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Motorola Solutions, Verizon Unveil LTE-Based Public Safety Comms Tool

Push-to-Talk Communications
Push-to-Talk, Communications

Motorola Solutions and Verizon's public sector segment have launched an emergency communications tool that works to integrate Long-Term Evolution communications into first responders' land mobile radio platforms.

Motorola said in a press release that Group First Response is an interoperable push-to-talk platform designed to help emergency response teams communicate despite lacking radio equipment or in areas without coverage.

The broadband-based tool was built to adhere to the 3rd Generation Partnership Project's requirements for mission-critical PTT communications including multimedia messaging and live streaming across disparate devices, according to Motorola.

Group First Response's MCPTT element is built on Motorola's cloud-based Critical Connect technology and includes features such as role-based login management, area-based group communications and private data transfers.

Vickie Lonker, vice president of public sector product development at Verizon, said the tool leverages the company's 4G network to support critical communications.

John Zidar, senior VP for global enterprise and channels at Motorola, noted that Group First Response is meant to maximize interoperability to address the demands of public safety agencies.

Customers that availed of Motorola's Push-to-Talk Plus offering are allowed to update to Group First Response, according to the company.

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