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Motorola’s LTE solutions provide next-generation communications

Motorola is committed to delivering the hardened LTE broadband solutions required for public safety and delivering innovative next-generation public safety solutions that combine advanced new technological capabilities with the reliability of the industry’s most trusted mission critical solutions.

Motorola understands that public safety requires more than just a broadband pipe. Motorola is establishing the building blocks extending from the mission-critical IP core for first-responders to realize true mobile broadband connection speeds and access to rich-media applications delivered on advanced collaborative data devices.

LTE, the next generation of mobile communication technology, enables the fast transfer of huge amounts of data in an efficient and cost-effective way, optimizing the use of the frequency spectrum. With increased speed and decreased latency, professional users can benefit from a wide range of applications (like video-based content sharing) effortlessly and while on the move. LTE will meet the demands of new and enhanced mobile Internet applications of the future.

Motorola Solutions and Ericsson

The Motorola Solutions business of Motorola Inc. and Ericsson demonstrate continued leadership in advancing public safety communications. An industry-leading LTE-based solution for public safety mobile broadband will interoperate with mission-critical voice and data to unify the delivery of high-performing voice and broadband multimedia applications.

This agreement partners the world leader in mission critical public safety communications with the world leader in telecommunications technology and services.

LTE mobile broadband technology will allow Motorola’s unified next generation platform to provide the advanced communications capabilities demanded by public safety with real-time information sharing between an integrated multimedia command center and a collaborative portfolio of rugged radios, in-vehicle terminals, and handheld LTE data devices.

As the world’s leader in mobile broadband, including LTE, Ericsson will provide the benefit of global scale economies and proven performance across a large, globally deployed LTE base. Combined with Motorola’s public safety optimized LTE core and interoperability platform, Ericsson will provide its industry- leading LTE access equipment as well as parts of its packet core and related services to deliver broadband multimedia services to public safety.

Motorola’s advanced devices, video security and command and control solutions will leverage these platforms to offer public safety unprecedented situational collaboration and situational awareness. “Motorola is committed to innovating where it matters most for public safety to ensure that the endto- end public safety solution is tailored and hardened to meet the strictest requirements of public safety missions,” said Bob Schassler, senior vice president, Worldwide Radio Solutions. “As we implement our comprehensive next generation solutions, Ericsson will be a valuable partner for the delivery of LTE technology to our public safety customers.”

Motorola is focusing extensive investment in resources and development to drive the critical innovations in the core, which includes applications and devices necessary to serve the unique requirements of a public safety LTE broadband solution. Additionally, Motorola will deliver the full spectrum of advanced services to design, implement, support, secure and manage these broadband networks. As part of Motorola’s broader nextgeneration public safety platform, LTE represents a necessary component for transforming the end-toend public safety workflow, supplementing mission-critical voice and data communications with advanced multimedia applications delivered to innovative public safety devices.

“High-speed mobile broadband and LTE-based technology provide new opportunities for the public safety sector,” said Ulf Ewaldsson, vice president and Head of Radio networks at Ericsson. “4G enables a number of new applications and video communication from the site of accident to the communication central. Improved situation awareness empowers efficient decisions, secure assets and property, and may in the end, save lives.”

Ericsson is the world’s leader in telecommunications technology and services and is leading the way in the rollout of LTE. To date, Ericsson has signed commercial LTE contracts with six major global operators, three of which are in the United States, the world’s fastest growing LTE market. Ericsson has been driving open standards and has had the highest impact on the released LTE specifications. Ericsson expects to hold 25 percent of all essential patents for LTE, making it the largest patent holder in the industry.

San Francisco Bay Area

The Enterprise Mobility Solutions business of Motorola and the public safety agencies within the San Francisco Bay Area have entered an agreement to build a 700 MHz LTE system. As part of the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (BayRICS) plan, the system will serve multiple agencies across the greater Bay Area, including San Francisco, Alameda County/Oakland, Contra Costa County, as well as the cities of Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. This broadband system provides an overlay to the existing Project 25 standardsbased IP cores and networks.

The public-safety LTE system will be installed this year and is expected to be operational in early 2011. This first phase includes an LTE core, 10 sites and 330 Motorola public-safety LTE user modems to provide Bay Area responders access to a host of media rich applications delivered over the new broadband network for increased public-safety information sharing.

“This agreement represents a first step in realizing the BayRICS vision for a unified, state-of-the-art, mission- critical voice and broadband multimedia network,” said Laura Phillips, general manager of the Bay Area UASI. “Combining a publicsafety hardened LTE overlay network with our Project 25 voice and data networks, we have the opportunity to equip our first responders with the advanced communications tools they need to better protect themselves and our communities.”

“As the Executive Sponsor of this Bay Area endeavor, the Bay Area Public Safety agencies participating in Project Cornerstone are very excited about embarking on this pioneering effort—as an ‘early builder’ of the nationwide Public Safety Broadband network vision,” said Sheriff Gregory J. Ahern, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. “Project Cornerstone and the Bay Area Bay-WEB system will be the first deployment of Long Term Evolution (LTE) Public Safety Broadband in the nation. Historically, this is a very significant technology deployment that will have a huge impact on the public safety mission in the Bay Area. This is one of the most, if not the greatest, technological advancements in my 30-year law enforcement career, and it will have a huge impact on our abilities to provide improved services to our communities.”

“Motorola is pleased to partner with the public safety agencies within the Bay Area to set the foundation for this next-generation public- safety communications platform. This system is the first of its kind and establishes a blueprint for a nationwide fabric of interoperable public-safety broadband networks,” said Darren McQueen, vice president and general manager, Motorola Integrated Command and Control and Private Broadband Solutions.

Published in Public Safety IT, Sep/Oct 2010

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