Motorola Solutions has launched APX NEXT™, its next-generation mission-critical Project 25 (P25) public safety radio with LTE for enhanced communications and data-centric application services. The company also announced ViQi™, a public safety virtual assistant that provides vital information to first responders in the field and allows users to operate APX NEXT via voice control.
APX NEXT is the newest mission-critical P25 radio offering in Motorola Solutions’ purpose-built APX portfolio. It is FirstNet Ready™ and comes with embedded LTE connectivity enabled by the FirstNet communications platform to deliver voice and data to first responders in the field.
APX NEXT was created after more than 2,000 hours of extensive field research and testing with numerous law enforcement agencies, and is Motorola Solutions’ first APX radio to feature a touchscreen with a user interface designed specifically for public safety. The touchscreen can be used in the rain and when wearing gloves. It offers one-touch access to radio controls, large touch targets and an optimized user interface designed for fast navigation.
ViQi voice control enables users to quickly manage radio controls through intuitive voice commands. Iti is an application service available on APX NEXT and will be integrated into other solutions as the company continues to research, and collaborate with users, on new ways to streamline officer workflows and guide better decisions through artificial intelligence and machine learning.
ViQi currently allows officers to discreetly retrieve critical information from remote databases through simple voice queries, including license plate numbers, driver’s license information, and vehicle identification numbers. Motorola Solutions is working on future iterations of ViQi, such as calling for vehicle assistance, taking statements and foreign language speech translation.