Motorola Teams with Augmented Reality Firm at CCW in Berlin
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Comments

Motorola Solutions teamed with Edgybees, a company it recently invested in, to demonstrate how augmented reality (AR) integrated with live drone footage can provide an immersive experience for control room and incident managers at Critical Communications World (CCW) in Berlin.

The abundance of data available from various sources, such as earthquake and flood sensors, weather data and even social media, can provide critical information before, during and after a natural disaster. However, this abundance of data poses challenges, namely analyzing and presenting the information in a relevant and actionable manner, Motorola said in a statement.

“As leaders in public-safety technology, we are committed to exploring technology-driven solutions to our customers’ challenges,” said Paul Steinberg, Motorola Solutions chief technology officer (CTO). “Smart sensors and data sources, broadband capabilities as well as new technologies like AR and drones can help us deliver rich, real-time intelligence to public-safety users during the moments that matter.”

The Edgybees technology enables AR on high-speed platforms such as drones and cars. Emergency teams responding to the Northern California wildfires and post-hurricane flooding in Florida have used the company’s First Response app.

In February, Edgybees completed a $5.5 million seed round including funding from Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Verizon Ventures and venture firms OurCrowd, 8VC, NFX and Aspect Ventures. The company will use the funding to bring its AR technology to new verticals, including defense, smart cities, automotive and broadcast media.

Edgybees patent-pending algorithms data streams from cameras mounted on cars, aerial platforms, or body-worn accessories and can maintain virtual overlays locked against the real world. Edgybees is headquartered in Israel and has offices in Europe and the United States.

Motorola Solutions also announced portable Long Term Evolution (LTE) infrastructure, LXN 500, which enables agencies to quickly deploy a data-rich LTE network virtually anywhere. Weighing less than 6 kilograms, LXN 500 can be carried in a variety of forms, including backpacks or light vehicles. It also boasts a mesh feature, allowing extension of coverage by deploying several units.

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