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July 11, 2011

Northwestern University Selects Motorola Solutions’ New 900 MHz P25 System for More Efficient Communications

SCHAUMBURG and EVANSTON, Ill. – July 11, 2011Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) and Northwestern University today announced the selection of Motorola to deploy a 900 MHz ASTRO 25 Project 25 (P25) voice and integrated data communication solution. The new P25 system replaces a 14-year-old analog trunking system and will provide a standards-based IP system that enables interoperability and greater efficiency for the Northwestern University community. The system will be used by Northwestern’s Evanston and Chicago campus police, facilities management, events staff, sports facilities management and other support and operations staff to increase the reliability of communications for a safer campus environment.



  • Features of the new system are voice, integrated data and radio programming over the air.
  • The system will have three dispatch positions with MCC 7500 IP consoles and 911 call-taking, and a MIP 5000 for remote dispatch functionality.
  • In addition to voice operations, text messaging capability will be available using Motorola XTS 2500 subscribers.
  • The system, which consists of three simulcast sites, will expand from the previous six channels to seven.
  • The 900 MHz ASTRO 25 P25 standards-based system will be a right-sized solution that is IP based.



Kelly Kirwan, corporate vice president, Motorola Solutions
“Northwestern University was looking for a state-of-the-art communications platform to serve the university in a cost-efficient yet technologically advanced manner. Our latest P25 advancement, an ASTRO 25 solution operating at 900MHz, is the perfect fit for its needs, and we look forward to working with universities across North America to implement similar interoperable solutions with local communities.”

Don Hlinsky, Northwestern University IT project manager
“Northwestern looked at various options for replacing our existing trunked-simulcast system. Options at 900MHz are somewhat limited, so we anticipated having to compromise on our requirements for a standards-based replacement system. Motorola was able to provide a P25, simulcast trunked system that met all of our technical, logistical and budgetary requirements without compromise.”


Website: Next Generation Public Safety
ASTRO 25 web site: ASTRO 25
Twitter: @motpublicsafety
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