FMCSA has published new rules that restrict texting and the use of hand-held mobile phones by truck and bus drivers while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
Research commissioned by FMCSA shows the odds of being involved in a safety-critical event (e.g., crash, near-crash, unintentional lane deviation) are 23.2 times greater for CMV drivers who text while driving than for those who do not. Texting drivers took their eyes off the forward roadway for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, this equates to a driver traveling 371 feet, or the approximate length of a football field (including the end zones)—without looking at the roadway!
What exactly is “Texting”?
Texting means manually entering text into, or reading text from, an electronic device.
Texting includes (but is not limited to), short message services, e-mailing, instant messaging, a command or request to access a Web page, pressing more than a single button to initiate or terminate a call using a mobile telephone, or engaging in any other form of electronic text retrieval or entry, for present or future communication.
What does this rule mean to you?
Fines and Penalties - Texting while driving can result in driver disqualification. Penalties can be up to $2,750 for drivers and up to $11,000 for employers who allow or require drivers to use a hand-held communications device for texting while driving.
Disqualification - Multiple convictions for texting while driving a CMV can result in a driver disqualification by FMCSA. Multiple violations of State law prohibiting texting while driving a CMV that requires a CDL is a serious traffic violation that could result in a CDL driver being disqualified for up to 120 days.
The backbone of integrated plant communications is the MOTOTRBO digital two-way radio platform. This complete, flexible and adaptable solution includes two-way digital radios, accessories, applications, systems and support services. MOTOTRBO interconnects personnel and equipment to help plants streamline production, automate processes, manage risk and respond to customers quickly.
MOTOTRBO seamlessly integrates voice, data, text messaging and GPS to help resolve equipment issues and reduce unplanned downtime faster. Employees communicate and collaborate more efficiently and effectively, wherever they work. All while protecting their safety and enhancing overall productivity.
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MGM Resorts needed to pursue a new push-to-talk solution because their existing cellular technology was nearing its end of life. “We used Sprint/Nextel for point to point communication across the company for all our midline and front line employees and some management staff,” says Jim Kimball, Executive Director of Enterprise Telecommunications Services. “So when that push-to-talk system was decommissioned, it created a communication gap that we needed to fill.”
MOTOTORBO opens up a world of possibilities for hospitality staff with crystal-clear audio, integrated voice and data on one device, applications such as text messaging, GPS location tracking, work order ticket management and more. And MOTOTRBO digital radios provide 40 percent longer battery life and greater capacity – essential for round-the-clock operations.
Push-to-talk (PTT) is no longer a technology-driven term, it is an enterprise-wide capability. It enables teams to communicate instantly, reliably and productively together to improve business and elevate service. Today, broadband networks and devices are so ubiquitous, that any worker can be connected to any device in their pocket or on their desk with real-time communications through PTT. With interoperable broadband PTT, everyone can become part of the conversation without concern about which device or network they use.
Benefit From Enterprise-Wide Communications Like Never Before
A secure broadband PTT application like WAVE™ Work Group Communications enables instant, real-time communication and everywhere connectivity. It streamlines collaboration with Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems and new technologies, such as 4G LTE broadband, plus a complete array of disparate devices – including two-way radios, smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers and landline phones.
WAVE delivers communication capabilities for agencies, organizations and enterprises like never before. This intuitive suite of software applications helps them create and manage a seamlessly-connected environment by utilizing the technology investments they already have.
Cell phones are not suitable for your business-critical work environment. They are unreliable, higher in cost, and do not give you the safety features you need to protect your workforce.
Digital radios represent the best investment
MOTOTRBO™ digital radios offer you a wide portfolio of radio solutions to meet your needs.
In manufacturing, government services, transportation and other industries, downtime equates to increased costs and loss of productivity. Motorola Solutions has introduced Next-Generation MOTOTRBO™, a line of digital radios with features such as Wi-Fi connectivity that can help save workers hundreds of hours in lost time while delivering highly secure, reliable and cost-efficient professional two-way radio communications.
Whether they are plant workers or teachers, the process of updating user’s communications equipment can be time-intensive. For a workforce of 350, for example, this can lead to more than 400 hours of lost time. Next-generation MOTOTRBO radios feature an integrated Wi-Fi solution that helps reduce the update process to a matter of minutes by eliminating the need for employees in the field, classroom or warehouse floor to physically drop off equipment at the office to receive software upgrades. Coupled with 29 hours of battery life, this means workers can spend more time focusing on the task at hand.
What’s New in These Next Generation Radios
The dramatic enhancements to the MOTOTRBO portfolio deliver the audio quality, coverage, battery life and built-in intelligence that allows users to work confidently and safely.
The XPR 7000e Series radios connect you completely to make seamless voice and data an everyday reality. Bluetooth lets you talk and work freely without wires in the way. Bluetooth data enables you to send real-time information back to the office immediately. Integrated GPS tracks mobile workers and assets and text messaging simplifies communication when voice isn’t feasible.
With integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, amped-up audio, double the energy efficiency, a water-tight body and intuitive accessories, the XPR 7000e Series has everything you need to excel.
What’s New in the Next-Generation XPR 7000e Series:
This advanced edition of slim and light MOTOTRBO portable radios connects you with true sophistication. Pocket-sized yet powerful, the SL 7000e Series radios are turbo-charged with special enhancements and innovative features that put you in total control.
With 3 watts of power, integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, amped-up audio, double the energy efficiency, a durable body and intuitive accessories, the SL 7000e Series is your smart super-portable.
What’s New in the Next-Generation SL 7000e Series:
XPR 3000e Series radios connect you more efficiently and effectively wherever you work. Now you can tap into the right balance of features and functionality in a next-generation portable that’s very affordable.
With integrated Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi connectivity, amped-up audio, double the energy efficiency, a watertight body and intuitive accessories, the XPR 3000e Series is your productivity-boosting business tool.
What’s New in the Next-Generation XPR 3000e Series:
These high-powered mobile radios connect you completely without compromise. With special enhancements and innovative features, you’re free to achieve more – especially in the loudest environments.
With Intelligent Audio and noise-canceling that knocks out background noise, your crews can hear and be heard clearly wherever they work. With integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, amped-up audio, enhanced GPS and intuitive accessories, including a specialized connector for lights, horns and security sensors, the XPR 5000e Series has everything you need to drive business further.
What’s New in the Next-Generation XPR 5000e Series:
Motorola Solutions is also introducing Capacity Max, a new feature-rich, next-generation MOTOTRBO trunking solution. Trunking is used to increase radio system efficiency by temporarily allocating a channel from a pool of available channels when needed. The new system provides better security and is easier to manage. Capacity Max is scalable from small, single-site systems to large, complex projects that demand greater capacity (up to 3,000 users per site) and higher levels of performance from voice and data-intensive communications deployments.
Next-generation MOTOTRBO also includes the SLR 8000 Series Repeater, a high-power repeater that amplifies a signal to help extend coverage for communication networks such as Capacity Max. The SLR 8000 is built on the same platform as the popular SLR 5000 series and allows customers to deploy systems that cover wide geographical areas. SLR 8000 features a flexible architecture enabling customers to easily configure the repeater to meet their system deployment needs for extreme reliability.
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Investment in technology is essential to give your organization a competitive edge. From wireless network solutions to handheld mobile computers and two-way radios, technology drives your industry. Funding may be available to assist with outfitting your institution so you can keep up with technological advances. Let us help you find the funding to keep your team safe and productive.
Starting January 1, 2016, Motorola Solutions Intrinsically Safe radios will be accredited with the TIA-4950 standard for Hazardous Location certification of two-way radios by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and will no longer produce Intrinsically Safe two-way radios approved to the Factory Mutual (FM) standard FM3610_88, which expired in 2012.
As you and your radio fleet move into the new year with the new standard, keep these four things in mind to ensure a smooth transition:
Motorola’s Si Series Video Speaker Microphones (VSM) allow agencies to trim down the number of devices needed for public safety personnel to do their job effectively. An extension of the high-performing Motorola APX™ radio, the Si Series is a smart interface with an integrated remote speaker microphone and body-worn camera in one. It assures the reliable voice and mission critical sight, sound and security your officers need to work safely. The Si500 VSMs combine voice communications, video, still images and emergency alerting into one compact and easy-to-use device.
Battery life is important to every two-way radio user. Following these simple care instructions can help protect your rechargeable batteries and enhance their performance and useful life. Motorola brand rechargeable batteries are designed and precisely manufactured by Motorola to ensure optimum portable radio performance.