May 09, 2006
BYU students design prototype communication tools for police of the future
Police walking their beat might have faster access to information about a suspect, a crime scene or directions to a location in the not-too-distant future thanks to a team of Brigham Young University industrial design students.
Commissioned by Motorola to design innovative products that will help officers on foot patrol communicate more smoothly in the field, 26 students presented their ideas to Motorola officials Dec. 7 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the student lounge of the Crabtree Technology Building.
Motorola and BYU's department of industrial design, part of the School of Technology, have a long-standing research and design relationship. A similar student project BYU did for Motorola in the 1990s helped hatch the concept behind Motorola's TalkAbout radio, a high-tech version of the walkie-talkie.
As part of the current project, students looked at high-tech trends to anticipate what cops of the future would need to do their job more efficiently, safely and intelligently, said Richard Fry, professor of industrial design and student advisor.
Posted by WalkieMan at 03:01 PM
Motorola combining networks
Motorola is combining its network equipment business with its government and corporate unit in a bid to cut costs and win new business.
The network unit sells equipment that runs mobile phone networks, a segment that analysts say has become cutthroat because of too many suppliers. The other business sells wireless gear such as walkie talkies and repeaters to government and large business clients.
Motorola did not give details about how the combination would help with costs, but said it plans to provide information on the reorganization and related expenses at a later date.
Posted by WalkieMan at 02:57 PM
May 05, 2006
Alameda County First Responders to be Linked Via New Digital Radio System
First responders in Alameda County, California, will soon be linked via a new emergency radio system. The new Alameda County digital radio network replaces an aging analog radio network, and will provide the East Bay Region with interoperable radio communications for any agency that elects to use it. It will remove blockages in emergency communications caused by incompatible technologies and overcrowded frequencies across the region that have plagued East Bay police and fire agencies.
“An interoperable system is crucial in responding to large scale disasters as well as equally important daily operations involving multiple jurisdictions,” said Randy Hagar, Deputy Director, General Services Agency. “Implementation of a regional communications system will make it possible for first responders to talk to each other directly across city and county boundaries.”
According to Hagar, the vision for the new system is for multiple communities throughout the SF East Bay area, including Contra Costa County, to be covered by the system.
The new system, a Motorola 800 MHz trunked radio network based on Project 25 standards for public safety, was procured at the end of last year. The first of its kind in California, it will be installed in a number of phases. The network is designed to be consistent with the Homeland Security Department’s SAFECOM guidelines for interoperability and also supports the State’s strategic plan.
Currently, there are 104 agencies on the existing system.
Posted by WalkieMan at 04:03 PM