or the past few decades, fi rst

responders relied on land-mobile radio systems (LMR), which although have proven to be very effective, are lim- ited on some levels. For example, cer- tain forms of LMR give limited access to fi rst responders. While one agency may be able to contact another, many times all fi rst responders will be un- able to contact every agency involved. This can put a damper on effectiveness

and effi ciency. Recently, certain technical companies that specialize in public safety programs have come up with some new, noteworthy products. Not only are these products great for the market, they are ex- tremely effi cient for fi rst responders. Motorola Solutions has been part of

the LMR scene for decades. They are now seeking new ways to innovate the world of public safety communications. “We have three goals at the moment,” said Tom Gutherie, Vice President of the

Public Safety Smart Solutions department with Motorola Solutions. “First of all, we have been in partnerships with transition- ing communication to modern technology such as with Next Gen 9-1-1, which has gone to Text to 9-1-1. We would now like to take on a leadership role in this area,” Gutherie stated. “Secondly, we would also have the op- portunity to take on a leadership role in redefi ning department command centers. We can do this through intelligence, ana- lytics, and contextual concepts. By doing this, we can help form collaboration within the fi eld.” This type of collaboration means that with the use of carefully designed tools, departments will be able to run more effi ciently than before. “We would also like to focus on intelligent-lead public safety,” Gutherie noted. “This means fi guring out what the ana-

lytical tools are and how we can make them more effective.” These digital im- provements essentially affect every person in the department. “No matter what your role is, whether you are a detective, patrol offi cer or a dispatcher, each one relies on this communication,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Airbus DS Communications.

These improvements may be made in

part because of broadband carriers. “We have to fi nd the right combination in order to open up the interface,” Gutherie elabo- rated. With each new innovation Motorola comes up with, a few key factors are kept in mind. “We have to fi nd a workfl ow that partners communication. This way, we can integrate it for the best use of the depart- ments who will be using them.” Airbus DS Communications is another company making improvements on public-safety communication techniques. “VESTA 9-1-1 is used for emergency situ- ations in about 8,000 places,” said Flynn Nogueira, marketing director of Airbus DS Communications. The VESTA radio system functions on an IP structure. It uses advanced technology that can still func- tion properly even if one sector is no lon- ger working due to power outages. “This is exciting because it takes seconds off of communication; this saves lives.” In addition, Airbuses’ VESTA radio tech-

nology works together in line with Next Generation technology. It is able to offer support as well as additional resource. The next step for Next Generation to take is text 21

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