        2018 videos


        I hope you enjoyed this round-up.

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      • What Should You Expect from Your Mission Critical Push-to-Talk Provider? Author: Michael Doerk

        Published Dec 14 2018, 2:51 PM by Paul Jeffs
        • Government Network Operators

        For decades, land mobile radio systems have represented the gold standard for push-to-talk functionality, and the development of mission-critical communication services over broadband has been a key priority of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

        Mission Critical Push-to-talk (MCPTT) is the global standard for mission-critical applications, with the specification effort led by Service and System Aspects Working Group Six (SA6) of 3GPP. To date, SA6 has completed specifications for mission critical push-to-talk (PTT) applications, a Common Services Core for all MC applications, and enhanced video and data communications. 

        But, deploying a mission-critical public safety system is about much more than being standards compliant. What is also required is a deep understanding of emergency responders operations, and a demonstrated ability to convert that insight into a working solution. Which is why we think there are three key criteria by which an MCPTT supplier should be judged.

        1. Push-to-talk communications know-how
        For emergency responders, push-to-talk serves as their lifeline in critical situations. Designing an effective PTT platform requires a deep understanding of how frontline personnel operate devices under stress and in harsh environments, and the capacity to turn that knowledge into reliable communication tools.

        Since we launched our first mobile radio for public safety in the 1930’s, Motorola Solutions has been a pioneer and innovator in PTT communications. We introduced the first FM portable or “walkie-talkie” two-way radio in 1943, providing critical PTT communications for troops during World War II. In 1969, we took push-to-talk further than it had ever been before, providing reliable PTT communications for the first astronauts to land on the moon. Other firsts include the first digital encryption technology for PTT communications in 1977, and the world’s first narrowband digital PTT communications system for public safety in 1991.

        In 1993, we pioneered the evolution of push-to-talk over cellular (PoC) with the introduction of Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) technology. iDEN combined the benefits of efficient PTT communication with the unlimited range of cellular, providing users with push-to-talk, telephone, text, and data communications all in one unit.

        2. Leadership in the development of broadband PTT industry standards and technology
        Having direct, extensive experience in defining a standard paves the way to quick compliance with that standard. For more than 15 years, Motorola Solutions has distinguished itself as a leader in the development of industry standards for broadband push-to-talk communications. Kodiak, a Motorola Solutions Company, was a significant contributor to the OMA (Open Mobile Alliance) PoC specifications, and we served as the Rapporteur for OMA’s Push-to-Communicate for Public Safety (PCPS) specification. We are also an active participant in the definition of the 3GPP Mission Critical PTT (MCPTT) Standard, serving as the Vice-Chair of the SA WG6 working group and Work Item Rapporteurs for several key technical specifications.

        In addition to our standards leadership, we are a leader in broadband PTT technology innovation. Running in a fully virtualised environment, our platform utilises Kernel-based Virtual Machines (KVMs) to enhance its scalability, making it possible for one platform to support premise-based, cloud-based, or network-wide deployment options to ensure the right fit for each customer’s unique requirements. We have also generated more than 20 patents on vital aspects of broadband PTT technology, and our Kodiak MCPTT platform has already demonstrated compliance with key areas of the 3GPP Standard.

        3. Proven experience with large scale field deployments
        Our broadband PTT platform is a proven solution backed by over a decade of experience delivering fast, secure, reliable push-to-talk communication to customers in all industries.
           - 500+ deployments in 38 countries, including the top 50 U.S. cities
           - Integration with the network, customer care, and operations systems of leading wireless carriers globally
           - Over 1 million end-users

        As the title suggests, demonstrating our broadband PTT leadership is truly as easy as one – two - three. Our unique combination of push-to-talk knowledge, standards and technology leadership, and deployment experience results in a broadband PTT platform that can get the right information to the right people at the right time in the moments that matter.

        For more information check out our new White Paper ‘MCPTT from Motorola Solutions’ and our Broadband Push-To-Talk solutions online.

        MCPTT Leadership

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      • Refreshing Your TETRA Radios? Author: Mike Williams

        Published Dec 07 2018, 10:19 AM by Paul Jeffs
        • Two-way Radios
        • TETRA
        • Police

        Many of our customers throughout Europe are looking at refreshing their TETRA radios. They are looking at what the latest generation of radio offers end-users in terms of performance, longevity and modern features. But how do you make the right choice?

        Gert Jan Wolf recently interviewed my colleague Stuart Longley about the MTP6650 TETRA radio: where it fits into our range of TETRA radios, and why it is seen as the ‘flagship’.

        Here’s a couple of things Stuart said that give a taste of the interview:

        ‘If you want a fully featured device with class 3 RF performance, built in Bluetooth, built-in GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou - we’ve got all of the features and functionality in this, the MTP6650….. our flagship TETRA product…’

        ‘That’s why people buy two-way radios - they get the longevity. And if you’re buying a hybrid device I’m not sure you’ll necessarily see that. There’s pros and cons for each approach but we’re very much pursuing a collaborative vision at the moment.’

        Check out the complete interview on YouTube:

        Play the Interview

        I hope you enjoyed watching the interview. You can find out more about the MTP6650 radio at

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      • PMRExpo 2018 - The Video Round-up

        Published Nov 30 2018, 3:38 PM by Paul Jeffs
        • MOTOTRBO
        • Fire
        • Digital Video
        • EMS
        • TETRA
        • Command and Control
        • Police

        If you weren’t able to get to this week’s PMRExpo or didn’t manage to see everything, we’ve pulled together a short round-up of videos from the exhibition for you:

        Advancing the Lifeline
        Sean Fitzgerald gives an overview of the wide range of devices, solutions and services on show at this year's PMRExpo including Avigilon video surveillance and intelligence-based analysis, the widest possible range of radios and accessories from unlicensed through DMR Tier 3 to TETRA, command centre and control room solutions, services that help you protect your network and device investment, and of course our new ST7500 compact TETRA radio:



        ST7500 Compact TETRA Radio Key Features
        Stuart Longley gets hands-on with the ST7500 and shows why he believes this device is going to be popular with Public Safety officers who 'want to concentrate on the task at hand' and why it is 'a device that takes them through to the future in the next generation of TETRA':



        Avigilon Top 4 Features Demo
        Robert Koehler gives us a hands-on demo of the top four features of the Avigilon video surveillance and analytics system: Avigilon Unusual Motion Detection, Avigilon Appearance Search, Avigilon Self Learning Video Analysis, and Avigilon High Resolution Video Cameras:



        PMRExpo 2018 Highlights
        A lightning quick tour of the best of the PMRExpo exhibition:


        You can access all these videos and more on our PMRExpo 2018 YouTube Playlist

        PMRExpo 2018 on YouTube

        I hope you enjoyed this round-up.

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