Motorola Touts Value of LMR to Prepare for Hurricane Season
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | Comments

As hurricane season approaches, Motorola Solutions said it is helping public-safety agencies prepare for what experts predict could be a particularly severe year of storms.

The use of secure and reliable Project 25 (P25) networks and devices remains the standard for mission-critical voice communications, and command center software helps streamline and mobilize the flow of intelligence during a disaster, so that agencies can respond more quickly and restore order. Together, the technologies enable the coordination of potential evacuations, search, rescue and recovery operations and law enforcement activities in impacted areas.

"In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, we relied heavily on our radio network and radios,” said Greg Holcomb, director of the Office of Public Safety Support, Lake County, Florida. "Our officers were involved in search and rescue and responding to emergencies in affected areas, and LMR continued to be reliable and worked. Push-to-talk (PTT) radios are second nature for our first responders, and they trust their reliability and durability in critical moments."

Motorola said it proactively monitors emerging storms through its centralized network operations center, and response teams are activated the moment an emergency is detected to help customers prepare. Dedicated resources are allocated to monitor sites in the path of a hurricane, and with the help of automation, relevant network incidents are flagged and addressed. On-the-ground teams provide mission-critical technology required to meet the response. The support continues during an event and in its aftermath, as teams work with customers to determine the impact on communication sites and to coordinate repairs.

“Electric utilities prepare relentlessly for weather events and are on the front lines of disaster response and recovery,” said Rene Larocque, senior telecommunications engineer at Nova Scotia Power. “When Hurricane Dorian made landfall in 2019, our cellphone networks were down for several days, but our MOTOTRBO radios performed as if nothing had happened. Reliable radio communications were vital to support timely damage assessments, deploying the right people to areas of immediate priority and restoring power to residents.”

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