Motorola Solutions announces first public-safety portable two Way Radio with LTE connectivity

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Motorola Solutions today announced the APX 7000L, a multiband P25 portable radio with an LTE module that enables the transmission and reception of broadband data—the first product to include LTE connectivity in a public-safety-grade LMR handheld device.

Expected to be available early in the third quarter this year, the APX 7000L provides the same multiband and ergonomic capabilities as the APX 7000, but the APX 7000L—the “L” is for LTE—includes an LTE module that provides broadband connectivity, according to Mike Petersen, Motorola Solutions’ director of Astro subscriber product management.

“This device just brings some fantastic opportunities to our customers,” Petersen said during an interview with IWCE’s Urgent Communications. “With over-the-air programming, to send over a new code plug … over traditional LMR data networks, it could take several minutes to do that. [With the LTE connectivity], we can take a 3 MB file and shove it over in less than 12 seconds.

“Not only is a fantastic speed change, but I’m not competing with voice [to send data]. On some of your integrated [LMR] voice and data networks, when you start to talk—voice is the primary item of that Kenwood two way radio and is always priority—you would interrupt that data transmission when you address the voice call. That’s done. You don’t have to worry about that anymore with this solution, because you’ve got an LTE path that’s focused on bringing that information or code plug to that radio while you can simultaneously be talking on voice channel.”

The ability to rekey and install code plugs quickly is particularly important to federal law-enforcement users that routinely need to use such features to operate securely on different LMR networks, according to Petersen. For this reason, federal law-enforcement entities are expected to be the first customers for the APX 7000L, although Motorola Solutions also will market it to state and local public-safety agencies, he said.

New radio system OK’d for Leicester police

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xyz two way radio service brooklyn nyA new Police Department Walkie talkie system will cover Leicester from “soup to nuts,” and meet or exceed all public safety needs, according to Police Chief James Hurley.

Selectmen on Monday night approved a purchase order of $190,348 to get the Motorola Solutions equipment, which includes 11 mobile units and 25 handsets. They authorized borrowing $138,400 through People’s United Bank with an interest rate of 0.6 percent.

Town Administrator Kevin Mizikar explained that the overall project, approved by town meeting a few years ago, totaled $238,000, which includes proposed upgrades to the Highway and Fire Departments.

As to the police portion, Chief Hurley emphasized that improvements are needed to carry the department “into the future” and to solve the “enormous” current problem of inadequate communications in certain parts of Leicester.

“Everything the officers need has to be on the tip of their fingers and I think this will work well,” the police chief said.

Although the vendors noted that the life span of the mobiles was about seven years, the chief said the upgrade process needed to be continuous. Board members were also assured that their investment would be protected because the Walkie talkies contained embedded software that could be kept up to speed with changing technology.

Selectmen also approved a lateral transfer of police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. to Auburn. Chief Hurley said the officer had stayed in town until three of his colleagues who were on sick leave returned to their jobs. He said it was a positive career move for the officer and the town would continue to lose its personnel until a strategic plan was put together to adequately fund the department.

Neighboring communities have opportunities for details, motorcycle units and other programs that Leicester gave up years ago and it is difficult to attract and keep candidates, the chief said.

The department has had to operate with as few as 13 people. “Six or seven years ago, Leicester was the place to come and we got a lot of rsums. Now, our officers are going to Paxton, Oxford, etc. where they have stuff we don’t. That can’t be fixed without money,” the chief added.

Selectman Tom Buckley acknowledged that he wasn’t surprised employees are going elsewhere because of the town’s budget constraints. “I feel like Leicester is the training ground for other communities,” he said. Buckley praised the department for doing a “remarkable” job despite being shorthanded.

The board members also reminded the public that town meeting convenes at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall, where voters will consider a proposed $25.7 million budget.