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Ten codes, also known as 10 codes, are an important and enduring element of radio lingo, much like the main phonetic alphabet, police phonetic alphabet, and other radio-specific terms. Thanks to popular culture, even people who don’t use two-way radios are familiar with codes such as “10-4,” meaning “affirmative." (If you've ever visited our offices, you've likely heard these terms in use, particularly if you overheard a conversation with Shop Supervisor Emory Ludtke.)

Despite their pervasiveness in multiple industries and law enforcement, codes and other lingo are fading among certain radio users, leading some to wonder: Are ten codes a thing of the past for public safety? Let's take a look whether that's true, and why or why not.

Tags: Two Way Radios, Chicago Communications, Public Safety Communications, Interoperability

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In both emergencies and daily life alike, updated communications systems are mission critical to saves lives, protect property and preserve communities. During natural disasters, large crime scenes or every day incidents, an effective emergency response system requires swift and reliable communications.

Public safety agencies and first responders rely on strong communications for today’s needs and as they prepare for the exciting future promise of Next Generation 9-1-1, or NG911, to catch up to consumer technology. All while they’re battling budgetary and resource constraints.

As technology continues to evolve, both in public safety and beyond, the importance of updated emergency communications equipment becomes even more clear.

Tags: Public Safety Communications, Interoperability, Safety Solutions

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Why FirstNet Is Taking So Long

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Monday, August 22, 2016

Even by February 2013, then-FirstNet Board Chair Sam Ginn was already feeling pressure to move more quickly, as evidenced by his statement after the group’s meeting that month:

“The FirstNet Board has been hard at work now for five months, laying the groundwork for what will be one of the largest telecommunications networks ever built,” Ginn said. “We understand the enormity of our task at hand, and the urgency to get it done as expeditiously as possible. But we want to get it right.”

That was more than three and a half years ago, and people across government, public safety, the wireless industry and the public are still asking why FirstNet is taking so long. The answer is almost as complex as FirstNet itself, but let’s take a look at some of the factors – and why there’s reason to hope.

Tags: Public Safety Communications, Interoperability

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8 Use-Cases for MOTOTRBO Applications

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Monday, April 27, 2015

When you first start researching ways to improve your communication across your business or organization, you will typically learn that digital two-way radios are often the best answer. Whether you are looking for reliability, durability, or just a more integrated way to communicate with your staff, two-way radios offer many great benefits (read more about those here).

One of the most useful and relevant benefits offered is the ability to choose from a robust selection of customized, integrated data applications to use on your MOTOTRBO radio. These applications give you the ability to expand your communications beyond just voice and audio, and offer the convenience of having data directly on your radio device. MOTOTRBO applications span a variety of use-cases, but range from GPS tracking to alarm monitoring to SMS communication (texting). Here are just some of the areas data applications can help in:

Tags: Interoperability, MOTOTRBO, Digital Two-Way Radios

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We thought we’d round up some of the top highlights this week in the Communication world and give them to you in one place. Check out some buzz worthy stories happening in the wireless communication and public safety world!

1) P25 (Project 25) Communication equipment- These are the set of standards used for federal, state, and local police departments set forth by APCO.  It ensures interoperability between these levels in terms of radio communication to enhance timeliness, effectiveness, and coordination during emergencies. Why is this important? FEMA opened applications for Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) on the 18th, which is only available for “the acquisition of P25 compliant equipment”. Read more of the details about the guidelines here.

Tags: Two Way Radios, Public Safety Communications, Motorola Solutions, Interoperability, Next Generation Public Safety, GPS

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Technology evolution: we’ve seen such a transition in schools…from text books to eBooks, hand written papers to emailing assignments to professors, to text messages alerting parents of school closings. But what about healthcare? The wireless bandwagon knows no limits.

With the blistering cold taking my health from warrior to wounded status in a matter of a few days, it came to no shock that I found myself at the doctor’s office to start off 2014. But what I noticed next took me by surprise.

Tags: Two Way Radios, Chicago Communications, Motorola Solutions, Wireless Communication, Interoperability, Safety Solutions, Healthcare

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Get your grant money before it's all gone!

Posted by Kendra Newlon on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

As we wrapped up Customer Service week here at Chicago Communications just a few weeks ago, it was hard not to notice the corporate responsibility that Motorola displays throughout the year with police, fire departments, and other safety sectors.

The public safety communication company is a big advocate for helping these agencies offset many costs that are vital to improvements of systems and equipment that keep us safe 24/7. As the end user, we don’t see the thousands of dollars it takes to keep a 911 center up and running – we just know we should be able to count on them whenever we have an emergency.

Motorola Solutions has helped out the Public Safety sector in numerous countries.  Some examples include providing fire alarms to low-income households in Taiwan, training citizens in local communities for disaster relief in the Philippines, providing training on investigative crime analysis in South America, helping citizens report crime information anonymously in New York, and worked with border patrol to help keep the Canada/US border secure. Motorola also pulled through for various natural disasters throughout the United States last year.

Tags: Chicago Communications, Public Safety Communications, Motorola Solutions, Interoperability, Grant Funding, Education, National Customer Service Week, Safety Solutions

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Communication interoperability is a well-recognized imperative for public safety, homeland security, law enforcement, or any other organization that has a need to share intelligence, coordinate plans, and mount successful joint operations with others operating on disparate systems. Nationally, emergency equipment operability is becoming a priority.

So wouldn't it be great if you could access your radio system from a Smartphone? Or what if you were able to remotely create interoperable radio communications, enable basic dispatch functionality in remote locations, remotely control radios, or connect your phone into your radio system? Federal, state and local agencies with incompatible voice systems can communicate with a MOTOBRIDGE radio over IP interoperability solution.

The MOTOBRIDGE solution, by Motorola Solutions, enables you to add these capabilities and more to your existing analog, digital, conventional or trunked radio system.

Tags: Motorola Solutions, Wireless Communication, Interoperability

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Last week the ETSB of DuPage County formerly announced the launch of their $30 million interoperable radio system made possible by a statewide radio network, STARCOM21.  STARCOM21 is Illinois’ statewide digital public safety radio system and provides coverage for over 98 percent of the State of Illinois. The network currently provides public safety communications for state and local public safety agencies. The STARCOM21 network is a public-private partnership between Motorola Solutions and the State of Illinois.

Tags: Public Safety Communications, Motorola Solutions, Interoperability

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What we discovered at this year's Motorola Channel Partner Expo

It was a momentous year at the Motorola roadshow in Las Vegas. Our yearly trek to understand products, goals and networking with colleagues really put a vision in our minds. As a follow up to my notes on the Public Safety (Future of the DBlock) aspect of the Motorola Expo this year, we also looked into the future with Digital Mobile Radio (DMR); and for Motorola this means MOTOTRBO. A technology that lends itself to gain two voice paths for one channel, it effectively doubles the ability of a customer’s radio system for voice traffic. In addition with Application Developers who write software to these radio platforms, we had a chance to review the concepts and systems that allow unique platforms such as GPS, Texting, Personal Location systems and Interoperability to be displayed in one location.

Tags: Motorola Solutions, Interoperability, MOTOTRBO

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