Motorola Announces General Availability of Its MOTOMESH™ Multi-Radio Broadband Solution for City-wide Wireless Connectivity
Public safety agencies and multiple public communities benefit from multi-radio, multi-frequency access
Hong Kong, 24 March 2006 - Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced the general availability of MOTOMESH™, a multi-radio mesh networking broadband solution that supports up to four radio networks in a single access point, applicable for public works, public users and public safety agencies in Asia Pacific under the Public Protection (Safety) and Disaster Relief/Response (PPDR) scheme. The PPDR initiative is part of the ITU’s (International Telecommunication Union) effort to standardise the use of 4.9GHz public safety band across the region for PPDR operations.
MOTOMESH will be showcased next week at the Government Security Asia Summit (GOVSEC Asia Summit 2006) in Hong Kong on March 28 – 29, 2006. Over 100 high-level regional government security officials, law enforcers and first response professionals will witness Motorola’s suite of rapid deployable communications and integrated homeland security solutions that will help address interoperability issues and critical communications needs in emergency preparedness, law enforcement as well as in urban transportation security.
“The availability of MOTOMESH adds to the already expanding portfolio of Motorola’s Seamless Mobility solutions. This is one of the first multi-radio mobile broadband solutions to combine the unlicensed Wi-Fi band (2.4GHz) and the licensed public safety band (4.9 GHz) on a single access point; giving simultaneous secure wireless access to diverse communities such as the public works and public Wi-Fi users without compromising the broadband connections amongst public safety users,” said James Wong, senior manager, business development, Motorola Government & Enterprise Mobility Solutions.
With a private licensed network, MOTOMESH is able to seamlessly and securely transmit mission-critical data and video to first responders in the field. For example, users of the network can receive instant access to key information like building schematics, electrical diagrams, hazardous chemical reports and other critical information that empowers them to safely and efficiently perform their jobs. This helps to reduce the time taken to respond to emergencies, providing valuable seconds that could impact a life and death. For optimum use, MOTOMESH users have the flexibility to leverage Mesh self-forming, self-healing properties to provide fixed and mobile networks to seamlessly deploy high-speed instant broadband for rapid data communications even in areas where physical infrastructure may be damaged or destroyed.
A Technical View of MOTOMESH
Every MOTOMESH access point contains two standards-based 802.11 (WiFi) radios and two of Motorola’s widely acclaimed Mesh Enabled Architecture (MEA®) mobile broadband radios. One set of WiFi and MEA radios operate in the unlicensed 2.4GHz band, and one set operates in the licensed 4.9GHz public safety band. This minimises potential interference between first responders and public WiFi users and enhances the security of mission critical communications. Many competing solutions rely on “virtual private networking,” which means municipal workers, first responders and the public have to compete with each other for bandwidth and access over an unlicensed WiFi network. MOTOMESH allows municipalities to serve diverse communities of interest without the risk of public WiFi users interfering with Public Safety users.
Users equipped with MEA radios can also form wireless broadband networks directly between themselves, by leveraging MEA’s client meshing capabilities that enable instant tactical networks to be formed on demand. Users do not have to set-up or pre-engineer these instant networks since the mesh is self-forming and self-healing. In addition, Motorola’s unique Multi-Hopping® technology turns each user into a router/repeater, allowing them to hop through other users to reach MOTOMESH access points. As a result, every user makes the network stronger - extending network coverage and creating more data paths through the network.
As with all MEA radio based systems, fast and accurate tracking capabilities are available without the use of GPS satellites. This feature can improve asset deployment and management around the city or at an incident. Together, Motorola’s one of a kind Multi-Hopping, client meshing and inherent position location capabilities offer a complete incident communications solution, anytime and anywhere.
About Motorola Mesh Networks Product Group
Motorola’s mesh networking technology was originally developed for the military battlefield in order to provide instant, ad-hoc communication networks where fixed infrastructure was not available or deployable. As a result, users receive a robust mobile broadband communications network that is self-forming and self-healing. The technology is capable of delivering seamless broadband data connections and real-time video transfers to vehicles moving at highways speeds. Motorola’s unique Multi-Hopping® technology turns every mesh-enabled user into a router/repeater, so every user makes the network stronger. It also allows users to hop through each other and form instant ad hoc peer-to-peer networks among themselves, anytime, anywhere. The system also features fast and accurate tracking capabilities without relying on GPS equipment or satellites.
Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. Inspired by our vision of Seamless Mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you get and stay connected simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering “must have” products, “must do” experiences and powerful networks -- along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $36.8 billion in 2005. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit www.motorola.com
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