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To Gain or Not to Gain…That is the Antenna Question

When looking at mobile two-way radio coverage, many users jump to the conclusion that the higher the gain rating is on an antenna, the better the coverage.  That is not necessarily the case.  In this blog, we take a look at the conditions that may affect coverage and help you select the appropriate gain antenna for best results.

Antennas do not make power; they only propagate radio waves.  Different antenna designs have different propagation patterns.   Unity gain (equivalent to 0 dB gain) ¼ wave antennas propagate RF in an omnidirectional, or circular pattern.  Since an antenna does not make power, increasing gain in one direction will decrease propagation in another.  Typically, antennas with gain will lose the vertical propagation or “roundness” of the pattern and become flattened and elongated with the higher gain antenna you choose.   As you can see in the illustration, using a gain antenna may cause poor performance in a hilly environment.propagation

Mobile antenna choice has a lot to do with the physical terrain.   On an open and flat highway a high gain antenna will be better…3 dB, 6 dB etc.  If your desired coverage area is hilly then a ¼ wave omnidirectional antenna will be better.

The other type of gain is directional and is important for base stations.  These are usually called “yagi” antennas.  As an educational metaphor, let’s compare gain to a flashlight.  When you turn the bezel of a flashlight you are not increasing the power, you are focusing the light and making the energy denser in that area.  In RF, for every 3db of gain you double the power.  In the world of antennas you do not double the output, you double the density of signal level in a given area.  For the purpose of a fixed base station transmitting to a (stationary) repeater, a high gain Yagi may be used to focus the RF energy directly at the receiving antenna.  If you are using a fixed base station and transmitting to a mobile fleet of vehicles, a more traditional omnidirectional propagation would be better suited.

In conclusion, as with many things, your antenna gain choice depends on several factors.  Generally, in the Pacific Northwest we tend to recommend 3 dB antennas for mobile radio users in order to account for both distance and our hilly terrain.  Your individual needs may not fit a one-size-fits-all approach.  We are more than happy to discuss your specific application and make recommendations for your specific needs.  Give us a call.

How New Distracted Driving Laws Will Affect Your Business in Washington, Oregon, and California

This year, Washington, Oregon and California tightened restrictions regarding the use of handheld devices behind the wheel. These changes were all modifications to the original “hands free” or “distracted driver” laws in these states; laws that required updating and modernization. The new laws in these states focus on the act of holding an electronic device as the violation, and no longer require active texting or talking to earn a citation.

In 2016, 40,200 Americans died in automobile-related accidents. This represents a 6 percent increase over 2015, and an aggregate increase of 14 percent since 2014. The National Safety Council (NSC) partially attributed this increase to a healthy economy, which means more people on the road for both work and pleasure. However, NSC’s research more heavily implicated distracted driving, caused by handheld devices such as smartphones, as the culprit. Given this data, reducing the use of handheld devices on the road is warranted.

But many businesses rely on in-transit communication to complete operations-critical tasks every day. These professionals still need instant communication, but they must also comply with the law by communicating in a way that is conducive to roadway safety.

First Things First: Know the New Laws

Below are the three states to have adopted new laws regarding the use of handheld devices in automobiles:

Washington
As of late July 2017, all motor vehicles operators in The Evergreen State, including professionals with a commercial drivers license (CDL), are prohibited from interacting with a phone or other device in such a way that requires them to hold it. Any use of the device must be minimal – for instance, a quick swipe or tap of the finger to reject an incoming call. The penalty for a first offense is a $136 fine. Subsequent violations will result in a $234 fine.

Oregon
Oregon’s new distracted-driving law goes into effect Oct. 1, 2017. Any device interaction that requires holding it, typing into it, scrolling or even resting it between your legs will result in a fine. Drivers using their phones must have it mounted, and must be able to interact with it through single-touch capabilities. Failure to comply with the new law means a first-time fine of a few hundred dollars, or a required safety course at the expense of the guilty party. Two violations in 10 years will result in a fine of up to $2,000, and a third violation comes with a minimum fine of $2,000 and the possibility of jail time.

California
The Golden State first introduced its new distracted-driving law in January 2017. At the time, “specialized mobile radio device” and “two way messaging device” were on the list of prohibited devices. This had the unintended consequence of leaving commercial drivers vulnerable under the law.

However, in July, the law was amended to exclude mobile and dash-mounted two-way radio. The law still strictly forbids the use of wireless devices while operating a vehicle. The only exception is that drivers are allowed to activate or deactivate certain features with one touch, and that device must be mounted through a dashboard or windshield console.

How Are Two-Way Radio Users Affected by the New Laws?

While laws have tightened on mobile electronic devices, states have allowed many exemptions when it comes to two-way radio users, especially for commerce and public safety. These include the following:

·        Drivers with a CDL and school-bus operators using the radio within the scope of employment.

·        Drivers in the logging or utilities industry and using the radio within the scope of employment.

·        Using a radio in police, fire, EMS or towing within the scope of employment.

·        Any permanently mounted device (i.e., dash- or vehicle-mounted mobile radio).

Although the  use of mobile two-way radios are legal and easier and safer to operate than cellphones, it is advised to keep conversations to a minimum when operating a vehicle.

Recap: What is allowed?

  1. Keep your phone on a mount and use an approved hands-free device.
    1. Receiving calls on a Bluetooth headset in this instance is OK.
    2. When making an outgoing call, you must use voice activation.
    3. Beyond a single touch or swipe, avoid touching your phone at all.
  2. Vehicle-mounted (mobile) two-way radio use is legal in every instance.
    1. Portable two-way radios are legal in several industries when used within the scope of employment, or if the driver has a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Businesses must facilitate one of the above to avoid putting their employees in a dangerous and/or illegal situation on the road.  A great option is to utilize a wide area radio system like TRBOWEST.

For more information about how to make your mobile communications compliant with state laws, click here to contact Day Wireless Systems. We’re wireless industry veterans with offices across the West who know the law and the lay of the land, and we’re here to help.

How to Deploy Universal UCC Affordably and Flexibly

WAVE OnCloud Series, Part 3 of 3

In previous blog posts, we delved into two of the most pressing use cases for a truly unified communication and collaboration (UCC) platform, one that bridges the divide between the “carpeted” and “concrete” business components. These were:

  1. Safety: Do you have the enterprise-wide communication coverage needed to facilitate All Call in the event of a crisis?
  2. Agility: Is your UCC system universal enough that business  operations can change on the fly, but in a coordinated manner?

With a setup such as WAVE from Motorola Solutions, which integrates radio and cellular communications, the answer to both questions is a resounding “yes.” Silos between the carpet and the concrete components of business dissolve to make way for universal UCC.

But that does leave one lingering question: What happens as business operations expand and contract? Universal UCC has the benefit of enabling business-process agility at any given moment in time, but can it do the same over time – for instance, in the course of months or even years.

Circumventing the Risk of High Expense and Low Returns

The upfront expenditures associated with digital transformation have a way of tempering the initial excitement of change. Even the most carefully evaluated technology investments are really just educated guesses. What will the return on investment really end up looking like?

Individually, carpeted and concrete businesses have come up against this question. The former has dealt with it in the form of digital communication systems such as VoIP and UC platforms, and the latter with two-way radio. Universal UCC is about uniting both sides of the business under a single, enterprise-wide platform, which has extraordinary potential to improve operations.

As compelling as the value proposition may seem, why should an enterprise pour money into new infrastructure? Simply put, they shouldn’t, because they can still get all the benefits of universal UCC without the sticker shock.

Just as subscription-based services in the cloud have made digital transformation affordable, quick to deploy, and flexible, WAVE OnCloud from Motorola Solutions has done the same for integration between two-way radio and digital enterprise communications.

No CAPEX? Check. Predictable Pricing? Check. ROI? Check!

Rather than deploying on-premises, which requires an upfront expense and overhead for ongoing maintenance, businesses can opt into what Gartner refers to as communication Platform-as-a-Service (cPaaS).

As a subscription-based software model, cPaaS enables push-to-talk (PTT) from any location, and on any device that has Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity (i.e., laptops, tablets and smartphones). From an operational standpoint, this capability is crucial. According to a survey conducted by Motorola Solutions, 78 percent of manufacturing workers are using multiple devices to communicate with one another.

Two-way radio is still in use by 67 percent of production workers, second only to smartphones, at 78 percent. Clearly, there is significant overlap between smartphones and radio, with many employees regularly using both. This is where WAVE OnCloud is especially useful. Any digital device that has the WAVE PTT application can communicate instantly with any MOTOTRBO radio, and vice versa. Even when workers are out of range of the radio network, they can still utilize PTT through mobile the same as they would through a two-way radio unit. What’s more, they can use PTT with any other worker in the carpeted areas of business who has access to the service.

All of this occurs without any need for new infrastructure, meaning CAPEX budget is not required. Equally critical, cPaaS has a predictable-pricing model. Like other as-a-Service offerings, there’s a fixed cost per device. This facilitates the long-term flexibility referenced at the start of this post. Enterprises hereby have universal UCC for the cost of just the monthly fee per user – no additional infrastructure, and no maintenance necessary. The end result is a high-performing service with a low total cost of ownership, a.k.a., the ingredients for ROI.

If that message resonates with you, contact Day Wireless Systems today for more information.

Motorola Solutions makes the innovation affordable. We make it easy.

The Importance of Company-Wide UCC for Agile Operations

WAVE OnCloud Series, Part 2

In last week’s post, we looked at how Unified Communication and Collaboration (UCC) tools like WAVE OnCloud by Motorola help improve employee safety in a carpeted vs concrete ecosystem.  In this post, we look at how implementing Unified Communication and Collaboration using two-way radio and office devices enable a more agile enterprise in responding to priority situations and helping with everyday collaboration.

Enterprise businesses are latching on to the terms “agile” and “lean” in the interest of constructing more resilient, flexible business operations. The cumulative impact has been the gradual construction of the “digital workplace.” Yet, there’s a glaring hole in what otherwise seems like a good idea: the digital workplace has now been rolled out in what Motorola refers to as the “carpeted”, or office sectors of the enterprise. For “concrete” sectors like warehouses or the production floor, the digital workplace options are absent. The reason for this disparity is that traditional Unified Communication and Collaboration (UCC) tools have only been designed for desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. But, our landscape and needs have modernized and so must our tools.

 

Different Workflows, Different Communications

Corporate Vice President for Motorola Solutions John Kedzierski summed up the situation best with the following example:

“The operator in the paint-spray booth at a manufacturing facility is not going to use Google Hangouts on a laptop to notify her supply team that she is out of paint. She will use a push-to-talk radio to say ‘I’m out of paint at Sprayer 4.'”

Kedzierski explained that employees in industrial environments face a very different set of challenges than office workers, and therefore require different communication methods when talking within those environments. Namely, they need something rugged, reliable and instantaneous, and PTT-enabled two-way radios hit all of these marks. Additionally, the networks they leverage tend to be more resilient, and the handheld units are designed to convey crystal-clear audio even in loud settings, with nothing more than the push of a button.

Thus, stripping away push-to-talk radio isn’t a viable option for “concrete” workers. At the same time, desktops, laptops and smartphones in the business office can’t be swapped out for two-way radios.

Voice Communication: The Original Collaboration Tool

From an operation standpoint, though, UCC silos hold back the digital transformation that’s needed to optimize employee agility for the sake of responding to disruptions. While it’s true that automation and the Industrial Internet of Things are changing concrete business operations as we know them, the pecking order of any workflow is still “people, process, technology.” The technology serves the process, and the process should make it easier for people to do their jobs safely and efficiently.

The problem is that as we’ve become more reliant on technology, a disruption to our digital infrastructure makes us more sluggish to engage employees. Consider the example of a data center where technicians and facility managers frequently deal with hazards such as overheating, electrical shorts, cyberattacks, equipment failures and other disruptions that directly affect business operations.

Data center disruptions have a financial impact, according to the Ponemon Institute, of nearly $9,000 per minute. Any disruption to data flow is costly for both the data center, and for users who rely on accessing information quickly and reliably. But when data center function is interrupted, fast-paced UCC between the boots on the ground and the office park becomes even more essential.

Let’s look at the barriers to facilitating this communication.  Data centers have thick, concrete walls that improve insulation, but also hinder RF signal going in or out. Cellular boosters/amplifiers can be installed to boost signals inside; however, it is rarely cost effective due to the relatively low headcount of employees who operate a data center.  Many facilities get around this problem by using two-way radio systems.  But again, that doesn’t address the bigger problem, which is that two-way radio is used in the data center and cellular communication in business headquarters.

By having both reliable two-way radio and cellular communication, the idea of facilitating immediate back-and-forth engagement between “carpeted” and “concrete” business factions becomes more tenable. This is crucial for quickly assessing incidents such as data breaches or outages, as well as responding to those incidents collaboratively and, hopefully, getting vital operations back on track quickly.

Similarly, there’s a high cost of disruption on the manufacturing floor, in supplier warehouses, to delivery trucks, and so on. While enterprises have heavily focused on making their digital workflows agile, in the process some have forgotten to ask themselves how agile and reliable their enterprise-wide, human-to-human communication infrastructure really is. If enterprise information systems are disrupted, there must be streamlined communication between the “carpeted” and “concrete” operations.

The silver lining is that the underlying infrastructure for enterprise-wide UCC already exists. On the “carpeted” side, enterprises can leverage cellular, and on the “concrete” side, they can leverage PTT radio.  The two can be different without being disparate. Here’s how:

Understanding the WAVE On Cloud Model

Communication Platform as-a-Service, or CPaaS, has emerged to address this very problem. Unlike other forms of digital workplace advancement, CPaaS doesn’t require any new infrastructure.

Motorola Solutions’ WAVE On Cloud solution is a leading example of CPaaS. The solution is a cloud-based, Push to Talk (PTT) application that works with any Wi-Fi or cellular-connected device, but also with MOTOTRBO radios. As a result, UCC between the carpeted and concrete components of the enterprise is not only integrated, but also resilient and redundant.

For priority engagements, such as dealing with data center downtime, WAVE acts a UCC lifeline, but it’s equally useful for creating more direct lines of communication to facilitate agile processes.

The traditional enterprise has a very rigidly outlined protocol for communicating through the lines of business. And while this hierarchy is in place to maintain order, in some cases it can become needlessly bureaucratic. For instance, if a warehouse manager knows that a supplier shipment is going to be late, they may as well have a direct line of communication to the various employees who will be directly affected by this. If customer service and supply chain managers are directly looped into these discussions, they can collaborate to prescribe contingency plans much faster.

The fully digital workplace and integrated agile enterprise are not pie in the sky dreams. But before they can become a reality, UCC must grow up. Day Wireless Systems, a leading and trusted name in communication and collaboration for more than four decades, is ready to help facilitate that growth.

Contact us today to learn more.

You Need to Reach Every Employee Instantly – Introducing Wave on Cloud

WAVE OnCloud Series, Part 1

Unified Communication and Collaboration (UCC) systems are not new to the enterprise. In fact, unified email, chat, video conference and other communication channels have more or less become an expectation in what a recent Motorola Solutions white paper referred to as “the carpeted areas of the business.” But in operations like the production floor, inventory warehouses, transport vessels, and construction sites, (Motorola calls them “concrete” areas of business) UCC has been slower off the block. Why?

Part of the answer is that desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones have traditionally been best-suited to front-end business operations. Meanwhile, on loading docks or the production line, two-way radios tend to be the device of choice. They’re more rugged, and two-way radio networks such as MOTOTRBO typically have better availability, redundancy, and lower operating cost than Wi-Fi and cellular networks. In other words, radio just makes sense on a construction site or at an inventory warehouse in a way a cell phone doesn’t.

Of course, there are cases in which two-way radio’s range can be limiting. What’s more, having two completely separate communication networks for “carpeted” and “concrete” makes it extremely difficult to truly unify an enterprise under a single emergency notification system.

In this post, we look at how radio and cellular users can be better integrated to improve enterprise-wide coverage for the sake of employee safety.

1.  Coverage Everywhere: A Weakness of Two-Way Radio

Safety is a top priority in any business operation, and communication plays a central role in ensuring that safety. Any disruption in a professional’s ability to immediately communicate with supporting staff can jeopardize that workgroup’s well-being. Consider any of these scenarios:

  • A security guard is unable to provide police with a suspect’s location in a timely manner.
  • A utility worker falls down and is unable to radio for help.
  • A maintenance worker is mistakenly locked in a cargo hold.

In any of the above safety situations, the clear audio of digital two-way radio based push to talk (PTT) can essentially act as a lifeline – but only if coverage is sufficient. While it’s true that radio networks are designed for immediate availability, it’s also true that radio can have limited range.  On the one hand, only installing the infrastructure for the coverage you need, and not paying for things you don’t is a key part of radio networks’ appeal.  On the other hand, it makes sense for users covering large geographic areas, or companies who aren’t able to see the ROI of building their own radio network, to leverage existing cellular networks.

Consider the example of the 14,000-mile Canadian Pacific Railway, which is patrolled by 102 officers of the Canadian Pacific Police Service (CPPS). Because the territory was so expansive, the agency was forced to use various carrier solutions depending on where they were stationed. This led to communication hiccups and/or failures due to interoperability issues between carriers.

To rectify the problem, CPPS worked with WAVE, by Motorola Solutions, which provided seamless push-to-talk functionality over several cellular networks, allowing the agency to communicate effectively and affordably despite the distances involved.

So while there’s a lot to be said for the reliability of radio, expanding the network requires significant resources.  Our recommendation would be to build out your two-way radio network based on your needs whether local, multi-site, or regional coverage is desired.  To supplement coverage and push-to-talk functionality for smartphone/Wi-Fi devices, a platform such as WAVE should be considered.

2.   UCC Is About Safety, First

The other significant benefit of integrating radio and cellular is that you lay the foundation for a truly unified communication and collaboration system.

To better understand this, consider how WAVE OnCloud from Motorola Solutions functions. Any Wi-Fi or cellular-connected device (desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone) that has the push-to-talk app is able to connect through the cloud to any other device with that capability – including MOTOTRBO radios – regardless of location. As a result, you effectively enable enterprise-wide PTT without having to implement any additional infrastructure. Companies are able to leverage their sizeable investments in radio systems, yet scale enterprise PTT as needed. Since WAVE On Cloud is delivered as a subscription-based Communication Platform as-a-Service, or CPaaS, implementation is as simple as paying a monthly subscription fee, downloading the app and scaling as you go.

In today’s interconnected business landscape, an emergency or adverse incident in one enterprise outpost can easily cause problems in another affiliated location. This justifies the use of an emergency notification system, or “All Call” feature, which can span beyond the building, and to other areas of the organization instantaneously. With the push-to-talk functionality of WAVE On Cloud, you get that capability at no capital expense to your business.

3.  Why not just go through traditional communication hierarchies?

Of course, this begs the question: Why alter traditional business communications at all? Today, an enterprise that needs to reach every single line of business (carpeted, concrete and otherwise) will go through decision makers, to management and from management to supervisory positions in the concrete operations. Those supervisors then branch out to their teams, most likely though two-way radio. For the sake of explicit clarity, let’s look at how simplifying this line of communication in a true UCC setup benefits employee safety.

First, let’s consider the example of a hospital that declares an internal state of emergency. For instance, in early 2016, Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital was struck with ransomware, crippling many of its computer systems. As a result, the hospital was forced to keep records with pen and paper, and actually started to reroute ambulances to other nearby facilities whenever possible. Fortunately, patient care was not affected by the incident. Nevertheless, this is the type of emergency in which having a single, unified “All Call” communication system is crucial. Security and administrative staff, doctors, nurses, on-site technicians, custodial staff and EMTs all need to be kept in the loop through UCC, and alerted the moment that an internal state of emergency is initiated, so that they can begin adhering to contingency protocols. Patient well-being and public safety depend on a quick and uniform response to the emergency. While departments are waiting for information, they can’t follow protocol.

Let’s consider another scenario: a product recall. In the event of a bacterial outbreak at a food production plant, for instance, every operation will be impacted. And while employee safety may not be at immediate risk, public safety is endangered. An “All Call” capability can help the organization respond quickly and harmoniously. Most enterprises will have a pre-meditated protocol for dealing with these types of situations, and that everyone has a role to play. An “All Call” button doesn’t replace these processes, but it does get them in motion in a quick and uniform manner. Like an enterprise-wide intercom, critical, emergency-grade information can be passed via “All Call” to the largest number of employees possible.

Perhaps the “All Call” scenario that hits closest to home for most is a school district emergency.  In a matter of seconds, instructions can be given district-wide to initiate lockdown procedures or other emergency protocol.  Of course decision-makers will still need to engineer response protocols to these situations. “All Call” by no means democratizes these response strategies. It does not influence the content of the message or instruct action; it merely gives decision-makers and managers the architecture they need to share that message as quickly and efficiently as possible. In doing so, “All Call” also helps to eliminate the possibility of miscommunications that could hinder the performance of incident response. The end result is a leaner, more responsive organization that can work in tandem to solve the most dire problems.

For more information about how WAVE OnCloud can improve enterprise-wise safety, reach out to us today. With more than four decades of experience, Day Wireless Systems is a veteran in communication systems – one hand on the past, and both eyes on the future.

We’re ready to talk PTT whenever you are.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Will Love the New SLR 1000 Repeater

Motorola has announced the estimated Q3 2017 availability of the SLR 1000 repeater.  The SLR 1000 will be the newest edition to the MOTOTRBO repeater lineup.  The repeater is going to be available in the UHF frequency band and be capable of transmit power from 1-10 watts.

Here are the top 5 reasons you will love the SLR 1000:

1) Designed to withstand the elements.  The SLR 1000 is fully enclosed and carries an IP 65 rating, meaning it can be installed indoors or out. It includes an integrated duplexer and antenna which drastically simplifies the installation process.  You no longer need complex and costly coax cable runs.  Simply mount the unit to a pole and provide power and network connectivity (as needed).

2) Works on all MOTOTRBO System topologies. The SLR 1000 will be capable of all MOTOTRBO system types, including single site conventional, IP Site Connect, Capacity Plus, Capacity Max, and Connect Plus.

3) Small and discrete. If outdoor aesthetics are a consideration, the SLR 1000 remains discrete with a 12 in x 12 in footprint.  We haven’t seen the depth specified on an official spec sheet but estimate it to be around 3 inches deep.  We will update once confirmed.

4) The perfect voter. The SLR 1000 can be used as a voting receiver to improve your portable “talk back” range.

5) Simplex radio coverage enhancement. The SLR 1000 can help extend coverage for simplex applications, meaning the use of a single frequency instead of the traditional “repeater pair”.  The repeater utilizes the dual time-slot technology in TDMA digital to transmit on Frequency #1, Slot #1, and receive on Frequency #1, Slot #2.

Contact Us if you would like to learn more about the SLR1000 repeater.

 

 

What are the Differences between the MOTOTRBO XPR 7550e Enabled, Capable, and the Legacy XPR 7550?

This article has been edited since the original post date of 3/2016 to reflect the current lineup of radios. (9/2016)

With so many different configurations of the XPR7000 series MOTOTRBO radio available, end users are bound to be confused.  Here, we try to break down the differences of just 3 of the models.  The top of the line XPR 7550e Enabled, XPR 7550e Capable, and XPR 7550.

The new XPR7550e will come in two versions, CAPABLE and ENABLED.

Both models will have the higher Ingress Protection Rating of IP68, optional UL (intrinsically safe) battery, Wi-Fi option, and improved receiver which boosts range by up to 8%.

XPR7550e CAPABLE models include:

  • 2100mAh battery
  • Optional Now Included– IP Site Connect
  • Optional Now Included– Capacity Plus
  • Optional Now Included– Linked Capacity Plus
  • Optional – Connect Plus, Capacity Max
  • Optional – Wi-Fi License
  • Optional – UL (intrinsically safe)

XPR7550e ENABLED models include:

  • 3000mAh battery
  • Included– IP Site Connect
  • Included – Capacity Plus
  • Included – Linked Capacity Plus or Capacity Max
  • Included – Connect Plus
  • Included – Wi-Fi license
  • Optional – UL (intrinsically safe)

The legacy XPR 7550 radio includes:

  • 2150mAh battery
  • Included– IP Site Connect
  • Included – Capacity Plus
  • Included – Linked Capacity Plus
  • Included – Connect Plus
  • IP67 Ingress Protection Rating
  • Optional – UL (intrinsically safe)

Which Radio Is Best for Me?

For users who are not needing the advanced feature sets of  MOTOTRBO, the CAPABLE radio option may be the radio for you.  The CAPABLE XPR 7550e radio comes in at a slightly reduced price point than the legacy XPR 7550.   The CAPABLE model also allows you to order the advanced options a la carte should you need them in the future.

Users who are operating on a MOTOTRBO trunked or multi-site system should consider migrating to the ENABLED version of the XPR 7550e. The price point is approximately 10% higher (MSRP) over the legacy XPR7550, however, the enhancements should justify the price increase.  Specific feature upgrades include Wi-Fi programming functionality, more ruggedness, better range, better batteries, and Bluetooth 4.0 which allows for indoor location.

Users who have a substantial fleet of legacy XPR 7550’s and do not want to mix their fleet can purchase the legacy version for the time being. Motorola will probably announce its cancellation this summer.  Motorola has temporarily increased the price of the legacy version XPR 7550 in anticipation of a cancellation in the near future.  After cancellation, the radios will be supported with service parts for a minimum of 5 years.  All audio and energy (batteries, chargers) accessories will be compatible with the “e” series models.

Top 3 Reasons Why Motorola’s New MOTOTRBO Radios are a Game Changer for Radio Fleet Managers

Next Generation MOTOTRBO e series portables
Next Generation MOTOTRBO e series portables

On February 29th, Motorola introduced the Next Generation of MOTOTRBO radios, the “e” series.

Professional Portable Radios: XPR7350e, XPR7550e

Compact and Capable: XPR3300e, XPR3500e

Slim line portable: SL7550e

Professional Mobiles: XPR5350e, XPR5550e

All of the new radios have the same form factor and basic features of their similarly named predecessors – with the addition of some major enhancements that will greatly benefit radio fleet managers.

1. All new e series radios have an integrated Wi-Fi option

Managing your radio fleet has been becoming more and more complex with the explosion of digital technology. Adding an alias, changing a setting, or adding a frequency could mean reprogramming and “touching” every single radio.  This could mean pulling radios out of the field, or having our technicians go from jobsite to jobsite in order to reprogram your radios, costing you time and money.

Over the air programming while sounding great in theory has had its problems due to the very low data throughput these radios are able to receive in traditional two-way spectrum.

Wi-Fi capability in conjunction with Motorola’s radio management software allows the radio manager to make changes to a codeplug or update firmware from a central location. When users are in (company) Wi-Fi range the radio will notify the user of the new codeplug and they can simply update it.  What once took weeks, days, or hours now takes days, hours, or minutes depending on the size of your operation.

2. Better battery life

A new high capacity battery option will allow for up to 28 hours of battery life. This is huge for multi-shift operations where battery management is a huge hassle.  The hi-cap batteries will just about double the battery life of the standard batteries in the XPR3000 and 7000 series.

3. New Intrinsically Safe Option

There is now another option in the MOTOTRBO line for intrinsically safe (formerly FM, now UL) customers. The intrinsically safe option on the XPR3000e series has been coveted for some time by fleet managers looking to provide a cost effective, compact, digital solution for hazardous location communication.

 

 

Are you dealing with radio interference? Reality check…your frequencies are probably not exclusive.

Commercial and government two-way radio users are required to operate with an FCC license.  A common misconception is that once properly licensed, the frequency that gets licensed to you becomes exclusive in that area.  Frequency coordinators do an admirable job trying to mitigate interference by geographically separating users on the same frequency as much as possible.  However, in some metro areas it is just not possible.  There is simply too much demand for the finite resource of land mobile radio (LMR) spectrum.  Even the 2013 narrowband mandate has not relieved the pressure of the overcrowding of spectrum in metro markets.

Taking a look at several metro markets on the West Coast, you can see how congested the traditional LMR bands have become.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

  • The average UHF frequency in LA County is shared by 18 different licensed entities.
  • The most congested frequency (464.0375) is shared by 100 different entities.

 

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

  • The average UHF frequency in the Bay Area is shared by 13 different licensed entities.
  • The most congested frequency (467.85) is shared by 40 different entities.

 

KING COUNTY (Seattle)

  • The average UHF frequency in King County is shared by 5.4 different licensed entities.
  • The most congested frequency (456.4625) is shared by 25 different entities.

 

Want to know who shares your frequencies?  Email us for a free report.

 

Co-channel radio interference can cause busy tones, cross-business transmissions, and can impact the safety and productivity of your workforce.

 

We have a solution!

Day Wireless Systems is working together with Motorola to provide large on-site radio users the opportunity to lease EXCLUSIVE spectrum in 900 MHz at an extremely low spectrum acquisition cost.  The licenses will be valid for 10 years.  900 MHz is excellent for in-building signal propagation and should be a consideration for companies concerned with dependability and security of radio systems using shared spectrum.  Motorola has a complete line of 900 MHz equipment operating on the MOTOTRBO platform.

 

For more information about this program, please email us.

XPR6350 Fire Sale Pricing!

Day Wireless has purchased Motorola’s remaining inventory of MOTOTRBO XPR6350 UHF radios and is offering them at fire sale prices. These radios were discontinued on April 30, 2015, but will be supported for Motorola service through May 30, 2020. This is a great option for customers who currently have the XPR 6350 and would like to stock up at a cheap price. Motorola’s recommended replacement product for the XPR 6350 is the XPR 7350.

 

CALL FOR SPECIAL PRICING! 800-503-3433

Brand new units

XPR 6350 – AAH55QDC9LA1

403-470 MHz, Non Display w/GPS, 1-4W, 32 Channels

Package includes:

  • IMPRES™ Li ion 2150mAh Battery (PMNN4077)
  • IMPRES™ Single Unit Charger (WPLN4232)
  • UHF GPS Antenna
  • 2.5″ Belt Clip (PMLN4652)
  • Accessory Dust Cover
  • Two Year Warranty
  • One Year Repair Service Advantage