Requirements of public safety users
In February 2016, Motorola Solutions (MSI) and Ericsson (ERIC) announced that they will look to develop next generation push-to-talk communications for the public safety market. This should enable traditional radio communications to integrate and extend via LTE (long-term evolution) broadband networks.
Ericsson, Motorola, and Telstra will do a concept trial of mobile broadband communications in Australia (EWA) and develop an industry solution that will cater to the needs of public safety users. From the image below, we can see that Motorola deployed the four largest public-safety LTE projects in the world, worth over $800 million in 2015.
Value generated by the collaboration
This partnership brings together Ericsson’s flexible and efficient network infrastructure and Motorola’s experience in providing mission-critical communications for public safety. Telstra also has vast network resources and expertise in defining next generation communications standards and capabilities.
Next generation push-to-talk is an important component of LTE-based, public-safety agency solutions. Driven by changing dynamics in the public safety environment, there have been a number of data sources that need to be combined with traditional voice communications. These will likely help public safety agencies in their decision-making processes.
From the executive VP
Bruce Brda, Motorola’s Executive Vice President of Products and Services, said of the collaboration that it is “part of our vision for smart public safety, Next-Generation Mobile Intelligence, that is helping agencies deliver better community safety outcomes through a dynamic mix of technologies.” Brda added that “connecting a greater number of public safety officials will help to increase situational awareness and efficiency among first responders in the field.”
In the next and final part of this series, we’ll evaluate Motorola’s acquisition of Airwave and what it could mean for the company.