Motorola Introduces New Astro(R) 25 System Platform
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., March 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) announced the release of its latest Project 25 compliant system offering - ASTRO 25 Trunked Integrated Voice and Data System. Shipping now, this system release features Integrated Voice and Data (IV&D) capabilities, providing the public safety market with access to both voice and data messaging from a single wireless communications infrastructure. The new ASTRO 25 Trunking system improves communications security by providing encryption key assignment over system radio channels (Over the Air Re-keying) and enhanced network security tools.

The new ASTRO 25 system is part of Motorola's extensive portfolio of public safety and security solutions for mission-critical integrated communications, information management, regional coordination and incident command. Its enhanced system capabilities will allow public safety users the opportunity to cost-effectively expand their communications capabilities through packet network technology, improving countywide, statewide and nationwide mission-critical system coverage requirements. The ASTRO 25 Trunked system currently operates in the 700MHz for voice-only operation and 800 MHz, UHF and VHF frequency bands for voice and data operation, supporting up to 7 zones and 20,000 data users.

"This is an exciting new release that takes our proven packet-based voice network and enhances the value to our customers by adding data services on the same network infrastructure," said Chuck Jackson, Motorola Communications & Electronics, Inc. vice president and director, Motorola Radio Systems. "System managers will appreciate the benefits of our security tools and time- saving convenience of remote re-keying."

The new system release was beta tested by the Phoenix/Mesa 800 MHz system in conjunction with Federal government users in the Phoenix area that operate on VHF frequencies. Combining the 800 MHz and VHF sites enabled full-featured cross-band interoperability for voice and data communications. The VHF sites were connected to the 800 MHz system where overlapping coverage was needed and provided interoperability of voice and data messages for the two local system entities and the Federal office. Test cases highlighting feature functionality were successfully demonstrated including the sharing of encryption keys over the air. The interoperability flexibility was so beneficial to the customers that the Federal government customers are currently looking into expanded testing in 2004 and will include further extending the network to other sites across the nation.

The modular design of the ASTRO 25 system provides scalability in handling the needs of small or large communications systems. In addition, the flexible system design includes narrowband simulcast in the 12.5 kHz range. This feature provides improved portable coverage in densely populated urban areas as well as critical in-building coverage.

Portable and mobile subscriber units designed to operate on the overall ASTRO 25 platform include the XTS 5000, XTS 3000, XTS 2500, XTS 1500 and ASTRO Saber portable radios as well as the XTL 5000, ASTRO Spectra Plus, ASTRO Spectra, and ASTRO Spectra Consolette mobile based radios.

Software-Based Encryption

Flexible, secure communications options are offered with the addition of a new Advanced Digital Privacy (ADP) software-based encryption algorithm. This software-based encryption solution provides a basic level of encryption over the network, enabling agencies to keep unauthorized listeners from monitoring conversations without incurring the additional setup time and component cost of the more robust hardware encryption options.

Innovative Keying Solutions

This release also provides efficient Over-The-Air Re-keying (OTAR) capabilities on the trunked radio network. OTAR allows customers to rekey portable and mobile radios remotely over the trunked RF channel. Re-keying is done by the Key Management Facility (KMF), which formulates and originates the OTAR messages and acts as the key manager of the system. The primary benefits of this technology include:

-- Improving productivity by reducing manpower and time in the field to manually rekey radios

-- Allowing system operators to plan, generate, store, track and maintain all encryption keys for their entire system using one centralized device rather than manual tracking methods

-- Enhancing the security of the encrypted system by allowing system operators to change encryption keys as needed -such as when a security leak occurs

Motorola XTS 5000(TM) portable radios, ASTRO Spectra Plus and XTL 5000(TM)mobile radios support OTAR functionality on an encrypted ASTRO 25 Trunked Integrated Voice and Data system.

"Motorola continues to lead the industry in supporting the Project 25 Standard with products and infrastructure designed to ensure public safety agencies have the ability to effectively communicate in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances," said Jackson. "We are committed to enhancing our ASTRO 25 Trunking system to meet the industry's evolving mission-critical voice and data communications needs."

Motorola's Commercial, Government and Industrial Solutions Sector

Motorola's Commercial, Government and Industrial Solutions Sector (CGISS) is a leading provider of integrated radio communications and information solutions, with more than 65 years of experience in meeting the mission- critical requirements of public safety, government and enterprise customers worldwide. In 2003, CGISS received the inaugural Interpol Outstanding Contribution Award for its services to the international law enforcement community. The sector offers an extensive portfolio of solutions to meet growing public safety and security needs, including: interoperable two-way radio communications solutions; command and control solutions; identification and tracking solutions; information management of criminal justice and civil needs; and physical security and monitoring solutions.

About Motorola

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in wireless, broadband and automotive communications technologies that help make life smarter, safer, simpler, synchronized and fun. Sales in 2003 were U.S. $27.1 billion. Motorola creates innovative technological solutions that benefit people at home, at work and on the move. The company also is a progressive corporate citizen dedicated to operating ethically, protecting the environment and supporting the communicated it which it does business. For more information: .

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