Motorola Solutions is introducing new communication solutions built specifically for the needs of police and first responders at a showcase this week.
From the field to the command center, these new technologies combine the power of Motorola Solutions’ mission-critical ASTRO 25 land-mobile radio systems and public safety broadband.
Motorola Solutions will showcase this technology today and Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the International Association of Chiefs of Police 2017, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
“Motorola Solutions’ LMR systems are built with multiple layers of resiliency and are trusted by first responders day-to-day and during disasters like hurricanes and wildfires, when instant communication is essential to help people in life-and-death situations,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Product & Solutions, Motorola Solutions, with operations in Schaumburg.
“We are introducing new solutions and future concepts that use ASTRO 25 for mission-critical voice communications and public safety broadband to share data for actionable intelligence. Together, these technologies provide a powerful combination of solutions to help improve the safety of first responders and the people they protect,” he said.
When every second counts, police officers need to keep their eyes up and hands free for fast response in any situation. With Motorola Solutions Responder Alert, a series of actions and notifications are automated to keep officers focused on the mission at hand.
Motorola Solutions teamed up with providers of public safety equipment to integrate Responder Alert into products police officers use every day. For example, when an officer pulls his gun out of his holster, Responder Alert will immediately notify command and can automatically turn on the officer’s Motorola Solutions Si500 body-worn camera to begin recording events. Working with Safariland, a leading provider of holsters to law enforcement, helps ensure that Responder Alert technology is fully integrated into an agency’s operations from day one, without the need to retrofit or test new holsters.
Using sensors from Yardarm Technologies integrated in the officer’s weapon, Responder Alert can detect if a gun is fired and immediately notify command. This not only helps maximize officer safety, it can also be critical in establishing a timeline of events for the post-incident investigation.
Motorola Solutions will be showcasing enhanced community engagement capabilities designed to streamline calls for service, improve crime intelligence and help agencies stay better connected with their residents.
A new mobile app, CommunityConnect, is the next evolution of engagement tools used by citizens to send nonemergency incident reports and easily track their status. They can also anonymously report all types of crimes and submit multimedia evidence such as videos and pictures. Additionally, public safety agencies can broadcast alerts to keep residents informed of emergency situations in the local area and proactively share local crime data on a map enabled by CrimeReports.
All data captured through CommunityConnect can be easily stored using CommandCentral Vault evidence management for historical reference.
Motorola Solutions is also showcasing a future incident command concept demonstration that uses mixed reality for a multidimensional view of events as they unfold for a SWAT team. An augmented-reality headset will provide a birds-eye view into the role of an incident commander who is coordinating a tactical response away from the incident.
Drones at the scene provide videos and a holistic view of buildings. A holographic 3-D model can be viewed from any direction, similar to a physical object located on a table right in front of the commander. The location of first responders and other people at the scene is quickly seen on live diagrams and via video feeds.
In this demonstration, first responders communicate using a dedicated LMR system and real-time data is shared through a secure broadband network. Commanders see events as they unfold. They have the situational awareness needed to make the right decisions that can be quickly communicated with first responders in the field.