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August 16, 2013


MONROE, N.C. and SCHAUMBURG, Ill., (Aug. 16, 2013) – Scott Safety and Motorola Solutions today announced the two companies have signed a product development agreement, designed to enhance firefighter safety and accountability. Central to this agreement is the capability to transmit critical Scott Air-Pak SCBA data, such as air levels and PASS alarm data, over Motorola APX™ Project 25 portable radios. This agreement represents the first step in a collaborative alliance between the companies, to address common customer needs in the areas of fireground communications and accountability.

As technology and market leaders, Scott Safety’s and Motorola’s next-generation products – Air-Pak X3 SCBA and Motorola’s APX 6000 and APX 7000 portable radios, respectively – feature the latest wireless communications and product interface technologies, which enable improved access to critical SCBA and user data for incident command through redundancy.

“Firefighters work in demanding environments where clear communications and situational awareness are critical to safety,” said Jeff Emery, NA Fire Service Marketing Manager. “Our work with Motorola reinforces our commitment to driving real innovation in the areas of fireground accountability and communications.”

“This collaboration with Scott Safety is a fundamental step toward providing better integration of fireground equipment within the communications and accountability sector,” said Mike Petersen, director of ASTRO Subscriber Product Management. “Motorola Solutions understands that an integrated communication solution is critical to the fire and emergency services.”

Scott Safety’s Air-Pak is the most trusted, durable and easy-to-use SCBA in the fire service industry, with redundant safety features, a low cost of ownership and firefighter-designed and -tested components. The Air-Pak X3 carries on this tradition, while setting a new bar for SCBA performance and technology.

The Motorola APX radio pairs to Scott’s Air-Pak X3 SCBA via Mission Critical Wireless Bluetooth. The air tank telemetry is sent over the ASTRO 25 network when firefighters press the push-to-talk (PTT) button. This data is displayed on either the Motorola Solutions APX Personnel Accountability Solution or Scott’s accountability solution.

Additional Motorola information on APX radios

Scott and Motorola already have validated the capability to transmit Scott Air-Pak SCBA data through Motorola APX portable radios. The companies will unveil this new integrated solution capability at the 2013 Fire Rescue International (FRI) conference in Chicago, Ill. on Aug. 16-17. Please visit the Motorola booth (#3844) or the Scott booth (#5050) to learn more about the companies’ joint efforts and to view a live demonstration of this new technology.

About Scott Safety

Scott Safety, based in Monroe, N.C., is a premier manufacturer of innovative respiratory and personal protective equipment and safety devices for emergency services and first-responders including firefighters, industrial workers, law enforcement, military, civil defense, national security and rescue teams around the world. With five global manufacturing locations, Scott products protect thousands of individuals each day from environmental hazards that are inherent in the industries which they serve. The Scott product line includes self-contained breathing apparatus, supplied air and air-purifying respirators, gas detection instruments, thermal imaging cameras, and firefighter locators.

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