Motorola Solutions Envisions Virtual Reality Transforming Public Safety
Virtual reality and augmented reality will creep into our lives slowly in the next 10 years, it has so many applications from gaming to business. Motorola have been leading the radio industry for many years and are taking the initiative with this technology, While this will take away the need for CCTV, radios, radio earpieces and headsets, it will add a more immersive, structured way of running events and festivals.
Motorola SolutionsÂ is exploring a future where virtual reality will immerse a public safety command center supervisor in an incident scene. By using a combination of virtual reality and eye-interaction technologies to navigate through video and data feeds from multiple sources, incident responses can be quickly coordinated and information shared widely to help guide officers and protect people at the scene.
Motorola Solutions will show live demonstrations of the virtual command center on Aug. 15-16 at the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) 2016, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. (booth #1337).
The virtual command center proof of concept uses eye-interaction technology from startup company Eyefluence, a Motorola Solutions Venture Capital investment, to envision the future of public safety.
A look at todayâs smart public safety solutions
Todayâs public safety command centers can integrate the Project 25 (P25) standards-based, interoperableÂ ASTROÂ®Â 25Â land-mobile radio (LMR) network for mission-critical communications with the power of LTE broadband and the latest in smart public safety solutions to turn data into intelligence.
Since 2009, Lake County, Fla. has been using Motorola Solutionsâ ASTRO 25 LMR network as the core network for emergency interoperable communications for several counties across Florida. On Aug. 17, Greg Holcomb, Lake County public safety communications technology manager/E911, will join Motorola Solutions in a managed services panel discussion at APCO entitled âSystems Down: Best Practices for Eliminating this Status from Your Network Performance Logsâ (see all Motorola Solutions presentations at APCO 2016Â here).
âThe Lake County core network and many connected sites on this P25 mission-critical communication system are managed by Motorola Solutions,â said Holcomb. âWith their robust managed services offerings, the company ensures 24×7 availability, reduced risks and maximized performance for our public safety network.â
Motorola Solutions’Â CommandCentralÂ platform provides real-time intelligence throughout all phases of police work â from planning, to operations, to investigations.Â CommandCentral AwareÂ aggregates video from several sources, allowing crime center analysts to view multiple feeds on one screen and share high-definition images of suspects, vehicles, license plate numbers and other critical information to responding officers in real time.
âLaw enforcement agencies have access to data from multiple sources including 9-1-1 calls, live video feeds, social media activity, nationwide databases and more,â said Jim Mears, senior vice president, Motorola Solutions North America Sales. âMotorola Solutionsâ CommandCentral platform captures this information and turns it into real-time intelligence that helps first responders resolve incidents quickly and even prevent them from happening.â
The CommandCentral platform will be showcased at APCO 2016, along with several of the latest mission-critical communication solutions from Motorola Solutionsâ Innovation Design Center in Plantation, Fla. This includes theÂ Si500Â body worn camera andCommandCentral VaultÂ digital management solutions, which automates and streamlines the processing of video from the point of capture to video management and review, and theÂ LEX L10Â LTE handheld device designed for the rigorous demands of real-world, front-line policing.
Introducing new mission-critical solutions at APCO 2016
Motorola Solutions is launching the new APXâ¢ 8500 P25 all-band mobile radio, updated ASTRO 25 network features and the IMPRES 2 energy management system.
APX 8500 P25 all-band mobile radio:Â With Motorola Solutionsâ newÂ APXÂ 8500Â P25 all-band mobile radio, first responders can use a single mobile radio to exchange critical voice and data communications â such as text messages and GPS coordinates â with multiple agencies and jurisdictions operating on different radio bands. Radio updates can be made instantly without interrupting voice communications; the radio does not need to be brought to a shop, saving both time and money. When connected to the Motorola Solutions VML750 LTE vehicle modem (now available globally), the APX 8500 frees up radio channels by offloading data to LTE.
APX Personnel Accountability for ASTRO 25 trunked networks:Â The APX Personnel Accountability solution is now available for ASTRO 25 trunked networks (which enable efficient operation of large systems with a small number of channels) and continues to also be available onÂ ASTRO 25 conventional networks (where users select communication channels).
Commanders using the APX Personnel Accountability solution can automatically perform tactical notifications and streamline roll call processes via a computer. They can automatically account for staff using APX radios at the scene of an incident. If a team needs to evacuate, commanders can instantly alert them through their radios and receive acknowledgements. Commanders can monitor radio battery life, identify radios and receive radio power down indications. If a radio is on the wrong channel, a commander can remotely switch the channel to the right one and ensure the entire team can communicate with each other.
ASTRO 25 Enhanced Geo Select:Â Geo Select provides hands free operation of APX radios when entering a defined region, or geofence, and this feature is now available even if the radio is no longer on the network. When entering a geofence, APX radios can automatically take action such as change channels, alert the user and change power levels. No manual intervention is needed.
ASTRO 25 Over-The-Air radio software updates:Â ASTRO 25 Over-The-Air Programming (OTAP) has been available for radio managers to remotely program APX radios. Now they will also be able to update APX radio software over-the-air for their entire fleet simultaneously over the course of a few days, without disrupting radio function in the field. With this new feature, there is no need to bring radios to the shop for software updates, saving both significant time and money.
IMPRESâ¢ 2 energy system for APX radios:Â The newÂ IMPRES 2Â high-capacity, water-resistant batteries keep APX radios powered longer. When combined with the new IMPRES 2 charger, they deliver 60 percent more charging cycles than traditional lithium-ion batteries. The IMPRES 2 chargerâs enhanced diagnostics provide usage data including a batteryâs ability to hold a charge, letting users know when itâs time to replace it. The multi-unit chargers also feature customizable charging â batteries in service can be charged at 100 percent while those in storage can be partially charged to optimize battery life.