Motorola’s Site Video Monitoring System Thwarts Copper Thieves


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In the lead up to APCO 2019, Motorola last week announced two new security solutions in response to the spike in copper and metal thefts at tower sites. Motorola’s Corina Swaney told Inside Towers the company is introducing the system for ASTRO® 25 radio networks designed specifically for law enforcement, fire and medical services to communicate with each other during emergency situations. Its studies have shown “radio sites are a top target for this activity” according to Swaney. The new system comes as a result of Motorola’s acquisition in March 2018 of Avigilon, a Vancouver-based company that designs and manufactures surveillance equipment.

“System security is a priority for the safety of our staff and the community we protect,” said Karima Holmes, Director of the Washington D.C. Office of Unified Communications. “Motorola Solutions proactively monitors and updates our public safety radio network against cybersecurity threats. We also take an active role in keeping our staff trained and aware of the importance of a secure environment.” 

ASTRO 25 systems using Avigilon cameras will allow tower owners and managers to record activities in and around the site. The full offering will include hardware, software and services provided by Motorola Solutions and is expected to be available by the end of 2019.

Motorola’s APCO 2019 exhibit hall booth showcased these new security offerings, along with command center software, video solutions, and managed and support services to help customers achieve optimum performance. Motorola Solutions experts gave presentations on a number of topics for public safety cybersecurity, cloud-based technologies and NG911. 

August 15, 2019   

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