We all know that Motorola produce the best two way radios and claim to be best in class, that can be backed up, by just using their products. This article (original can be found here) focuses on radios for the fire service, but as we all know they are well adapted for the police, ambulance and search and rescue teams.
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) continues its legacy of designing best-in-class digital radio solutions for firefighters and other professionals who face extreme conditions with the introduction of the APX 8000XE two-way radio and APX XE500 RSM. The newest entries into Motorola Solutionsâ award-winning APX portfolio of Project 25Â (P25) digital radios have been developed using the companyâs well-established practice of hands-on research with firefighters and other first responders who need the most reliable mission-critical communications to do their jobs efficiently, effectively and safely every day.
The APX 8000XE features all-band functionality and is a rugged P25 two-way radio that can be used in either analog or digital mode across 700/800MHz, VHF and UHF bands. Time is of the essence for firefighters and they can be ready in moments by programming the radio remotely via Wi-Fi and radio management software to operate securely on different radio networks, allowing them to quickly help neighboring counties during large-scale emergencies.
Motorola Solutions works closely with firefighters and other radio users to find out exactly what they need and the APX 8000XE is the latest example of that thinking. It features the trusted ergonomics of the APX XE radio series, designed for easy operation in harsh conditions. The right-sized radio has a large top display, exaggerated controls for gloved hands and a dedicated push-to-talk button. It also provides best-in-class audio with a 1-watt speaker, three built-in microphones and automatic noise suppression for clarity in the loudest of environments.
âThe APX 8000XE is an all-band rugged and submersible portable radio made for firefighters,â said Lieutenant David Hudik, Elgin, Illinois Fire Department. âWith Wi-Fi access, we can reprogram the APX 8000XE on the fly when we are providing mutual aid assistance out-of-state.â
Most firefighters use a remote speaker microphone with their radios and the APX XE500 RSM is designed specifically for demanding environments, whether combating a fire or providing medical services at the scene of an accident.
- With five strategically placed microphones and automatic noise suppression, the APX XE500Â provides clear communications when worn on either shoulder, center chest, or over the shoulder
- It can be submersed in 2 meters of water for up to 4 hours
- It withstands heat conditions of up to 500Â°F (260Â°C) for up to 5 minutes
- A channel knob automatically controls the channels of the userâs portable APX radio
âWith the APX XE500 RSM, I can completely control my APX radio without having to hunt under my bunker coat for it,â said Lieutenant David Hudik, Elgin Fire Department. âWith improved water porting, you can carry the APX XE500 upright or upside down for fast water drainage while maintaining clear voice communications.â
âCustomer input is essential to our design and the Elgin Fire Department was right at our side as we tested the capabilities of the APX 8000XE and APX XE500 RSM,â said Claudia Rodriguez, vice president, Devices Product Management, Motorola Solutions. âThe latest XE radio means firefighters will be able to talk with other first responders at the scene and across municipalities and regions. The new rugged RSM means they can communicate clearly in the loudest fireground environments, including blaring horns and wailing sirens.â