Motorola Unveils Next-Gen Radio for the Mining Sector

With the ever-growing data that needs to be managed, the increasing demand to do more with limited resources and the current global pandemic, the natural resources sector has a lot to deal with.

Siloed devices and systems that don’t communicate with each other only add more to the demand. Frontline workers require crucial technology to manage their everyday tasks effectively. These tools have to be flexible enough to help them connect with a wider ecosystem of technologies,without any hitches.

To help with this, Motorola Solutions will launch its next-generation TETRA device, a terrestrial trunked radio.  The device, MXP600, will meet the transportation sector’s needs. The highly rugged yet lightweight radio can collaborate with other solutions and elevates voice communication for workers to new levels.

The MPX600 not only boasts of mission-critical coverage but also an adaptive mission-critical audio. The device also supports four global navigation satellite systems including the U.S.’s GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, China’s Beidou and Europe’s Galileo system.

According to the Australian Mining Risk Forecast 2020/2021 by KPMG, the coronavirus pandemic has caused serious changes to the mining sector’s risk mitigation measures, including its decision making as well as immediate planning.

Martin Chappell, the general manager for minerals and energy for Motorola Solutions in both New Zealand and Australia, says that the mining sector will continue investing in tools and technology to increase productivity without putting the safety of its frontline personnel on the line. He mentioned that the safety of both the workers and the community remained the number-one priority for the sectors of the economy that provide essential services.

Furthermore, he explained that in remote and rugged mining environments, mission-critical radio provides the most secure, reliable and robust way for communication between frontline teams. He noted that initial tests of the MPX600 conducted in the mining sector had discovered that technology users especially valued the durable and lightweight radio design as well as its highly advanced audio features.

He then added that mining organizations would continue to invest in advanced mobile radio technologies to adopt new solutions that allow greater flexibility and collaboration with its Bluetooth feature and high definition voice hardware. This would also help to enhance safety during their firm’s operations. The MPX600 is equipped with end-to-end encryption, which ensures that data remains unexposed to insider threats.

It’s all about upgrading the main features of mission-critical communication while simplifying it, Chappell said.

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