Motorola hits 1 million TETRA terminals shipment milestone
Date: Fri, 03/06/2009 - 11:17
Motorola Inc., world leader in the development and deployment of TETRA communication solutions, announced the shipment of its one millionth TETRA terminal. The customer receiving this milestone terminal is the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF).
Motorola will supply TETRA portable devices, including MTH800 terminals, MTM800 Enhanced mobiles and CM5000 TETRA Gateway repeaters for use on JAF’s TETRA network, providing increased security across Jordan. The contract was awarded to Motorola following an evaluation process that included comprehensive interoperability testing of the terminals on the customer’s network. As a symbol of the significance of this major milestone, Motorola will be presenting a gratitude award to his Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan during an award ceremony taking place on the 2nd day of IDEX 2009.
“We are very pleased to be working with Jordan Armed Forces and providing our robust and reliable TETRA radios. It is great to have reached such an important milestone which has been achieved through our championing and development of TETRA technology worldwide. Our focus remains on developing and designing intuitive products that match the demands and needs of all different types of users across all continents. The market is continuing to grow and diversify and we are well placed to push the technology even further,” said Manuel Torres, vice president and general manager, Motorola Government & Public Safety, EMEA.
The shipment is the latest TETRA success for Motorola in the Middle East and North Africa region, which is currently experiencing rapid growth. In recent months Motorola has been awarded a number of contracts across this region and others for the provision of TETRA networks and terminals. In Asia Pacific, Motorola’s TETRA solutions continue their stronghold in the public safety sector while gaining fast traction in transportation such as metros and airports. As an indicator, over 60,000 Motorola TETRA radios were in use by various agencies in China to support the 2008 Olympics Games while recently, the company announced TETRA wins for three airports in India alone. Motorola is poised to capitalize on the growth and expansion in 2009 and beyond. The number of TETRA users is expected to continue to grow with Motorola already deploying new TETRA solutions for customers around the world such as Austria, Denmark, Norway, Portugal and Hong Kong.
“Design for use is our philosophy, which stands for our commitment and support to designing and deploying devices that address the unique requirements of high risk situations. It enables users to focus on the mission, not the technology,” said Jens Kristiansen, vice president, Motorola Government & Public Safety, Global Tetra Products. “We would not be able to meet the one million milestone with our TETRA products if we did not include real-life scenarios as part of the development process including the needs, for example, of firefighters in situations such as burning buildings. We ensure that communication is always ultra reliable and that the devices are designed specifically to support emotional and physical states of the users.”
Motorola´s complete portfolio of TETRA solutions involves infrastructure, terminals, applications and services that are now in use in over 85 countries worldwide. Motorola has a long history of innovation in the two-way radio industry that stretches back to 1938 with the introduction of the Police Cruiser Radio Receiver and has helped maintain its position at the forefront of TETRA. Recent innovations include:
• The TCR1000 TETRA Radio - the smallest, full-function body worn TETRA radio available for covert operations
• The MTP850Ex TETRA portable terminal – a class leading ATEX device allowing use when in environments containing potentially explosive gas and dust
After shipping its first TETRA terminal in the late 1990s, Motorola presented Surrey Police with a trophy to mark the delivery of the 200,000th terminal in November 2003. The delivery of the 1 millionth terminal reflects the rapid increase in the TETRA market in recent years and continued market recognition of Motorola’s pioneering position in the development of innovative products.