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Whether it’s a homicide in Chicago, a burglary in San Diego or a fire in New York City, the first responders reacting to these emergencies have one thing in common: They’re all using Walkie Talkie equipment manufactured by Motorola.

The telecommunications maker has come to dominate the public safety communications industry, convincing police and fire departments from one end of the country to another to buy Motorola radios.

An investigation by McClatchy concluded that the company now controls 80% of the U.S. emergency telecommunications business. Motorola has managed to accomplish this feat while receiving noncompetitive contracts from local and state governments worth millions of taxpayer dollars.

“These officials, perhaps without recognizing their collective role, have helped stunt the very competition that’s needed to hold down prices and assure the most efficient use of government dollars,” Greg Gordon and Lydia Mulvany wrote at McClatchy.

Along the way, Motorola has won deals “clouded by irregularities or allegations of government favoritism in Chicago, Dallas, the San Francisco Bay Area and on statewide systems in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Washington, to name a few,” according to Gordon and Mulvany.

The Fire Department of New York continues to use Motorola radios despite problems during the 9/11 attacks that caused firefighters not to hear evacuation orders in the World Trade Center’s north tower.

According to the McClatchy report, a former senior Motorola executive, who declined to be identified to avoid harming relationships, said everybody knows that a cellphone costing a few hundred dollars is far more powerful than current two-way emergency radios. He said public safety agencies shouldn’t be paying more than $800 for a “ruggedized cellphone.”

To help the sheriff’s departments in two California counties (Alameda and Contra Costa) communicate with each other, Motorola received a $5.7 million contract that eventually ballooned toward $100 million.

The state of Kansas agreed to pay Motorola $50 million without considering bids from other vendors for a new digital communications system, justifying it as an extension of a 1991 contract.

In Chicago, officials paid Motorola $23 million to protect a $2 million investment in proprietary Motorola equipment that was really worth only $350,000. The state of Iowa issued specifications for radios that specified that two knobs be 19 millimeters apart—a standard met only by Motorola products.

In many instances, the company has sold its radios for $7,500 apiece, while its competitors—shut out of the bidding process—offer similar models for only $500.

“While our public safety people do an extraordinary job in protecting the public, I am not impressed with the choices they’ve made relative to technology,” Representative Anna Eshoo (D-California), a longtime critic of Motorola’s business deals, told McClatchy.

How has the company gotten its way with so many different government entities? It has padded its corporate board with law enforcement and national intelligence chiefs and won friends by using its foundations to donate more than $26 million over a six-year period to nonprofits formed by police and firefighters.

In addition, Motorola has spent nearly $60 million over 10 years to lobby Washington and contributed nearly $2 million to the Republican and Democratic governors associations.

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two Way Radios for Stadia

walkie talkie voxFor a long time people have been telling me that family, love and happiness are the crucial things in life…At present I realized that I’m able to take or leave all that as long as We have this 2 way radio distance in the world.

With tens of thousands of people attending individual stadium events for sport and entertainment, the challenges facing management, safety offices and emergency services are both large in scale and complex.

Reducing the risks of accidents, petty crime, anti-social behaviour, public disorder and even acts of terrorism while managing the efficient flow of spectators, participants, VIPs, vehicles, goods and services at multiple entry and exit points, especially in the event of a major incident, is a major logistical feat.

In most cases the burden of responsibility to ensure compliance with legislation, best practice and the safety and security of the stadium and those within it falls upon the Stadium Safety Officer. One of the most powerful assets at their disposal in implementating a stadium’s safety and security strategy during events is the ability for all cross functional teams to communicate with each other, their counterparts and the emergency services instantly, reliably and effectively anywhere on site.

While Kenwood analogue licensed and license-free PMR446 radios have already been proven in service at stadia and events around the world for many years, more and more facilities are upgrading to Kenwood’s NEXEDGE® trunked Digital Two-Way radio solutions to provide clear and reliable multi-user voice and data communications and the flexibility to design a scalable digital radio communications network to suit their range and capacity requirements. NEXEDGE® digital radios additionally feature Analogue/Digital Mixed Mode, which allows them to communicate automatically with any existing analogue radios, whatever the make, to provide a straightforward and economical migration path from analogue to the benefits of advanced digital two way radio communications.

All NEXEDGE® hand portable walkie talkies additionally conform to MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G for ruggedness and durability and are IP54/55 Water & Dust Intrusion rated, making them ideal for operation in open or harsh environments.