Motorola Launches Subscription-Based WAVE PTT Radio, Service
Thursday, August 23, 2018 | Comments

Motorola Solutions introduced the WAVE two-way radio TLK 100, which provides instant push-to-talk (PTT) communications over a nationwide Long Term Evolution (LTE) cellular network.

The bundled solution — including the radio, cellular service and software — is built specifically for businesses with a geographically dispersed workforce, the supplier said.

Users subscribe to Motorola Solutions’ WAVE wireless service, which leverages “the nation’s best carriers for service,” the company said. WAVE OnCloud is a PTT subscription service from Motorola Solutions.

The device will be available in September through authorized WAVE wireless agents. The pricing varies depending on a monthly or two-year contract subscription and the number of devices ordered. The retail price for the radio is $350, and the subscription services range from $35 to $45 per month. Participating dealers may offer the device for free with a two-year contract.

The bundle is targeted at industries with field services where tracking vehicle locations and ongoing communications with field teams is essential, such as private security, construction, manufacturing, retail, and transportation and logistics, Motorola said.

“Growing feedback from customers indicates that smartphones are challenging to use in certain work environments,” said Sean Taylor, business development lead at Motorola Solutions. “Employers in certain industries want to provide their workers with devices that do not require log in, have a single button for PTT, have loud speaker volume, are durable and have long battery life. They also are looking for ways to reduce the distractions that can come with smartphones — like texting friends and surfing the internet — while improving employee efficiency for task work. Aligning the right tools based on worker roles is essential for business success.”

The WAVE two-way radios complement Motorola Solutions’ traditional LMR offerings, focused on communications on-site or through regional systems. The WAVE offers wide-area coverage across the country or across thousands of facility locations.

The device has a traditional two-radio form factor and does not have telephony capabilities. The radio does not work on other cellular networks, only with Motorola Solutions’ WAVE wireless service.

The radio has an embedded 4G subscriber identity module (SIM) that is permanently attached to the device to prevent it from being stolen or removed, the company said. While the radio can function without LTE coverage by connecting to Wi-Fi, it requires a service plan to operate.

Motorola Solutions is creating a larger road map of WAVE two-way radio devices, and a mobile variant is being considered. A hands-free vehicular kit will be available later in 2018. The WAVE OnCloud portal allows both partners and customers to program and configured devices remotely. While the radio supports private call capability for one-to-one communications, it does not contain traditional conventional LMR capabilities.

All WAVE two-way radios also can be integrated into supported MOTOTRBO systems. The radio supports Capacity Max, Capacity Plus and LCP systems. Connect Plus is on the road map for consideration.

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