Motorola Solutions FM To UL Transition
What You Need to Know about the FM To UL Transition
Starting January 1, 2016, Motorola Solutions Intrinsically Safe radios will be accredited with the TIA-4950 standard for Hazardous Location certification of two-way radios by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and will no longer produce Intrinsically Safe two-way radios approved to the Factory Mutual (FM) standard FM3610_88, which expired in 2012.
As you and your radio fleet move into the new year with the new standard, keep these four things in mind to ensure a smooth transition:
- FM radios will stay intrinsically safe.
FM approved radios that are deployed in the field will maintain their FM Intrinsically Safe approval status, provided that any service and repairs are done at an FM audited repair facility. All Motorola radios shipped after January 1, 2016 will be UL certified, and FM approved aftermarket batteries will continue to be available for fielded units.
- FM and UL approve the radio and battery together as a system.
The FM approved battery may only be used on an FM approved radio, and the UL approved battery may only be used on a UL approved radio, otherwise the certification is not valid. However, your can operate with both FM and UL approved radios in your fleet.
- New UL batteries will be marked, and made available throughout 2016.
MOTOTRBO™ Radios and batteries certified to TIA-4950 have been available since Q1 2015. They are labelled clearly with the new UL markings: black label, white font, white dot. ASTRO 25 APX UL batteries are currently available for the APX 4000 series, and batteries for the other APX radios will be staggered throughout the first half of 2016.
- Classification matters.
Know Division, Class and Group rather than simply "FM Approved" or "Intrinsically Safe". Hazardous locations can be found in many industries, including refineries, fuel storage facilities, chemical plants, grain elevators and plastics processing plants. Motorola Solutions does not determine the need for hazardous location (HazLoc) products, nor evaluates the environment. The need for HazLoc products, and the classification of the specific environment, is determined by various jurisdictional authorities such as fire marshals, insurance providers, facility safety experts, etc. Check with your local authority to confirm the HazLoc requirements for your fleet.
Si SERIES VIDEO SPEAKER MICROPHONES
Motorola’s Si Series Video Speaker Microphones (VSM) allow agencies to trim down the number of devices needed for public safety personnel to do their job effectively. An extension of the high-performing Motorola APX™ radio, the Si Series is a smart interface with an integrated remote speaker microphone and body-worn camera in one. It assures the reliable voice and mission critical sight, sound and security your officers need to work safely. The Si500 (display) and Si300 (non-display) VSMs combine voice communications, video, still images and emergency alerting into one compact and easy-to-use device.
10 Tips In Improve Your Two-way Radio's Battery Life
Battery life is important to every two-way radio user. Following these simple care instructions can help protect your rechargeable batteries and enhance their performance and useful life. Motorola brand rechargeable batteries are designed and precisely manufactured by Motorola to ensure optimum portable radio performance.
Motorola Announces New MOTOTRBO Repeater
For your business to be successful, you need dependable voice and data communications that reach every corner of your operations. The MOTOTRBO SLR 5000 Series Repeater delivers high performance, high reliability two-way radio service with all the features you need to connect your workplace whether you're in the field or on the factory floor.
With its sleek form factor and low power consumption, the MOTOTRBO SLR 5000 Series is engineered for low cost of ownership. And with a huge leap forward in technology, it represents the next generation in repeaters as the cornerstone of a MOTOTRBO professional two-way radio system.
Whether you need the simplicity of a single site conventional system, or the powerful trunking capabilities of Capacity Plus, Linked Capacity Plus or Connect Plus, the SLR 5000 Series delivers the power of digital two-way radio to your workforce.
MOTOTRBO Applications For North America
Keep Business Running Smoothly With Business Applications
Take your business beyond voice and ensure all your people stay connected with the speed and efficiency of data. Whether sending a text message to crews doing road repairs or using the integrated GPS module to manage your fleet, MOTOTRBO makes response time more immediate, customer service more effective and your operation more productive.
With the industry's largest Application Developer Program, MOTOTRBO offers a wide range of data applications to expand communication beyond voice. Plus, you can work directly with third-party developers or your IT staff to create customized applications for your unique needs.
New MOTOTRBO Interactive Apps Selection Guide
Put Applications to Work for Your Industry:
- Government Services
- Hospitality and Retail
- Transportation and Logistics
- Utilities and Energy
Keep Your Team Running Smoothly With These Applications:
Command and Control
These applications work behind the scenes of your MOTOTRBO network to enhance the efficiency and responsiveness of your system. Interfacing to a Work Order Ticketing system, managing alarms and telemetry, and connecting to other messaging systems, they bring significant benefits to your business.
Email and Text
Enhance productivity by connecting your radio network with your text and email system. Allow your staff to use advanced work order ticketing solutions, or simply streamline the flow of information between office and shop floor.
Connect your MOTOTRBO radio system to other communication systems. From analog two-way radio systems to SIP telephone networks to cellular providers, you can increase efficiency and increase collaboration.
Track your vehicles and your staff for improved safety, security and accountability. These applications allow you to make the most of MOTOTRBO’s GPS capabilities, and some even offer indoor location tracking capabilities.
Increase the safety and accountability of your staff by deploying these applications. Features such as Man Down and Lone Worker can be linked to indoor and outdoor location services for maximum effectiveness.
Motorola Solutions Unveils Slim, Lightweight MOTOTRBO™ SL300 Two-Way Radio
Motorola Solutions recently announced the stylishly designed MOTOTRBO SL300™ digital portable radio, a reliable push-to-talk communication device designed by the company's award-winning SL Series product team. This new solution provides superior audio quality and provides MOTOTRBO features necessary for essential day-to-day, two-way radio communications. The ergonomic design allows for one-handed radio operation, and a versatile accessory portfolio gives users the freedom to focus on the job at hand.
For example, a school teacher carries her SL300 two-way radio to coordinate with school administration and first responders in times of emergency. The slim form factor and energy-conserving Active View display allow her to comfortably and easily carry her radio at all times. Whether faced with a fire, severe weather or lost child, she knows help is one button click away.
Intuitive design with innovative display supports easy radio operation.
Slim form factor and full accessories portfolio provide ultra-portability.
Rugged and Reliable
Lightweight and robust for durability. High efficiency for long battery life.
Sophisticated design gives louder audio, enhanced range, lower maintenance.
Unleash the Power of Your Radio with Bluetooth® Accessories
The Long Range Wireless solution allows you to maintain critical communications even on remote job sites. Designed for customers who depend on their high power mobile radio for system connection and must work outside of their vehicle.
The Long Range Wireless Remote Speaker Microphone (RSM) pairs instantly with touch pairing to the Bluetooth-enabled Mobile Microphone (Bluetooth Gateway). The Long Range Wireless RSM works up to 100 meters away from the mobile radio, keeping you in communication at distances you thought weren't possible. The Bluetooth Gateway Microphone is compatible with MOTOTRBO XPR 4000 and MOTOTRBO XPR 5000 Mobile Radios. This plug-and-play solution takes only seconds to set up. Kit includes the Wireless Remote Speaker Microphone with battery (RLN6544), the Mobile Microphone with Bluetooth Gateway (PMMN4097), and the Vehicular Charger (PMLN6716).
Utility workers who must leave their trucks can stay connected to their mobile radio with the Long Range Wireless Remote Speaker Microphone. Given the ability to communicate immediately with dispatch, without having to return to the truck, remote workers can get their jobs done safely and more efficiently.
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