Mobile Intelligence – the theme driving Motorola Solutions at CCW 2017

“On any given day, every moment matters to someone, somewhere. And every moment, Motorola Solutions’ innovations, products, and services play essential roles in people’s lives.

 We keep utility workers connected and visible to each other with real-time voice and data communication across the smart grid. And we provide the situational awareness first responders need when a moment brings catastrophe.

 We do this by connecting them to seamless communication networks, applications and services, by providing them with real-time information, and by arming them with intuitive, nearly indestructible radios and devices.

 We help people be their best in the moments that matter. This is our purpose.”

-Motorola Solutions website –

With such a powerful statement of intent, Motorola Solutions demonstrated that this is no mere rhetoric. At the Critical Communications World 2017 (“CCW”) expo held in Hong Kong last week, Motorola unveiled highly advanced technology solutions to enhance capabilities of nationwide public safety networks.

The company’s mission-critical radio technologies, specialized software, mission critical broadband, command centre solutions and future innovation concepts were presented via a plethora of critical communication products … touted as mobile intelligence on the go.

Tom Guthrie, VP, Smart Public Safety Solutions, Motorola expounding on the need to equip first responders with advanced mobile intelligence

Tom Guthrie, VP, Smart Public Safety Solutions, Motorola expounding on the need to equip first responders with advanced mobile intelligence

These solutions are based on a set of software and services, platforms and devices that span multiple networks (e.g. TETRA, P25, DMR, LTE, PS-LTE, mobility apps) and enable communications interoperability and seamless information sharing and collaboration.

Highlights from Motorola Solutions’ technology showcase at CCW 2017 include:

  • A futuristic view of the of the Command Centre of the Future that uses next-generation technology, including mixed reality and holographic images, to enable first responders to collaborate on critical information like never before.
  • Essential radio technologies including the latest TETRA, APCO P25 and MOTOTRBO releases combined with enhanced features including software applications to increase collaboration and simplify workflows.
  • Mobile applications for secure messaging, mapping, collaborative whiteboarding and conducting searches.
  • A convergence suite of software includingWAVE 5000 combined with Intelligent Middleware solutions to extend the bridge between radio and cellular networks to team members, regardless of the devices they use.
  • Deployable LTE infrastructure for continuous operations, including the LXN500 solution combined with mapping, messaging and video streaming maps to pinpoint in-field resources and enable seamless collaboration.
  • Command centre solutions includingCommandCentral Aware to integrate disparate data sources and CommandCentral Vault for complete digital evidence management including body-worn video.
  • Integrated Computer Aided Dispatch solutions to simplify the management of critical information from central data sources between control rooms, first responders and the community.

 

Information overlaid onto the real world using Hololens for disaster management

Information overlaid onto the real world using Hololens for disaster management

Motorola Solutions’ advanced technology showcase comes at a time when both mission-critical radio and public safety broadband solutions are in high demand throughout Asia Pacific (“APAC”). This is reflected in forecasts that by 2020, there will be almost 20 million active two-way radios in the region, while the North America and APAC regions combined will account for nearly 70 percent of all public safety broadband investment globally.

Iain Clarke, corporate VP and GM of Asia Pacific, remarked that the growth in both mission-critical communications and mobile broadband technologies is fuelled by demand for end-to-end, interoperable solutions combining the most needed elements of voice, data and multimedia communication.

“Public safety customers in APAC are among the most technically advanced in the world and are continuing their rapid adoption of mission-critical mobile intelligence services and smart technologies,” Clarke said. “This is enabling them to filter and analyse the vast amounts of data available today so they can make better and faster decisions to protect our communities.”

 A connected firefighter

A connected firefighter

“Our deep domain expertise in delivering holistic public safety solutions will benefit these countries planning for large-scale, highly available and secure deployments. This will enable any organisation to work more collaboratively with increased situational awareness.”

Notwithstanding, as the tragedy of the Ariana Grande concert’s purported terrorist attack unfolds in Manchester, U.K, a spokesperson for Motorola has this to say, “Our position on these events is fairly straightforward, we would never say our technologies could prevent a terrorist attack. However, we would say that arming public safety agencies with better and more sophisticated technology such as predictive analytics is absolutely the right approach. They need all the help they can get to prepare for what’s next and to hopefully detect and prevent similar events from happening in the future.”

While Motorola Solutions supports mission-critical systems in more than 20 countries globally, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, the U.S, the U.K and countries in Europe, it continues to emphasise investment in APAC – from its partnership with Singapore’s ST Electronics to develop advanced communications technologies to its acquisition of a large team of mobile application developers through the acquisition of Gridstone in Australia. Malaysia, in particular, remains very important to Motorola Solutions’ APAC strategy, hosting the largest R&D facility outside the U.S in Penang with over a thousand engineers contributing to a portfolio of innovative products.

End-to-end solution for LTE-based train wireless communication

End-to-end solution for LTE-based train wireless communication

Further evidence of Motorola Solutions’ leadership role in the critical communication services space is demonstrated through a series of major milestones. These include:

  • Contract to deliver system integration and next-generation, mission-critical voice and data services for the Emergency Services Network in the UK, now made more critical than ever with the latest terrorist attack
  • Implementation of the three largest public safety broadband networks in the works, in Los Angeles County, California in the U.S and in two Middle-Eastern countries
  • Delivery of leading public safety broadband trials with multiple international police and military force throughout the world
  • Recently announced plans to acquire Kodiak Networks, a privately-help provider of broadband push-to-talk (PTT) for commercial customers

Well, for doubters of its leadership “DNA”, let us be reminded of Motorola’s evolution…..

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moto6 Well, for doubters of its leadership “DNA”, let us be reminded of Motorola’s evolution…..

On October 30, 2014, Lenovo finalized its purchase of Motorola Mobility (a division spun-off which includes all handsets) for US$2.91 billion, from Google, which had earlier acquired Motorola Mobility in 2012.

Finally, to see how Motorola Solutions’ help create safer cities, please view…

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