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Motorola Solutions launches APX NEXT XE purpose-built radio for firefighters

September 23, 2020
By CFF Staff

Motorola Solutions announced the launch of the APX NEXT XE, its next-generation Project 25 (P25) radio with broadband capabilities, specifically built for firefighters. It combines mission-critical voice communications with data applications that bring together radio voice control, messaging, mapping and vital new collaboration applications that can help improve situational awareness of those in the field. APX NEXT XE was designed based upon thousands of hours of customer-centric, hands-on research.

With APX NEXT XE’s applications, users can switch automatically between P25 and broadband when they travel out of county or state, find each other on an interactive map, share multimedia messages, and keep dispatch informed with GPS locations updated every few seconds. The right configuration is critical to a proper response, and an entire fleet of APX NEXT XE radios can be remotely updated over LTE in minutes, while they remain in the field.

APX NEXT XE is offered with ViQi Voice Control, which enables users to control their radio  through voice commands. It allows fire personnel to perform actions such as change the radio channel, check battery status, adjust the volume of the radio and more with one touch of the dedicated ViQi button, so their attention remains on the task-at-hand. ViQi Voice Control is designed to work in the loud environments found on the fireground, with high dynamic range microphones that improve intelligibility and clearer speech.

APX NEXT XE is built with the form factor and advanced audio processing. It maintains the push-to-talk functionality long relied on to relay critical information and introduces new performance enhancements, such as a glove-friendly touchscreen. It was built to withstand extreme environments, from high heat to water exposure and submersion, that a firefighter faces in the field.

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The radios are available in single and multi-band configurations.