Policymakers need to ask hard questions about emergency two Way Radio equipment

Some of the pro writers on the internet are at such a high level that i wonder if any of them have ever written a book? so now and then i like to highlight these superb content pieces and here’s one i thought was remarkable the other day.

Since the 9/11 attack, the nation has spent billions to upgrade radio systems so that police, firefighters and other first responders can communicate seamlessly in emergencies.

The ambitious taxpayer-funded undertaking has afforded rich business opportunities, particularly for Illinois-based Motorola Solutions.

As McClatchy reporters detailed last week, Motorola Solutions has solidified its position as the leading provider of emergency communications gear by using shrewd business practices, hiring top law enforcement insiders, and spending heavily on campaigns, lobbying and charities favored by its customers.

Motorola sells a vital service. No tools are more important in a disaster than reliable communication devices.
But the investigation led by McClatchy Washington Bureau reporter Greg Gordon, part of which ran in The Bee last Sunday, raises basic questions: Is Motorola’s equipment so much better than 2 Way Radios offered by competitors that cities and counties are justified in granting it no-bid contracts worth tens or hundreds of millions of dollars?

Motorola sells communications equipment used in New York, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, the Sacramento region, and many points in between. But how has Motorola come to control 80 percent of the market?

In Sacramento County and in other locales, Motorola effectively shut out competitors by embedding proprietary features so its equipment cannot interact with radios made by other companies.

Sacramento County officials told The Bee’s editorial board that they are pleased with Motorola products, that the equipment is cost-effective, and that Motorola was the one company that could meet specifications for the radios.

Sacramento County pays $3,500 to $4,000 each for Motorola radios. Other locales have paid as much as $7,500. Competing products performing to similar specifications can cost thousands of dollars less.

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors authorized the contract with Motorola. But given the importance of emergency communications, and the issues raised by the McClatchy series, the board owes it to taxpayers to take a second look at the exclusive arrangement.

Motorola Solutions offers a case study in how big business gets bigger. It surrounds itself with rainmakers, many of whom are former top law enforcement officials.

Its board has included former CIA and National Security Agency chief Michael Hayden and, until recently, William Bratton, the former chief of the Los Angeles and Boston police departments, who has returned to New York City for a second stint as police commissioner.

After radios failed in the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005, then-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour set out to vastly improve the communications system. Motorola won Mississippi’s business with bid prices so low that competitors were dumbfounded, McClatchy reported.

Barbour, a former chair of the Republican National Committee and Republican Governors Association, left office in 2012 and returned to his Washington, D.C., lobby firm, BGR Group. Among the new clients: Motorola Solutions, which has paid BGR Group $200,000 since 2012, reports compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics show. Motorola said in a statement that it is proud to have Barbour on its team.

The company spends $2 million to $3 million a year on lobbying in Washington, and more in state capitals. The nonpartisan National Institute on Money in State Politics has identified 310 lobbyists registered to represent Motorola in the states.

Motorola is a significant campaign donor to federal and state politicians, and law enforcement and firefighter foundations, spreading goodwill to its customer base by, for example, pledging $15 million to the National Law Enforcement Museum, due to open in Washington in 2016.

It works out well for Motorola Solutions. Thanks to government contracts and taxpayer money, Motorola Solutions’ net income grew to $1.1 billion last year, from $747 million in 2011. Its stock price hovers at $65 a share, after falling to below $15 a share in 2009.

Building two-way radio networks is lucrative. But it’s not rocket science. Federal, state and local policymakers need to ask hard questions, starting with why contracting officials award sole-source contracts that benefit the industry Goliath and freeze out the competition.

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Efficiency, business continuity, service recovery, utilisation, safety and security on a massive.

The world is full of very awesome, well written articles. When you find one which catches your eye, you have got to repost it, well i do! so with authorization of the original writer i have posted this so that you can benefit from

Airports have become remarkable places, entire communities, employing tens of thousands of people within their perimeters, and covering areas measured in square miles, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Running an airport can be likened to running a large town, for instance the three hundred companies operating within London Heathrow Airport employ 80,000 people, which is roughly equivalent to the population of Warrington, a large conurbation in the UK. This is hardly surprising when they serve over 65 million passengers arriving at, departing from, or transferring through the airport.

Clear, reliable and effective SL4000 two way radio communications of both voice and data between diverse teams in an airport is not just important, its mission critical to operational efficiency, business continuity, safety and security.

In the past, companies within airports operated as separate entities and developed their own two-way radio systems to allow them to communicate with their clients, typically airlines; while in turn, airlines needed to communicate with both their suppliers and their own teams.

This led to a proliferation of isolated communications systems and resulted in huge inefficiencies and a high risk to the resident airport community and passengers in the event of an emergency or disaster.

In recent years however, this situation has changed across the worlds airports with investment in integrated solutions to allow cross communication between individuals and user groups operating at desks, on foot or from vehicles, including:

Airport management
Airlines
Airline agents
Ground services
Flight and cabin crew
Engineering
Construction
Maintenance
In-flight catering
Retail and catering
Hotels and Car Parks
Transfer services
Baggage handling
Cleaning services
Freight handling
Border control
Security teams
Safety teams

As you would expect, Kenwood analogue two-way radio communications equipment has been in use at many of the worlds leading airports for years and now with NEXEDGE digital two-way radio systems incorporating hand-portable walkie-talkies, mobile units and repeaters operating in fully scalable digital trunked systems, more airports than ever are migrating to the outstanding coverage, flexibility and security that digital two way radio offers. Recent NEXEDGE Airport installations include the six largest airports in Turkey and Vnukovo Airport in Moscow.

The 2 way radio, Its Variants and Their Uses

So i found this article on the web and i heard that just posting it like a whole article isn’t an excellent thing, I got permission from the original writer and read up ways to curate content, so this is it…….i thought this was fascinating because it highlights some of the highs and lows that I encountered when i was working within the business.

The best and most economic alternative to mobile or cell phone is Walkie Talkie. It is because, neither one has to worry about getting connectivity with a tower, nor has to pay the exorbitant charges while using it outside the registered state.

A walkie talkie is a safety measure that is useful when one has to be connected with people within a scope, depending upon the walikie talkie’s capacity. This piece, which is so handy that it can be carried anywhere, can help people be in touch with persons they wish to contact, irrespective of their whereabouts. The walkie talkie is a safety measure, or can be useful to a group working in different locations and have to communicate with others in the team. This two Way Radio is available in many varieties like “FRS/ GMRS, GPS”.

The limits of the area covered by the walkie talkie could be from two to ten miles depending on the model and the height of the aerials used. The handset works better in open areas where the where there are no obstructions. Another variety is a portable radio. This is a small sized radio set working on a ‘transistor circuit.’ This variety of radio is mainly used as an audio entertainer.

In place of using a lot of radios and other connecters, it is better to use a repeater to extend the reception range to a wider area. The reception may increase to multiple of hundreds of miles. These may be used to send various types of alerts. Moreover the use of repeaters costs less than the other network alternatives. These attachments may be used in areas that may create hurdles in sending the alerts.

The repeaters are available in wired or without wire types. An application of this kit may be seen as a network of computers to share the information or the net. In a Hub, one can find a lot of connections using repeaters and computer network.

The other types of walkie talkies are the police radio, which is used by the police force. These handsets are used by a police officer to connect with the others in the department and to maintain peace. The other variant of the radio is the marine radio, which is used by the radio officers in a ship. This is found with the commercial ship mates or the naval officer’s. Both use it to send alerts to the other ships at sail or the ground office for instructions.

The last and most important in this series of radio is the PMR solution. PMR stands for the professional mobile radio or private mobile radio. Wherein, with a central point many mobiles can connect. Hence, even today when far advanced radios are available, these models are used by the cabs associations for quick and easy communication.