New Motorola suite helps responders share on-scene data

Motorola has introduced a wireless broadband solutions suite for first responders and other public safety and government users who require a comprehensive set of communication tools to manage large-scale emergencies.

Motorola said its Incident Scene Management gives commanders on the scene the data and video information they need to decide how to use their available resources.

The product was unveiled today at Fire-Rescue International, the International Association of Fire Chiefs' annual show in Dallas.

Incident Scene Management enables first responders to share vital on-the-scene information, especially crucial during a large-scale incident, such as an oil refinery or chemical plant mishap that could involve hundreds of hazardous material handlers, emergency medical personnel and other first responders, the company said in a statement.

Coordination efforts would be extremely complicated without instant, on-site video and data communications, Motorola said.

The portfolio of solutions creates a high-bandwidth ad-hoc network for first responders and commanders to share large text and data files, conduct quick research, view streaming video from or at remote sites as well as communicate with each other. First responders can also make notes and drawings of deployment strategies, transmit text messages, and share other forms of data in real time.

'Motorola's new Incident Scene Management suite gives first responders the ability to transmit video of an incident while using white board technology over the same network that allows them to share maps and blueprints,' Michael Fabbri, director of Data Solutions Operations at Motorola Networks and Enterprise, said in the statement.

The system also comes with a portable video camera and tripod, wireless router and portable power supply. Pan-tilt-zoom cameras allow mobile command centers to visually survey a particular area in real time and record and store images.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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