Motorola Solutions Announces Four-Band P25 Portable with Wi-Fi
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Comments

Motorola Solutions announced a four-band, Wi-Fi-enabled APX Project 25 (P25) portable radio at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas. The APX 8000 features an adaptive audio engine and ultra-loud 1-watt (W) speaker for voice clarity.

The radio includes VHF, UHF 1, UHF 2 and 700/800 MHz frequencies and users can program all four bands into the radio, as well as analog channels. The radio, which will ship in September, is available in P25 conventional or trunked modes as well as FDMA or TDMA modes.

With the Wi-Fi feature, the radio can download pending updates about 30,000 times faster than P25 data rates, providing faster deployment of new radios and critical radio updates, with fewer radios pulled out of service for maintenance. The radio will access only pre-provisioned secure Wi-Fi networks programmed into the radio. The radios shipping in September will have Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security, with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) planned for the radio in 2016, said Danny Sanchez, Motorola Solutions product marketing manager for public-safety devices.

The new portable automatically adjusts its noise suppression, microphone boost and speaker equalization based on the user’s environment. The APX8000 collaborates with other devices, specifically Motorola’s LEX L10 Long Term Evolution (LTE) handheld via mission-critical Bluetooth. The LEX L10 can remotely control the radio so users can monitor and control information such as radio signal strength, battery life, zone, channel and volume without unholstering their radio.

The radio is being tested by several agencies, including the Beverly Hills (California) Police Department.

“In the areas surrounding Beverly Hills, first responders from different agencies are currently operating on every public-safety frequency band available since we do not have a common radio system,” said Ron Derderian, special projects officer, Beverly Hills Police Department. “An all-band radio means that we will have enhanced interoperability and mutual-aid capabilities. We can now eliminate cross-band patches and give our officers a single, compact radio that’s easy to use and carry and integrated Wi-Fi would help keep officers on patrol instead of incurring downtime at the radio shop.”

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