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Motorola Solutions launches new smart radio for enterprise environments

By Catherine Knowles
Thu 28 Jan 2021
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Motorola Solutions has launched its next generation smart radio Mototrbo Ion, complete with voice, broadband data and multimedia capabilities.

The new device has a full Android interface and is designed to connect teams, inform operations and aid in the smooth running of businesses through real-time intelligent data, Motorola states.

Following the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are now more focused on collaboration and productivity, bringing to the forefront the need for simple and reliable voice, video and data communications, as well as applications that make individuals and teams more efficient, Motorola states.

The fully open Android application ecosystem allows for integration of the mobile data applications that commercial industries depend on, such as Scandit, for enterprise-grade barcode scanning, and team communication platforms, which can be used for messaging, meetings and shared content.

A 13-megapixel camera and 4-inch, high-resolution touchscreen allows workers attach photos to work tickets, use video chat for remote diagnostics and view detailed images, schematics, diagrams, photos and videos.

Acording to the company, this simplifies device management and security, allowing businesses to move toward the use of a single device that offers push-to-talk radio with the additional capabilities of a smartphone, scanner and tablet.

The Mototrbo Ion smart radio works on the digital mobile radio (DMR) standard, Wi-Fi, public LTE and private broadband networks.

The dual microphones, speaker size and audio engineering provide clarity and noise suppression for audio that outperforms smartphones, especially in loud environments.

With an ultra-rugged design, it stands up to harsh conditions and exposure to dust, water and repeated drops.

Furthermore, it features cloud-based programming and provisioning, remote updating and real-time device monitoring, allowing businesses to deploy and maintain their radio fleets with minimal touch and downtime.

The device is built to support searching, tracking, ticketing, scanning and collaboration to boost productivity, especially within industries such as manufacturing, transportation, logistics and hospitality that rely on mobile workers, the company states.

For example, it enables airport workers to coordinate the safe and timely flow of passenger services, truck drivers to receive vital route information via digital job tickets, and security personnel to stream high-definition video from across stadiums or theme parks.

Motorola Solutions senior vice president of Global Enterprise and Channels John Zidar says, “We have spent thousands of hours listening to our enterprise customers, observing their needs and understanding the demands on them to drive efficiency at every level.

“They face countless moments each day where clear communication and collaboration is needed to manage tasks safely and efficiently.

"With the Mototrbo Ion smart radio, we have designed a product that meets their unique industry requirements, so that the technology supports the worker, and not the other way around.”

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