Motorola Solutions Launches Smart Radio With Full Android Interface

MOTOTRBO Ion offers voice transmission, broadband data and multimedia capabilities to connect equipment. It aims to enable better collaboration and a significant increase in productivity in verticals such as manufacturing, mining, oil & gas and logistics, among others. Alberto Iglesias Paiz, Senior Account Manager and Channel Manager at Motorola Argentina, said that it will be marketed through the distribution channel.

The global pandemic has driven businesses in Latin America to shift and adapt operations to meet changing demands and new challenges. For many, this has meant a greater focus on collaboration and productivity, bringing to the forefront the need for simple and reliable voice, video and data communications, as well as applications that make individuals and teams more efficient.

In this context, Motorola Solutions announced the launch of a next-generation intelligent radio with voice, broadband data and multimedia capabilities to connect devices, enabling unparalleled collaboration and significant productivity gains.

The MOTOTRBO Ion smart radio brings real-time intelligent data to existing business workflows. Its fully open Android application ecosystem allows for seamless integration of the mobile data applications that commercial industries depend on, such as those used for enterprise-grade barcode scanning, as well as team communication platforms used for messaging, meetings and shared content. A 13-megapixel camera and 4-inch, high-resolution touchscreen lets workers attach photos to work tickets, use video chat for remote diagnostics and view detailed images, schematics, diagrams, photos and videos. This simplifies device management and security, allowing businesses to move toward the use of a single device that offers the simplicity and reliability of push-to-talk radio with the additional capabilities of a smartphone, scanner and tablet.

Manuel Moreno, Professional and Commercial Radios Portfolio Strategy Manager at Motorola Solutions, said that this new communication and collaboration tool «will break a paradigm, as it combines a series of very useful factors and benefits for different companies. I especially highlight the combination of 5 devices in 1.» And he emphasized that companies are going to be able to place their policies if they want to limit some applications, which can be downloaded from the Google store.

In that sense, Rodrigo Pombo Cabral, MOTOTRBO Presales, informed that Motorola Solutoins has an internal application development program, which allows any company that has the capacity to develop applications to access its platforms. «We have a large installed base of application development in Latin America, and I understand that with Android the demands are going to be bigger,» he said.
The MOTOTRBO Ion smart radio works on the digital mobile radio (DMR) standard, Wi-Fi, public LTE and private broadband networks. It is built to support searching, tracking, ticketing, scanning and collaboration to boost productivity, especially within industries such as manufacturing, transportation, logistics and hospitality that rely on mobile workers.

ION is the only intrinsically safe (IP68 rated) touchscreen radio on the market, making it ideal for critical industries such as Oil & Gas where safety is vital. It also allows airport workers to coordinate passenger flow safely and efficiently, truck drivers to receive vital route information via digital work tickets, and security personnel to transmit high-definition video from a mining complex or port.

“We have spent thousands of hours listening to our enterprise customers, observing their needs and understanding the demands on them to drive efficiency at every level,” said John Zidar, Senior Vice President, Global Enterprise & Channels at Motorola Solutions. “They face countless moments each day where clear communication and collaboration is needed to manage tasks safely and efficiently. With the MOTOTRBO Ion smart radio, we have designed a product that meets their unique industry requirements, so that the technology supports the worker, and not the other way around.”

The MOTOTRBO Ion smart radio is purpose-built for a variety of enterprise environments. The dual microphones, speaker size and audio engineering provide crystal clarity and noise suppression for powerful audio that outperforms smartphones, especially in loud environments. With an ultra-rugged design, it stands up to harsh conditions and exposure to dust, water and repeated drops. It features cloud-based programming and provisioning, remote updating and real-time device monitoring, allowing businesses to deploy and maintain their radio fleets with minimal touch and downtime.

In this sense, Iglesias Paiz emphasized: «It is a great opportunity that we are presenting today, we believe that growth for all these industries will be much higher than expected», and he especially highlighted, as an example, in the case of Argentina, the agro-industry.