Australian Public-Safety Agencies Use New Motorola Radio to Combat COVID-19
Monday, November 16, 2020 | Comments

As Australia takes careful steps to re-open its borders and economy, public-safety personnel have continued to serve on the frontline throughout the nation’s lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year has delivered extraordinary challenges for Australia’s public-safety agencies, from managing safety and physical distancing in the field to maintaining interoperable communications across state borders during the intense pressure of natural disasters, as well as cyber attacks on critical infrastructure.

Motorola Solutions launched APX NEXT in Australia. The radio is a next-generation, mission-critical Project 25 (P25) public-safety radio with LTE for enhanced communications and secure, datacentric applications.

The smart radio features ViQi, a first of its kind, public-safety virtual assistant that enables users to quickly manage radio controls through simple and intuitive voice commands. The highly rugged smart radio is also built to military standards, is fully submersible and has a touchscreen that can be operated in any weather and while wearing gloves.

Con Balaskas, Motorola Solutions vice president and managing director for Australia and New Zealand, said the purpose-built smart radio is designed to combat the unique challenges posed by Australia’s tough public-safety environment.

“Land Mobile Radio (LMR) communication has always been a first responder’s lifeline,” Balaskas said. “That’s never more apparent than when disaster strikes and teams depend on instant, reliable voice communication to safely manage emergency response. APX NEXT increases both the value and reach of reliable, mission-critical communication, providing interoperable access to voice communication as well as essential application services to pinpoint the location of officers in the field, collaborate via multimedia services and help to keep people and communities safe.”

The smart radio is one of the newest mission-critical P25 radio offerings in Motorola Solutions’ purpose-built APX portfolio. With embedded LTE connectivity, the radio provides a range of application services to increase safety and productivity, with rich data capabilities and extended voice coverage to improve users’ situational awareness in the field.

The purpose-built smart radio designed for emergency services recently won two Good Design Australia Awards: one for the radio’s design and features and another for the APX NEXT Ownership Experience, which provides seamless management and support for the entire fleet of radios deployed into the field.

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