Motorola and Ericsson are collaborating on mobile broadband technology for the public safety sector, the companies announced today.
Under the terms of the agreement, Motorola’s enterprise mobility business will incorporate Ericsson’s LTE access equipment and packet core into its public safety platform.
Motorola will use the equipment to support real-time information sharing with a multimedia command center, video security and a lineup of rugged radios, in-car terminals and LTE devices.
“Motorola is committed to innovating where it matters most for public safety to ensure that the end-to-end public safety solution is tailored and hardened to meet the strictest requirements of public safety missions,” said Bob Schassler, Motorola’s senior vice president worldwide radio solutions, in a statement.
The agreement between Motorola and Ericsson is expected to position the companies particularly well in North America, where public safety agencies have been given the green light to deploy 4G networks under the FCC’s National Broadband Plan.
A Motorola spokeswoman said the deal with Ericsson is not exclusive. Motorola Solutions is free to enter into additional partnerships with other providers, including Nokia Siemens Networks, which is in the process of buying Motorola’s networks business.
Motorola and Nokia Siemens Networks said they were “exploring a global relationship in the public safety arena” during the announcement of Nokia Siemens’ $1.2 billion purchase of Motorola’s networks business in July.