Recent Event Highlights: M wins $1.1 million county contract, County launches 800MHz system, 2 Emergency System Plans Off Course, M's BayWEB Broadband Stimulus Project, M Receives $50 Million Stimulus , M wins radio Contract with Mississippi, and 13 more...
Created by infoition on Apr 19, 2011
Last updated: 04/19/11 at 01:16 PM
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Motorola is the only manufacturer of radios that can operate securely on analog systems, like those used by most state and local law enforcement, and digital systems, like those used by federal agencies.
“Accordingly, the department purchased radios, using an existing sole-source contract with Motorola, justified for these reasons,” she said.
Motorola has won a $1.1 million Marin County contract to provide and install radio equipment that will boost the "interoperability" of existing equipment and enhance the ability of emergency responders and public agencies to communicate.
Federal grants totaling $1.4 million are available to pay for the program
Brown also said the company is targeting $1 billion worth of public-safety networking deals.
“We’ve identified projects that are a billion plus in the funnel that we have to work on and close in the next few years,” CEO Greg Brown said.
Dare County (NC) Sheriff J.D. “Doug” Doughtie announced that Dare County would begin the transition to the 800 MHz trunked communication system.
Marshall Wright, a Motorola vice-present said, “Motorola is pleased to provide Dare County with the state-of-the-art ASTRO 25 Integrated Voice and Data system.
Motorola has been providing mission critical solutions to public safety throughout North Carolina for many years and we look forward to completing the system this system that will benefit Dare County first responders.”
A decade later, though, both of the big projects that eventually emerged — the East Bay Regional Communications System and the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband network — are in disarray, despite the commitment of more than $100 million in federal funds.
Accusations are flying about improprieties in the contracting processes, which have awarded the bulk of the work on both systems to Motorola. Equipment sits idle in warehouses. Local officials are upset about tens of millions of dollars in unexpected costs.
o “Accusations are flying about improprieties in the contracting processes, which have awarded the bulk of the work on both systems to Motorola, the wireless communications giant Equipment sits idle in warehouses. Local officials are upset about tens of millions of dollars in unexpected costs that they will have to cover.”
“Motorola, the manufacturer of the previous police radio system, claimed the specifications were written to match the OpenSky system and exclude other vendors.”
The contract is notable considering Motorola is working to broaden its business in the public-safety sector, and recently scored a deal to build a similar 700 MHz LTE network in San Francisco.
The company in February announced a teaming with Verizon Wireless for a solution that would allow public-safety agencies to access Verizon's LTE network as well as leverage LTE applications as a supplement to the private LTE networks that agencies will be building in the 700 MHz band.
Separately, Motorola last year forged an alliance with Ericsson to deliver LTE solutions to first responders
Chalk one up for Verizon Wireless. Its alliance with Motorola Solutions to provide roaming to public-safety LTE networks may just be the nail in the coffin to keep the likes of T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel out of the 700 MHz D-block band.
In late September 2010 we said that the $50 million broadband stimulus award for the so-called BayWEB project, issued to Motorola, Inc., now Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) was the worst, most troubling award under the entire national program.
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed stands firm on his commitment to expose the improprieties related to the manner in which the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) orchestrated the award of a $50 Million homeland security grant to Motorola.
Mayor Reed intimates that he will personally make President Obama aware of the BayWEB issues.
Reed questions the ethics and transparency surrounding the selection of Motorola for this project.
BayWEB doesn’t meet the needs of first responders and is fiscally unsustainable.
This is the most recent in a 10-part series looking at the BayRICS award to Motorola.
The series extends back to August 2008.
nspector General Todd J. Zinser of the U.S. Department of Commerce today disclosed his reasons for opening the first audit or investigation by a federal IG of any grant or loan award made under the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program of the Obama Administration. The disclosure is seen in a 3 paragraph memo just released to the media, and posted on a federal website, which also outlines the specifics points of the precedent setting inquiry.
BayWEB thus becomes the first and only broadband stimulus award in the nation to be specifically targeted for an audit by a federal inspector general, or to be publicly announced as the focus of such an inquiry.
Ericsson and Motorola forged an alliance to deliver LTE solutions to first responders. The two companies will try to bring their expertise to bear on the nascent public-safety LTE market.
Lake County, Florida today announced that it has successfully marked a major radio system milestone with more than 11 million push-to-talk calls on its one-year-old Motorola, Inc. ASTRO® 25 digital radio system, the state's first 700/800 MHz licensed network. The $32 million radio system, formally accepted by the county earlier this year, is providing regional interoperability just 3-1/2 years after severe tornadoes raised serious communications issues for the Central Florida county.
Motorola won the first phase of a private, public-safety LTE network in the 700 MHz band in the San Francisco area.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour announced today the State of Mississippi and Motorola, Inc. have signed a contract for the development and deployment of a statewide interoperable emergency communications voice and radio network.
For use by state and public safety agencies in emergencies such as natural disasters, the new mission-critical voice and data system will provide seamless interoperable emergency communications coverage throughout the state. It is known as the Mississippi Wireless Information Network (MSWIN).
The new devices, and the networks behind them, will focus on next-generation Long Term Evolution, known as LTE, the ultra wireless broadband for mega multimedia applications.
The company is hoping that new devices and services, including mobile video streaming, will help spark sales of equipment for public-safety networks later this year and early next year.
Motorola's Brown conceded that spectrum availability could slow development in some cities for a few years but said that commitments from U.S. Federal Communications Commission's to expand spectrum availability should help speed up the process.
Most shoppers compare prices before they buy big-ticket items, but not Orange County. The sheriff's office spent millions on high-end radios without considering cheaper options.
The Miami Beach Police Department has returned to an older radio system after its newer Motorola digital system crashed recently, leaving officers unable to communicate during an emergency burglary call.
"This is a great account and it's part of our duty to keep the system working and in good order," said Marshall Wright, the Southeast U.S. sales and service vice president.
Motorola also installed part of the new 911 system for Miami-Dade first responders three years ago.