Motorola Solutions opens Australian Innovation centre (+7 photos)

Focuses on collaboration and technology co-creation
(L-R) Steve Crutchfield, MD Motorola Solutions A/NZ; Victorian Innovation Minister, Philip Dalidakis; and Paul Steinberg, CTO, Motorola Solutions

(L-R) Steve Crutchfield, MD Motorola Solutions A/NZ; Victorian Innovation Minister, Philip Dalidakis; and Paul Steinberg, CTO, Motorola Solutions

Data communications company, Motorola Solutions, has unveiled a new innovation centre in Australia. It will focusing on collaboration and technology partnering to solve the challenges faced by the public safety sector and heavy industries.

Located in Melbourne, the centre was officially opened by Victorian Innovation Minister, Philip Dalidakis, who challenged Victorian businesses and entrepreneurs to continue to drive innovation in the state.

The company also unveiled its vision for the future of public safety at the event, Next Generation Mobile Intelligence (NGMI), which harnesses a mix of mobile broadband technologies to place the right information into the hands of Australia’s first responders so they can make better and faster decisions to keep communities safe.

Motorola Solutions’ US-based chief technology officer, Paul Steinberg, said technology demonstrations based on everyday events helps to bring the NGMI vision to life and highlights the difference that greater infield intelligence will have in enabling public safety agencies and industries reach new levels of safety and performance.

This includes the use of the latest software applications developed with Motorola Solutions’ smart public safety solutions partners to analyse criminal patterns within Big Data to solve crimes faster and more efficiently, as well as intelligence-led public safety and citizen engagement solutions which help law enforcement agencies anticipate and respond to incidents with the best information available.

The latest, mission-critical public safety devices will also be on display at the innovation centre – from body worn cameras used to capture, store and manage vast amounts of video evidence, to field deployable public safety LTE units to create instant broadband access in emergencies and drones designed specifically for public safety use.

Steinberg also highlighted the importance of broadband innovation for the future of public safety and enterprise industries.

“It’s a critical time for public safety and industry in Australia when constrained resources, costs and growing expectations from stakeholders and customers are adding pressure on performance,” he said.

“Sustained, mobile broadband innovation is the way forward for public safety organisations and businesses to capture the data sources that that are growing rapidly all around us - putting it to better use to reach higher levels of safety and productivity.

“That’s the challenge that Motorola Solutions and its growing community of technology partners will be collaborating on together at our new Australian innovation centre,” Steinberg added.