Government and enterprise sectors in Africa have increased demand for mission-critical solutions, with Motorola Solutions seeing a migration of applications from fixed to mobile devices as a result of Long Term Evolution (LTE), in addition to innovations in wireless networks solutions (WNS), two-way radios and enterprise mobility.
Executives from Motorola Solutions – the company focused on wireless networking and enterprise-level solutions after Motorola recently split in two, with the consumer products now handled separately – yesterday discussed the company’s position and direction for South Africa and the rest of the continent.
Motorola Solutions’ Next Generation of Public Safety strategy establishes the building blocks that extend from the mission critical core for first-responders, allowing the realisation of true mobile broadband connection speeds and access to rich-media applications, delivered on advanced collaborative data devices.
“In developing our next-generation public-safety plan, Motorola defined six key areas of innovation; mobile broadband, interoperability solutions, integrated command, video security, advanced devices, and workforce mobility,” says Mark Kelly, country manager for Motorola Solutions. “They are designed to outline how public safety agencies can leverage their investments to dramatically enhance situational awareness with real-time, rich-media collaboration, improve productivity for day-to-day operations and heighten disaster preparedness.”
LTE is the primary technology being considered by public safety and government organisations for broadband applications in the foreseeable future. LTE is a standards-based technology that delivers something that many public safety and governmental organizations have been requesting for years: a cost-effective way to meet their broadband communications needs and one that gives them a greater selection of devices and applications.
At the same time, the proliferation of WiFi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptop computers, is changing the way that people access information. For this trend to continue on its sharp path of adoption, modern wireless infrastructure must keep pace with the increasing demand for high-speed connections that enable mobile access to bandwidth-hungry content like video.
“Moving into 2011 and beyond, Motorola Solutions predicts an increase in WNS solutions being used by government sectors in Africa. The wide array of wireless technologies available helps enable organisations to mobilise more applications for both employees and the general public, improving the quality of people’s lives within a municipal area,” comments Kelly.
With the emergence of the digital platform, a new era of two-way radio technology has now arrived. Its enhanced features, such as greater performance, productivity and backward compatibility with analogue systems, make it a cost-effective solution for enterprises operating in noisy environments.
“Africa will continue to see an increase in the use of the latest digital two-way radio technology that provides government entities, construction companies, manufacturing, and oil and gas firms with clearer communication, as well as the necessary tools to improve functionality in the workplace,” Kelly adds.
Two-way digital radios are scalable over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, support data transfer along with voice, consume less power, work for longer ranges with excellent voice quality reducing external background sounds in noisy environments, and offer software applications that provide location based tracking and services. Using IP technology, multiple locations can be connected together over the Internet using Motorola’s IP Site Connect meaning distant locations, even across countries, can be connected as one site.
Motorola Solutions has a strong channel presence in South Africa. Working with longstanding partners such as Alcom Radio Distributors, Westcon SA, Datanet, Pinnacle and Communication Solutions.