A firefighter’s ability to read and understand the display on the radio is another important factor Motorola considered in its design. “The large top display allows for ease of viewing regardless if the radio is in a radio pouch on my bunker gear or in my hand” Hudik adds. The radio also has intelligent lighting which uses color to designate its status or emergency mode. This allows the firefighter to have a clear indication of the status changes at the incident, which is extremely important to any emergency responder. When the display turns green this indicates “Action”, orange designates an “Emergency”, and red tells the user that the radio is “Out of Range”. This intelligence and many of the products other features is one way Motorola can reach their ultimate goal of keeping the firefighter s safe. Most importantly, the unit’s large top display is angled to allow users to see radio status, channel or zone information without removing the radio from their turnout gear.
The APX 7000XE has a number of additional features which Motorola feels the firefighter will personally appreciate. Motorola’s specifications clearly describe the unit’s wide range of features: “The APX T-grip design provides a wide control top with exaggerated controls and knobs that can be easily differentiated by touch alone. The unit has distinct channel knob “clicks” and the volume knob has a “high resistance feel” to assure users they are using the correct knob. A push-to-talk (PTT) button designed to be extremely easy to use with gloves and can be easily located by the “ramps” on each side to also insure that the PTT button is not activated accidentally if the radio is dropped. The APX 7000XE incorporates the largest and most accessible emergency button on the market located at the base of the antenna.”
Three individual focus groups types, Next Generation Communication Device, Next Generation In-Vehicle Computing, and Incident Command/Accountability Solutions will be held on Thursday, March 24th and Friday, March 25th. The research sessions will be held in the Indiana Convention Center in Motorola’s Research Room #210 where they are looking for 6-8 participants, preferably a mix of front-line firefighters, ICs and Chiefs, per session.
Interested individuals can sign up at their booth (#3412) at FDIC.
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to mobile and wire line digital communication devices that provide compelling experiences, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $22 billion in 2009.
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