Safety first

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



(2004), "Safety first", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 53 No. 6.



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Safety first

The ASTRO 25 Trunked Integrated Voice and Data System from Motorola is now shipping. This system release features integrated voice and data (IV&D) capabilities, providing the public safety market with access to both voice and data messaging from a single wireless communications infrastructure. The new ASTRO 25 Trunking system improves communications security by providing encryption key assignment over system radio channels (Over the Air Re-keying) and enhanced network security tools.

The new ASTRO 25 system is part of Motorola’s extensive portfolio of public safety and security solutions for mission-critical integrated communications, information management, regional coordination and incident command. Its enhanced system capabilities will allow public safety users the opportunity to cost-effectively expand their communications capabilities through packet network technology, improving countywide, statewide and nationwide mission-critical system coverage requirements. The ASTRO 25 Trunked system currently operates in the 700MHz for voice-only operation and 800MHz, UHF and VHF frequency bands for voice and data operation, supporting up to seven zones and 20,000 data users.

The modular design of the ASTRO 25 system provides scalability in handling the needs of small or large communications systems. In addition, the flexible system design includes narrowband simulcast in the 12.5 kHz range. This feature provides improved portable coverage in densely populated urban areas as well as critical in-building coverage.

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