nuTonomy launches World’s first public trial of autonomous Taxi’s in Singapore

 

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nuTonomy Launches World’s First Public Trial of
Self-Driving Car Service and Ride-Hailing App

nuTonomy, the leading developer of state-of-the art software for self-driving cars, today launched the first-ever public trial of a robo-taxi service. The trial, which will continue on an on-going basis, is being held within Singapore’s one-north business district, where nuTonomy has been conducting daily autonomous vehicle (AV) testing since April.

Beginning today, select Singapore residents will be invited to use nuTonomy’s ride-hailing smartphone app to book a no-cost ride in a nuTonomy self-driving car that employs the company’s sophisticated software, which has been integrated with high-performance sensing and computing components. The rides will be provided in a Renault Zoe or Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle that nuTonomy has specially configured for autonomous driving. An engineer from nuTonomy will ride in the vehicle to observe system performance and assume control if needed to ensure passenger comfort and safety.

Throughout the trial, nuTonomy will collect and evaluate valuable data related to software system performance, vehicle routing efficiency, the vehicle booking process, and the overall passenger experience. This data will enable nuTonomy to refine its software in preparation for the launch of a widely-available commercial robo-taxi service in Singapore in 2018.

Earlier this month, nuTonomy was selected by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) as an R&D partner, to support the development of a commercial AV service in Singapore. This trial represents the first, rapid result of this partnership. nuTonomy is the first, and to date only, private enterprise approved by the Singapore government to test AVs on public roads.

CEO and co-founder of nuTonomy, Karl Iagnemma, said, “nuTonomy’s first-in-the-world public trial is a direct reflection of the level of maturity that we have achieved with our AV software system. The trial represents an extraordinary opportunity to collect feedback from riders in a real-world setting, and this feedback will give nuTonomy a unique advantage as we work toward deployment of a self-driving vehicle fleet in 2018.”

In May of this year, nuTonomy completed a $16M Series A funding led by Highland Capital Partners that included participation from Fontinalis Partners, Signal Ventures, Samsung Ventures, and EDBI, the dedicated corporate investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board.

In addition to Singapore, nuTonomy is operating self-driving cars in Michigan and the United Kingdom, where it tests software in partnership with major automotive manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover.

To see nuTonomy in action please click the link below:

https://youtu.be/Fp13jIr8Y7E

Source: nuTonomy

 

 

SK Telecom & Socar collaborate on connected car service

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  • Collaborate with SOCAR to jointly build a connected car service supported by SK Telecom’s IoT network ‘LTE-M’
  • Plans to also provide its vehicle infotainment tablet installed with the T Map app to enrich driver’s in-vehicle experience
  • The MOU marks as a milestone for its IoT business as it applies its IoT platform and infrastructure to car sharing business

South Korean operator SK Telecom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SOCAR, the largest car-sharing company in Korea, to cooperate in the connected car business.

Under the MOU, SK Telecom and SOCAR will collaboratively develop and launch an innovative connected car service to enhance user experience in the era of IoT. SK Telecom will provide SOCAR with its in-car infotainment device installed with the T Map platform, and the cars will be connected via SK Telecom’s IoT network ‘LTE-M*.’ The connected car service will go through a pilot test in the end of this year and is expected to launch in the first half of 2017.

* SK Telecom has completed the nationwide rollout of the two key IoT-dedicated networks, namely LTE-M (as of March 2016) and LoRaWAN (as of June 2016) to perfectly support the widest range of IoT services.

With the support of the LTE-M network, the car sharing service users will be able to remotely control the car in real-time with no delay via their smartphones, and the car will be seamlessly connected to the control center to send/receive information.

Moreover, installed with SK Telecom’s user-friendly infotainment tablet equipped with T Map, the nation’s no.1 mobile navigation service provided by SK Telecom, SOCAR’s rental cars will deliver a new level of user experience through enriched infotainment services. For instance, users will not only experience the most accurate navigation service, but will also be able to enjoy diverse multimedia content and make future car sharing service reservations.

Car sharing service is growing rapidly throughout the world as it enables users to conveniently rent cars while saving cost. With the development and adoption of advanced ICT including connected car technologies, SK Telecom expects to create new business models that will bring differentiated value to customers.

“Through cooperation with SOCAR, SK Telecom successfully expands its IoT infrastructure and platform to the car sharing business,” said Kim Young-joo, Senior Vice President and Head of Enterprise Business Office of SK Telecom. “We will work closely with SOCAR to develop and provide more advanced connected car services.”

Source: SK Telecom

 

Deutsche Telekom eyes Artificial Intelligence to grasp Smart Cities

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shutterstock_124757719Smart city deployments collect data that is analysed vertically, a practice that needs to change if their potential is to be realised, argued Deutsche Telekom board member Claudia Neimat in a blog.

Data gathered from sensors around a city are currently held in a separate pool, characterised as a “landlocked lake” by Neimat, the company’s board member in charge of Technology & Innovation and Europe.

In the future, every city will have multiple digital applications, running concurrently, churning out data. Cities need to develop the capability to view this data horizontally, as well as vertically, she argued.

Neimat suggests operators will need to get to grips with artificial intelligence (AI) if they are to progress with such initiatives.

“The content of such data ‘oceans’ will be so massive, and the relevant analysis so complex, that only artificial intelligence will be able to carry out the relevant data processing and forwarding with the necessary accuracy and speed,” she said.

The Deutsche Telekom executive also updated about a couple of the operator’s own smart city initiatives. In Dubrovnik, the Croatian city, and in Romanian capital Bucharest, the company is testing so-called digitised city centres. The areas concerned include street lighting, safety and parking.

In smart parking, available spaces are being fitted with sensors that tell drivers if they are available. The company described the results as being “impressive”, with less traffic, as well as lower CO2 and particulate emissions. In addition, drivers save time that they would otherwise spend in looking for parking.

Deutsche Telekom is also testing intelligent parking systems in the Italian city of Pisa, which has a resident population of 90,000 and an added population of 30,000 daily commuters – the majority of whom drive into the city every day.

Source: Mobile World Live

Autonomous buses trialed in Helsinki

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Automated EasyMile EZ10 buses entered Helsinki, Finland on 16th August as the Deputy Mayor of HelsinkiPekka Sauri gave the opening words for the project kick-off. At the event more than hundred members of municipalities, media, technology companies, citizens and other communities were seated to test-drive the urban vehicles.

The robobuses will be on a trial use in the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Tampere in via SOHJOA-project coordinated by Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

The Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi grants permissions for safe automatic transportation trials. Through these piloting cases the aim is to find best solutions for city traffic, safety and user experience for the future’s automated buses. The Finnish transportation legislation has given a true international competitive advantage for all the developers of the automated transportation. In the SOHJOA Project this legislative advantage is implemented for the first time in practical use by the businesses developing technologies and services as well as cities involved in the project.

In September, the buses will be tested in Espoo area. In this September’s trial the bus route will be longer and traffic profile differs from the first test environment in Helsinki.

The project’s main goal is to provide possibilities for Finnish companies to develop new product and service ideas in the open innovation platform, aiming towards road traffic automation. The aim is to set Finland to the development fast lane of automated road transport systems and to create new export businesses. The project provides an innovation platform where the businesses may provide their products to be developed and tested as partial solutions for the robot buses.

On September 23rd, 2016 the buses will be seen in Espoo at Aalto University’s Design Factory. There is also a workshop for those interested in the possibilities of the innovation platform.

Source: Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

Uber rethinks autonomous transportation with Otto acquisition

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Uber has acquired Otto, a 90-plus person technology startup whose mission is to rethink transportation, starting with self-driving trucks. Anthony Levandowski, Otto’s co-founder, will now lead Uber’s combined self-driving efforts reporting directly to Travis Kalanick—across personal transportation, delivery and trucking—in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Pittsburgh.

If that sounds like a big deal—well, it is. More and more the world of atoms is interacting with bits. In order to provide digital services in the physical world, we must build sophisticated logistics, artificial intelligence and robotics systems that serve and elevate humanity.

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When it comes to this advanced technology stack, Otto plus Uber is a dream team. Anthony is one of the world’s leading autonomous engineers: his first invention, a self-driving motorcycle called Ghostrider, is now in the Smithsonian. Just as important, Anthony is a prolific entrepreneur with a real sense of urgency.

Together, we now have one of the strongest autonomous engineering groups in the world; self-driving trucks and cars that are already on the road thanks to Otto and Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh; the practical experience that comes from running ridesharing and delivery services in hundreds of cities; with the data and intelligence that comes from doing 1.2 billion miles on the road every month.

In the last six years we’ve seen the profound impact that smartphone technology has had on transportation, as well as the delivery business. When people can push a button and reliably get an affordable ride across town, things change for the better—and quickly. Ridesharing helps cut drunk driving. It complements public transit, getting people to places that other means of transportation don’t reach, replacing the need to own a car over time. Most important of all, the smartphone has made mass carpooling a reality. By getting more people into fewer cars, we can reduce congestion and pollution in our cities.

Of course, this is just the start, especially when it comes to safety. Over one million people die on the world’s roads every year and 90 percent of these accidents are due to human error. In the US, traffic accidents are a leading cause of death for people under 25. This is a tragedy that self-driving technology can help solve. That’s why our partnership with Swedish car maker Volvo, which we’re also announcing today, is so important. Volvo has consistently been a leader when it comes to safety. And partnership is crucial to our self-driving strategy because Uber has no experience making cars. To do it well is incredibly hard, as I realized on my first visit to a car manufacturing plant several years ago. By combining Uber’s self-driving technology with Volvo’s state-of-the art vehicles and safety technology, we’ll get to the future faster than going it alone.

Here’s to a great partnership with Volvo. And to Anthony, Lior and the Otto team—welcome to Uber. We’re pumped to have you on board. It’s time to move.

Source: Travis Kalanick, CEO and Co-Founder, Uber

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Ford plans to have Autonomous cars on the road by 2021

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FORD TARGETS FULLY AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE FOR RIDE SHARING IN 2021; INVESTS IN NEW TECH COMPANIES, DOUBLES SILICON VALLEY TEAM

  • Ford announces intention to deliver high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle for ride sharing in 2021
  • Ford investing in or collaborating with four startups on autonomous vehicle development
  • Company also doubling Silicon Valley team and more than doubling Palo Alto campus

Ford today announces its intent to have a high-volume, fully autonomous SAE level 4-capable vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service.

To get there, the company is investing in or collaborating with four startups to enhance its autonomous vehicle development, doubling its Silicon Valley team and more than doubling its Palo Alto campus.

“The next decade will be defined by automation of the automobile, and we see autonomous vehicles as having as significant an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did 100 years ago,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “We’re dedicated to putting on the road an autonomous vehicle that can improve safety and solve social and environmental challenges for millions of people – not just those who can afford luxury vehicles.”

Autonomous vehicles in 2021 are part of Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in autonomous vehicles, as well as in connectivity, mobility, the customer experience, and data and analytics.

Driving autonomous vehicle leadership
Building on more than a decade of autonomous vehicle research and development, Ford’s first fully autonomous vehicle will be a Society of Automotive Engineers-rated level 4-capable vehicle without a steering wheel or gas and brake pedals. It is being specifically designed for commercial mobility services, such as ride sharing and ride hailing, and will be available in high volumes.

“Ford has been developing and testing autonomous vehicles for more than 10 years,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Global Product Development, and chief technical officer. “We have a strategic advantage because of our ability to combine the software and sensing technology with the sophisticated engineering necessary to manufacture high-quality vehicles. That is what it takes to make autonomous vehicles a reality for millions of people around the world.”

This year, Ford will triple its autonomous vehicle test fleet to be the largest test fleet of any automaker – bringing the number to about 30 self-driving Fusion Hybrid sedans on the roads in California, Arizona and Michigan, with plans to triple it again next year.

Ford was the first automaker to begin testing its vehicles at Mcity, University of Michigan’s simulated urban environment, the first automaker to publicly demonstrate autonomous vehicle operation in the snow and the first automaker to test its autonomous research vehicles at night, in complete darkness, as part of LiDAR sensor development.

To deliver an autonomous vehicle in 2021, Ford is announcing four key investments and collaborations that are expanding its strong research in advanced algorithms, 3D mapping, LiDAR, and radar and camera sensors:

  • Velodyne: Ford has invested in Velodyne, the Silicon Valley-based leader in light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors. The aim is to quickly mass-produce a more affordable automotive LiDAR sensor. Ford has a longstanding relationship with Velodyne, and was among the first to use LiDAR for both high-resolution mapping and autonomous driving beginning more than 10 years ago
  • SAIPS: Ford has acquired the Israel-based computer vision and machine learning company to further strengthen its expertise in artificial intelligence and enhance computer vision. SAIPS has developed algorithmic solutions in image and video processing, deep learning, signal processing and classification. This expertise will help Ford autonomous vehicles learn and adapt to the surroundings of their environment
  • Nirenberg Neuroscience LLC: Ford has an exclusive licensing agreement with Nirenberg Neuroscience, a machine vision company founded by neuroscientist Dr. Sheila Nirenberg, who cracked the neural code the eye uses to transmit visual information to the brain. This has led to a powerful machine vision platform for performing navigation, object recognition, facial recognition and other functions, with many potential applications. For example, it is already being applied by Dr. Nirenberg to develop a device for restoring sight to patients with degenerative diseases of the retina. Ford’s partnership with Nirenberg Neuroscience will help bring humanlike intelligence to the machine learning modules of its autonomous vehicle virtual driver system
  • Civil Maps: Ford has invested in Berkeley, California-based Civil Maps to further develop high-resolution 3D mapping capabilities. Civil Maps has pioneered an innovative 3D mapping technique that is scalable and more efficient than existing processes. This provides Ford another way to develop high-resolution 3D maps of autonomous vehicle environments

Silicon Valley expansion
Ford also is expanding its Silicon Valley operations, creating a dedicated campus in Palo Alto.

Adding two new buildings and 150,000 square feet of work and lab space adjacent to the current Research and Innovation Center, the expanded campus grows the company’s local footprint and supports plans to double the size of the Palo Alto team by the end of 2017.

“Our presence in Silicon Valley has been integral to accelerating our learning and deliverables driving Ford Smart Mobility,” said Ken Washington, Ford vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering. “Our goal was to become a member of the community. Today, we are actively working with more than 40 startups, and have developed a strong collaboration with many incubators, allowing us to accelerate development of technologies and services.”

Since the new Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto opened in January 2015, the facility has rapidly grown to be one of the largest automotive manufacturer research centers in the region. Today, it is home to more than 130 researchers, engineers and scientists, who are increasing Ford’s collaboration with the Silicon Valley ecosystem.

Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto’s multi-disciplinary research and innovation facility is the newest of nearly a dozen of Ford’s global research, innovation, IT and engineering centers. The expanded Palo Alto campus opens in mid-2017.

Source: Ford

Rio de Janeiro launches Gemalto contactless transport ticketing wristband

 Pioneering initiative by RioCard simplifies payments and improves public transportation

Gemalto  the world leader in digital security have announced a collaboration with RioCard, Rio de Janeiro’s public transportation ticketing operator, to implement contactless transport ticket wristbands. When fully implemented, the solution will simplify secure payments and improve convenience ensuring smoother travel in any mode of transportation (bus, ferry, subway and train) for more than 10 million residents[1] and visitors to Brazil’s second largest city.With Brazil and Rio de Janeiro preparing to host the most important sport events in the world, the RioCard contactless transport wristbands are one of the major innovations being introduced to improve the infrastructure in preparation for 500,000 expected foreign visitors[2]. With a simple wave of their wristband near the contactless readers already deployed throughout the city, the solution is expected to increase use of public transportation, transactions speed and simplify travel logistics, building a foundation for simple and secure contactless payments long after the event fanfare concludes.

Gemalto is supplying RioCard with its waterproof Celego Contactless wristband and its Celego Contactless Sticker both embedded with a contactless chip from Gemalto and certified by Visa and MasterCard enabling all the secure functionalities of traditional contactless EMV cards. Contactless transit cards were first adopted by RioCard in Rio de Janeiro in 2003 and they are now a part of daily life for millions of users.

“The new RioCard wristbands support our goal to create a more convenient and secure travel experience for all residents and visitors to Rio de Janeiro,” said Cassiano Rusycki, CEO, RioCard. “The success of recent contactless projects with Gemalto, like the Lille project in France and Visa’s wearable wristband in Brazil have motivated this solution which builds a technological legacy enabling streamlined transportation and improved peace of mind for travelers.”  

“Gemalto’s expertise in implementing contactless payment systems has allowed us to stay ahead of the curve in delivering successful wearable and sticker solutions,” said Rodrigo Serna, President for the Americas at Gemalto. “Gemalto has worked with RioCard implementing a pilot program in 2013 that leveraged its NFC SIM card technology, allowing people to use their mobile phones as RioCard contactless transit cards. Together, RioCard and Gemalto are at the forefront of the wearable payment trend which is expected to grow more than six-fold reaching 126 million devices by 2019[3].

[1] http://www.citymayors.com/statistics/largest-cities-population-125.html

[2] http://www.ritz-g5.com/brazil-expects-tourism-boost-from-olympics-2016/

[3] http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS25519615

Source: Gemalto

Waze announces global event partner program to improve road closeure communication.

Waze have annouced an initiative to keep partners one step ahead and allow event organisers to improve communications on road closures.

 Waze Global Event Partner Program which will help partners outsmart event-related traffic and better communicate road information with attendees and the broader community.


With more than 50 million monthly active Wazers globally – and more than 4,000 events successfully supported to date – Waze will provide partners with custom access to its traffic management technology and communications channels in exchange for partners’ advanced and real-time road closure and traffic information.


Who’s on board?
The program is kicking off with 20 inaugural partners spanning North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia, including:
  • E15 and its five professional sports team partners: Atlanta Falcons (Georgia Dome), Washington Redskins (FedEx Field), Detroit Lions (Ford Field), Washington Nationals (Nationals Park), and Atlanta Hawks (Phillips Arena).
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ 30 global events, including New York, Montreal, Mexico City, and Madrid.
Example of Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ Phoenix in-app communications


Everyone Benefits
Waze believes communities can outsmart traffic together. More than 65 million monthly active Wazers worldwide provide critical insights about real-time conditions through the app, and we believe that we should give back to this community of drivers whenever we can.


By making the program free, Waze have removed cost as a barrier for participating and are providing partners of all size and scale with a comprehensive knowledge and tools to improve their overall event experience.


A few additional reasons why this program a big win for partners, attendees, and the entire Waze community:
  • For Partners – The Program can help extend your great experiences to include the roads and parking lots surrounding your events! Together with Waze, you can optimize traffic flow to get attendees into venues or to events more quickly, yielding happier fans and potentially greater revenue from concessions, meet-and-greets, souvenirs, and more.
  • For Attendees – Alleviate the frustration of navigating around marathon closures or getting stuck in game-day traffic. Plus, you’ll get better communication of road closures, changes, and traffic delays in real-time from partners!
  • For Wazers – Knowing partners’ road closure and traffic information helps our map and routes improve, helping you better navigate real-time conditions.

Source: Waze/Co-Star

TIM gets the license for the Controlled Waste Tracking System from Italian Government

TIM gets the license for the Controlled Waste Tracking System from Italian Government

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The agreement will last five years and can be extended up to seven, for a maximum value of 260 million euros. The innovative project will result in efficiency, simplification and low costs, ensuring the real time management of information for transparency purposes and illegality prevention.

AlmavivA and TIM, with Agriconsulting, have won the tender for the Controlled Waste Tracking System (Sistema di controllo della tracciabilità dei rifiuti – SISTRI) called by Consip on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment and for the Protection of the Land and Sea.

The agreement, for a maximum value of 260 million euros, provides them with a license for five years, extendible to seven, to run the System that allows the computerized tracking of special waste at national level and urban waste in the Campania Region.

The activities covered by the license include the tracking of the entire waste life cycle through loading and unloading records, handling cards (producer and transporter) and route registration, by performing services that are both operational – also relating to the management of contributions, user support and information availability – and instrumental, including activities such as take over by the system, infrastructure management, maintenance, evolution of the information system and caring.

The innovative project proposal presented by the temporary grouping of companies comprised of AlmavivA, TIM, and Agriconsulting has obtained the top technical score and is characterized by a simple and fast system: the use of interfaces that are easy to access via smartphones and apps will provide a better user experience also in order to expand the services’ user base, estimated to have a potential market of 600,000 operators.

The introduction of the SISTRI has enabled the start of the shift from a paper system to a solution based on technological advances, promoting innovative and a more effective and real time management of a complex and structured process that covers the entire waste business. The system provides institutions with support in processes concerning regulatory simplification, increasing the efficiency of government offices and the reduction of administrative charges burdening companies, with many advantages in terms of legality, prevention, transparency, efficiency and modernisation. Heightened proper waste management will also bring benefits to companies both in terms of environmental sustainability and by encouraging those who operate in compliance with the rules.

As part of the grouping, AlmavivA has taken on the management and development of applications for the computerisation of compliances and the complete dematerialisation of the system, which it will also achieve by adopting its own platform for Big Data Analytics & Business Intelligence solutions.

TIM will implement and manage the Cloud Computing services offered in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) mode, making use of its national Data Centres, capable of ensuring high standards of reliability, scalability and IT security. It will also provide all Certification Authority services, ensuring integration and evolution as part of the SPID system for digital identity. Finally, TIM will manage all the vehicle tracking services using its expertise and that of the subsidiary Way S.p.A.
Agriconsulting will develop specialized application solutions.

“With the new SISTRI we are putting innovation at the service of change. We wish to combine simplification and efficiency with attention to the growth of circular economy, creating a market for recyclable materials, said Antonio Amati, General Manager of the IT department at AlmavivA.”

“The creation of a Marketplace is in fact planned, a place where supply and demand can merge, capable of increasing the reuse of waste which is transformed into raw material”.

“This initiative confirms TIM’s role as a technological partner of Public Administration and the constant commitment to the digitization of Italy, deploying enabling infrastructure and platforms to support projects that have a strong impact on growth and development, like SISTRI, capable of encouraging greater environmental sustainability to benefit citizens and businesses,” stated Lorenzo Forina, Head of Business & Top Clients at TIM.

Source: IOT World News

Motorola Solutions provides critical communications technology for the next public safety challenges in Rio de Janeiro

More than 16,000 portable, in-vehicle mobile and fixed station radios will be used to address critical communications needs of public safety personnel, Brazilian Army and other first responders safeguarding the millions of visitors and residents.

  • Motorola Solutions Public Safety grade APX™ series (Project 25 standard) radios will be used by Army and TETRA portable and mobile radios will be used by state organizations. Devices provide ease-of-operation in the most demanding situations as well as audio clarity, background noise cancellation, protection against shock and immersion, and advanced encryption, among others
  • Applications in P25 will provide real-time location of officers in the field from the Command and Control Center
  • The Brazilian Army’s communications system includes six mobile repeaters to expand radio coverage and capacity

Military forces will be using a variety of mission-critical communications technology from Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) and public safety forces from the State of Rio de Janeiro will be using TETRA Motorola Solutions radios to help ensure the security and safety of millions of residents and visitors.

The ICCC of Rio de Janeiro and the Army Operations Center (COp) will work together, making it possible to gather intelligence to carry out joint actions, such as delegation protection, protest management, incident prevention and routine activities in the region. In addition to radio communications, the COp will have full visibility of the real-time location of the officers in the field at the command center.

Mission-critical communications are essential for public safety agencies, especially at times of high network traffic. Even in situations like natural disasters or major emergencies, Motorola Solutions´ public safety solutions are designed to provide seamless and secure communications not available on commercial systems.

“Having an ultra-rugged radio solution that guarantees communications under any emergency situation, that offers immediate response times, and that has a secure encryption system, is of the utmost importance for the operations of the Security Forces, either in major events or routine operations,” said Edval Novaes, Sub secretary of Command and Control at State Secretariat for Security of Rio de Janeiro.

According to Felipe Drumond Moraes, lieutenant coronel at Brazilian Army, “Thanks to the expansion of the system that was in use in Rio de Janeiro, we will have optimal mission critical communication technology available for our military, GPS location and the capability to work seamlessly with unified groups, which will help speed up and improve incident prevention and response. Moraes added, “We have had excellent experiences during major events in the past where we used this communications technology, and we rely on the ability of the system for the upcoming challenges.”

Motorola Solutions’ radio terminals provide public safety agencies with unified, real-time communications. The APX™ series and the TETRA radios are public safety grade, including features like protection against dust ingress and water submersion, resistance to shock, and some include over the air programming capabilities, GPS tracking, Bluetooth capability to use wireless accessories, clear audio even in extreme noise environments and one-touch emergency button, among others.

“Motorola Solutions understands the importance of a unified, fast and safe response for tactical and routine operations, which must always count on the radio as their most important communications tool. Our solutions and services are present at many of the world’s greatest emergency and public safety challenges, and we are proud to be able to collaborate with the State of Rio de Janeiro as it undertakes similar challenges to protect its citizens and visitors,” said Elton Borgonovo, General Manager of Motorola Solutions Brazil.

Source: Motorola